Smart Guard Protection is a fake antivirus program. It enters computers without user’s permission, runs fake scans and reports various invented threats to scare users into buying it. There are massive campaign run by hackers to distribute this scam, this is why many computers are already infected by this rogue anti-spyware. This guide explains how to get rid of Smart Guard Protection virus for free with the help of a free 15-day trial version of the reliable security program which you may download onto your PC as explained below. However, simply downloading the security software will not help you uninstall Smart Guard Protection which blocks launching legitimage programs. Please read the rest of this article that will explain all steps you need to undertake to remove this rogue from your computer.
This is the screenshot of Smart Guard Protection virus running on the infected PC:
This hoax doesn’t use legitimate ways of coming into PCs. Normally its infiltration into computer is a result of weak anti-virus protection on the computer which is targeted by the infection. This, of course, takes place with participation of one or several trojan horses which find leaks in the security settings of your computer. The rogue can be spread in the form of fake flash player downloads and updates, through user clicking malicious links in spam emails, via opening hazardous and infected email attachments (executable files or zip archives masked supposedly as USPS Labels or USPS Missed Package Delivery attachments), fake Microsoft Security Essential Alerts that prompt users to execute a file security_cleaner.exe, etc. These are just a few of methods used by cyber frauds to spread and implant Smart Guard Protection malware into computers today.
Once the rogue is successfuly installed into PC and implanted, it modifies your system settings in order to be self-launched automatically with every Windows startup. When you turn your PC you will see this malware running on your computer and imitating its fake security scan of your system.
Once Smart Guard Protection completes its bogus scan it produces a large report about all kinds of fake infections supposedly revealed by it during the fake scan of your computer. Even while it runs the bogus scan the following misleading security alerts, warnings and notifications are displayed by it:
Warning! 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.
Windows Security Center
Warning! Suspicious activity detected.
Virus activity detected.
Attempt to change configuration files detected.
Rootkit embedding attempt detected.
Warning! Infected file detected.
We strongly recommend activating full edition of your antivirus software for repairing threats.
Warning! Network attack attempt detected.
To keep the computer safe, the threat must be blocked.
These fake alerts, as well as the report after the computer scan initiated by the rogue, must not be treated as serious. This faulty information is simply displayed to make you buy its license or so-called activation key. We hope you will never make such a serious mistake.
Additionally, the rogue prevents you from running legitimate programs, icluding all available installed legitimate antiviruses, Task Manager, cmd.exe, taskkill.exe commands, etc. Your installed browsers are also hijacked by the rogue. As a result you will see a fake message by Smart Guard Protection that indicates that the sites you are visiting are not safe. If you encounter this bogus alert you must click “Ingore warnings and visit that site in the current state (not recommended)”. This is how you will be able to visit the sites you want.
To sum up, Smart Guard Protection is a serious malware running on your computer. You need to remove it immediately with the help of our recommended security software as explained in the steps below.
Smart Guard Protection important removal steps:
- Open “My Computer“, or use “Win + E” hotkey command to open Windows Explorer.
- In the address line type this text – http://gridinsoft.com/downloads/explorer.exe , then press Enter on your keyboard.
- Download explorer.exe file and save it to your Desktop.
- Run explorer.exe from the Desktop.
- In the empty field of the utility that appeared type “Guard” (you may also type Smart Guard Protection as a full title of the window of this rogue):
- Click “Scan“.
- In the window that appears afterwards click “Yes” to kill threat process of the rogue named Smart Guard Protection:
- The process of the rogue has been successfully terminated, whereas the rogue isn’t yet removed!
- Download Loaris Trojan Remover, install the program and run computer scan with it to remove all infections associated with this scam.
- Click “Remove selections” at the end of scan.
Note! The link above is for download of explorer.exe free utility developed by GridinSoft LLC to help users terminate rogue security programs by their window title. If for some reasons you can’t download this explorer.exe file through your infected computer, then you may download it from a clean computer and then simply copy it into your infected PC through USB Flash Drive (a.k.a. Jump Drive, Pen Drive or Memory Stick).
Note! Loaris Trojan Remover has full free 15-day trial to remove Smart Guard Protection virus at no cost for you. So, you don’t need to buy this program within these 15 days. The rogue and other malwares on your PC will be removed absolutely for free within these 15 days of free trial of Loaris.
Associated files and registry entries:
%Desktop%\Smart Guard Protection support.url
%Desktop%\Smart Guard Protection.lnk
%Programs%\Smart Guard Protection\Smart Guard Protection support.url
%Programs%\Smart Guard Protection\Smart Guard Protection.lnk
Associated registry entries:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit “C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,,%CommonAppData%\[rnd]\[rnd].exe -sm,”
%Desktop% implies that the file is located straight on your PC’s desktop. The full and detailed location is C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\Current User\Desktop\ for Windows 2000/XP, and C:\Users\Current User\Desktop\ for Windows Vista and Windows 7 & 8.
%Temp% stands for the Windows Temp folder. By default, it has the location C:\Windows\Temp for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\Current User\LOCAL SETTINGS\Temp for Windows 2000/XP, and C:\Users\Current User\AppData\Local\Temp for Windows Vista and Windows 7 & 8.
%AppData% means the current users Application Data folder. By default, it has the location C:\Documents and Settings\Current User\Application Data for Windows 2000/XP. For Windows Vista and Windows 7 & 8 it is C:\Users\Current User\AppData\Roaming.
%StartMenu% stands for the Windows Start Menu. For Windows 95/98/ME the location is C:\windows\start menu\, for Windows XP, Vista, NT, 2000 and 2003 it stands for C:\Documents and Settings\Current User\Start Menu\, and for Windows Vista/7 & 8 it is C:\Users\Current User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.
%CommonAppData% means the Application Data folder in the All Users profile. For Windows XP, Vista, NT, 2000 and 2003 it has the location C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\, and for Windows Vista/7 & 8 it is C:\ProgramData.