What is Vista Defender

Vista Defender is a clone of the fake antivirus suites like XP Defender and XP Defender Pro. They are all rogue applications, with different user interfaces. They change their user interface depending upon the operating system of the machine affected by them.

Whatever be the name, the fact remains that they are all fake software and are meant just to cheat you by selling you a crap piece of software, which is simple incapable of providing any sort of security to your computer from online threats, viruses and malware.

Please take time for the removal of Vista Defender from your computer and following steps might be of some help to you.

Technical Details of Vista Defender

  • Full name: Vista Defender, Vista Defender
  • Date Appeared: Mar. 2010
  • Characteristic: Rogue security program
  • URL: http://Vista Defender.com

Do I need to remove Vista Defender

You can yourself search your computer manually, but it is not recommended unless you are a tech-geek. To save time and effort, we recommend you to download a FREE Scanner.

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How to Uninstall Vista Defender scam

The best way for the removal of Vista Defender is to install a good quality Anti-spyware Program and scan your system for any infections.

Automatic removal of Vista Defender is always good and complete as compared to any attempts to manually remove it, which may sometime lead to erroneous results. If you are not completely aware of all the files and registry entries used by this rogue anti-spyware, then we do not recommend you to attempt for the manual removal of Vista Defender.

Instructions to get rid of Vista Defender

If you really want to remove the Vista Defender infection on your system manually then proceed as follows.

Step 1: Kill the Vista Defender ProcessesLearn how to do that


Step 2: Remove Vista Defender files, folders and all associated Vista Defender DLL files:Learn how to do that


Step 3: Uninstall Vista Defender registry entries: Learn how to do that

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “av.exe” /START “%1” %*
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “av.exe” /START “%1” %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “av.exe” /START “%1” %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “av.exe” /START “%1” %*
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “av.exe” /START “firefox.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command “(Default)” = “av.exe” /START “firefox.exe” -safe-mode
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “av.exe” /START “iexplore.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center “AntiVirusOverride” = “1”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center “FirewallOverride” = “1”

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