Introduction: Remove Spyware Guard 2008
Spyware Guard 2008 is a virus that is supposed to look like an anti spyware / anti virus application. However IT IS NOT AN ANTI VIRUS. IT IS A VIRUS. IT WILL CAUSE YOUR COMPUTER TO FREEZE AND BE VERY SLOW. In this instructable I will show you how to remove it from your computer.
Step 1: What You Need
Here is a list of the software you will need to remove it:
File ASSASSIN from : http://www.download.com/FileAssassin/3000-2094_4-10639988.html?tag=mncol
Advanced System Care FREE from : http://www.download.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Free/3000-2086_4-10407614.html?tag=mncol
An anti virus application, I use Sympatico Security Manager but if you are looking for something free try AVG from : http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?tag=mncol
Step 2: Close and Disable
Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to get to the windows task manager. Click on the 'Processes" Tab. End the process of "spywareguard.exe". Next click start, run, and type "msconfig" Click on the "Startup" tab desable anything in the folder of " C:\ Program Files\Spyware Guard 2008". It will ask you if you want to reboot your computer, click "Restart"
Step 3: Removing Some Files
When the Computer restarts click Start then search. Click all files and folders. Search for the folder" Spyware Guard 2008" delete all the instances of that folder. Open My Computer, Click on the "C" Drive, Select the "windows" folder and select search. Search for the following files:
Delete all of these files. Then empty the recycling bin.
Step 4: Delete the Bad Code
Go to my computer, C:\ ,Program Files then open the folder "Spyware Guard 2008" there will be .exe files, .vbe and .cfg files. Open the .vbe files with Notepad. To do so right click it and hit properties. Tell it that you want to open it with notepad. Click Apply then OK. You may have the click the .vbe icons. When you do so notepad will open showing the virus codes. Click edit, select all then press DELETE. Next click file then save. (the page should be blank) Close note pad. Do this with all the .vbe and .cfg files. Next right click the EXE files ( I belive they're called "uninstall" and "spywareguard2008") and select delete with File ASSASSIN. Close Windows Explorer and empty the recycling bin.
Step 5: Use Advanced System Care
Run advanced system care and scan for problems. Don't disable anything just click "Scan Now". ( Click on Maintain Windows on top of the word care). This will preform a Registry Fix, Spyware Scan, Privacy Sweep, and a disk cleanup. If you are asked to create any backups click "yes". When the scan is done click repair. Close advanced system care.
Step 6: Use a Anti-Virus
Launch your anti-virus and scan for viruses. Remove them if you can (as long as they are not important system files) if you can't they will be quarantined.
Step 7: Clear Internet Data
In Firefox click "Tools" then "Clear Private Data" Clear everything. Empty the recycling bin for the final time.
Step 8: Addional Stuff
You could also run a disk cleanup and a disk defrag. Click 'Start" All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup to run a disk cleanup (no duh:)) and Disk Defragmenter to defrag.
Step 9: The End...at Last
Restart the PC (it might be a little slow shutting down, you have changed a lot of settings) and then your PC should be back to normal. Hope this works for you... it worked for me.