How to Remove Windows Active Guard

This new similar rogue antivirus program released recently from the FakeVimes family:

Windows Active Guard

Four previous ones of similar kinds: Windows Virtual Firewall and Windows Premium DefenderWindows Home Patron and Windows Security Renewal

Serial code to try:  0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020

Windows Active Guard

Screenshot of Windows Active Guard (click to enlarge)

How to remove this rogue

STEP 1 – First tasks

  • It is possible that this rogue prevents you from downloading anything, so please transfer any files necessary to remove this infection from a clean computer, using a flash/usb storage drive, CD/DVD, etc.
  • If it becomes impossible to remove this rogue or follow any steps below, immediately skip to STEP 4
  • Please download and run RKill.Download mirror 1 – Download mirror 2 – Download mirror 3
    • Save it to your Desktop.
    • Double click the RKill desktop icon.
    • It will quickly run and launch a log. If it does not launch a log, try another download link until it does.
    • Please post its log in your next reply.
    • After it has run successfully, delete RKill.

    Note: This tool only kills the active infection, the actual infection will not be gone. Once you reboot the infection will be active again! Please do not reboot until after STEP 3.

STEP 2 – Clean rogue files

Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop

  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista or 7, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start
    button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp
    files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute
    or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it’s finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.

STEP 3 – Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from
Alternate link:

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.

  • Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select “Perform Quick Scan“, then click Scan.
  • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart. If you are prompted to restart, please allow it to restart your computer. Failure to do this, will cause the infection to still be active on the computer.

STEP 4 – Infection gone?

Check to see if the infection is gone.

If the infection is not gone, then please do the following:

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.

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