What is Smart Guard Protection:
Threat Classification: Rogue Software
Smart Guard Protection is a rogue antivirus software, which performs a fake virus scanning on the infected systems, which always ends with fake security alerts. The main goal of these rogue antivirus malware infections is to scare the inexperienced computer user and extort money from him. Usually, after Smart Guard Protection completes the automatic scan, it starts popping fake warning messages up saying that your computer is heavily infected with a very dangerous virus and Smart Guard Protection highly recommends you to remove the so-called threat to protect your system. Please note that once you pay for the full version of Smart Guard Protection, you can never get your money back. And just one more thing – you won’t be able to remove the threats shown by the Smart Guard Protection, because these threats are nonexistent.
The worst thing that Smart Guard Protection does is to make you believe that your computer is at risk, and blocks you from accessing real antivirus programs, browsers and other applications installed on the computer.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method using a Professional Malware Removal Software (recommended for regular or novice users).
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Smart Guard Protection Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Smart Guard Protection and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find Install Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or to purchase the full version to perform an automatic removal and also to receive free professional help with any malware related queries by their technical support department.
Manual Smart Guard Protection Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Smart Guard Protection manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. Remove Smart Guard Protection by restoring your system to a previous state.
1. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. To do this, turn your computer off and then back on and immediately when you see anything on the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard.
For Windows 8:
If you are using Windows 8, you need to hold the Shift button and tap the F8 key repeatedly, this should boot you into the new advanced “recovery mode”, where you can choose the advanced repair options to show up. On the next screen, you will need to click on the Troubleshoot option, then select Advanced Options and select Windows Startup Settings. Click on the Restart button, and you should now be able to see the Advanced Boot Options screen.
2. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select the option “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” and press Enter on your keyboard.
3. When the command prompt loads up, type:
Windows XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Windows Vista/7/8: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter
4. System Restore should initialize, and you will be displayed a list of restore points. Try using a restore point created just before the date and time before the Your-computer-has-been-locked virus has infected your computer.
When System Restore has completed its task, start your computer in Windows normal mode, you would need to perform a scan with anti-spyware software as the infection might still be on the system.
2. Delete any registry keys, folders or files related to Smart Guard Protection by checking the following locations:
First, you can try to activate Smart Guard Protection by using one of the following Activation Codes:
Then go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to Smart Guard Protection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, bear in mind that you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs).
1. Kill the following process:
2. Delete these registry entries:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “AS2014” = “%CommonAppData%\WaDprnV7\WaDprnV7.exe”
- HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “EnableLUA” = 0
- HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “EnableVirtualization” = 0
- HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore “RPSessionInterval” = 0 “
3. Delete the following files and folders: