System Guard 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Antivirus 2009 and Spyware Guard 2009. This program is advertised through the use of Trojans and misleading advertisements on web sites. When System Guard 2009 is promoted via web sites it is done so using pop-ups stating that your computer has infections. It will then redirect you to a page hosting an advertisement that pretends to be an online anti-malware scanner. When the advertisement has finished it will say that your computer is infected and that you should download and install System Guard 2009. It is important to note that these online scanners are simply advertisements and have absolutely no way of knowing what may be running on your computer. On the other hand, if you see System Guard 2009 being advertised on your desktop in the guise of fake Windows Security Center alerts, then you are probably infected with a Trojan that is advertising this software.
When When System Guard 2009 is installed it will be configured to start automatically when your boot your computer. The installation program will also create a variety of files on your computer that will be detected as malware when the System Guard scans your computer. These files, though, are all harmless and are not valid Windows programs so cannot harm your computer. Once System Guard 2009 is started it will automatically scan your computer and list numerous infections on your computer that cannot be removed unless you first purchase the software. Some of the files that it states are infections are:
c:\WINDOWS\reged.exe is detected as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Banload
c:\WINDOWS\spoolsystem.exe is detected as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Banload
c:\WINDOWS\sys.com is detected as Backdoor.Agobot.gen
c:\WINDOWS\syscert.exe is detected as Virus.JS.Fortnight
c:\WINDOWS\sysexplorer.exe is detected as Email-Flooder.Win32.FriendsGreeting
c:\WINDOWS\vmreg.dll is detected as Email-Worm.Win32.Eyeveq.q
These files, though, are actually the files that were created by System Guard's installer in the first place and are harmless. They are only being shown to scare you into thinking you are infected and thus you purchase the software. When the program is started you will also see a fake Windows Security Center appear stating that Windows recommends that you purchase System Guard 2009. This recommendation should be ignored. Instead, please follow the steps in the removal guide below in order to remove SystemGuard for free.
This guide will walk you through removing the System Guard 2009 program and its associated malware for free.
Self Help Guide
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following
location and save it to your desktop:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue
with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings
and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
- MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can
take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically
check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
- When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different
than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the System Guard 2009 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.