Windows Safeguard Upgrade. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as WindowsSafeguardUpgrade | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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Windows Safeguard Upgrade is a rogue anti-spyware program that it uses false scan results and fake security pop ups to trick you into thinking that your computer is infected with viruses and spyware. This fake anti-spyware program is promoted via Trojans and malware that display fake security alerts and also via spam emails and social networks. This fake program may be also distributed via exploit packs. Regardless of the method, the main goal of Windows Safeguard Upgrade is to trick you into thinking you are infected and thus you purchase the software. Don't pay for this fake security program and use the removal instructions below to remove this virus from your computer upon detection.

Once Windows Safeguard Upgrade is installed on your computer, it will be configured to start automatically when you log on into Windows. When running, the rogue program will scan your computer for viruses and report many virus infections that supposedly cannot be removed unless you first purchase the rogue anti-spyware program. The scan results are false, so you can safely ignore them. While running, you will also see a fake Windows Security Center screen that recommends that you purchase Windows Safeguard Upgrade. Furthermore, this fake program will constantly display fake security alerts and popups from Windows task bar claiming that your computer is baldy infected or that your important data can be deleted or stolen. Windows Safeguard Upgrade will also hijack Internet Explorer or other web browsers and block legitimate antivirus programs as well as certain security related websites where you can download malware removal software.

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Keylogger activity detected. System information security is at risk.
It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan.

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

If you find that your computer is infected with this phony program please use the removal guide below to remove Windows Safeguard Upgrade virus from your computer using legitimate anti-spyware program listed below. If you can't launch it and run a full system scan, enter this code for fake registering: 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020. If you have already purchased it, then you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges.

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Windows Safeguard Upgrade manual removal:

Kill processes:
Protector-[random].exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsafwserv.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsavastsvc.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsavastui.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsegui.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsekrn.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsmsascui.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsmsmpeng.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsmsseces.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSystemRestore "DisableSR " = '1'

Delete files:
Protector-[random].exe

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