Vista Defender is a rogue anti-spyware from Braviax. Similarly to Win 7 Defender, it tries to create an image that your computer is infected and that you need to purchase its licensed version for their removal. However, you should never spend your money on such scam! Be sure that this program only mimics the activity of legitimate security program by displaying forged system scanners and reporting about invented virus activity. In reality, Vista Defender has an empty virus database, so you should ignore its alerts and remove this malware from your computer. We recommend using automated anti-malware programs for that because Vista Defender has been found to use legitimately-looking processes in order to hide its presence on the computer.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH VISTA DEFENDER?
Vista Defender is set to attack computers that run Windows Vista OS. For that, it uses fake media codecs and flash updates, that are foolishly required for watching something online. Once it gets inside the system, virus drops its own files and creates malicious registry entries that help it in launching once PC is rebooted. Vista Defender becomes capable to display its security scanners next and starts detectings nonexistent security infections. It will also keep appearing with its fake alerts that try to scare you into thinking that your machine is dangerously infected. They look like that:
System Security Alert!
Background scan for security breaches has been finished. Serious problems have been detected. Safeguard your system against exploits, malware and viruses right now by activating Proactive Defence.
System Security Alert!
Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identify the theft detected!
In reality, by asking to activate a program, scammers seek to steal the money from unaware PC users. Please, don’t believe this program and remove Vista Defender from your computer!
HOW CAN I REMOVE VISTA DEFENDER?
You can remove Vista Defender by using automated anti-malware program. Try to scan your PC with Reimage, which will detect all infected files on your computer. If you can't make this program active, rename the executable from xxx.exe to xxx.com.
You can also launch anti-malware by using these steps:
1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking. Just reboot your PC and, as soon as it starts booting up, start pressing F8 repeatedly.
2. Loggin as the same user as you were in normal Windows mode
3. Now click on IE or other browser and select 'Run As' or 'Run As administrator', enter your Administrator account password (if needed).
4. Enter this link to your address bar: http://www.2-spyware.com/download/hunter.exe and download a program on your desktop. Launch it to kill the malicious processes of Vista Defender and remove its files.
Vista Defender manual removal:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exe "(Default)" = "[random]"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = ""%CommonAppData%pcdfdata[random].exe" /ex "%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "pcdfsvc" = "%CommonAppData%pcdfdata[random].exe /min
%CommonStartMenu%ProgramsVista DefenderRemove Vista Defender.lnk
%CommonStartMenu%ProgramsVista DefenderVista Defender Help and Support.lnk
%CommonStartMenu%ProgramsVista DefenderVista Defender.lnk