XP Guard (XPGuard) Virus Removal Guide
Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10
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XP Guard, also known as XPGuard, is a fake antivirus application. XP Guard generally infects systems running Windows XP. XP Guard is a clone of XP Smart Security 2016. XP Guard is generally installed through the use of a trojan horse. XP Guard main executable is PW.exe, which is similar to AV.exe and AVE.exe. XP Guard will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing PW.exe. The comments here and comments here may provide insight. PW.exe is generally a hidden file.
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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 XP Guard with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by XP Guard, try using Process Explorer.
It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because XP Guard 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.
The safe mode with networking option will allow the user to be able to use the internet in safe mode. XP Guard can be removed by using the
Common symptoms and characteristics of XP Guard and other rogue security programs include:
1. XP Guard is generally installed without user permission.
2. XP Guard 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 XP Guard Removal – In order to manually remove XP Guard, the processes associated with XP Guard must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before XP Guard entered the computer.
Remove XP Guard Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\PW.exe
Remove XP Guard Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
Remove XP Guard Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
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