FakeSpyGuard is a family of rogue anti-malware scanners that create inaccurate scan results and system alerts, all of which are designed to make FakeSpyGuard’s victims panic and purchase the ‘registered’ version of the software as a quick remedy. Sadly, even registered members of FakeSpyGuard’s family can’t detect actual malware of any type, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also have observed variants of FakeSpyGuard downloading other Trojans, altering the Windows interface without any permission and creating fake malware files (harmless ‘junk’ files). Since FakeSpyGuard is a minor but distinct danger to your PC, you should take any necessary measure to identify any individual FakeSpyGuard infections and use real anti-malware products to remove FakeSpyGuard from your PC before any harm can be incurred from its presence.
A Guard You Shouldn’t Hire Even On Its Best Day
FakeSpyGuard’s family encompasses several fake anti-malware programs that try to confuse their victims into thinking that they have real anti-malware functions, with brand names including Spyware Guard 2008 (from which FakeSpyGuard derives its name), Malware Defender 2009 and System Guard 2009. Unlike more prolific and modern scamware families like WinWebsSec or FakeRean, FakeSpyGuard hasn’t been found to hijack your web browser or attempt to block any other programs – but PC threats related to FakeSpyGuard infections still may accomplish these tasks.
- FakeSpyGuard may replace the Windows Security Center (replaced in recent versions of Windows with the equivalent Action Center) to include promotional links for whatever variant of FakeSpyGuard currently infects your PC – such as a request to activate a ‘trial’ version of System Guard 2009.
- FakeSpyGuard pretends to be able to scan your PC to detect various types of malicious software, but FakeSpyGuard’s results actually are predetermined, and always will identify fake infections that include high-level threats such as Trojan downloaders and spambots. Attempting to use FakeSpyGuard to remove these fake threats only will redirect you to a purchasable registration option.
- Variants of FakeSpyGuard also will create pop-up warnings that alert you to fake attacks, such as attempted theft of personal information or unwanted system Registry changes. Some of these pop-ups may attempt alerts from Windows Security Center and other default Windows applications.
Taking FakeSpyGuard off the Shift
Like any incompetent guard that should be fired for failing to guard anything sufficiently well, FakeSpyGuard always should be deleted as soon as you notice its installation on your PC. Ordinarily, removing FakeSpyGuard should be a simple job that’s manageable by any decent anti-malware utility, but various PC threats that may be accompanying FakeSpyGuard do have the potential to interfere with the easy deletion of FakeSpyGuard.
For disabling FakeSpyGuard and any other malware, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers usually recommend booting into Safe Mode, which is a security feature that’s available on most major operating systems. If you still experience problems in removing FakeSpyGuard afterward, you also can consider booting your computer from an entirely uninfected source – such as an OS that’s loaded onto a USB stick.
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File System Modifications
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Posted: September 15, 2009 | By SpywareRemove
Threat Level: 10/10
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