Remove Windows Premium Guard

What is Windows Premium Guard?

Windows Premium Guard is a rogue security applications from the Rogue:Win32/FakeVimes family; it is promoted online as a trusted product but all it does is to notify you of bogus threats, fake attacks and claims falsely to stop risks to lure users to purchase its complete version. Windows Premium Guard is inserted to your system via the help of Trojans, as you visit corrupted web sites and via downloading corrupted or malicious applications.

Some Windows Premium Guard screenshots:
Windows Premium Guard
Windows Premium Guard

Once Windows Premium Guard gets into your system, it will inform you via pop up warnings that there are risks to your files and your private data and it advises that you scan your pc using Windows Premium Guard's scan. But when you do in fact press scan, you will get a bogus scan output that will mention so many nonexisting threats; you can disregard the scan and even reject it right away. Threat messages will annoyingly display every 2 minutes plus Windows Premium Guard will get into your browser to take you to its buy site to pretend to get rid of the threat right away.

Some of the Windows Premium Guard fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
Error Software without a digital signature detected. Your system files are at risk. We strongly advise you to activate your protection.
Error Keylogger activity detected. System information security is at risk. It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan.
Warning Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet. Windows Media Player Resources C:\Windows\system32\dllcache\wmploc.dll C:\Windows\system32\dllcache\wmploc.dll is suspected to have infected your PC. This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them to a remote server.

It's important to remove Windows Premium Guard once you see its popups. Use a trusted anti-spyware software program to eliminate it plus conduct a complete registry scan to check for possible corrupted files.

Associated Windows Premium Guard System Entries and files

Windows Premium Guard Processes

Windows Premium Guard Files

Windows Premium Guard Registry Entries


How to Stop Windows Premium Guard Fake Alerts

To register Windows Premium Guard and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Windows Premium Guard registration code: 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020

NOTE: this code will NOT remove Windows Premium Guard from your computer, it will JUST stop the annoying alerts and messages.


Windows Premium Guard Removal Instructions

Step 1: Reboot in Safe Mode with Networking

To restart your computer in Safe Mode with networking:

  1. Restart your computer.

  2. When you see the computer manufacturer's logo, press and hold the F8 key.

  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking, and then press Enter.
    Safe Mode with Networking Screen

  4. Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.


Step 2: Disable Windows Premium Guard Proxy Server

Windows Premium Guard may add a proxy to its package. Its goal is to get the information through the Web connection (password etc).
It also helps to block the connection to certain sites (eg malware removal help sites) or to block the download of trustworthy antispyware and antivirus programs.

The following steps reset the Internet Explorer proxy settings in the Windows registry so that you can access the Internet again:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

    Run dialog box

  3. Click OK.

  4. click Start, and then click Run.

  5. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

  6. Click OK.

Now that you have disabled Windows Premium Guard proxy server, you will be able to browse the web again with Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Type in iexplore.exe.
    Run iexplore.exe


Step 3: Stop Windows Premium Guard processes

In order to stop Windows Premium Guard from interfering with our removal procedure, we need to end and kill its processes. For this, we will use a FREE powerful utility called RogueKiller.

RogueKiller (by Tigzy) is a tool written in C++, which scans the running processes, and kills those which are malicious. This tool was developed based on speed execution, which will clean the running processes before being killed.

To terminate Windows Premium Guard process:

  1. Always in Safe Mode Download RogueKiller to your desktop from the following link:

    RogueKiller Download link
    RogueKiller Setup Icon
    RogueKiller is a portable application, so you don't need to install anything.

  2. Windows Premium Guard may block all executable files, so when you launch the RogueKiller file, it will execute itself. So Rename RogueKiller.exe to RogueKiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe

  3. At this point a "pre-scan" will complete and stop any malicious process. Also a list of options will appear along the right-hand side.
    RogueKiller Pre-Scan


Step 4: Remove Windows Premium Guard registry keys

To remove Windows Premium Guard malicious registry entries, we will need RogueKiller again.
RogueKiller also checks for rogue Registry entries, rogue drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) issues, so rootkits will be cut.
RogueKiller can also fix and restore a Host file, delete any Proxy entries, repair shortcut problems and unhide files.

CAUTION: This tool is not for beginners. In this step we will ONLY use the Registry tab.

To Delete Windows Premium Guard Registry entries:

  1. Always in Safe Mode run a scan, open RogueKiller and click on Scan.
    RogueKiller Scan Progress

  2. After a while, you should see a screen with scan results like the following one:
    RogueKiller Scan Results

  3. Click on the Registy tab, then click on the Delete button.
    RogueKiller Delete Registry Entries


Don't Reboot you computer yet, please stay in Safe Mode.


Step 5: Remove Windows Premium Guard files

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is simply the best known FREE malware removal tools online.

To remove Windows Premium Guard files:

  1. Download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download link
    MBAM Setup Icon

  2. Just Follow the easy setup process. Do not make any changes to the default settings
    When the setup is finished, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked.
    You can check or uncheck the Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO as the malware removal is FREE.
    Then click on the Finish button. If Malwarebytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard

  3. When Malwarebytes is launched, it will ask you to update the databse. Just click OK.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Updating

  4. On the Scanner tab,select Quick scan and then click on the Scan.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Screen

  5. When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.
    Then the screen results will show the various malware infections including Windows Premium Guard that Malwarebytes has found on your computer.
    the image below is just an example, your results will be different.
    Click on the Remove Selected button.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Results Screen

  6. After Malwarebytes has finished the removal of Windows Premium Guard, you will get a message stating that you need to reboot your computer.
    Just Do so, and restart your computer in Normal Mode.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Reboot Message


Step 6: Check for any Windows Premium Guard left over

To make sure that your computer is now completely free of Windows Premium Guard, redo a Malwarebytes scan in Normal Mode.
After your are finished, Reboot your PC as asked by Malwarebytes anti-malware.


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