What is Antispyware Soft?

Antispyware Soft is a fake antivirus program. It is classified as a Rogue Security Application or Rogue Anti-Virus. Software like this is a real threat as it seriously interfers with proper function of your computer, is exceptionally annoying and can even block access to the internet. Antispyware Soft is a copy of Antivirus Soft and AV Security Suite. Antispyware Soft is generally installed through the use of a trojan horse. Antispyware Soft will block all applications unless the file name of the executable of the application is iexplore.exe.

Common symptoms and characteristics of Antispyware Soft and other rogue security programs include:

1. Antispyware Soft is generally installed without user permission.
2. Antispyware Soft uses pop ups and fake virus scans to scare the user.
3. Various antivirus and system programs on the user’s computer will stop functioning.

Removal, Step 1

Recommended removal tool: Stopzilla (Download here)
Download stopzilla by clicking on the above link.
Antispyware Soft is slow and bulky rogue security, so removal is not generally too complex.

Removal, Step 2

Re-boot your XP system in SAFE MODE. (Re-boot, and press F8 repeatedly till you can select the SAFE MODE boot option)

Removal, Step 3

Once booted in safe mode, run Stopzilla and let it work it’s magic.

Manual removal of Antispyware Soft.

If you are unsuccessful with stopzilla alone, you will want to start with manual removal of Antispyware Soft.

Step 1: Stop Antispyware Soft Processes
[random letters]tssd.exe

Step 2: Remove Antispyware Soft Files
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random letters]\
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random letters]\[random letters]tssd.exe

Step 3: Remove Antispyware Soft Registry Keys
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Antispyware Soft
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Antispyware Soft

Step 4: Remove Antispyware Soft Startup Entry
[random letters]tssd.exe