AntiSpy Safeguard (Easy Removal Guide)

AntiSpy Safeguard Removal Guide

What is AntiSpy Safeguard?

AntiSpy Safeguard – a fake security tool that shows imaginary scan results

AntiSpy Safeguard

AntiSpy Safeguard is a fake anti-spyware program that displays 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.

Once installed, this fake security tool will supposedly run a quick system scan and find a variety of files that it states are malicious. These files, though, cannot be removed unless you first purchase the software. Please do not do that. 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.

name AntiSpy Safeguard
Type PUP, rogue antispyware software
Purpose Trick users into purchasing paid program version by displaying fake scan results and convincing them that their devices are infected with malware
Risks If this program is the only one protecting your device, you could be exposed to hazardous malware, PUP installations, and other cyber threats
Distribution Shady websites, deceptive ads, software bundles, freeware, file-sharing platforms
Elimination Remove this fake security tool by using time-tested anti-malware software
System repair Fix any system issues that could occur after PUP removal by running system diagnostics with the all-in-one ReimageIntego system tune-up tool

The rogue anti-malware program may come bundled with other software or malware onto your computer without your knowledge and pop up on your computer screen from nowhere. Also, malware authors distribute their bogus products using social engineering.

AntiSpy Safeguard is a clone of Red Cross Antivirus, Pest Detector 4.1, Peak Protection 2010, and Major Defense Kit. While running, it will also display many fake security alerts and notifications from the Windows taskbar. Those notifications will claim that your computer is under attack from a remote computer and that a remote login attempt was blocked by the fake security tool.

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, 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 remove it either manually with our free instructions (posted at the bottom of the article) or with an automatic removal tool such as Malwarebytes or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

Afterward, to ensure that your device runs smoothly and doesn't exhibit any abnormal behavior, such as crashing, freezing, etc., use time-proven system diagnostics software such as ReimageIntego or similar. If you purchased the fake tools licensed version, contact your bank and dispute the charge.

AntiSpy Safeguard PUP

Please don't click on Flash Player update pop-ups as they contain PUPs and malware

Support for Flash Player was discontinued on December 31, 2020, but since many internet users still are unaware of this, cybercriminals are exploiting that. They distribute PUPs (browser hijackers, fake system tools, adware, etc.) and malware (Trojans, ransomware, etc.) camouflaged as Flash Player installers or updates.

These pop-ups/ads/prompts can be encounter on various shady or high-risk websites. If you value your privacy and safety, please never click on them. Close the browser, perform system diagnostics with compatible software to remove tracking cookies, clear your browsing history, and never revisit that page.

Instructions for a swift but secure AntiSpy Safeguard removal from Windows devices

This fake antispyware tool could prevent you from opening security pages and downloading a proper anti-malware tool. You have to end its process using the Task Manager and remove it by scanning your device with a trustworthy security tool. In the future, before installing any software, do a detailed web search on it or check if we haven't written about it.

When you install AntiSpy Safeguard virus, it makes a lot of changes to the system that could impede its normal performance. Luckily, system diagnostics tools can automatically repair all system-related irregularities so you could enjoy your PC anew.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of AntiSpy Safeguard. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of AntiSpy Safeguard registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting rogue antispyware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Anti-malware specialist

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