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Remove Spyware Quake
& theguardservices, safetydefender, securityfeature
| The removal tool/procedure for Spyaxe on this page has been replaced by Roguefix.
A new comprehensive scan and delete utility for the family of rogue scanners and their installing/accompanying trojans
Roguefix, click here
Spyware quake is spyware cleaner that is installed by a trojan and then displays fake infection warnings in an attempt to trick people into buying the scanner.
Visible signs of infection.
Your Internet Explorer Homepage may be changed to
A pop up from your taskbar, near the clock warning your system has detected virus activity which may cause critical system failure.
Clicking on the balloon will install the Spyware Quake scanner.
The Security toolbarmay be installed.
Antivirus Test Online,
Online Security Center
may be added to your Desktop, IE favourites and Start Menu.
PurityScanmay be installed.
MediaTicketsAdware may be installed.
Pop ups, usually with adult content may be displayed.
I have written a small program that will look for, and delete if found, files and registry keys associated with this infection.
It is designed for use on the Windows XP operating system, if you have a different version of Windows or have any comments, contact me at .
Download the latest version Roguefix.bat from HERE
You will also need-
EwidowDue to the quantity of downloader trojans that install or accompany these infections, additional malware is likely to have been installed. A fully functional Demo (Free trial) version is available, which reverts to the Free version after 14 days. Download, install and update the scanner ready for use.
Ace Utilities, a comprehensive disk and registry cleaner. (Free trial)
Cautionary note: In addition to the scans included in the removal procedure, this collection of cleaning tool includes Remove Duplicate files, Remove Empty foldersand Auto-Start manager. these options should not be attempted unless you are fully able to understand and investigate the output. Acting on a misinterpretation of the results could result in damage to your System.
1)Restart your PC in Safe Mode How to.
2)Double click on the roguefix.baticon on your desktop and allow the tool to run. Follow the onscreen prompts, you will be given the option of resetting your Desktop background and your Homepage back to the Windows default settings.
3)Run a full system scan with Ewido
4)Restart your PC in 'normally' (not in safe mode).
5)Open Ace Utilities and perform the following scans.
Depending on your general cleaning routine, this cleaner may remove many redundant or obsolete files and registry keys.
Click clean up, select remove Junk Files.
Scan and delete everything found. Close the remove junk files box.
Select Clean system registry.
Click optionsand select Thorough. Scan and delete everything found. Close the Clean system registry box.
Select Erase History, click the Windows taband select the following-
Empty the Windows Prefetch Folder.
Delete empty folders on the Windows Temp folder.
Erase Folder streams in the Windows registry.
Clear past icon history of system tray
Click Execute Now
Click the internet Explorer/MSNtab and select the following-
Delete locked URL cache file.
Clear typed URL's of Address bar
Clear Browser History
Delete Cache (Files in temporary Internet folder)
Click Execute Now.
If any icons remain on your desktop or start menu, use the Fix invalid shortcutsoption or right click on the icon and select deletefrom the menu that appears.
To manually reset your homepage
Right click on the Internet explorericon on your desktop or Start menu to open the internet propertiesbox. Select the Programstab and click the Reset Web settingsbutton.
Click Applythen OK
Your computer should now be free of Spyware Quake.
To protect yourself against future infections, make sure you have all Windows critical updates and the latest version of java Update
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