AntiSpy Safeguard startup screen

Antispy Safeguard is a fishing spyware who's purpose is to get you to give them your credit card info and other personal information. It does this by pretending to by anti-spyware software that is missing it's paid component. It tries to convince you that your computer is infected with multiple threats and that you need to buy the full version of Antispy Safeguard to fully remove all of the threats.

The following article will show you how to remove Antispy Safeguard. Feel free to print these instructions for easy access while you're following them.


Step one – Reboot your computer into Safe Mode by pressing F8 repeatedly when the computer first starts.

Step two – Open the task manager by pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard

Step three – Select AntiSpy Safeguard and click End Task

Step four – Click File > New Task (Run…)

Step five – In the Open: field, type explorer.exe. Click Ok

Step six – Click Start > My Computer

Step seven – Click Tools > Folder Options…

Step eight – Click on the View tab and select Show hidden files and folders. Click OK

Step eight – Goto C: > Documents and Settings > [username] > Application Data and delete the file named antispy.exe (or hotfix.exe) and the PAV\ folder

Step nine – Click Start > run and type regedit in the Open: field

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.

Delete "Shell" = "%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\antispy.exe" by right clicking on it and choosing delete.

Reboot the computer and verify that you get a normal startup.

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