Vista Guardian 2010. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as VistaGuardian2010, VistaGuardian 2010 | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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Vista Guardian 2010 is a rogue secuirty application that reports either false or grossly exaggerated infections/threats and shows many fake security alerts on the compromised computer. This fake application must be manually installed, however it may come bundled with other malware as well. Once installed, it will scan your computer and display a list of false threats or infections. Then it will “push” you to pay for a full version of the program in order to remove the non-existing system security threats.

Vista Guardian 2010 is promoted and installed through the use of Trojans, browser hijackers and other malware. Once your computer is infected with this bogus software, you will see many security warnings and notifications from Windows Task bar stating that your computer is compromised. While running, the bogus software will supposedly scan your computer and display a variety of threats that won’t be removed unless you purchase the software. As you know, the scan results are absolutely false, you can safely ignore them.

What is more, Vista Guardian 2010 will hijack your web browsers. You will be constantly redirected to various bogus websites that promote malicious software or display online ads. The rogue application will also block certain security web sites and anti-virus.spyware software. As you can see, program is nothing more but a scam. Please use the removal guide below to remove Vista Guardian 2010 from your PC manually for free or with an automatic removal tool.

VistaGuardian2010 removal instructions:

1. Click Start->Run (or WinKey+R). Input: “command”. Press Enter or click OK.
2. Type “notepad” as shown in the image below and press Enter. Notepad will open.
3. Copy and past the following text into Notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
@=”exefile”
“Content Type”=”application/x-msdownload”

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]

4. Save file as “exefix.reg” (without quotation-marks) to your Desktop.
NOTE: choose Save as type: All files
5. Double-click to open exefix.reg. Click “Yes” for Registry Editor prompt window.
6. Download STOPzilla or an automatic removal tool below. Update STOPzilla and run a full system scan.

If you can’t complete the above steps then please use another PC to download an automatic removal tool and exefix.reg (Right Click (Save Target As)) to download file. Copy these files to USB flash drive or any other external media and transfer them to infected computer. Launch exefix.reg file first and then install STOPzilla.

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Vista Guardian 2010 manual removal:

Kill processes:
av.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellsafemodecommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe" -safe-mode

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetIEXPLORE.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "AntiVirusOverride" = "1"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "FirewallOverride" = "1"

Delete files:
%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\av.exe

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\WRblt8464P

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  • Guest

    It won't delete those entries

  • eddie

    I ran it in safe mode w/ networking. Kept killing av.exe which is the process of vista guardian and ran that command and im now scanning my laptop with malwarebytes'.. as if I needed anymore of this stuff I just spent the last week removing NetSky off my one PC.

  • Guest

    Ty so much. Worked perfectly.

  • Guest

    how do i get this thing off my pc it keeps popping up and I dont want it

  • Sandeep Chavarkar

    My computer was infected with Vista Guardian 2010. I have just used FREE version of Avira Antivir and it has removed the infection successfully.

  • Guest

    The filename has changes to ave.exe on my infected PC March 2010