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Windows Maintenance Guard. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

removal by - -   Also known as WindowsMaintenanceGuard | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Windows Maintenance Guard is not legitimate and trustworthy! Though you may have thought that this is the program that is going to find and remove malware for you, in reality you should never trust its 'viruses' detected. In fact, all these files reported by Windows Maintenance Guard are harmless system files that are important to have on your computer. Just like any other threat from FakeVimes, this scamware is created by scammers to help them swindle some money. That's why it firstly creates a need for its licensed paid version by scaring its victims into thinking that they are infected. However, if you are reading this article, the only real threat you have on your PC is the same Windows Maintenance Guard. We highly recommend to remove this rogue without any delay.


All Windows Maintenance Guard activity begins with its secret infiltration which is done with a help of trojans. In order to come undetected, these scams use security holes that appear as soon as user forgets to update his security software. In addition, when Windows Maintenance Guard is downloaded, it is additionally set to start together with every computer's reboot. Malware begins deliberately report many security issues and even displays its forged scanners showing how these threats are detected. However, they are just some scripts that are in no way related to the standard malware check procedure. Have no doubts that these messages are fake and should be ignored.

Here are some examples of Windows Maintenance Guard alerts:

Software without a digital signature detected.
Your system files are at risk. We strongly advise you to activate your protection.

Warning! Spambot detected!
Attention! A spambot sending viruses from your e-mail has been detected on your PC.

Though Windows Maintenance Guard runs scanners that look real, in reality they should never be trusted. Displaying such fake alerts and scanners is a common thing when you are infected with scareware programs, so be sure that Windows Maintenance Guard similarly tries to trick you before asking for a payment.


We highly recommend to remove Windows Maintenance Guard from your computer before it downloads more malware on it. While it is not usually listed on Add/Remove Programs, we recommend running a full system scan with reputable anti-malware programs, like PlumbytesWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Reimage

The latest parasite names used by FakeVimes:
Windows Internet Guard, Windows Web Watchdog, Windows AntiBreach Patrol, Windows Antivirus Patrol, Windows Pro Defence Kit

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Reimage is recommended to uninstall Windows Maintenance Guard. Free scanner allows you to check whether your PC is infected or not. If you need to remove malware, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage malware removal tool.

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Windows Maintenance Guard manual removal

Kill processes:
Protector-[3 random characters].exe
Protector-[4 random characters].exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "ID" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = "2012-2-17_2"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "UID" = "rudbxijemb"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avp32.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avpcc.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ashDisp.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\divx.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\mostat.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\platin.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\tapinstall.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\zapsetup3001.exe
There are more similar entries, you should let spyware Doctor to identify them.
Unregister DLLs:

Delete files:
%AppData%\Protector-[3 random characters].exe
%AppData%\Protector-[4 random characters].exe

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Comments on Windows Maintenance Guard

This "Maintenance guard" is really annoying me. I can barely get onto the internet without it closing. Hopefully this helps.

Anyways, thanks :)

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