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Vista Antispyware 2010. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as VistaAntispyware2010, VistaAntispyware 2010, Vista Antispyware 2011 | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Vista Antispyware 2010 is a rogue security program that uses false scan results, fake infections, and fake security alerts/pop ups to scare you into purchasing the software. VistaAntispyware 2010 will be configured to start automatically when you log on into your computer. Once running, it will automatically simulate a system scan and list a variety of infections. The rogue program will claim that it cannot remove those supposed infections unless you first purchase the software. This is a scam in the first place, please don’t purchase it! The reported threats either don’t even exist or are absolutely harmless. Please read the removal guide below and find out how to remove Vista Antispyware 2011 virus from your computer.

The most annoying thing about VistaAntispyware2010 is not the fake security alerts but self-protection techniques. That’s right, the rogue program blocks all legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and even not security related ones. Additionally, it will also block Task Manager and Regedit as well as other useful functions needed for rogue program’s removal. As for fake notifications and security alerts then those are fairly common: fake Windows Security Center, fake pop-ups, firewall alerts and etc. Nothing very new actually. The same can be said about browser and Dekstop hijacking methods. Nothing new it this field too. The rogue program hijacks Internet Explorer and displays fake security messages when browsing the Web. How to get rid of Vista Antispyware 2010? Please read further.

VistaAntispyware2010 removal instructions:

1. Click Start->Run (or WinKey+R). Input: “command”. Press Enter or click OK.
2. Type “notepad” as shown in the image below and press Enter. Notepad will open.
3. Copy and past the following text into Notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


@=””%1″ %*”

“Content Type”=”application/x-msdownload”

4. Save file as “exefix.reg” (without quotation-marks) to your Desktop.
NOTE: choose Save as type: All files
5. Double-click to open exefix.reg. Click “Yes” for Registry Editor prompt window.
6. Download STOPzilla or an automatic removal tool below. Update STOPzilla and run a full system scan.

If you can’t complete the above steps then please use another PC to download an automatic removal tool and exefix.reg (Right Click (Save Target As)) to download file. Copy these files to USB flash drive or any other external media and transfer them to infected computer. Launch exefix.reg file first and then install STOPzilla.

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Vista Antispyware 2010 manual removal:

Kill processes:

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellsafemodecommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe" -safe-mode

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetIEXPLORE.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "AntiVirusOverride" = "1"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "FirewallOverride" = "1"

Delete files:


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  • Kaithy

    I have visited your blog. And i found useful and knowledgeable information about free anti spyware or Anti-virus.It is a virus removal software.It help me to destroy the errors in my PC.Thanks for sharing such type of nice information with your blog.

    Good work.

  • Dan

    How do you get this in the first place? Its worrying how this annoying piece of software has managed to get onto my computer.

  • Guest

    what if I panicked and deleted the virus .exe files?

    I saw the comment after doing it and now cant run any app. 🙁

  • Guest

    i am infected by a program called vista antispyware 2011. i tried malwarebytes anti malware & security doctor & neither seem to be doing anything

  • Guest

    Use SuperAntiSpyware to remove it. Worked for me.

  • Guest

    I followed all the instructions and now I can't run programs, I can't connect to the internet, I can't even run the OS disc. THANKS A LOT.

  • Guest

    ..what a load of crap
    vista is the worst thing in the whole world..worse than aids..worse than war…worse than death…
    never again

  • Guest

    this thing is a load of shit… i did nothing to get this bullcrap on my computer and im not PAYING to have it removed.. windows VISTA is a piece of shit, and ill never buy another PC again in my life.

  • mon

    okay.. this is total BULL CRAP. after I finished scanning, It says I have to BUY SPYWARE DOCTOR in order to remove these threats… ARE YOU KIDDING MEEEE!!!

  • mon

    im currently in the process of removing through STOPzilla on my infected computer.
    I went with the first set of instructions, as I didn't really understand the second. But the thing is, when you try to run the command, you input “cmd” into the textbox, the “command” one did not work for me.

  • Helen

    i've followed the instructions for the spyware doctor solve and now my computer has black screend and wont come back!

  • Guest

    Driving me F#cking nuts paid for futureshop removal and didn't work so now i'm out $100 still have a virus AND regedit is out of order!

  • Bridget

    Hi, will the same steps apply if I purchased Vista Antispyware 2010?

  • Guest

    Thanks a lot, that stupid thing was driving me crazy, and that thing is WAY lame. anyway thanks a lot again.

  • Guest

    h is th stat button?

  • jeremiah

    what do you do if it comes back??

  • Guest

    I have a problem my pc is all black I don't know how I'm goin to remove the virus anyone can HELP ME!!!!!

  • Guest

    I did the manual removal – worked great – thanks! You are a terrific source of information and good directions.

  • Guest

    makin sure this isn't a scam as well

  • <Guest>DavidUK

    Many Thanks Guys

    You've saved my bacon

  • Johan

    Thank a lot!!! relly helped me! was startting to throw me laptop trough the window.

  • Guest

    Love Love LOVE you guys thank you so much!!!!

  • NB

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Those pop-up alerts were driving me mad!

  • Guest

    removed the registry files now everytime i try to run a program it says i have to restore the links at the control panel

  • Guest

    you should really explain that to remove the threat you have to pay £29.99

  • Guest

    Had the issue, used your steps and got it fixed. Thanks.

  • Guest

    Awesome. Thanks so much. Best info out there.

  • Guest

    I just used Spybot to get rid of it,and it seems to have worked…….

  • Guest

    Hi your information is awesome and speechless. You people are really doing a great job.