Desktop Defender 2010 Removal

This is a malware called Desktop Defender 2010. You should know that this is a fake security client. It is from the same family as Contraviro, another malware program.

Desktop Defender 2010

Desktop Defender 2010

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Often times people get infected with this virus because their computers were not fully secured.  This could be from lack of security updates or no active antivirus client.

Most infections happen because the users was either tricked into installing some software like a video codec or because a website thet visited was infected with malisious code and that code placeda trojan onto your computer.

Desktop Defender 2010 does the following to most computers.

  • You will find out you will no longer be able to update your anti-virus program neither to access such related websites. Just running your security program will not work neither.
  • Your computer will display this given window (with the Desktop Defender header), showing you lots of threats and more.
  • If you don’t remove this malware, similar tools like the System Registry Editor and the System Restore will not function anymore.

This is a fake program with the main purpose to steal your money by showing fake threats, viruses and so on. They attempt to scare and trick the user into making a purchase of the client by showing you false and missleading scan results and messages.

Removal Video

Desktop Defender 2010

Manual removal instructions for Desktop Defender 2010 ( Please read our disclaimer below )

Kill Desktop Defender 2010 processes: ( Learn How to Kill a Process Here. Opens in new Window )

  • Desktop Defender 2010.exe ( Most likely this will be the only process running for this strain )
  • uninstall.exe
  • gedx_ae09.exe
  • kgn.exe
  • kn.a.exe
  • kilslmd.exe

We do recommend you run a full scan using SpyHunter. Even if you do not intend on registering the product it will help to stop the virus from re-installing and re-activating while you manually remove it. Also it will inform you of any new changes to the file names. You may need this if it mutates.

Delete Desktop Defender 2010 registry values: ( Learn How to Edit Registry Here. Opens in new Window )

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\antivirus_contextscan
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{08EEC6AD-7486-487F-89B7-5A3716DDAE14}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{CCB5551D-8594-4999-85F9-1E3EABCB95AC}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\antivirus_contextscan
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drives\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\antivirus_contextscan
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IEAddon.StatusBarPane
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IEAddon.StatusBarPane.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{5B184B9D-B7BD-4FEA-8D1F-5E27182206A5}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{3ED0E410-5C8E-47B6-A75D-D10B886E903C}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Desktop Defender 2010
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{CCB5551D-8594-4999-85F9-1E3EABCB95AC}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Desktop Defender 2010
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\tdifw_drv
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform “Desktop Defender 2010”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Desktop Defender 2010”

Delete files: ( Hint ) Most of these files will be in the c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010 directory.

  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Desktop Defender 2010.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Defender 2010.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Defender 2010\Activate Desktop Defender 2010.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Defender 2010\Desktop Defender 2010.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Defender 2010\How to Activate Desktop Defender 2010.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Desktop Defender 2010.lnk
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\daily.cvd
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\Desktop Defender 2010.exe
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\guide.chm
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\tdifw_drv_WLH.sys
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\tdifw_drv_WXP.sys
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\uninstall.exe
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\tdifw_drv.sys
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\tdifw\log.txt
  • %Temp%\gedx_ae09.exe
  • %Temp%\kgn.exe
  • %Temp%\kilslmd.exex
  • %Temp%\kn.a.exe

Delete directories: ( Please note that in most cases everything in this folder can be deleted. Just be sure it’s the correct folder 😉

  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\tdifw
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Defender 2010 %Temp%\

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