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Windows Defender 2010. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as WindowsDefender2010, WindowsDefender 2010, Windows Defender2010 | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Windows Defender 2010 is a fake anti-virus application that shouldn’t be confused with Windows Defender from Microsoft which is perfectly legitimate software. As usual, cyber-thieves use graphics, colors, icons and other elements of well known and reputable software to make the fake one look more legitimate. For example, Windows Defender 2010 main logo is a combination of official Microsoft colors and security shield icon. Like other rogue anti-spyware programs, WindowsDefender2010 is promoted through the use of fake online scanners, fake video/warez and other bogus websites. Once installed, it supposedly performs a system scan and displays a list of infections but won’t let you remove those infections unless you purchase the program. That wouldn’t be so bad, but you see the problem is that Windows Defender 2010 reports non-existing infections and then asks to pay fro removal. There’s only one word for that – scam. Don’t purchase this fake program and get rid of it upon detection.

There are also several websites associated with this malware:,, All these websites use the same web template and of course there are many false information on these sites. Don’t visit them even if these website do not pose any damage, then are still listed as PC security threats. screenshot
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When running, WindowsDefender 2010 will also block legitimate software, especially anti-virus applications. It also uses browser hijacking to stop you for visiting security related websites and look for removal instructions. In more complicated case, this virus may completely take control of your PC. Usually, that happens when Windows Defender2010 comes with other malware, Trojans, rootkits and etc. In such case, you can try boot your PC in safe mode and restore system to a previous state when your computer was clean. However, please note that even if system restore will do the trick you still have to scan your PC with a legitimate anti-virus or anti-spyware tool. Also please read the removal guide below and remove Windows Defender 2010 from the system as soon as possible. You can also download an automatic removal tool which will do all the hard work for you. Good luck!

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Windows Defender 2010 manual removal:

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareWindows Defender 2010

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallWindows Defender 2010

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "Windows Defender 2010"

Delete files:
Windows Defender 2010.lnk

Delete directories:
%Documents and Settings%All UsersDesktop

%Documents and Settings%All UsersStart Menu

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  • Guest

    So I have a window that pops up telling me to getthis software and that I have threats currently on my laptop. Has anyone seen this before and how do I get rid of it?