What is Security Guard 2012?
Security Guard 2012 is a fake security scanner derived from the same family of misleading security programs as OpenCloud Security and OpenCloud Antivirus. Like its previous version, this rogue security scanner attempts to trick computer users into purchasing a non-existent full version.
Security Guard 2012 is often distributed through misleading websites, which exploit various software security vulnerabilities to install this rogue program on users' PCs. When installed, this rogue program will imitate the scanning of your computer for spyware and viruses.
The fake security scan will yield various security threats 'detected' on your computer. If you try to fix these issues by clicking the 'Remove' button, you will be redirected to a website and encouraged to purchase a full version of this program.
Do not be impressed by the professional appearance of this program - it is useless and you should remove Security Guard 2012 from your system immediately. This bogus program does not actually scan your computer for security issues - the process is merely imitated to scare you into purchasing a fake program.
While your PC is infected with Security Guard 2012, you will notice various security warning pop-ups. These warning messages are also fake - an attempt by Internet criminals to scare you into believing that your computer is highly infected with malware.
If you have already bought Security Guard 2012, contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into purchasing a fake computer security program. Follow the removal guide provided to eliminate this bogus software from your computer.
The following fake pop-up messages will be displayed on computers infected with Security Guard 2012:
"Security Warning. Malicious programs that may steal your private information and prevent your system from working properly are detected on your computer. Click here to clean your PC immediately."
"Warning! The file "taskmgr.exe" is infected. Running of applications is impossible. Please activate your antivirus software."
"Windows Security Alert. To help protect your computer, Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program. Do you want to keep blocking this program? Name: Zeus Trojan Publisher: Unauthorized."
These security warnings are fake. If you notice that your computer is infected with Security Guard 2012, you should remove it immediately.
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- What is Security Guard 2012?
- STEP 1. Remove Security Guard 2012 using a registration key.
- STEP 2. Remove Security Guard 2012 using Safe Mode with Networking.
Security Guard 2012 virus removal:
Before downloading, enter any one of these Security Guard 2012 activation keys in the registration window. Click the "Enter Activation key" button and paste this key:
When the registration key is entered, Security Guard 2012 will behave as if you have purchased it and will stop generating fake warnings. It will also enable some previously disabled Windows features.
Note that registering this program will not remove it from your PC. It will simply disable fake warnings and you should now be able to download and install the spyware remover.
If you cannot download or run the spyware remover, try running the registry fix (link below). It enables execution of programs. Download the registryfix.reg file, double click it, click YES, and then OK.
If installation fails, you can try downloading the customized installer developed by our technicians to bypass Security Guard 2012 spyware infection. Your browser may report that this file is unsafe.
Please ignore these warnings. Download customized installer
Security Guard 2012 removal instructions (on infected computer):
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK.
During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Here is a video demonstrating how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows XP users:
Windows Vista / 7 users:
Windows 8 users:
2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".
3.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
4. Download HijackThis and save it to your desktop. Some malicious programs are able to block HijackThis, so when you click the download link, in the Save dialog, rename HijackThis.exe to iexplore.exe and only then click the Save button.
After saving the file to your desktop, double click it. In the main HijackThis window click the “Do a system scan only” button. Select the following entry (place a tick at the left of the entry):
%AppData%\Security Guard 2012
%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Guard 2012
%AppData%\Security Guard 2012\Security Guard 2012.exe
%AppData%\Security Guard 2012\Security Guard 2012.ico
%AppData%\Security Guard 2012\sysl32.dll
%AppData%\Security Guard 2012\wf.conf
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Security Guard 2012.lnk
%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Guard 2012\Security Guard 2012.lnk
After selecting the required entry, click "Fix Checked". After this procedure you can close HijackThis and proceed to the next removal step.
5. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Security Guard 2012 from your computer.
Other tools known to remove Security Guard 2012:
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 fake antivirus distribution:
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 security guard 2012 rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:
To protect your computer from security guard 2012 rogue 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.
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