Windows Safeguard Utility Virus Removal Guide
Windows Safeguard Utility is a fake computer security application. If your computer is infected with this computer virus, the system may be experiencing a variety of symptoms. Windows Safeguard Utility will block the user from opening any programs. The main idea behind this is to convince the user that they are infected. However, Windows Safeguard Utility is blocking these applications. Without the ability to open applications such as Internet Explorer, the user is unable to use the internet to research more about the virus. We have provided a video below on a simple workaround to use the browser. The main goal behind the program is to convince the user to purchase the program; however, the program is fake and should be removed. Windows Safeguard Utility is a Rogue Security Application.
A real computer security application will provide a variety of tools which are made to help provide security for the computer. Applications include antivirus, antispyware, and firewall. Windows Safeguard Utility is part of a group of fake security applications which attempt to copy Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials is a legitimate program created by Microsoft which provides free security to Windows users. Windows Safeguard Utility is not associated with Microsoft or Windows. The previous version of this fake security program is called Windows Repairing System. The program will generally enter the computer as a fake update to software or through a fake scanner page. Windows Safeguard Utility is similar in functionality to ThinkPoint and CleanThis. The main file that is behind Windows Safeguard Utility will be a series of 6 random letters.
Below is our recommended removal tool for Windows Safeguard Utility. 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.
As previous mentioned, Windows Safeguard Utility will block the user from using the internet by blocking internet explorer. However, the internet is still working. Below, we have created a video showing how to use the browser provided by Windows Safeguard Utility to access the internet. The video will reference Windows System Tasks, which is a previous version to Windows Safeguard Utility.
Windows Safeguard Utility will warn the user that they are infected with viruses such as Virus.Win32.Sality and Trojan.Win32.Agent. When installed, the following warning will show when the computer turns on.
“Safe Boot includes several tools allowing the operational system to better control application software, so that to achieve enhanced security and system stability.”
Location: C:\Program Files\Dell\quickset\quickset.exe
Deny – Forbid the execution of potentially harmful software.
Enable Protection – Click to activate antivirus and remove all infections.”
If you plan to manually remove Windows Safeguard Utility, we recommend using safe mode. Safe mode will be useful because this mode in Windows will limit the number of programs running. To enter safe mode, restart the computer and press F8 multiple times before the Windows screen to bring up the boot options.
We recommend using safe mode with networking option. The networking options will allow the user to access the internet in safe mode. Windows Safeguard Utility can be removed by using the removal tool or by manually removing the virus. The manual removal guide in below.
We highly recommend reading through comments posted by users for previous fake antivirus programs because attempting to manually remove the virus. The user comments for ThinkPoint and the user comments for CleanThis may provide insight into removing Windows Safeguard Utility since these three viruses are similar.
Manual Windows Safeguard Utility Removal – In order to manually remove Windows Safeguard Utility, the processes associated with Windows Safeguard Utility must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before Windows Safeguard Utility entered the computer.
Important: We recommend that the user read through comments posted by other users on how they removed specific fake antivirus programs. We recommend this because most fake antivirus programs are similar. These comments can be found by clicking here. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.
Stop Windows Safeguard Utility Processes (Learn How To Do This)
[six random letters].exe
Remove Windows Safeguard Utility Files (Learn How To Do This)
Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\[six random letters].exe
Windows Vista & Windows 7 – C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\[six random letters].exe
These two operating systems have a different method of organization files. Therefore, the executable will be in a different location. If you have an operating system before Windows XP, first attempt to look for the virus in the location described for Windows XP.
Remove Windows Safeguard Utility Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows Safeguard Utility
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Windows Safeguard Utility
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows Safeguard Utility
Remove Windows Safeguard Utility Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
[six random letters].exe
In order to avoid future infection, 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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