Spyware Guard 2008 is rogue anti-spyware application that installs itself on a computer without the consent of the user. Generally, the application is installed via Vundo Trojan or other fake software. Once, inside your PC, Spyware Guard 2008 works by showing you lots of pop-ups informing you about multiple infections and scare you into buying the complete version of this software. By downloading the complete version of this rogue software you put your private data into high risk. Also, Spyware Guard 2008 adversely affects your PC performance.
Spyware Guard 2008 is a complicated application and is not completely removed using the normal uninstallation process. In this article, we will look at the steps you need to perform to ensure complete removal of this dangerous software.
Manual removal process of Spyware Guard 2008 includes following steps:
- Block Spyware Guard 2008 websites
- Remove Spyware Guard 2008 processes
- Remove Spyware Guard 2008 registry keys
- Remove Spyware Guard 2008 DLLs
- Delete Spyware Guard files
Discussed below is each step in detail.
Block Spyware Guard 2008 websites
You need to block the following two websites:
Perform the following steps separately for each website to block them:
- Open your Internet Explorer
- Go to Tools menu and select Internet Options.
- In the Internet Options window, display the Privacy tab and then click Sites.
- Next, type the URL of the website you need to block and then click Block.
- Press OK twice to save your changes.
Remove Spyware Guard 2008 Processes related to Spyware
To achieve this, perform the following steps:
- Go to Start menu, click Search and select the All files and folders option.
- Perform separate search for the following files:
- If found, delete these files.
Remove Spyware Guard 2008 registry keys
To remove Spyware Guard 2008 entries from your system registry, you need to access the Registry Editor Window. Perform the following steps to achieve this:
- Click Start menu and select Run.
- Type regedit in the Open dialog box and click Ok.
The Registry Editor window constitutes of two panes. The left pane shows the registry keys and the right pane displays the value of these registry keys.
Uninstalling Spyware Guard 2008 requires you to search and delete various registry keys. You may use the Find option in the Edit menu of the Registry Editor window to locate a registry key. To remove a registry key or value, right-click on it and select Delete.
Note: Making incorrect changes to your system registry can cause irreversible damage to it and may render your system unusable. Remember to make a back up of your registry before proceeding with any changes. You can take help of a registry cleaning tool, such as RegGenie to easily make registry backup.
To successfully uninstall Spyware Guard 2008, locate and delete the following registry keys or values:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSpyware Guard
- HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun spywareguard
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSpyware Guard 2008
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrentversionrun spywareguard
Unregister Spyware 2008 DLL Files
To successfully unregister the DLLs installed by Spyware 2008, first locate the exact location of the DLLs on your system, then run the regsvr32 /u FullDLLName.dllcommand and press Enter.
Note: The DLL name should contain the complete location of the DLL file on your computer.
For complete removal of Spyware 2008, you need to unregister the following DLL files:
Remove Spyware 2008 files
The last step in Spyware 2008 uninstallation process requires you to locate and delete the following files:
Note: %UserProfile% is a variable that points to your current user’s profile folder. If you’re using Windows NT/2000/XP, by default it is C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER]
The above steps ensure complete removal of Spyware 2008. However, if you do not wish to uninstall Spyware 2008 manually, you can download a good third-party uninstaller, such as Perfect Uninstaller and use it to remove the unwanted programs from your PC. It is also a good idea to use robust virus and spyware scanner tools, such as Antivirus Plus and XoftSpySE to perform a thorough scan of the system and eliminate any malicious data from it. Last but not the least, use a reliable registry tool, such as RegGenie to perform a deep registry scan and get rid of any left behind malicious registry entries.