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Danger level 8
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Block exe files from running
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

Windows Active HotSpot

Windows Active HotSpot is a rogue antispyware application else classified as fake antivirus program. As you can obviously tell from its categories, the application is a dangerous computer infection that tries to pose as a legitimate antivirus tool. The entire act is devised in order to steal your money, so rather than paying for the license you should remove Windows Active HotSpot altogether. The longer this rogue remains in your system, the more damage and discrepancies it can cause, so it is necessary that you took your system security seriously. Do not forget that there might be other infections in your system besides Windows Active HotSpot as well.

If you are wondering where Windows Active HotSpot comes from, then you are up for some bad news. This rogue belongs to a huge family of similar infections, known as Rogue.VirusDoctor or Rogue.FakeVimes (the name of the family depends on the type of classification). Consequently, Windows Active HotSpot is a direct clone of such computer infections as Windows Cleaning Toolkit, Windows Expert Console, Windows Maintenance Guard and so on. All of these rogues have been devised to raise havoc in your system, and then push you into purchasing a product which cannot deliver.

Windows Active HotSpot is of no exception – the application arrives at your system usually via fake online malware scanners, and once it is installed it is configured to auto-start each time the Windows boots. Then Windows Active HotSpot jumps into action by performing a fake system scan. During the scan, the program supposedly detects an extensive number of infections currently residing in your system, for example, Trojan-SMS, Trojan-SPY, Downloader and so on. To strengthen the impression that you are seriously infection, Windows Active HotSpot also displays a variety of fake system security notifications:

Error
System data security is at risk!
To prevent potential PC errors, run a full system scan.

Error
Attempt to run a potentially dangerous script detected.
Full system scan is highly recommended.

The infection even denies you to launch a number of programs, under the pretense that they are infected, and you need to protect the rest of your system. Naturally, this is where you are once again urged to purchase the full version of Windows Active HotSpot, but you have to realize that the infection would not disappear anywhere eve if you paid the money. Worse – the cyber criminals behind this infection would only get a hold of your financial data if you were to fill out the purchase form, so that is definitely something you should not do.

Due to the fact that Windows Active HotSpot blocks Task Manager and Windows Explorer, it may seem impossible to get rid of, but please fine the instructions on how to restore Windows Explorer below. When you have your Start menu, Windows Explorer and Task Manager restored, invest in a reliable computer security tool to delete Windows Active HotSpot once and for all. Remember that there might be real Trojans installed on your PC as well, so while scanning your PC for Windows Active HotSpot, you are bound to find other infections too. Make sure you remove them all through and through.

How to restore Windows Explorer

  1. Reboot the PC and tap F8 for several times when BIOS screen disappears.
  2. Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt and hit Enter.
  3. Type cd.. in the line next to C:\Windows\system32 in the Command Prompt and press Enter.
  4. Type \explorer.exe in the following line next to C:\Windows and press Enter again.
  5. When Windows Explorer loads, click Start menu.
  6. Type %appdata% into the search box and press Enter. For Window XP, open Start Menu, click Run, type %appdata% into the Open box and hit OK.
  7. Delete the file “guard-{4 random symbols}.exe” from the directory.
  8. Reboot the PC in Normal Mode.
  9. Open Start menu and type regedit into the search box. For Windows XP, open Start menu, launch Run, type regedit and press OK.
  10. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon.
  11. Right-click Shell on the right and go to Modify.
  12. Type %WinDir%\Explorer.exe to change Value Data and press OK.
  13. Exit Registry Editor and go to http://www.pcthreat.com/download-sph and install SpyHunter.
  14. Launch and full system scan to remove Windows Active HotSpot automatically.

 

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How to manually remove Windows Active HotSpot

Files associated with Windows Active HotSpot infection:

guard-xoin.exe

Windows Active HotSpot processes to kill:

guard-xoin.exe
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Comments

  1. j Dec 9, 2013

    This doesnt work with windows8

  2. Pcthreat Dec 19, 2013

    Hey j,

    1. Press Windows key for metro Start screen to appear.
    2. Move your mouse to the bottom right corner of the screen for Charms bar to show up.
    3. Click Settings and go to Change PC Settings. Click General.
    4. Scroll down to Advanced Startup and click Restart Now. Select Troubleshoot.
    5. Go to Advanced Options and click Restart at Startup Settings. Wait for BIOS to load.
    6. Press F5 to load Safe Mode with Command Prompt and hit Enter.
    7. Type cd.. in the line next to C:Windowssystem32 in the Command Prompt and press Enter.
    8. Type explorer.exe in the following line next to C:Windows and press Enter again.
    9. When Windows Explorer loads, click Start menu.
    10. Type %appdata% into the search box and press Enter. For Window XP, open Start Menu, click Run, type %appdata% into the Open box and hit OK.
    11. Delete the file “guard-{4 random symbols}.exe” from the directory.
    12. Reboot the PC in Normal Mode.
    13. Open Start menu and type regedit into the search box. For Windows XP, open
    14. Start menu, launch Run, type regedit and press OK.
    15. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrent VersionWinlogon.
    16. Right-click Shell on the right and go to Modify.
    17. Type %WinDir%Explorer.exe to change Value Data and press OK.
    18. Exit Registry Editor and go to http://www.pcthreat.com/download-sph and install SpyHunter.
    19. Launch and full system scan to remove Windows Active HotSpot automatically.

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