Remove Desktop Defender 2010

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So here we go again, I suspect this sort of program is not going anywhere soon. So we as users need to make sure we are protected and keeping an eye open for this sort of program. The worst part is we really don't know what to look out for right! Well at leats we can remove the malicious software.

Desktop Defender 2010 manual removal:

Following the directions below have worked for me as of 6-4-2010, I will update this guide if the steps to remove Desktop Defender 2010 change. I suspect this to change or a new program will be made to replace this and at that point I will update this guide to reflect the changes. Best of luck removing this and if you have trouble following this guide feel free to email meor post here.

I will also post some of the troubles you might come accross and what other steps you can try.

Kill processes:

  • gedx_ae09.exe
  • kgn.exe
  • kilslmd.exe
  • kn.a.exe
  • uninstall.exe

Delete registry values:

  • 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"

Unregister DLLs:

  • hjengine.dll
  • IEAddon.dll
  • MFC71.dll
  • msvcp71.dll
  • msvcr71.dll
  • pthreadVC2.dll
  • shellext.dll
  • siglsp.dll

Delete directories:

  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Desktop Defender 2010.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Defender 2010
  • 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
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\AF.dll
  • 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\hjengine.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\IEAddon.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\MFC71.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\MFC71ENU.DLL
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\msvcp71.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\msvcr71.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\pthreadVC2.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\shellext.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Desktop Defender 2010\siglsp.dll
  • 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
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\tdifw\log.txt


If after following these steps you still have an issue, feel free to post below and I will do my best to help.

Best of Luck.

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