Vista Home Security 2012 virus

Acer Aspire as5102wlmi notebook
June 18, 2011 at 07:32:54
Specs: Windows Vista, P4 1.5/256MB
I've contracted Vista Home Security 2012 virus onto my computer. I've googled solutions on how to fix the problem but all the sites it takes me to look shady and just tell me to download "Vista Home Security 2012 Removal Tool" which is only Spyware Doctor or some Spyware program I have to pay for. I tried using Spybot but it won't let me open it. It won't let me get to ANY web sites from my laptop. So my question is, what is the proper way of getting rid of this virus? Any help is appreciated thank you!


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June 18, 2011 at 08:13:39
Towards the bottom of this page:
It lists the files and registry entries to remove manually.
Another listing:

Nice quote:
Please, note that manual removal of Vista Home Security 2012 Virus is a cumbersome procedure and could not always ensure a complete removal of Vista Home Security 2012 Virus, owing to the fact that some components may be hidden or might get reanimated automatically after unfinished removal. Furthermore, lack of the proper skills and even the slightest deviation from the removal tutorial may cause irreparable system instability. That’s why it’s strongly recommended automatic removal of Vista Home Security 2012 Virus, which can save your trouble and avoid any system malfunctions and guarantee the needed result.

Are you up to the challenge?

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June 18, 2011 at 10:37:18
Can I please get an answer from a human being, not an ad from websites I already mentioned? Thanks


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June 18, 2011 at 13:01:43

If you cannot download the following file, the malware may be blocking the attempt. You need to download the file to a clean computer and then transfer it to the infected one using a USB flash drive, or external media (an external drive or a CD).

Please download exeHelper from one of these two places:

Note: The malware on your computer does not allow you to launch executables (a file ending with .exe), so we must fix that first. The program below is a .com or .scr file, so it should bypass the malware hold.

Save it to your USB Flash drive (or removable media), and then go to the infected computer, and place the file on the Desktop.

Vista or Windows 7 users right click the downloaded file and select “Run as Administrator"

A black window should pop up
Press any key to close, once the fix is completed.

>>Please post the contents of the exehelperlog.txt in your reply.<<
[It is created in the directory where you ran exeHelper, and should also open at the end of the scan.]

When exeHelper finishes, restart your computer.

See if you can run .exe files now.

Next, download RogueKiller
Save it to your Desktop.

Now, close all open programs.

For Vista/Windows 7, right click the file and select: Run as Administrator

When prompted, type 1 and hit Enter.

An RKreport.txt should appear on your Desktop.

Note: If the program is blocked, do not hesitate to try several times. If it really does not work (it could happen), rename it to winlogon.exe

>>Please post the contents of the >RKreport.txt< in your reply.<<

We will take further action based on the results of this report.

If you cannot get these programs to run, we do have another approach we can try.

Retired - Doin' Dis, Dat, and slapping malware.

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June 20, 2011 at 06:46:26
Thanks guys. I got it working again. All great tips!


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June 20, 2011 at 12:20:01
aaflac44, I am trying to follow your instructions. Every time I run the exeHelper I receive a message saying has stopped working during the point where it says it's checking for numerical processes....then it gives me an option to check for a solution online or close the program. I have tried running it in safe mode and it does the same thing on both the src and .com files.

From Log File:

exeHelper by Raktor
Build 20100414
Run at 13:41:16 on 06/20/11
Now searching...
Checking for numerical processes...

Any suggestions?

Please help. Thank you.

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June 21, 2011 at 16:06:17
I got it to work. Here's how I fixed it and got my computer running properly again.

1. Download exeHelper (free) from or
- One is scr and the other is .com. Run either one. If one doesn't work run the other. If it stops in the middle of the process before it's finished continue to the next step.

2. Run Rogue Killer (free). You can download it from here.
- If it asks how you'd like to open it select from the list and find the application .exe on your computer. Essentially using the application to open itself. It should open.
- Run it. Follow the prompts in order.

