Vista Antispyware 2016 (Vista Anti-Spyware 2016) Virus Removal Guide

Vista Antispyware 2016

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

Vista Antispyware 2016 (VistaAntispyware 2016) is a fake antispyware program. Vista Antispyware 2016 has two different versions to the same fake antivirus program; The first version is called Vista Antispyware 2016 while the second version is called Vista Anti-Spyware 2016. Vista Antispyware 2016 was released around November 2016 while Vista Anti-Spyware 2016 was released around February 2016. Each one has a slight change in look; however, the main difference is a change in name. The majority of infections currently are Vista Anti-Spyware 2016. Vista Antispyware 2016 generally infects systems running Windows Vista; however, it can infect other operating systems. When infecting other operating systems, the name of the program will change. The program will change into XP Antispyware 2016 if it infects a system running Windows XP. The program will change into Win 7 Antispyware 2016 if it infects a system running Windows 7. Vista Antispyware 2016 is a clone of Vista Security Tool 2016. However, the first version of the fake antivirus program was released back in February 2016.

Vista Antispyware 2016 is generally installed through the use of a trojan horse. Vista Antispyware 2016 main executable is PW.exe, which is similar to AV.exe and AVE.exe. Vista Antispyware 2016 will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing PW.exe. The second version of this virus has made the executable file change from computer to computer; the executable file will generally be three random letters. The majority of infections today will be with random executables since the original version of this fake antivirus program was released around November 2016. The comments here and comments here may provide insight into removing Vista Antispyware 2016. These two pages have roughly a combined 160 comments; It is very important to read through different strategies used by others to remove this fake antivirus program. The executable is generally a hidden file; therefore, you will need to turn on hidden files to find PW.exe.

Below is our recommended removal tool for Vista Antispyware 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 Antispyware 2016 Removal Tip - If Vista Antispyware 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 in order to successfully remove Vista Antispyware 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 Antispyware 2016 with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Vista Antispyware 2016, try using Process Explorer.

It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because Vista Antispyware 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 Antispyware 2016 can be removed by using the

or by manually removing the virus.

View Vista Antispyware 2016 Files
View Vista Antispyware 2016 Keys

Common symptoms and characteristics of Vista Antispyware 2016 and other rogue security programs include:
1. Vista Antispyware 2016 is generally installed without user permission.
2. Vista Antispyware 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.

Specific warnings created by Vista Antispyware 2016 include:

“Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system”

“Internet Explorer is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.”

Manual Vista Antispyware 2016 Removal – In order to manually remove Vista Antispyware 2016, the processes associated with Vista Antispyware 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 Antispyware 2016 entered the computer.

Important: Before attempting to manually remove Vista Antispyware 2016, we recommend that the user read through comments posted by other users on how they removed specific fake antivirus programs since many fake antivirus programs are similar. These comments can be found by clicking here. These comments may provide additional information which may be useful in removing Vista Antispyware 2016. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.

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

Remove Vista Antispyware 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

There are two different file names listed above to reflect the two different revisions to this fake antivirus program. Generally, Vista Antispyware 2016 will use PW.exe while Vista Anti-Spyware 2016 will use [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 Antispyware 2016 Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Vista Antispyware 2016
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Vista Antispyware 2016
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Vista Antispyware 2016

Remove Vista Antispyware 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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2 Responses to “Vista Antispyware 2016 (Vista Anti-Spyware 2016) Virus Removal Guide”

todd April 22nd, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Thanks for posting this, guys! It truly helped me get my computer back up and running. It’s a daunting thing to go into the registry and such, and this outlined the steps nicely. Thanks again.

Elena May 18th, 2016 at 4:54 am

I have this exact virus and have gone through many steps. I know the title of the file to be hfd.exe, yet even after showing hidden files I cannot find it to delete my files and registry keys. I’ve run Stinger multiple times and it has caught 5 things associated with this and deleted them (this is the only removal tool that the computer allows to run) but the popups do not go away. I’ve tried system restores as well, and uninstalled the Adobe Flash player that caused the infection. I have experience with dealing with viruses, but I have never been completely out of solutions. I am reluctant to wipe it, so is there anything else that can be done if it’s still hiding the registry keys and files?

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