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XP Guard. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

removal by - -   Also known as XPGuard | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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XP Guard is a fake computer security program that promises its victims to fix their computers and remove all viruses detected. However, you should know that these "viruses" won’t be found by any legitimate anti-spyware because XP Guard fakes them trying to make you concerned. Just like XP Security 2011, this scam hails from notorious malwares family which expects to steal users’ money.

By changing its name according to the OS it finds, programs from XP Guard group infect computers unnoticeably with a help f Trojans. XP Guard is also distributed through fake online scanners, flash updates, misleading pop-ups that appear when you are browsing, so make sure that your anti-spyware is usually updated!

Having infiltrated the targeted computer, XP Guard will start causing numerous problems though it will try to convince you that it is extremely needed. Being quite hardly removable, this scam displays lots of false spyware detection reports and fabricated scanners that will announce the same thing. This unpaid activity also includes continuous pop-up ads and takeover of your browser to interrupt into your normal work with PC. XP Guard will misleadingly announce:


Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system!
Possible reasons include:
- Dangerous code found in this site's pages which installed unwanted software into your system.
- Suspicious and potentially unsafe network activity detected.
- Spyware infections in your system
- Complaints from other users about this site.
- Port and system scans performed by the site being visited.
Things you can do:
- Get a copy of Vista Antispyware 2011 to safeguard your PC while surfing the web (RECOMMENDED)
- Run a spyware, virus and malware scan
- Continue surfing without any security measures (DANGEROUS)



System danger!
Your system security is in danger. Privacy threats detected. Spyware, keyloggers or Trojans may be working the background right now. Perform an in-depth scan and removal now, click here.


Going no further, XP Guard will say that for elimination of these problems, you firstly have to register its "full" version and now it should become obvious that it wants your money only. XP Guard should not be left inside your PC because it will let other scams to reach your machine and also starts fraudulent activity. Whenever you see XP Guard, don’t take seriously anything what it tells and stay away from it and its websites. Make sure that you remove XP Guard ASAP if it’s on your machine already.

UPDATE!!! One of PC security bloggers, S!Ri, has announced about a serial code that may help you to disable those malwares that change their names according to OS they find. Enter this serial code when doing registration: 1145-17884799-7733. This and the order number 21197673 should also work for earlier versions of this type of parasite.
After typing them, you should become able to use your anti-spyware, if it fails follow the guide written below. Be aware that these numbers are expected to change in the near future!

a) Burn these programs to CD or write them to USB disk. You can use your MP3 player, or smartphone if it has storage functions. This parasite does not spread through USB at the moment:

1. Spyware Doctor or an automatic removal tool below. Update Spyware Doctor and run a full system scan.

2.You might want to download Hitman Pro or Malwarebytes as alternate scanners. Though you are likely to be able to download them later on.

b) Boot normally. Wait for XP Guard to launch, and run exeregfix.reg . This should allow launching legitimate programs

c) Delete or remove the files that are mentioned in our files box. You can use Spyware Doctor to identify the infected files and additional infections or automatic XP Guard removal tool. Do not forget update it before scanning. Remove what it finds.

d) Scan with Spyware Doctor and secondary tools and reboot your PC. This should fully get rid of XP Guard.
XP Guard properties:
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

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XP Guard manual removal

Kill processes:
pw.exe
MSASCui.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassespezfile
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTpezfile
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "%1" %*
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassespezfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "%1" %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "%1" %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTpezfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "%1" %*
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellsafemodecommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe" -safe-mode
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetIEXPLORE.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "AntiVirusOverride" = "1"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "FirewallOverride" = "1"
Delete files:
%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataopRSK
%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe
%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataMSASCui.exe
%UserProfile%AppDataLocalopRSK
%UserProfile%AppDataLocalpw.exe
%UserProfile%AppDataLocalMSASCui.exe

Geolocation of XP Guard

Map reveals the prevalence of XP Guard. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: India, Germany and United States.

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