Vista Home Security 2016 (VistaHomeSecurity 2016) Virus Removal Guide

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

Vista Home Security 2016, also known as VistaHomeSecurity2011, is a new fake security (antivirus / antispyware) application. The name of the program will change from operating system to operating system; Vista Home Security 2016 generally infects systems running Windows Vista. The virus will change the name of the program to XP Home Security 2016 if it infects a computer running Windows XP; the virus will change into Win7 Home Security 2016 if it infects a computer running Windows 7. Vista Home Security 2016 is a clone of a variety of fake antivirus programs and has a similar look to Vista Total Security. Vista Home Security 2016 main executable is generally a series of three random letters; this executable is similar to AV.exe and AVE.exe, which are the main executable of previous clones of this virus. Before, the executable had a fixed filename; however, the virus has been modified to have the executable filename change from computer to computer. Vista Home Security 2016 will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing the main executable file. The comments here and comments here may provide insight. The main executable is generally a hidden file. It is important that the user turn on hidden files in their file manager so that they can find the hidden main executable file.

Below is our recommended removal tool for Vista Home 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.

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 Home Security 2016 with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Vista Home Security 2016, try using Process Explorer.

Vista Home Security 2016, like many other fake antivirus programs, will create a series of warnings and pop ups in order to scare the user into purchasing the fake program. Some of these warnings which are created by Vista Home Security 2016 can be found below.

“Privacy Threat!
Spyware intrusion detected. Your system is infected. System integrity is at risk. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords. Click here to perform a security repair.”

“Vista Home Security 2016 Firewall Alert!
Vista Home Security 2016 has blocked a program from accessing the internet.
Internet Explorer is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.”

“Stealth intrusion!
Infection detected in the background. Your computer is now attacked by spyware and rogue software. Eliminate the infection safely, perform a security scan and deletion now.”

“Windows Security Center
Vista Home Security 2016 reports that it is currently turned off. A firewall helps to protect your computer from potentially harmful content on the internet. Click Recommendations to learn how to fix this problem.”

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

or by manually removing the virus.

View Vista Home Security 2016 Files
View Vista Home Security 2016 Keys

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

Important: Before attempting to manually remove Vista Home Security 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 Home Security 2016. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.

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

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

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

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

Common Questions -
1. What is a computer virus? (Click Here To View)
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3. What common symptoms show that my computer may be infected? (Click Here To View)
4. What is a rogue security application? (Click Here To View)
5. What are some antivirus and antispyware programs which I can use to remove viruses and spyware? (Click Here To View)

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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11 Responses to “Vista Home Security 2016 (VistaHomeSecurity 2016) Virus Removal Guide”

Chris Mcnally March 24th, 2016 at 11:29 am

Thank you!. I found the file

c:\users\chrism\appdata\wih.exe

deleted that. I found many registry settings containing that file as well. As I booted vista I used task manager to kill any exe that was 3 letters. Then I found the wih.exe (random 3 letters) and the registry entries.

Finally Malwarebytes cleaned up and found a few others that needed to be removed. Thanks so much, this was helpful, as well as the comments on the other pages you referred to.

Gabe March 29th, 2016 at 5:25 pm

hey i cant find the registry entries but im sure i deleted the file just cant find the registry anyone with any suggestion would really help

Rashmi April 3rd, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Hey, I think that virus has changed or something because it is not letting me run regedit.exe

The virus keeps opening after I end process on taskmanager and then run rededit.exe

What do I do? : /

Kaden April 4th, 2016 at 5:19 am

Wow this is a pain, I’m trying to follow your directions after reading many other posts about this virus, so far yours pin points exactly what the virus symptoms are like acknowledging I may not be able to run msconfig or any programs in particular so thank you for that. I’ll post back after my hopeful victory

The Whisk April 5th, 2016 at 11:47 pm

The way I dealt with this virus on my roommates computer is first identifying the name of the application that launches in the task manager. For me it was ‘yts.exe’ then I searched yts in the registry and deleted the entries that came up.

One did cause a problem, it had something to do with the registry value for ‘exefile’ the registry value was supposed to be ‘”%1″ %*’ with the parenthesis and the asterisk.

For me I couldn’t open command prompt or use any navigation, so I had to start windows in safe mode, but safe mode actually didnt really help so i had to start in safe mode with command prompt. and i was able to call msconfig and regedit from the command prompt without a problem.

Good luck. Malwarebytes rocks.

Mark April 16th, 2016 at 5:40 am

I had this on my XP system (XP Total Security 2016) I tried (or tried to)do everything. I tried the ‘safe modes’ and it pops-up there too! I was able to run a bunch of anti-malwares, Malwarebytes, IOBit security 360, Anti-Vir, Norton, ETC. in ‘Administrator’ but NONE of these found anything! It eventually loaded in all the ‘users’. I ended up formatting my hard drive and reinstalled XP. It’s now on a Vista computer that my sister-in-law gave me. The same thing……It will NOT let me do anything in safe mode or other wise! When I stop all the three letter processes it will restart my computer before I can do anything else!

Liz April 22nd, 2016 at 8:37 pm

I have downloaded MalwareBytes on a clean computer, installed it onto a portable hard drive… I can’t get MalwareBytes to open on my infected computer. I have ended the processes associated with Vista Home Security multiple times and it still keeps popping up. So now I am at a loss as to what to do???

Mark May 16th, 2016 at 1:59 am

I just used the restore computer function to 1 month ago and it seems to have solved the problem.

edwyn June 6th, 2016 at 4:46 am

Any help i successfully remove the home security 2011 using manual removal, but after that i cannot open any programs, what should i do….. pls help me…i really appreciate any help pls…

Anderband June 19th, 2016 at 4:09 am

I had this pop up three days ago. I ran malwarebytes and it removed an infected object. I assumed it was vista home security. It was called “Trojan.FakeAlert”. Everything was fine for a day, and then I got the vista home security popup again today. Ran malwarebytes and removed the same named theat. Anyone know if “trojanfakealert” is the main problem, or am I missing it?

Anon June 20th, 2016 at 6:10 am

What does it call the data?

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