Error-Guard Does Not Fix Errors
Let’s start this article with a snippet form Error-Guard’s website:
Definition of errors from Error-Guard’s End User Agreement as posted on 08/20/2005:
The risk levels, “Critical and High Risk”, do not mean or imply any particular risk to your computer or data, but are simply arbitrary labels we use.
Now a piece from Error-Guard’s Privacy Statement posted with the same date:
Personal data collected Error-Guard, Inc. may be used by Error-Guard, Inc. for many reasons, for example, for editorial and feedback purposes, for marketing and promotional purposes, for a statistical analysis of users’ behavior, for … will not be provided to third parties such as marketing firms.
We don’t know about the rest of you, but the words ‘for many reasons’ 1) does not instill professionalism, and 2) does not instill confidence that this program is legitimate. As a matter of fact, Error-Guard is a rogue anti-spyware program that will trick unsuspecting users into downloading the fully registered version of the program in order to fix extremely exaggerated reports of computer issues.
Like other rogue anti-spyware programs, Error-Guard will slip onto your computer via security vulnerabilities or in conjunction with other adware and spyware programs. What makes this program extremely dangerous is that this program – when it scans your computer – will detect legitimate file entries like Symantec, Kasperky, Microsoft and Computer Associates on your computer and report them as being ‘critical’ items and dangerous. Yes, they are critical items all right – critical to running your computer.
Unsuspecting computer users will pay for the fully licensed program after seeing this erroneous report and once Error-Guard starts to download the whole program, you lose all control. You cannot control how the program sets up, you cannot close the program by normal means (namely clicking on the ‘X’) because it immediately opens up another window. When your computer reboots, Error-Guard immediately starts running and scanning your computer and warns you of critical errors. You cannot stop the program. You cannot shut it down. It truly hijacks your computer and even if you try to ignore it, it won’t let you.
In order to avoid this program from even showing up on your computer, you need to start out by making sure you have a pop-up/pop-under blocker in place. The pop-ups that will not close usually take you to Error-Guard’s website and then you are stuck. Usually your computer is hijacked by so many pop-ups that you don’t know how to stop them and by that point your already in trouble. A good pop-up blocker will keep the ones attached to Error-Guard at bay.
The next step you need to take is running a legitimate anti-spyware program like ZookaWare PC Cleaner on your system. ZookaWare PC Cleaner will find the real rogue and infected files on your system and remove them for you. Because the Add/Remove Program tool usually does not work to get rid of these programs you are left using an outside uninstaller or removing each individual file by hand. This second option can be as equally as dangerous as Error-Guard if you are not comfortable doing on your own.
Finally run your anti-virus program to make sure that your system does not have any viruses on it. Many times these rogue anti-spyware programs will attach themselves to Trojans and slip onto your computer with them.