Vista Defender Pro (VistaDefenderPro) Virus Removal Guide

Vista Defender Pro

Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10

Vista Defender Pro is a clone of Total Vista Security. The following fake antivirus programs are also similar to Vista Defender Pro:

Total XP Security, Total Vista Security, Win 7 AntiMalware 2016, Total Win 7 Security, Vista Security Tool 2016, XP Security Tool 2016, XP Defender Pro, XP AntiMalware 2016, Vista AntiMalware 2016, XP Smart Security 2016, and Vista Smart Security 2016.

Vista Defender Pro is a fake antivirus program. The fake antivirus program generally infects systems running Windows Vista. Vista Defender Pro hopes to trick the user into thinking that it is a real program by using various tactics such as running a fake antivirus scan and creating pop ups. The program is generally installed through the use of a trojan horse. Vista Defender Pro main executable is AVE.exe, which is similar to AV.exe. Vista Defender Pro will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing AVE.exe. The comments here may provide insight. AVE.exe is generally a hidden file.

Below is our recommended removal tool for Vista Defender Pro. The removal tool has been rated 5 cows out of 5 by Tucows and was previously CNET’s Editor’s Choice. Feel free to download it below.

If you are unable to run the removal tool, or are unable to run any programs in general, you may need to stop the processes associated with Vista Defender Pro with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Vista Defender Pro, try using Process Explorer.

Common symptoms and characteristics of Vista Defender Pro and other rogue security programs include:
1. Vista Defender Pro is generally installed without user permission.
2. Vista Defender Pro uses pop ups and fake virus scans to scare the user.
3. Various antivirus and system programs on the user’s computer will stop functioning.

Manual Vista Defender Pro Removal – In order to manually remove Vista Defender Pro, the processes associated with Vista Defender Pro must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before Vista Defender Pro entered the computer.

Stop Vista Defender Pro Processes (Learn How To Do This)
ave.exe

Remove Vista Defender Pro Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe

Remove Vista Defender Pro Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Vista Defender Pro
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Vista Defender Pro
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Vista Defender Pro

Remove Vista Defender Pro Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
ave.exe

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If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to comment below. If you need any help with any of the steps, please don’t hesitate to comment below. We recommend that you follow our safety tips so that you can keep your computer clean Please Click Here to View Our Safety Tips. It is also best to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 for better web browsing security.

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One Response to “Vista Defender Pro (VistaDefenderPro) Virus Removal Guide”

beccie March 29th, 2016 at 10:10 am

hi
got vista defender pro virus and followed your guide.
cant find the files in regedit to delete
ive stopped the ave.exe processing in task manager
ive searched for ave.exe file and delted it
still the vista defender pro virus box keeps popping up
can you advise what i can do?
i have disconnected the pc from the internet.
thanks

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