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PC 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:
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
Click here to remove potentially harmful programs found
immediately using PC Live Guard.
Warning! Virus detected
Threat detected: Trojan-Spy.HTML.Paypal.hn
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 GuardDecember 4, 2009 on 9:58 am | In Rogue Anti Spyware, Tutorials - HowTo | 18 Comments |
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