AntiSpy Safeguard

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AntiSpy Safeguard Information
Type: Spyware
Analysis: Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
Infection: By downloading freeware & shareware.
Symptoms: Changes PC settings, excessive popups & slow PC performance.
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AntiSpy Safeguard is an especially sneaky, malicious rogue anti-spyware program. It is one of a newer variety of rogue anti-spyware applications that rely on a Trojan that can cause fake Microsoft Security Essentials alerts, which look exactly like real alerts. AntiSpy Safeguard has been infecting computers since August 2010, but it is in the same family as Red Cross Antivirus, Pest Detector 4.1, Major Defense Kit, and Peak Protection 2010. Some of the newer tactics that AntiSpy Safeguard exhibits, as a member of this family, may be some of the most deceptive recent rogue anti-spyware behaviors and present an ongoing threat.

AntiSpy Safeguard's Way of Using Trojans

It is common for rogue anti-spyware applications to infect computers through Trojans, in one way or another, but AntiSpy Safeguard uses Trojans differently than most other rogues do. Usually, when a Trojan infects a computer with the goal of delivering a rogue anti-virus program, the Trojan has one specific rogue program that it serves, and it opens a backdoor for that program. In the case of AntiSpy Safeguard, the Trojan in question supports a long list of malicious programs that are trying to find a way onto your computer.

What happens is that while you are browsing the Internet, the Trojan exploits some weakness in one of your programs, or it is bundled with a download, and you download it unknowingly. Then, the Trojan generates a fake Microsoft Security Essentials alert, which looks extremely realistic, and will warn you (ironically) about a Trojan's detection on your computer. The alert window will have four buttons with options, and if you click on any of them, it will take you to a bogus anti-spyware website.

This malicious website is meant to look like an actual website (Virus Total) which shows how different anti-virus programs identify the threat on your computer. The bogus website will show a list of several rogue anti-virus programs. These programs hold a button where is written “free download.” One of the programs in the list is AntiSpy Safeguard.

What Happens When You Download AntiSpy Safeguard

If you download AntiSpy Safeguard, it will begin acting in ways that are typical of a rogue anti-spyware program. AntiSpy Safeguard will run fake system scans, create a huge number of error messages and warnings about supposed “threats,” and prevent you from running other programs. Instead of the usual claims that you need to pay for the “full” or “licensed” version, AntiSpy Safeguard capitalizes on the fact that you chose to download it from a list of similar applications. It will send you a message saying that in order to remove the threats it has detected, you have to buy AntiSpy Safeguard's full version, because the one you have is only a trial version. It may also tell you that you don't have the fullest, most updated version, and that in order to get that version you need to buy AntiSpy Safeguard.

Needless to say, if you pay for AntiSpy Safeguard, you will not get anything for your money. AntiSpy Safeguard does not  actually have the ability to scan your system for threats, or remove any threats that might be present. Furthermore, paying for the rogue software will not cause AntiSpy Safeguard to leave you alone. Your best bet is to refuse to believe what AntiSpy Safeguard tells you, and remove it from the system.

To check your computer for AntiSpy Safeguard, download SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool.

SpyHunter spyware detection tool is only a scanner meant to assist you in detecting AntiSpy Safeguard and other threats. If you detect the presence of AntiSpy Safeguard on your PC, you have the opportunity to purchase the SpyHunter removal tool to remove any traces of AntiSpy Safeguard.


Detection of AntiSpy Safeguard (Recommended)

AntiSpy Safeguard is difficult to detect and remove. AntiSpy Safeguard is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. AntiSpy Safeguard, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove AntiSpy Safeguard and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a AntiSpy Safeguard scan/check to successfully detect all AntiSpy Safeguard files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove AntiSpy Safeguard, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove AntiSpy Safeguard or follow the AntiSpy Safeguard manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with AntiSpy Safeguard. AntiSpy Safeguard can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing AntiSpy Safeguard involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing AntiSpy Safeguard on your system. AntiSpy Safeguard installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with AntiSpy Safeguard, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect AntiSpy Safeguard and other common Spyware infections. After detection of AntiSpy Safeguard, the next advised step is to remove AntiSpy Safeguard with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


AntiSpy Safeguard may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of AntiSpy Safeguard from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

AntiSpy Safeguard, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. AntiSpy Safeguard along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example AntiSpy Safeguard, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect AntiSpy Safeguard and other types of spyware.

Remove AntiSpy Safeguard manually

Another method to remove AntiSpy Safeguard is to manually delete AntiSpy Safeguard files in your system. Detect and remove the following AntiSpy Safeguard files:


  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\antispy.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\defender.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\tmp.exe

Other Files

  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\PAV\
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = "0"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnPostRedirect" = "0"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "tmp"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "SelfdelNT"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\antispy.exe"

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