True Key is a software program developed by Intel Security. The most common release is 5.0.8, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named TrueKey.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this just after a few days.

 

True Key was created by PasswordBox, Inc., an Intel Security Company, but then taken over by McAfee, also an Intel Security Company. It's been going strong since 2013 under the McAfee brand name and continues to be offered as part of their product line-up until now under its new identity as More McAfee SECURE.

How True Key got on your system



There are several ways that True Key can end up on your computer. The most common way is by bundling with another program. This method makes it difficult for antivirus and anti-malware programs to identify the threat, as well as the purpose of the software, which means they can't adequately determine if it's malicious or not. When this happens, True Key will be installed without your knowledge. Another popular method is for cybercriminals to infiltrate advertising networks and use them to spread malware using fake advertisement banners that appear legitimate but host an installer for the unwanted program.

This Trojan can also come packaged with other types of malware or adware already present on your PC system - this type of bundled installers are called "optional downloads" by Spigot, Inc. - "optional" meaning you have the choice of whether or not to install it, whereas other types are not optional, but installed automatically once you agree to the EULA.

Use of True Key has been seen as part of adware bundles with other programs like BetterSurf, OneStepCheckout, Coupon Server and WebCake 3.1 by MindSpark/IAC Applications which are programs that PUP users may otherwise find useful but should be aware that these apps can still cause problems for your computer if they end up installed on your PC without your knowledge.

How to remove True Key by Intel Securit



If you have any of the programs listed above installed on your computer, please follow these steps to remove them using Microsoft Windows built-in features.

  1. Uninstall from Windows 10 / Windows 8

 

For a full uninstall from Windows 10 or Windows 8 do this:

In the bottom left corner, right-click on your screen and select "Control panel". In the search box, type "Programs and Features", then in the list which appears find anything related to True Key and choose Uninstall/Change. Follow the prompts. You should also look for anything with Intel Security's name, as well as McAfee SECURE Shopping which is True Key's latest incarnation. The McAfee SECURE program has been bundled with other free software, like PDF converters and online video converters as well as multimedia players. You can do a full uninstall of those too if you wish by following the same steps outlined above.

  1. Disconnect from the Internet (if connected)

If for some reason your internet is currently connected to True Key, please disconnect immediately so that it no longer has access to the internet and download the free version of Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium or paid version depending on your license status and then install it on your computer. If you have any concerns regarding potential data loss during this process, consider backing up your files first using a tool such as Macrium Reflect Free which creates an image of your hard drive - images can be re-created using Macrium Reflect Standard or the paid version as often as you like.

  1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes to remove True Key malware

It's very important that you download Malwarebytes from here and NOT the free version which is available on the web because it may not be able to detect malware. Also, if a license status check during installation shows that you don't have a paid version, please ignore this message - just press "OK" then click on "remind me later". If asked by your browser whether you wish to run or save mbam-setup.exe, choose "Save" so that Mbar can install once downloaded.

Conclusion :

 

Intel Security True Key is a piece of software that promises to be an easy way to sign in to your favorite websites, apps, and services - unfortunately, this usually means it will try to trick you into installing more software by bundling with and offering as a recommended download.

The first step is always the hardest, but once you realize how much adware puts your privacy at risk, be vigilant about maintaining control over what goes onto your computer or smartphone device. Don't ever click on suspicious-looking links coming from emails either regardless if they appear to come from friends or family as cybercrooks often pose as such to install malware on your PC.