Remove Spyware Guard 2008

Spyware Guard 2008 is a virus that pretends to be a valid security program. You must remove Spyware Guard 2008 before it can further endanger the computer.

Spyware Guard 2008 is a potentially unwanted program that displays misleading scan reports derived from its own security scanner to convinced computer users to use, register and pay for the full version of the program. Spyware Guard 2008 is found to be originating from web sites like pyroscanner.com and spywareguard2008.com.

Usual propagation of Spyware Guard 2008 involves Trojan’s activities. Trojan may sneak into target computer without a notice from computer users and even anti-virus programs are unaware of its arrival. Once the system is infected, it modifies configuration settings of Internet browser, which makes it to redirect to malicious sites mentioned earlier. Installation of Spyware Guard 2008 on to visitor’s computer is now probable with a drive-by-download method employs by the website.

It is important to remove Spyware Guard 2008 immediately before it can add more harmful files inside the compromised PC. Follow the procedures on this page to get rid of this potentially unwanted program.

Screenshot Image:

Spyware Guard 2008 Virus

Technical Details and Additional Information:

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista

Malware Behavior
When the rogue program is activated on the computer, it will exhibit a number of fake security alerts. It also scans the system without user intervention and reports a number of threats detected on the computer. If user tries to remove these alerts, the fake anti-virus will prompt to register Spyware Guard 2008.

Registration
This version of Spyware Guard 2008 is for evaluating
purposes only. The removal features are disabled. You
may scan your PC to locate malwre/spyware threats.
To be able to remove threats, you should register Spyware Guard 2008
To register Spyware Guard 2008 click “Get License”

Spyware Guard 2008 Registration

Spyware Guard 2008 Removal Procedures

Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.

NOTE: It is recommended to PRINT or BOOKMARK this instruction because we need to restart Windows during the virus removal process.

Step 1 : Uninstall Spyware Guard 2008 from Windows

1 On Windows Start menu, type Uninstall on Search field. Select Apps & Features on the list. For lower version of Windows, please choose Program and Features. You can uninstall or modify any installed application using this feature.

Program and Features

2 On next window, look for the item "Spyware Guard 2008" from the list and then, click on Uninstall button.

Remove Malicious Apps

3 When it prompts for confirmation, please click Uninstall to start deleting Spyware Guard 2008 from Windows operating system.

Step 2 : Remove Spyware Guard 2008 remaining items with this tool

This guide requires a tool called Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It is a free tool designed to eradicate various computer infections including Spyware Guard 2008. MBAM scanner and malware removal tool is distributed for free.

4 In order to completely remove Spyware Guard 2008, it is best to download and run the recommended tool. Please click the button below to begin the download process.

Download Tool

5 After downloading, right-click on the file mb3-setup-consumer-[version].exe and select Run as Administrator to install the application.

6 Follow the prompts and install with dafault settings. There are no changes needed during the installation process.

7 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. If it prompts for database update, it is necessary proceed with this step.

8 Click on Scan Now button on scanner's console to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of Spyware Guard 2008 and other forms of threats.

Scan Now

9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and remove them from the computer.

10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows normally.

Step 3 : Double-check if Spyware Guard 2008 still exists

11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. File will be save on your Windows Downloads folder.

NPE Download

12 After downloading, navigate its location and double-click on the NPE.exe file to launch the program.

13 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept to proceed.

14 On NPE main window, click on Unwanted Application Scan to quickly check the computer for malicious programs including Spyware Guard 2008.

Norton Power Eraser

15 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Spyware Guard 2008. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.

Step 4 : Run Additional Scanner to Ensure that Spyware Guard 2008 is Totally Deleted

Online Virus Scanner:
Another way to remove a virus without the need to install additional anti-virus software is to perform a thorough scan with free Online Virus Scanner. Browse this page to see a list of free services from specific anti-virus and security company.

Alternative Removal Procedures for Spyware Guard 2008

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, Spyware Guard 2008 drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.

To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below.

1 On Windows Start menu, type RSTRUI on search field. Then, click the item or press Enter on keyboard.

RSTRUI Command

2 "Restore system files and settings" window will appear. Click Next button to see the list of active restore points.

3 Select the most recent one prior to having Spyware Guard 2008 infection. Click Next to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.

4 It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.

Optional : Spyware Guard 2008 manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Spyware Guard 2008 requires technical skills. Deleting system files and registry entries by mistake may result to total disability of Windows system. We advise you to perform a backup of registry before proceeding with this guide.

1. Kill any running process that belongs to Spyware Guard 2008.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Spyware Guard 2008 files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.

End Task

2. Delete all registry entries that belong to this malware.
- Press [Windows Key]+R on your keyboard.
- In the 'Open' dialog box, type regedit and press Enter. This will open registry editor.
- Find and delete registry entries as mentioned in Technical Reference section.
- Close registry editor. Changes made will be saved automatically.

Run Regedit

3. Scan the computer with antivirus program.
- Connect to Internet and open your antivirus software. Please update to obtain the latest database and necessary files.
- Restart the computer in Safe Mode.
- Just before Windows logo begins to load press F8 on your keyboard.
- On Windows Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode and press Enter.
- Thoroughly scan the computer with your updated antivirus software.

4. Delete all files dropped by Spyware Guard 2008.
- While still in Safe Mode, search and delete malicious files. Please refer to 'Technical Reference'. Make sure that you execute 'End Task' first before deleting the file. Otherwise, the system will not let you perform this action.

Associated Files and Folders:Added Registry Entries:
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About Marco Mathew

Marco Mathew works as Windows Network administrator before establishing precisesecurity.com. Now, Marco is dedicating full-time to help computer users' fight viruses, malware, trojan, worms, adware, and potentially unwanted programs.

5 Comments

  1. Avatarprecisesecurity (Post author)

    1. Download removal tool from this page and save it on your Desktop.
    2. After downloading, double-click on to install the application.
    3. Follow the prompts and install as “default” only
    4. If it prompts to update the database after installation, please proceed.

    5. Click “Finish.” Program will run automatically and you will be prompt to update the program before doing a scan. Please update.
    6. Scan your computer thoroughly.
    7. When scanning is finished, click on the “Show Results”
    8. Make sure that all detected threats are marked, click on Remove Selected.
    9. Restart Windows.

  2. AvatarShannon

    This should DEFINITELY be bumped up to high risk. This thing has my computer in tatters. I can’t spend 5 minutes on it before it freezes up & I have to hard boot. I’m at risk of losing all my files, this is one NASTY bug!

  3. AvatarCharlie

    Malwarebytes anti-malware really works except in my case Spyware Guard 2008 left a big red and white advertising window as background on my desktop. It replaced the background theme that I had in place. No anti-malware program will remove this. You have to remove it yourself.
    Go to Start/Control Panel/Display/Appearance and look for the file “bg.” Go to Search and under “All files and folders” type in “bg” and voila! you will find bg.jpg and bg.bmp. Delete both files and you will have removed the last remnant of this vicious and nasty rogue application.

  4. AvatarAndy

    I had the same problem. Installed MAMB and ran full scan. Still no luck

  5. AvatarDavid

    One very important par that was left out of the process.
    You MUST disable System Restore FIRST. Reboot the machine into “Safe Mode With Networking”, download, install, update and RUN Malwarebytes. Reboot into Safe Mode and scan AGAIN.

    I’m currently working on a machine that got whacked by this little nasty but since the owner had tried running the machine anyway, it had PLENTY of time to download all sorts of other little pest including a Root Kit. Chances are his machine is going to need reloading.

    David
    Network Administrator and Nerd by profession.

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