RegGenie rogue registry utility

Also Known As: Reggenie Virus
Type: Fake Antivirus
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: Moderate
Damage Level

What is Reggenie and how to remove it?

Reggenie is rogue software, which claims to be a registry cleaner designed to improve the performance of users' PCs. In reality, however, this is a rogue program, which detects fake system errors and requests payment for a license key in order to remove them. Reggenie often comes bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. Therefore, when downloading free programs, carefully study all installation information to avoid inadvertently installing Reggenie or other unwanted applications (toolbars etc.) during the installation process. When we tested this software, it supposedly 'detected' over one hundred registry and other errors when installed on a fresh Windows operating system.

This proves that this so-called 'registry optimizer' was developed by people with deceptive intentions to sell their bogus software. If you are seeking a legitimate registry cleaner, try CCleaner. This is well-known free software, which can be trusted. If you have already installed Reggenie on your PC, remove it as soon as possible, since having this software installed on your computer greatly increases the chances of third party malware infecting your system. If you have already purchased this program, try to obtain a refund, since their website states that the product has a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. So, it is worth a shot!

reggenie rogue registy cleaner

Reggenie is categorized as scareware, since it displays fake scan results and then requests payment for a bogus license key from unsuspecting PC users. This deceptive strategy of selling license keys is commonly employed in fake antivirus programs. Do not trust this program and use the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your system.

Why you should remove Reggenie from your computer?

  • Reggenie is a rogue application, which may allow third party applications or malware to infiltrate your PC
  • This program 'detects' fake errors on your computer and requests payment for a licence key in order to remove them
  • Reggenie may track your computer and Internet browsing activity

Fake error messages detected by RegGenie:

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Ignore this and other 'error detection lists' presented by Reggenie - they are fake. False scan results are displayed with the sole purpose of tricking PC users into purchasing a license key for this useless software.

Reggenie removal:

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Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "RegGenie v3.0" select it and click Uninstall.

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "RegGenie v3.0", select it and click Remove.

After uninstalling RegGenie, scan your computer with anti-spyware software for any remaining unwanted components. Recommended malware removal software.

Additional steps needed to fully remove RegGenie from your system :

Uninstalling RegGenie is not adequate - remove the remaining unwanted components from your operating system's registry.

Click "Start" (Windows logo) on the bottom left corner of your desktop. In the search box, type "regedit" and click Enter. In the left corner of the opened window, locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER and double click it. When expanded, locate "Software" and double click it. When expanded, locate the Reggenie folder and remove it. After this procedure, go to your Program Files folder on your hard drive. Commonly, C:\Program Files. Locate the Reggenie folder and remove it.

Summary:

The fake antivirus programs (also known as "rogue antivirus programs" or "scareware") are applications that tries to lure computer users into paying for their non-existent full versions to remove the supposedly detected security infections (although the computer is actually clean). These bogus programs are created by cyber criminals who design them to look as legitimate antivirus software. Most commonly rogue antivirus programs infiltrate user's computer using poop-up windows or alerts which appear when users surf the Internet. These deceptive messages trick users into downloading a rogue antivirus program on their computers. Other known tactics used to spread scareware include exploit kits, infected email messages, online ad networks, drive-by downloads, or even direct calls to user's offering free support.

A computer that is infected with a fake antivirus program might also have other malware installed on it as rogue antivirus programs often are bundled with Trojans and exploit kits. Noteworthy that additional malware that infiltrates user's operating system remains on victim's computer regardless of whether a payment for a non-existent full version of a fake antivirus program is made. Here are some examples of fake security warning messages that are used in RegGenie rogue registry utility distribution:

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 1

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 2

Computer users who are dealing with a rogue security software shouldn't buy it's full version. By paying for a license key of a fake antivirus program users would send their money and banking information to cyber criminals. Users who have already entered their credit card number (or other sensitive information) when asked by such bogus software should inform their credit card company that they have been tricked into buying a rogue security software. Screenshot of a web page used to lure computer users into paying for a non-existent full version of RegGenie rogue registry utility and other rogue antivirus programs:

example of a webpage used to collect payments for fake antivirus programs

To protect your computer from RegGenie rogue registry utility and other rogue antivirus programs users should:

  • Keep their operating system and all of the installed programs up-to-date.
  • Use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
  • Use caution when clicking on links in social networking websites and email messages.
  • Don't trust online pop-up messages which state that your computer is infected and offers you to download security software.

Symptoms indicating that your operating system is infected with a fake antivirus program:

  • Intrusive security warning pop-up messages.
  • Alerts asking to upgrade to a paid version of a program to remove the supposedly detected malware.
  • Slow computer performance.
  • Disabled Windows updates.
  • Blocked Task Manager.
  • Blocked Internet browsers or inability to visit legitimate antivirus vendor websites.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove RegGenie rogue registry utility from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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