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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

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exe]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfile]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfile]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTexefileshellopencommand]
@=””%1″ %*”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exe]
@=”exefile”
“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:
av.exe

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:
%UserProfile%AppDataLocalav.exe

%UserProfile%AppDataLocalWRblt8464P

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