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Removal guide for Windows Stability Guard

Discussion in 'Malware Removal Guides' started by Jack, Feb 29, 2012.

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    <h1 style="text-align: center;">Remove Windows Stability Guard (Uninstall Guide)</h1>
    <>Windows Stability Guard </> is a computer virus that will display fake alerts,claiming malware has been detected on your computer.
    The security alerts are professional looking pop-ups and when you click on them, you’re advised to buy this malicious software in order to remove the detected threats.
    In reality, none of the issues are real, and are only used to scare you into buying this malicious software and stealing your personal financial information.To make matters worse, this malicious software actually installs malicious code that puts you at risk of attack from additional threats.
    <h3>Windows Stability Guard is a malicious software which can severely damage your computer, compromise your credit card security and lead to identity theft,you are ly advised to follow our Windows Stability Guard removal instructions below.</h3>
    This is how the main screen of <>Windows Stability Guard </> looks:

    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability Guard boot ]" border="0" />

    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability Guard scan ]" border="0" />

    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability Guard UI]" border="0" />

    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability Guard trial]" border="0" />
    <h1>Removal guide for Windows Stability Guard</h1>
    (If you experience any problems completing these instructions, please start a new thread in our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malware Removal Assistance</a> forum.)
    <h2>STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking</h2>
    <ol type="1">
    <li>Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then <>restart your computer</>.</li>
    <li>Do one of the following:
    <li>If your computer has a single operating system installed, <>press and hold the F8 key as your computer restarts</>. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, you will need to try again by waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears, and then shutting down and restarting your computer.</li>
    <li>If your computer has more than one operating system, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system you want to start in safe mode, and then press F8.</li>
    <li>On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to <>highlight Safe Mode with Networking</> , and then <>press ENTER</>. For more information about options, see <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Advanced startup options (including safe mode)</a>.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Safemode.jpg]" border="0" /></li>
    <li><>Log on to your computer</> with a user account that has administrator rights.</li>

    <hr />

    <h2>STEP 2: Remove Windows Stability Guard malicious proxy server</h2>
    Windows Stability Guard may add a proxy server which prevents the user from accessing the internet,follow the below instructions to remove the proxy.
    <ol type="1">
    <li>Open Internet Explorer.
    <li>For Internet Explorer 9 : Click on the <>gear icon</> <img src="" alt="[Image: icongear.png]" border="0" /> at the top (far right) and click again on <>Internet Options</>.</li>
    <li>For Internet Explorer 8 : Click on <>Tools</[b]>, select <[b]>Internet Options</[b]>.</li>
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability Guard -ie1]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>Go to the tab<[b]> Connections</[b]>.At the bottom, click on <[b]>LAN settings</[b]>.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability Guard -ie2]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>Uncheck the option <[b]>Use a proxy server for your LAN</[b]>. This should remove the malicious proxy server and allow you to use the internet again.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability Guard -ie3]" border="0" /></li>
    If you are a Firefox users, go to <em>Firefox(upper left corner) → Options → Advanced tab → Network → Settings</em> → Select <em>No Proxy</em>

    <hr />

    <h2>STEP 3: Terminate Windows Stability Guard malicious processes associated with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RKill</a> to terminate known malware processes.</h2>
    RKill is a program that attempts to terminate any malicious processes associated with Windows Stability Guard ,so that your normal security software can then run and clean your computer of infections.
    As RKill only terminates a program's running process, and does not delete any files, after running it you should not reboot your computer as any malware processes that are configured to start automatically will just be started again.
    <ol type="1">
    <li>While your computer is  in <em>Safe Mode with Networking</em> ,please<[b]> download the latest official version of RKill.</[b]>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" /></a></li>
    <li><[b]>Double-click on the RKill icon</[b]> in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with Windows Stability Guard 2012.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability rkill1.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>RKill will now start working in the background, please be patient while the program looks for various malware programs and tries to terminate them.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability rkill2]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>If you receive a message that RKill is an infection, that is a fake warning given by the rogue. As a possible solution we advise you to leave the warning on the screen and then try to run RKill again.Run RKill until the fake program is not visible but not more than ten times.</li>
    <li>If you continue having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions of RKill from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</li>
    <li>When Rkill has completed its task, it will <[b]>generate a log</[b]>. You can then <[b]>proceed with the rest of the guide</[b]>.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability rkill3.jpg]" border="0" /></li>
    <h4>WARNING: Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware process will start again , preventing you from properly performing the next step.</h4>

