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How to remove PC Live Guard (Uninstall instructions)

PC_Live_GuardPC Live Guard is a rogue antispyware program. It is usually distributed through the use of trojans. When installed, PC Live Guard will create several files on your computer in %UserProfile%\Recent folder, then it will be configured to run each time when Windows loads.

Once running, PC Live Guard will simulate a system scan and lists a variety of infections or potentially dangerous files. Important to known, all of these infections are fake, the rogue lists previously created files as threats to make you think that your computer in danger. However, you should ignore the scan results!

What is more, the rogue program will disable Task Manager and legitimate antivirus and antispyware programs (Kaspersky Antivirus, DrWeb, AdAware, McAfee, Norton AV, etc). PC Live Guard will also display fake warnings and fake security alerts from your Windows task bar. Some of the alerts:

System alert!
malicious applications, which may contains Trojans, were found
on your computer and are to be removed immediately. Click
here to remove these potentially harmful items using PC Live

System alert
Click here to remove potentially harmful programs found
immediately using PC Live Guard.

Warning! Virus detected
Threat detected:

Just like scan false results, all of these warnings are fake and should be ignored.

As you can see, PC Live Guard is absolutely useless and unable to detect and remove viruses and malware from your computer. The program uses the false scan results and fake warnings as method to trick you into purchase so-called “full” version of the software. Most importantly, do not purchase it! Use the removal guide below and remove PC Live Guard from your computer for free.

More screen shoots of PC Live Guard

Symptoms in a HijackThis Log

O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [PC Live Guard] “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\17c1f\PCf9a.exe” /s /d

Use the following instructions to remove PC Live Guard (Uninstall instructions)

Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Close all programs and Windows on your computer.

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, then click Finish.

If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.

Once the program has loaded you will see window similar to the one below.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window

Select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan, it will start scanning your computer for PC Live Guard infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.

When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below. Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.

Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items

Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected for start PC Live Guard removal process. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.

Note: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.

PC Live Guard creates the following files and folders

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCSLZCMERMLG
%UserProfile%\Application Data\PC Live Guard
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\17c1f\PCf9a.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\PC Live Guard.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\PC Live Guard.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\PC Live Guard.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\PC Live Guard.lnk

PC Live Guard creates the following registry keys and values

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\PC Live Guard

December 4, 2009 on 9:58 am | In Rogue Anti Spyware, Tutorials - HowTo | 18 Comments |


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  1. Thanks so much. The download worked great!


    Comment by James — December 24, 2009 #

  2. Hi, I had by mistake installed Advanced PC Live Guard. But with the help of this Malware bytes Anti-malware, I have got rid of it. Thanks a lot.

    Comment by Shahid — December 25, 2009 #

  3. dowloaded malware ,cant get it to work . PC live guard still on my pc

    Comment by paul — December 26, 2009 #

  4. paul, try run Malwarebytes Anti-malware in Safe mode.

    Comment by Patrik — December 27, 2009 #

  5. HI there
    just downloaded the latest version of Malwarebytes to get rid if this, it didn’t work
    PC Licve guard is still there and messing with my computer

    Comment by ThrillKill — December 28, 2009 #

  6. Hi,

    Just tried this and it worked perfectly and got rid of a pest we’ve had since Christmas day, thank you ever so much! One thing I’ve noticed is that when I access Hotmail or Facebook now I get the message that ‘There is a problem with this websites security website’ – do I need to change my settings?

    Comment by Edward — December 28, 2009 #

  7. ThrillKill, probably your computer is infected with a new version of the rogue. Ask for help in our Spyware removal forum.

    Comment by Patrik — December 29, 2009 #

  8. Edward, make a new topic in our Spyware removal forum.

    Comment by Patrik — December 29, 2009 #

  9. Thank you so much for the play by play on how to get rid of PC live guard. Your website was great!

    Comment by Karen — December 31, 2009 #

  10. I can’t get internet on my laptop? It’ll say “Cannot Find Server,” or it’ll load for a few seconds, then quit out, no matter which browser I use. Even in Safe Mode, I cannot get on the internet. I haven’t installed MalwareBytes yet, because I can’t access the download page on my laptop. Advice? Thanks.

    Comment by Hannah — January 1, 2010 #

  11. **edit

    I could access the internet BEFORE PC Live Guard messed things up, but now I can’t…

    Comment by Hannah — January 1, 2010 #

  12. Hannah, make a new topic in our Spyware removal forum.

    Comment by Patrik — January 1, 2010 #

  13. wow…. just wow. i downloaded it and it fucking raped that that shit in the asshole bu bye pc live guard.

    Comment by beast mode activated — January 3, 2010 #

  14. Thanks a million, your advice on how to get rid of PC Live Guard was great and worked like a charm. Peace at last!

    Comment by Michaela — January 4, 2010 #

  15. I encountered the pc live guard page and downloaded setup_build6_294 but didn’t run it and deleted it, will my pc be ok?

    Comment by naz — January 4, 2010 #

  16. naz, yes :) But anyway you can scan your PC with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.

    Comment by Patrik — January 5, 2010 #

  17. Thanks a ton, PC live guard was creating a lot of problems and the same has been removed. How do I prevent it from re-entering my system? System also has become slow in starting up. Please advice. Thanks once again

    Comment by sridar — January 7, 2010 #

  18. I work online as a tech support rep for a tax software and my customer had stupid dumb ol PC live Guard and i found this link to remove it! she had 810 infected files of this crap on her computer Thanks So much for this download It removed it plus all the other hijackings!

    Comment by Bianca — January 14, 2010 #

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