Smart Guard Protection

Smart Guard Protection Description


Smart Guard Protection Screenshot 1A new spinoff of a well-known family of fraudulent security products, Smart Guard Protection poses as an anti-malware tool, but actually is the very threat that Smart Guard Protection pretends to block from attacking your PC. While Smart Guard Protection delivers pop-up system alerts and imitations of system-scanning features that may appear to be protecting your PC, Smart Guard Protection also is just as busy blocking your software and hijacking your browser. Considering the extensively negative history malware experts have linked to Smart Guard Protection’s family, the truly ‘smart’ thing to do always is to uninstall Smart Guard Protection with any real anti-malware program that you find sufficiently reliable.

A Treacherous Change in Your PC’s Guards


A common example of the perpetual ‘rebranding’ cycle of the rogue anti-malware industry, Smart Guard Protection is a new version of WinWeb Security, similar to others like Total Security, System Tool 2011, Windows Secure Kit 2011, Antivirus Security Pro, Security Sphere 2012, Total Security 2009, Disk Antivirus Professional, Winweb Security, Smart Protection 2012, Personal Shield Pro, Windows Ultra-Antivirus, System Security 2012, System Care Antivirus, System Security, Microsoft Antivirus 2013, MS Removal Tool, Antivirus Defence, System Adware Scanner 2010, Antivirus Security Pro 2014, Advanced Security Tool 2010, Security Scanner 2012, Security Shield 2012, Antivirus Security Pro 2013, Security Tool, Smart Fortress 2012, Futurro Antivirus, Security Shield/Scanner, AVASoft Antivirus Professional, Advanced PC Shield 2012, Antiviral Factory 2013, Security Shield, Attentive Antivirus, Antimalware - Proven Antivirus Protection, Live Security Professional, Security Monitor 2012, Live Essential Platinum, System Progressive Protection, Antivirus Security 2013, Antivirus System, Live Security Platinum and Windows Attacks Preventor. Typical distribution methods for Smart Guard Protection and similar PC threats include fake advertisements displaying inaccurate security alerts, compromised software patches, spam e-mail attachments and even the non-consensual drive-by-download attacks of compromised websites. Since the WinWebSec family sees regular development to launch new ‘products’ like Smart Guard Protection, updated anti-malware protection is important for detecting this scamware reliably.

Smart Guard Protection is designed with the appearance of an anti-malware product in mind and imitates the pop-up warnings and system scanning functions you’re likely to associate with these types of programs.
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However, unlike actual anti-malware products, Smart Guard Protection delivers fake system information that’s intended to cause alarm and force you to purchase its registered version. Other than giving money and confidential information to criminals, there are no real effects from purchasing Smart Guard Protection, and malware experts certainly don’t recommend it.

Protecting Your System Against a Guard with a Knife Aimed for Your Back


As potentially harmful as Smart Guard Protection’s fake alerts and scans may be, Smart Guard Protection also includes a substantial sidearm of attacks meant to restrict your ability to use your computer at all. Smart Guard Protection should be expected to block many programs on your computer by focusing on security-related software, such as the Registry Editor, Task Manager and Windows Defender. Although Smart Guard Protection doesn’t block Internet Explorer, Smart Guard Protection does hijack it and redirect that browser to fraudulent warning pages. The overall state of security for any PC infected by Smart Guard Protection may, therefore, be described as questionable.

Although deleting Smart Guard Protection obviously is the best response you can have to its attacks, Smart Guard Protection may try to block any anti-malware programs that are able to remove Smart Guard Protection efficiently. Using standard security techniques like booting into Safe Mode or booting through a USB device can provide the added security required to disable Smart Guard Protection and other threats, allowing you to focus on disinfecting your PC without any obstacles.

Smart Guard Protection Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Smart Guard Protection? To safely & quickly detect Smart Guard Protection we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Visual & GUI Characteristics


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Technical Details

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%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Guard Protection 237
    2 %CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7 N/A
    3 %CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7\DD1 N/A
    4 %CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7\WaDprnV7.exe N/A
    5 %CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7\WaDprnV7.exe.manifest N/A
    6 %CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7\WaDprnV7.ico N/A
    7 %CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7\WaDprnV7kassgxDq.lg N/A

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Control Panel\don't load, value: wscui.cplSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, value: AS2014HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}AS2014HKEY..\..\{Value}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "AS2014" = "%CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7\WaDprnV7.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore "RPSessionInterval" = 0HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "EnableLUA" = 0HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "EnableVirtualization" = 0

Additional Information

  • The following messages's were detected:
    # Message
    1Warning! Infected file detected.
    We strongly recommend activating full edition of your antivirus software for repairing threats.
    2Warning! Infected file detected
    Location: File System
    Behavior description: Destroys and infects system files.
    Suspicious activity detected in the application notepad.exe to the behavior of the virus Win32/Conficker.X. For your security and to avoid loss of data, the operation of application cmd.exe has been temporarily restricted.
    3Warning! Network attack attempt detected.
    To keep the computer safe, the threat must be blocked.
    4Windows Security Center
    Warning! Suspicious activity detected.
    Virus activity detected.
    Attempt to change configuration files detected.
    Rootkit embedding attempt detected.
Posted: December 9, 2013 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Detection Count: 5,907

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