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Remove Windows Internet Guard that Disables Security Service and Gives Fake Warnings

Published on April 9, 2014

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No doubt that Windows Internet Guard is another fake anti-virus program that copies the interface from a genuine Windows anti-virus program. There are about 20 FakeVimes coming along one after another. They share the same interface except the name. Here’s the list of some notorious FakeVimes rogueware:

  • Windows Prime Shield
  • Windows Defence Unit
  • Windows Efficiency Kit
  • Windows Prime Booster
  • Windows Web Watchdog
  • Windows Accelerator Pro
  • Windows Pro Defence Kit
  • Windows Premium Shield
  • Windows Activity Booster
  • Windows AntiBreach Tool
  • Windows Antivirus Master
  • Windows Prime Accelerator
  • Windows Efficiency Console

 

Windows Internet Guard Affection Symptoms

Many people become confused when being bombarded with so many Windows anti-virus programs nowadays. It is quite a tough task to differentiate the genuine from the fake. VilmaTech Online Support herein offers a list of symptoms incurred by Windows Internet Guard rogueware. Should you have any questions or run into difficulty when trying to remove Windows Internet Guard due to some unexpected scenarios that are not listed down here, please do feel free to get answers and exclusive help according to your concrete situation by contacting senior technicians here.

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  1. CPU is highly consumed to lead to a sluggish machine.
  2. Multiple running processes are called to some unknown services.
  3. Browser redirecting and hijacking problems start to occur occasionally.
  4. A mass of warnings about virus affections and errors are released all of a sudden.
  5. Most of the detected items cannot be found on the Internet and have not been detected by the initially installed anti-virus program.

 

What Does Windows Internet Guard Want from Computers?

Under the cover of the mechanical mess, Windows Internet Guard targets money. There are four ways for the fake anti-virus program to gain easy money for its author:

NO.1 – cheat victims into purchasing licensed version/ advanced version or whatever it is without helping victims to cleaning computer.

NO.2 – collect system configuration and resell such information to spammers who thirst for fast spread of his/her own products by finding out and attack the common vulnerability.

NO.3 – record input information and resell such information to cyber criminals who could execute money laundry with victims’ accounts or empty out accounts directly.

NO.4 – bring in additional applications of its cooperators through the vulnerability as a result of its random modification for commission.
 

Windows Internet Guard Is Destructive

The registration web page is temporarily built to make Windows Internet Guard to work just like the genuine anti-virus programs. It can be thus inferred that the page is not strictly built. As a consequence, bug can be easily found and exploited by infections injected onto the Internet. Besides, backdoor program has been detected to be attached to the fake anti-virus program so that its remote author could gain access to the collected information and implement improvements to make sure that Windows Internet Guard would keep staying on a target machine. Once such backdoor program is captured, it will be utilized as a passage to transmit vicious code without interference.

What’s worse, Windows Internet Guard numerates and overwrites the drivers concerning security service when it is penetrating into a target machine, which leads to the cease of automatic update and the malfunctions of installed anti-virus program. This is why the fake anti-virus program cannot be removed by security utilities automatically. Below is the manual removal method. You are welcome to follow up. Any help request will be immediately answered if you contact VilmaTech Online Support with the button here.

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Remove Windows Internet Guard that Disables Security Service and Gives Fake Warnings

Step1. End Windows Internet Guard’s running processes.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  1. Use Ctrl,+Alt+Delete key combination to access Task Manager.
  2. Browse to View tab for “Select Columns” to check “Image Path Name” and PID.
    select colums to end Windows Internet Guard's service and processes
  3. Full path name of programs will be shown clearly.
  4. Then go to Start Menu for All Programs to select Accessories.
  5. Click once on System Tools for System Information to expand Software Environment.
    use system information to end Windows Internet Guard's service and processes
  6. Click once on Running Tasks to show the path for each service and program in the right pane.
  7. Combine Task Manager and Running Tasks to figure out the guilty running processes related to Windows Internet Guard and end them accordingly in both of the two sectors.

