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How to Remove Dr Guard Virus

Updated on July 6, 2011
Take precautions to avoid computer viruses like Dr Guard.
Take precautions to avoid computer viruses like Dr Guard.

What Is Dr Guard Virus?

Hopefully, you will never need to know how to remove Dr. Guard virus from your computer. Dr. Guard is a nasty piece of spyware once it infects your pc. It is also called Doctor Guard. It is rogue security spyware that gets onto your computer using a trojan virus. Once Dr Guard gets into your computer system, it can be very difficult for the average computer user to remove Dr. Guard spyware.

Why It Is so Difficult to Remove Dr Guard From Your Computer

It is difficult to remove Dr Guard, as once your computer is infected, Dr Guard tries to render your current software security program ineffective. Some of the popular antivirus software that Dr Guard will attempt to uninstall include, but are not limited to, Norton Internet Security, Avast, AVG8, and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It then proceeds to start up any time your computer is turned on.

Another reason the Dr. Guard virus is so difficult to delete is because it infects various files in your computer. If you attempt to delete these files, your computer will crash if done incorrectly.

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How to Avoid Getting Infected With Dr. Guard

The best way to stop Dr. Guard spyware is to avoid it in the first place.

  • Always have a firewall and anti-virus software installed and running on your computer.
  • Be cautious when visiting sites which claim to have free computer scanners.
  • Be careful when on popular networking sites like Myspace or Facebook. Only add friends if you actually know them.
  • Sites with video are also easy ways to get infected with Dr. Guard.
  • Oddly enough, Adobe software products are vulnerable to attack by Dr Guard.

Again, be sure you have your anti-virus software active.

Symptoms of Dr Guard Virus Infection

How do you know if you've been infected with the Dr. Guard virus? Your internet connection will probably slow down. It will start fake security scans that look legitimate.

You will start to get fake popup ads consistently from your taskbar, issuing scary warnings about your computer being infected with spyware and malware. They look very convincing. An example warning is "Antivirus is run in demo mode. Activate your antivirus otherwise all the data will be lost or damaged!"

Dr Guard fake malware requests constantly that you purchase a full version of the trial software that has found the malware, so that it can be effectively removed. A warning may be worded like "Your computer is not protected! Click here to activate protection."

What the popups are attempting to do is scare you enough to convince you to download the recommended software. Don't do it! This is how Dr. Guard infects your computer by installing the spyware all over your system.

Slowing your internet speed isn't the only side effect from becoming infected with Dr Guard. After Doctor Guard is loaded onto your computer, the spyware can collect all kinds of personal data and private information about you as you surf the internet.

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Dr Guard Removal Warning

If you have been infected with Doctor Guard, it is not recommended to try to remove Dr Guard yourself. To do so could result in a total system crash or damage to your operating system.

Even experienced computer users can mess up their computers trying to remove Dr Guard virus. You may think you have deleted Dr Guard successfully. Then when you turn your computer back on, Dr. Guard will easily reinfect your computer if you miss even one file.

If you want to remove Dr. Guard safely, an anti-spyware removal software is recommended. It will save you lots of time and frustration.

How to Remove Dr Guard Virus

If you really want to remove Dr. Guard manually, here are the basic steps to do it:

Basically, you first have to stop certain processes. Do this by finding  all .exe and .lnk files related to the program and delete them. This includes drguard.exe, uninstall.exe, and asr64_ldm.exe

Unregister DLL files named drgext.dll and drghook.dll.

Search for any related files or folders in the directories and remove. This includes:
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Desktop\Dr. Guard Support.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Desktop\Dr. Guard.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\About.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\Activate.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\Buy.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\Dr. Guard Support.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\Dr. Guard.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\Scan.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\Settings.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Start Menu\Programs\Dr. Guard\Update.lnk
    c:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Dr. Guard.lnk
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\about.ico
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\activate.ico
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\buy.ico
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\drg.db
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\drgext.dll
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\drghook.dll
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\drguard.exe
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\help.ico
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\scan.ico
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\settings.ico
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\splash.mp3
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\uninstall.exe
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\update.ico
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\virus.mp3
    c:\Program Files\Dr. Guard\

Next, go to windows registry and remove the following entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Dr. Guard
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Dr. Guard"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved "{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"

After Dr Guard Removal

After following the above steps for Dr. Guard removal, you should use a reliable antivirus program to be sure that Dr Guard was deleted successfully and to be certain there are no other malicious software infecting your computer.

Get Your Money Back!

Also, if your computer became infected, and you tried to remove Dr Guard by buying the fake 'full' version virus removal software, contact your credit card company and explain the situation. They should get the charge resolved.

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      I have learned something today. Thanks for this Hub!


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