AntiSpy Safeguard is a rogue antispyware program that is promoted by faked microsoft security essentials alert. The alert is shown only when your PC is infected by trojan. The window will look similar to Microsoft Security Essentials design and will show a single infection : an unknown Win32/Trojan with severe alert level. The alert will claim that it can not be removed with current version of Microsoft Security Essentials and you need to download a good Antivirus. You get to choose from 35 programs, but only 5 of them will detect the infection : Red Cross Antivirus, Peak Protection 2010, Pest Detector 4.1, Major Defense Kit and AntiSpySafeguard , as other program are legitimate.
Once installed, AntiSpy Safeguard will reboot the PC and start its dirty work. First thing after reboot it will show scan results: some viruses are detected and cleaned, however some files (e.g. iexplore.exe ) require “full” version of AntiSpy Safeguard, which has to be purchased. The rogue will start to block legitimate programs showing alerts like this :
The application taskmgr.exe was launched successfully but it was forced to shut down due to security reasons.
This happened because the application was infected by a malicious program which might pose a threat for the OS.
It is highly recommended to install the necessary heuristic module and perform a full scan of your computer to exterminate malicious programs from it.
Also, you get security alerts:
Warning! Database updated failed!
Database update failed!
Outdated viruses database are not effective can’t guarantee adequate protection and security for your PC! Click here to get the full version of the product and update the database!
Warning! Running trial version!
The security of your computer has been compromised! Now running trial version of the software! Click here to purchase the full version of the software and get full protection for your PC!
You should not purchase a full version of AntiSpySafeguard, as it is a phishing scam. Contact your bank if your credit card details got disclosed to makers of this software. It is better to remove this scamware and rely of reputable antiviruses, anti-spyware and internet security applications.
AntiSpy Safeguard can be removed by rebooting into safe mode with networking, stopping its processes and startup entries. It is highly recommended to do a full system scan with good anti-malware programs like Spyware Doctor.
At the moment, Antispy Safeguard is replaced by much more aggressive parasite: ThinkPoint. Although similar to its predecessors, it is a bit more difficult to remove.
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