TheDefend is a rogue anti-spyware program. You should remove this malicious software from your computer upon detection using the provided removal guide. The Defend malware is from the same family as GuardPcs, SiteAdware, AntiKeep and other rogue programs from the WiniSoft family. Basically, it’s the same thing only the name is different. TheDefend displays fake security alerts and false scan results about serious computer infections just to trick you into believing that your computer is infected with Trojans and other malware. Please use the removal guide below to remove TheDefend virus from your computer manually for free.
[Figure 1. TheDefend graphical user interface]
Usually, TheDefend comes from fake online scanners or bundled with other malware. When running, it simulates a system scan and displays numerous infections that can be removed only if you purchase the program. Of course, this is a scam. What is more, this misleading application displays fake security center [Figure 2] almost identical to Windows Security Center and states that your computer doesn’t have virus protection. Furthermore, it recommends activating TheDefend to remove the infections which do not even exist and to ensure full system protection. Both statements are false. The Defend is an infection itself and it can;t be trusted.
[Figure 2. TheDefend fake security center]
TheDefend also displays fake notifications from the Windows Taskbar. One of those notifications reads:
There shouldn’t be any doubts; TheDefend is nothing more but a scam. Please use the manual removal instructions below or an automatic removal tool to remove this infection from your computer as soon as possible. And remember; do not purchase this misleading program. If you have inadvertently paid for it, please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges.
TheDefend manual removal:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"
C:Program FilesTheDefend Software
C:Program FilesTheDefend SoftwareTheDefend
C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsTheDefend