How to Remove Windows Active Guard

Windows Active Guard

Greetings!  If you’ve made your way to this page, very likely you’ve been infected with Windows Active Guard. Infections of this type are designed to trick the end user into paying to remove the “infections” that it finds on your computer. Frequently, infections of this kind accomplish this by making it difficult to use your computer, preventing you from launching programs to access the internet and disabling your antivirus software.  They may also hijack your browser’s search settings, making simple tasks, such as finding this guide, painfully difficult. This client is a clone of Anti-Spyware, XP Home Security 2012, XP Anti-Virus 2012 and XP Security 2012 as well as Win 7 Anti-Spyware, Win 7 Home Security 2012

How Did I get infected with Windows Active Guard?

Infections of this variety generally find their way into your computer through an infected webpage. Very likely, you won’t even be asked to install anything, the infection will seemingly just show up on your computer. If this is the case, you should probably consider upgrading your antivirus.

How Much Damage is Windows Active Guard Doing?

Realistically, the biggest problem with this type of malware is fixing the disassociated executable files in the registry. This is why you’re getting a message every time you want to run a program from Windows asking what program you’d like to use to run them. This means that the information in the registry telling Windows how to run this type of file has been damaged. We’ve posted a quick fix for this below in the guide.

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How to Remove Windows Active Guard?

This guide will go over the three main means to remove this infection: 1. Use Anti-virus software (Note you may need to follow the manual guide to start so you can install a client.)

2. Hire an expert ( We Recommend http://www.pcninja.com. This is a remote computer repair company)

3. Remove this threat yourself following our manual removal guide.

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Windows Active Guard Manual Removal Procedures

Step 1. If you are unable to run any executable programs at all this may be from the virus changing your registry settings. If this is the case you may need to use this patch. It is only for Windows 7 computers. Download Win 7 Fix exe Issue here.

Step 2. You need to stop and delete the main .exe file that is running Windows Active Guard.

You should be able to locate this file at

  • %AppData%\Protector-[random 3 chars].exe
  • Exmaple: Protector-123.exe

Keep in mind that the USERNAME will be your user name

The file is called Protector-[random 3 chars].exe. Expect this name to change over time.

Once you locate the file you will need to re-name the file. To do this you can right click on the file named and select “Re-name”. Name it whatever you want. Once done re-start your computer. Next time you boot up the virus should not be running. Now you should be able to delete the file name.

At this time you should run a full virus scan. We Recommend Spyware Doctor with Antivirus. However you can use any client you trust the most. To see a list of other clients we recommend check out our Anti-virus Reviews section.

Windows Active Guard Registry Removal Procedures

We don’t recommend that users manually edit the registry. Aside from the issue this infection causes with executable files, there shouldn’t be any damage to the registry that cannot be solved automatically by a good antivirus program and registry cleaning software. You may want to use a registry cleaner like PC Health Advisor Here to clean out the registry and scan for other malware. You can also read all or registry cleaner reviews

Windows Active Guard Directories:

Windows 7 / Windows Vista

  • %AppData%

%AppData% is a home directory listing that will take you directly to the users Application Data directory. This should be checked on each users account that is affected by the infection.

If you require advanced help or just want an expert to remove the virus than use this computer repair service. The charge is under a hundred bucks and they can often get started right away. These are real experts when it comes to malware and virus removal.

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