Vista Defender

Vista Defender Description

Type: Adware

Vista Defender aka VistaDefender is a fake anti-spyware application that is distributed by Trojan infections. Vista Defender uses fake system scanners, security alerts and pop-up messages to scare users into purchasing it. Users are tricked into thinking that their computers are infected and the only option is to purchase the "full" version of Vista Defender to remove all the "detected" malware. Vista Defender is an illegitimate application with no malware detection or removal capabilities.

Vista Defender, a member of the WinPC Defender family has various clones that include WinPC Defender, SystemDefender, IE Defender, IE Defender, XPdefender, WinDefender2008, PC Privacy Defender, Malware Defender 2009, Smart Defender Pro, Ultimate Defender, Advanced XP Defender, Security Defender Pro 2015.

Technical Information

File System Details

Vista Defender creates the following file(s):
# File Name Detection Count
1 ave.exe N/A

Registry Details

Vista Defender creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
Registry key
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command]
@="exefile"
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]

More Details on Vista Defender

The following messages associated with Vista Defender were found:
System Security Alert!
Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identify the theft detected!
System Security Alert!
Vulnerabilities found
Background scan for security breaches has been finished. Serious problems have been detected. Safeguard your system against exploits, malware and viruses right now by activating Proactive Defence.
Vista Defender Firewall Alert
Iexplore.exe is infected with Trojan.JS.Fraud.ba. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.

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