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Up till now, most of the fake antivirus utilities representing the Rogue.WinAVPro group have been characterized by a universal user interface that could differ in the scareware name only. However, the most recent sample has acquired a completely new guise, looking somewhat unexpected as everything’s in dark hues. Just compare the image of this Guard Online’s GUI (image below) with the snapshots of its forerunners such as Security Guard 2012 or OpenCloud Antivirus. There’s quite a difference, isn’t there? Well, that’s it for the looks and the origin, so we better proceed with our analysis and show you how this virus acts. No one can be ultimately protected against this scam as the hackers keep on inventing new propagation tricks. Actually, it’s a shame those talented individuals choose to be on the dark side instead of enforcing the worldwide effort to fight malignant software. So, Guard Online can infect your system at the most nonpresumable moment, for example when you are navigating through sites that got compromised by criminals, or when you push some ad that seems to offer something helpful (e.g. large discount or some free stuff) but is charged with a backdoor trojan. The infecting proper takes virtually some seconds to take place, and it won’t be something you can spot. Next thing that happens is Guard Online running a scan of your machine, purportedly checking it for bad items such as keyloggers, rootkits, spyware, worms and other potential hazards. And guess what – the rogue does ‘find’ many of those. This is certainly not trustworthy information and all the listed parasites are nothing to worry about because they are not on your workstation in fact. But by reporting these fakes, Guard Online is expecting that some of you start figuring out how to get those off your PCs. If this cruel plan goes as the bad guys anticipate, the victim may fall for the recommendations to register Guard Online commercial version that is promised to sweep away all the threats. That’s too much deceit in one application, so make sure you outwit the cyber crooks by getting rid of their fraudware.
Malware Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Threat Level: Critical
Advice: Immediately remove and scan for additional malware
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How to remove Guard Online manually:
Manual removal of Guard Online is a feasible objective if you have sufficient expertise in dealing with program files, processes, .dll files and registry entries.
The files to be deleted are listed below:
- %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[random]\
- %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[random]\Guard Online.ico
- %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\ldr.ini
- %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Guard Online\
- %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Guard Online\Guard Online.lnk
- %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\Guard Online.lnk
The registry entries that need to be removed are as follows:
- HHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random].exe”
Please be aware that manual removal of Guard Online is a cumbersome process and does not always ensure complete deletion of the malware, due to the fact that some files might be hidden or may get reanimated automatically afterwards. Moreover, manual interference of this kind may cause damage to the system. That’s why we strongly recommend automatic removal Guard Online, which will save your time and enable avoiding any system malfunctions and guarantee the needed result.
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