Vista Security 2016 (VistaSecurity2011) Virus Removal Guide

Vista Security 2016

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

The following programs are similar to Vista Security 2016 -

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Vista Security 2016, also known as VistaSecurity 2016, is a fake antivirus application. Vista Security 2016 generally infects systems running Windows Vista. Vista Security 2016 can infect systems running other operating systems; however, the name of the program will change. For example, the name will change to XP Security 2016 (for systems with Windows XP) and to Vista Security 2016 (for systems with Windows Vista). Vista Security 2016 is a clone of Total Vista Security. Vista Security 2016 is generally installed through the use of a trojan horse. Vista Security 2016 main executable is PW.exe, which is similar to AV.exe and AVE.exe. Vista Security 2016 will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing PW.exe. The comments here and comments here may provide insight into the successful removal of Vista Security 2016. PW.exe is generally a hidden file.

Below is our recommended removal tool for Vista Security 2016. 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.

Vista Security 2016 Removal Tip - If Vista Security 2016 is blocking applications from running, right click on the application file and select “Run as administrator.” This should allow the user to install removal software (since the administrator will have full rights on the computer) in order to successfully remove Vista Security 2016.

If you are unable to run the removal tool, or are unable to run any programs in general, you may also need to stop the processes associated with Vista Security 2016 with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Vista Security 2016, try using Process Explorer.

View Vista Security 2016 Files
View Vista Security 2016 Keys

It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because Vista Security 2016 will generally not be able to load in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart the computer and press F8 multiple times before the Windows screen to bring up the boot options.

Boot Menu

The safe mode with networking option will allow the user to be able to use the internet in safe mode. Vista Security 2016 can be removed by using the

or by manually removing the virus.

Common symptoms and characteristics of Vista Security 2016 and other rogue security programs include:
1. Vista Security 2016 is generally installed without user permission.
2. Vista Security 2016 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 Security 2016 Removal – In order to manually remove Vista Security 2016, the processes associated with Vista Security 2016 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 Security 2016 entered the computer.

Vista Security 2016 has two revisions; one revision has the executable as PW.exe while the other has an executable which is [random three letters].exe.

Stop Vista Security 2016 Processes (Learn How To Do This)
PW.exe
[random three letters].exe

Remove Vista Security 2016 Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\PW.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random three letters].exe

The executable is generally a hidden file. To see hidden files, turn on hidden files in the folder options under “Hidden files and folders.” In Windows Vista, you can search “hidden files and folders” in the Windows Search Bar which will direct you to the folder options.

Remove Vista Security 2016 Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Vista Security 2016
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Vista Security 2016
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Vista Security 2016

Remove Vista Security 2016 Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
PW.exe
[random three letters].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.

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4 Responses to “Vista Security 2016 (VistaSecurity2011) Virus Removal Guide”

Roy and Steph Hollowday March 12th, 2017 at 9:20 am

Brilliant, worked like a charm even for us complete amateurs. Thank you

Joe April 2nd, 2016 at 11:56 pm

I don’t understand of this I need someone to basically walk me through it step by step it would be nice to get this fixed I really can’t afford to send it in.

Scott April 6th, 2016 at 1:27 am

There is more then the 2 versions you have mentioned in this walk through.
While what the PC I have been given to repair starts off seeming like Rev2. as it is 3 letters.exe All of the other files mentioned do not exist.
Still going through the system folder by folder hoping to find it. But it isn’t looking promising. Even a hidden file / folder search + having it enabled is a blank. TDM.exe (the 3 letters on the client PC) don’t exist. Nor do Vista Security 2016 reg keys. Which is odd considering this is definatly the same virus

Hugo April 8th, 2016 at 12:42 pm

im currently running antivirus, i couldnt start any program before nor did it find TJE.exe (my 3 letters combo i guess) on my computer.

its annoying tho, you’ll have to rightclick and select “run as administrator” at every programm to make it work, otherwise you will just activate the virus to pop up again

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