The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "VistaActivation.Trojan" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

  • trojan

Pretends to be a self-extracting rar archive. On execution the trojan horse connects to the internet in background and submits data about the user and the computer to a russian site. The trojan horse also installs a fake csrss.exe in the Windows directory, which allows this file to pass the windows firewall. It runs in background and starts it via policies at system start.
Supposed Functionality:
supposed to be a programm to activate unlicensed copies of Windows Vista
Removal Instructions:


Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.
  • The file at "<$LOCALSETTINGS>\Temp\pkeyconfig.xrm-ms".
  • The file at "<$LOCALSETTINGS>\Temp\smss.exe".
  • The file at "<$LOCALSETTINGS>\Temp\tokens.dat".
  • The file at "<$LOCALSETTINGS>\Temp\Vista.exe".
  • The file at "<$LOCALSETTINGS>\Temp\Windows.Vista.RTM.Activation.Crack-iND.txt".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\csrss.exe".
  • A file with an unknown location named "Windows Vista All Versions Activation 21.11.06.exe".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If VistaActivation.Trojan uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,
  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.