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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Web Guard?
The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Web Guard is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.
How do I know if my computer is affected by Web Guard?
You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

and these warnings:



How did WebGuard get on my computer?
Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.
How do I remove WebGuard?
Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Web Guard?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Web Guard completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?
We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.  
As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Web Guard hijacker.  It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts
You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:
O23 - Service: WebGuard - Interesting Solutions - C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\WebGuardService.exe
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details  
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\WebGuard
       Adds the file info.dat"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 64 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 666472 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe.config"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 168 bytes, A
       Adds the file WebGuard.dll"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 1186152 bytes, A
       Adds the file WebGuard.exe"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 50024 bytes, A
       Adds the file WebGuard.exe.config"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 190 bytes, A
       Adds the file WebGuard.ico"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 121672 bytes, A
       Adds the file WebGuardService.exe"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 2319720 bytes, A
       Adds the file WebGuardService.exe.config"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 189 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WebGuard
       Adds the file data2.dat"="10/1/2014 1:53 PM, 3072 bytes, A

Registry details  
       "id"="REG_SZ", "4505411d9c1c44908144439e86d80da3"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "366"
       "ik"="REG_SZ", "{aa8fcf8a-f998-ff32-8588-0f6999254573}"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "4505411d9c1c44908144439e86d80da3"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "366"
       "(Default)"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "v"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "vs"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\WebGuard.ico"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "WebGuard"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "3.0.11"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 5000
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.thewebguard.com/about.html"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "10/1/2014"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Interesting Solutions"
       "DependOnService"="REG_MULTI_SZ, "Winmgmt CryptSvc "
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "WebGuard"
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "FailureActions"="REG_BINARY, <.....................
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\WebGuardService.exe""
       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 10/1/2014
Scan Time: 2:01:15 PM
Logfile: mbamWebGuard.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2014.10.01.04
Rootkit Database: v2014.09.19.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 266468
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 5 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\WebGuardService.exe, 4788, Delete-on-Reboot, [5434c94606761b1bb7439037d52c956b]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 3
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\WebGuard, Quarantined, [5434c94606761b1bb7439037d52c956b], 
PUP.Optional.WebSteroids.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}, Quarantined, [a7e10a054d2feb4b3aa3f3a4709248b8], 
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\WebGuard, Quarantined, [4444f619225aeb4bb941d6f17d840ef2], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WebGuard, Quarantined, [f7918e810874f54129909277cf34b848], 

Files: 6
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\WebGuardService.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [5434c94606761b1bb7439037d52c956b], 
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [4444f619225aeb4bb941d6f17d840ef2], 
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\WebGuard.dll, Quarantined, [7a0e31de9fdd93a355584cb764a1a957], 
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\ProgramData\WebGuard\WebGuard.exe, Quarantined, [820635da6e0ea0966a90a6210bf6c53b], 
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Setup.exe, Quarantined, [fa8ee728136982b4ea10f2d5dc25d52b], 
PUP.Optional.WebGuard.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WebGuard\data2.dat, Quarantined, [f7918e810874f54129909277cf34b848], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
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  • Malware Execution Prevention
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