Windows Software Guard Description
Just one more rotating face glued onto system-damaging, money-stealing rogue code, Windows Software Guard should be treated with all the hostility one would have towards any standard virus. Strongly related to previous false system security software like Windows Safety Protection and Windows Software Protection, it will present fake error messages to try to cajole the user to purchase it. Do yourself a favor by distinguishing between this rogue scanner and true security software.
How You Got Stuck with Windows Software Guard
Windows Software Guard infects systems indirectly, primarily by using the fake Microsoft Security Essentials Trojan. This Trojan attempts to slip onto your system undetected, and will create false alert messages that attempt to pass themselves off as being from Microsoft or otherwise having legitimacy. The key to spotting this Trojan is to notice the point at which it tries to recommend a rogue. The false alarm messages look like the following:
“Threat prevention solution found
Security system analysis has revealed critical file system vulnerability caused by severe malware attacks.
Risk of system files infection:
The detected vulnerability may result in unauthorized access to private information and hard drive data with a serious possibility of irreversible data loss and unstable PC performance. To remove the malware please run a full system scan. Press ‘OK’ to install the software that will be used to initiate system files check. To complete the installation process please reboot your computer.”
Note the typo! At this point, Fake Microsoft Security Essentials may install a rogue anti-spyware program from a wide possible range.
Windows Software Guard Symptoms
Although very new, much of Windows Software Guard’s code has been recycled from other rogue programs, enabling it to have a wide range of functions. Since Windows Software Guard makes sure that it runs with every normal system start, you’ll notice symptoms of this infection quickly and frequently. Possible symptoms include:
- Inaccurate error messages. Like many rogue programs, Windows Software Guard often prefers to give out error messages indicated to a key-logged browser or other modifications to important system files such as lsass.exe or the registry. This is intended to cause immediate panic in the user, so that they’ll do whatever it takes to fix the (actually illusory) problem.
- Problems running other programs. Windows Software Guard may do this to create a fake problem situation for it to cry wolf over. On other occasions, the rogue anti-spyware program will shut a process down to keep itself from being uninstalled.
- Pop-ups and browser hijacking. This is to direct the user to the Windows Software Guard site or another site that’s designed to steal the user’s money. Pay particular attention to the sites you’re on and their verifications when infected with this rogue anti-spyware program.
Slaying the Beast Before It Slays Your Wallet
Because it’s so new, specific tools for removing Windows Software Guard aren’t widely circulated yet. To delete Windows Software Guard should still be a fairly simple job; however, since it works along the same lines as other older rogue programs. Be ready to use Safe Mode and multiple legitimate anti-malware software products. Don’t forget to clean out that rogue-delivering Trojan, either, or you may just find yourself reinfected again!
Windows Software Guard Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)
Is your PC infected with Windows Software Guard? To safely & quickly detect Windows Software Guard, we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.
Download SpyHunter's* Malware Scanner to detect Windows Software Guard What happens if Windows Software Guard does not let you open SpyHunter or blocks the Internet?
Visual & GUI Characteristics
File System Modifications
Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
- The following files were created in the system:
# File Name Detection Count 1 %APPDATA%\ ambeea.exe 44
Posted: February 7, 2011 | By SpywareRemove
Threat Level: 10/10
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