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AntiSpy Safeguard. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as AntiSpySafeguard | Type: Rogue Antispyware

AntiSpy Safeguard is a fake anti-spyware program that display false scan results as a tactic to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with viruses. This fake program is advertised through websites that pretend to be online malware scanners that find infections on your computer, usually some Trojans, worms and other malicious software. Of course, the rogue program may come bundled with other malware onto your computer without your knowledge and pop-up in your computer screen like form nowhere. Also, malware authors distribute their bogus products using social engineering. Once installed, AntiSpy Safeguard will supposedly run a quick system scan and find a variety of files that it states are malware. These files, though, cannot be removed unless you first purchase the software. However, don’t purchase it. The scan results are false, so you may safely ignore them. Besides, AntiSpy Safeguard won’t remove any infections anyway because they simply don’t exist on your computer.

AntiSpy Safeguard is a clone of Red Cross Antivirust, Pest Detector 4.1, Peak Protection 2010 and Major Defense Kit. While running, it will also display many fake security alerts and notifications from Windows task bar. Those notifications will claim that your computer is under attack from a remote computer and that a remove login attempt was block by AntiSpy Safeguard. Sounds great, but unfortunately that’s not true. Furthermore, this scareware will block task manager, system restore and even safe mode. It will probably block all other programs on your computer too claiming that those programs are infected. That’s also a lie. As you can see, AntiSpy Safeguard is nothing more but a scam. If you find that your computer is infected with this virus, please follow AntiSpy Safeguard removal instructions bellow to remove it either manually for free or with an automatic removal tool.

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AntiSpy Safeguard manual removal:

Kill processes:



Delete registry values:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = "0"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings "WarnOnPostRedirect" = "0"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "tmp"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunOnce "SelfdelNT"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon "Shell" = "%UserProfile%Application Dataantispy.exe"

Delete files:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\antispy.exe

%UserProfile%\Application Data\defender.exe

%UserProfile%\Application Data\tmp.exe

%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\kjkkklklj.bat

Delete directories:
%UserProfile%Application DataPAV

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  • izabelle

    i downloaded it by accident and now i cant get rid of it :/
    it wont let me get on the internet so i cant download the removal

  • Guest

    this same spyware was renamed “hotfix.exe” – without quotes. same spyware just installed under a different name

  • Guest

    yeah, it's renamed hotfix.exe, and there are no directories or other executables

  • chapper

    I'm having same problem as izabelle….program is blocking me from getting on the internet, so how do i download the removal?? I can't even open task manager. Now what?

  • van der linden

    Hi i have the same problem the program is blocking me from internet i don't no what to do please help?

  • Guest

    im trying to delete this program from my laptop but when i restart it in safe mode it still pops up so i cant do anything on it and i cant get to the internet to download spywear doctor or anything else

  • Guest

    HELP MEE!!!!! OMG!!! I cant do anything!

  • Guest

    Hello. How do I download anything when the program blocks me from doing anything?

  • Guest

    Download it from another computer onto a memory stick

  • Guest

    if you're persistant with Alt and F4 when it first starts up you can close the program and hence get on the internet to get the removal tools

  • Guest

    alt and F4 worked a treat, thanks

  • Guest

    you can close the progrom once the fake system scan is done, instead of clicking continue unprotected click the link for ordering the product, once the order screen comes up right click the TASKBAR icon, NOT the SYSTEM TRAY icon and click close, this will allow to use your browser again

  • Jac1999

    Sous vista le programme hotfix.exe est à retirer…
    Killer le process
    Lancer le process IExplore pour prendre la main sous le bureau
    puis rechercher le fichier et effacer le du disque.
    Avec CCleaner effacer toute trace du fichier dans le registre.

  • its alright

    this happen 2 me to and i was freaking out but all you have to do is “system restore” try to pick a date from the day before or before this started happening

  • Guest

    is there a free way to get rid of the virus antispy safeguard thx