3. Run aswMBR (free) - Download it from
- Do a quick scan of your computer. This took me a few hours but worth it. Will depend on how bad your system is infected. Mine was just about totalled. When it's finished click FIX. NOT FIXMBR!

4. Restart your computer. This may take a little while while your computer reconfigures itself. Mine had to restart a few times on it's own. I thought something was wrong but it will work.

5. Run OTL (free) - Download it from
- Scan and then click CleanUP. Your computer will restart when it's finished.

You should be good to go. My computer is running smoothly again. As an extra precaution for windows users I used ccleaner (free) to clean my computer and fix my registry. I highly recommend that program. It will keep your windows computer running smoothly and gets rid of hidden and unneccessary and unused files.

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June 24, 2011 at 12:21:29
What did you do to remove this virus? The same virus is on our laptop at home and a friend told me that the best thing would be to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows Vista. Is that what you did?

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June 26, 2011 at 19:26:17
Rkill was run on 06/26/2011 at 21:22:18.
Operating System: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium

Processes terminated by Rkill or while it was running:


Rkill completed on 06/26/2011 at 21:22:25.

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June 26, 2011 at 19:40:20
Anyone needing help, please start your own topic.

It gets confusing to help more than one person at a time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Retired - Doin' Dis, Dat, and slapping malware.

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July 1, 2011 at 06:18:24
There is a good removal guide showing how to remove Vista Home Security 2012 virus at this site (with video presentation):

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July 7, 2011 at 09:10:04
I just used RougeKiller.exe to overcome the Vista Home Security 2012 Virus. I could not use the infected computer to get on the Internet by any means suggested above. I downloaded RougeKiller.exe to a USB memory stick using another computer and then ran the program off the USB stick on the infected computer in Safe Mode. Frankly, I had very little understanding of what was happening. I was asked to select a number after the program opened in a black box. I chose #1 Scan and the program did the rest. I kept on closing the Notepad windows so the program could continue it's process, as I was directed by the program to do. I probably ran it several times without realizing it.

I noticed that the Notepad reports were indicating no bad processes, etc. I finally figured it was finished...never having selected any of the other numbers (it seems to have run through all the processes on it's own.) Anyway, right now I am running Malwarebytes...which indicates that the Vista 2010 Virus has been stopped because it wouldn't let me open any programs before, except that I could open Internet Explorer in Safe Mode.

I hope this is helpful to others.

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July 14, 2011 at 10:45:07
I know I'm way late on this thread but for the sake of others like me who contracted the 2012 version of it and are looking for a solution as well.

I ran Malwarebytes a free anti-malware program and it deleted it where as my antivirus that I pay for couldn't.

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July 14, 2011 at 12:46:44
which tip finally worked?

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July 22, 2011 at 12:13:43
I got this virus/malware earlier today. I simply ran a Vista system restore and that seemed to work To be sure, I ran an avast antivirus full scan and a Windows Defender full scan, and they came back clean. That is some nasty s---.

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July 22, 2011 at 14:33:40
I suppose a video guide will be crystal clear, I just find a video on how to remove Vista Home Security 2012 virus on youtube

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July 31, 2011 at 03:21:55
avg updated so now just get to another computer, download avg, the free edition, and save it to memory key, bring memory key to infected computer and install it, now run a full scan and also they have another scan, do both, its free, removed it for me, i just have to fix up a few things that got messed up like turn firewall back on and little things like that

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August 3, 2011 at 12:07:16
Download Malwarebytes Antimalware and run a full system scan.

Detailed Vista Home Security 2012 removal instructions:

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August 11, 2011 at 11:50:03
Probably mentioned somewhere in the post. But why not restore from the Backup and restore function..

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August 16, 2011 at 13:55:23
Yours is the best answer. I did a vista system restore and that so far appears to work. I was going to post my solution, then I noticed you already posted it. It is simple and requires no cost.

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