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Special Guard

Posted: February 24, 2011

Special Guard is just one more unneeded addition to the malware family, using tried and true tactics of fake errors and generally invasive behavior to force users into spending money on registering Special Guard. The Special Guard infection will usually install itself without the awareness of the user, and once active will harm security and interfere with normal operations. The only way to stop the flow of false positive alerts is to delete Special Guard and all related malware, so grab your anti-virus scanner and get to work if you think this problem is squatting on your system.

Thwarting the Invasion of Your Hard Drive Before Problems Start

Special Guard has been reported to be Korean, making it useful to avoid suspicious .kr sites, as well as suspect file sources from that region. P2P files and other files shared over large networks are especially likely to be security risks. Even seemingly genuine update files such as codecs can be compromised by Special Guard.

Although Special Guard pretends to be a real anti-spyware program, Special Guard will rarely install itself on computers in a forthright manner the way legitimate security programs meant do do. Instead, Trojans will drop Special Guard onto your system without permission, making Special Guard's presence jarringly threatening.

You'll know about Special Guard as soon as Special Guard is there, because Special Guard will create startup entries in your registry to run in a highly visible manner when Windows starts up. Removing these entries when you delete Special Guard's actual files is important, since you may suffer system errors if you remove only the files without removing the corresponding registry additions.

Special Guard is a Ladle Full of Lies Spilled on Your Computer

Rogue security products like Special Guard may do a good job of having a seemingly legitimate appearance, but their actual behavior is revealing in its hostile nature. If you refrain from removing Special Guard quickly, here are some of the problems you're likely to be struggling against on your system:

  • The appearance of seemingly nonsensical error messages that give reports of threats and problems not confirmed by more legitimate security software. In addition to being irritants, these messages can hamper true error communications from your operating system or anti-malware programs.
  • False scanning events that may take place automatically after reboots. Special Guard's scans offer no benefits and are merely a fancy light show with results already decided by the program itself. Special Guard can't detect, quarantine or delete system threats.
  • Loss of system resources. RAM is most likely to be highly affected by the presence of Special Guard and other rogue security programs, but hard drive space and other resources may also suffer.
  • Reduced security due to Special Guard closing programs that could accurately identify and remove Special Guard.

Allowing this state of affairs to go on for a prolonged period of time will just gamble with your computer's health for no good reason. Consider deleting Special Guard when you find Special Guard rather than banking on nothing happening while you wait for even worse occurrences.

File System Modifications

  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 %PROGRAM_FILES%\Special Guard
    2 c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Special Guard\
    3 c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Special Guard\

Registry Modifications

  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Special Guard

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Special Guard may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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