 
Windows 8

  1. Enable Charms bar and type ‘Task’.
  2. Hit Enter key will bring to you Task Manager.
    access win8 task manager to end Windows Internet Guard's service and processes
  3. Browse to its View tab for “Select Columns” to tick “Image Path Name” and PID.
  4. Full path name of programs will be shown clearly.
  5. Then back to Start Screen for All Apps to select Accessories.
    access win8 all apps to end Windows Internet Guard's service and processes
  6. Click once on System Tools for System Information to expand Software Environment.
  7. Click once on Running Tasks to show the path for each service and program in the right pane.
  8. Combine Task Manager and Running Tasks to figure out the guilty running processes related to Windows Internet Guard and end them accordingly in both of the two sectors.

 
 
Step2. End Windows Internet Guard’s service.

Windows7/vista/XP

  1. Hold Win key and R key altogether and type “services.msc”.
    run service to end Windows Internet Guard's service
  2. Hit Enter key to access services window.
  3. Remove/disable the service directing to suspicious location in Running Tasks.

 
Windows 8

  1. Click open Windows Explorer (which can be found on Start Screen or All Apps) and enable Administrative tools.
  2. Double click on Services icon and remove/disable the service directing to suspicious location in Running Tasks.
    access services to to end Windows Internet Guard's service

 
 
Step3. Uninstall Windows Internet Guard from Control Panel.

Windows 7/Vista/XP

  1. Unfold Start menu to click open Control Panel.
  2. Enter into “Add/Remove Programs” and uninstall Windows Internet Guard.

 
Windows 8

  1. Click on “Unpin” icon in the bottom-right corner of the desktop.
    remove Windows Internet Guard from control panel
  2. Choose ‘Control Panel’ and access “Programs and Features”.
  3. Uninstall Windows Internet Guard.

 
 
Step4. Access Database to remove the items generated by Windows Internet Guard.

  1. Use Win+R key combination to access Run box.
  2. Type “regedit” and hit Enter key to enter into Database.
  3. Access to the following entries to find the ones related to Windows Internet Guard.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run\random.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\ Smart Guard Protection
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\Explorer\Navigating

 
 
Step5. Show hidden items to remove the items produced by Windows Internet Guard from local disk.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  1. Click open user accounts and family safety (which can be found in Control Panel) for ‘Folder Options’.
  2. Hit View tab to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
    show hidden file on Windows7/XP/Vista to remove items generated by Windows Internet Guard

 
Windows 8

  1. Hit View tab of Windows Explorer and tick ‘File name extensions’.
  2. Then tick ‘Hidden items’.
  3. Press “OK” button to show all hidden items.
    show hidden file in Windows8 to remove items generated by Windows Internet Guard

Navigate to C:\Windows, C:\Windows\System32, C:\Program Files\Windows Internet Guard, C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\ Windows Internet Guard and C:\Users\AppData\Local\ Windows Internet Guard to remove all the items generated on the day when Windows Internet Guard firstly appeared on the target machine.

 
 

Final

Don’t even be naïve to think that reboot computer could drive Windows Internet Guard away or at least stop it from operating. The rogueware has injected its code into startup configuration to guarantee that each Windows start would wake it up and keep on working. Windows Internet Guard is a piece of sticky program that conventional removal is far away from sufficient; more steps are required to be taken deep in the infected system. It should be made clear that delay in its removal could result in additional and extra unexpected issues as security service and programs are disabled not to be powerful enough to ward off infections.
 

Windows Internet Guard Removal Recommendation

With weak protection, the affected machine is under the radar of various infections. Should it be that additional infiltration takes place, more steps are required to be taken against the additional items before removing Windows Internet Guard completely and thoroughly. Otherwise, vulnerability could be taken advantage by the rogueware for its re-image. One should be informed that the above steps are designed exclusively to Windows Internet Guard instead of incurred issues. Therefore, certain level of virus knowledge and computer skills is necessary. For the removal of additional infections, one could seek solutions accordingly in virus reservoir; or as alternative, get specialized technical help from VilmaTech Online Support.

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Create Restore Point

It is recommended to create a restore point after removing Windows Internet Guard completely so as to, just in case, alleviate virus removal procedures and relief mechanical problems in the future. Here’s the video to show how.

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