    <hr />

    <h2>STEP 4: Remove Windows Stability Guard malicious files with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE</a></h2>
    <ol type="1">
    <li>Please <[b]>download the latest official version of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE</a></[b]>.
    <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" /></a></li>
    <li>Install Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware by <[b]>double clicking on mbam-setup</[b]>.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability mbam1.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>When the installation begins, <[b]>keep following the prompts</[b]> in order to continue with the installation process. <[b]>Do not make any changes to default settings</[b]> and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the <[b]>Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware</[b]> and <[b]>Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware </[b]>checked. Then click on the <[b]>Finish</[b]> button. If Malwarebytes' prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability mbam2.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start and you'll be prompted to start a trial period , please select '<[b]>Decline</[b]>' as we just want to use the on-demand scanner.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: mbam3.PNG]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>On the <[b]>Scanner</[b]> tab,please select <[b]>Perform full scan</[b]> and then click on the <[b]>Scan</[b]> button to start scanning your computer for any possible infections.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability mbam4.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Windows Stability Guard malicious files as shown below.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability mbam5.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click <[b]>OK</[b]> to continue.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability mbam9.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
    Make sure that everything is <[b]>Checked (ticked)</[b]> and click on <[b]>Remove Selected</[b]> button.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability mbam6.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware will now start removing the malicious files.
    If during the removal process Malwarebytes will display a message stating that it needs to reboot, please <[b]>allow</[b]> this request.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability mbam10.png]" border="0" /></li>

    <hr />

    <h2>STEP 5: Double check your system for any left over infections with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HitmanPro</a></h2>
    <ol type="1">
    <li>This step can be performed in Normal Mode ,so please <[b]>download the latest official version of HitmanPro</[b]>.
    <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" /></a></li>
    <li>Start HitmanPro  by <[b]>double clicking on the previously downloaded file.</[b]>
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability hitmanproscan1.png]" border="0" />
    NOTE : If you have problems starting HitmanPro, use the “<em>Force Breach</em>” mode. Hold down the left CTRL-key when you start HitmanPro and all non-essential processes are terminated, including the malware process. (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to start HitmanPro in Force Breach mode - video</a>)</li>
    <li>Click on <[b]>Next</[b]> to start a scan for malicious software.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability hitmanproscan2.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>The setup screen is displayed, from which you can decide whether  you wish to install HitmanPro on your machine or just perform a one-time scan, select a option  then click on <[b]>Next</[b]> to start a system scan
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability hitmanproscan3.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>HitmanPro will start scanning your system for malicious files. Depending on the the size of your hard drive, and the performance of your computer, this step will take several minutes.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability hitmanproscan4.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>Once the scan is complete, a screen displaying all the malicious files that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
    After reviewing each malicious object click <[b]>Next</[b]> .
    <img src="" alt="[Image: hitmanproscan5.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>Click <[b]>Activate free license</[b]> to start the free 30 days trial and remove the malicious files.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability hitmanproscan6.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <li>HitmanPro will now start removing the infected objects, and in some instances, may suggest a reboot in order to completely remove the malware from your system. In this scenario, always confirm the reboot action to be on the safe side.
    <img src="" alt="[Image: Windows Stability hitmanproscan7.png]" border="0" /></li>
    <h2>STEP 6: Remove the residual damage from Windows Stability Guard</h2>
    Windows Stability Guard may also modify your HOSTS file default settings, which can cause browser redirects or errors while trying to access antivirus and security websites.
    To protect itself, Windows Stability Guard has changed the permissions of the HOSTS file so you can't edit or delete it.
    <ol type="1">
    <li>Please <[b]>download the following batch file</[b]> to revert your HOSTS file permissions:
    <img src="" alt=".bat" border="0" />  <a href="" target="_blank">hostfix.bat</a> (Size: 134 bytes)</li>
    <li><[b]>Click on hostfix.bat</[b]> and allow this file to run.Once it starts you will see a small black window that opens and then quickly goes away, then you should be able access your HOSTS file.</li>
    <li>Please <[b]>download and run the below file from Microsoft </[b]>to revert your host file to its original settings.Please note that if you have added custom entries to your HOSTS file then you will need to add them again after restoring the default HOSTS file.
    <a href="" rel="nofollow"><img src="" alt="" /></a></li>
    <h2>If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Windows Stability from your machine, please start a new thread in our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malware Removal Assistance</a> forum.</h2>

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    #1 Jack, Feb 29, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
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