Remove Proof Defender 2009 (Uninstall Guide)By Lawrence Abrams on September 9, 2009 @ 04:19 PM | Read 4,852 times.
Proof Defender 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Perfect Defender 2009. This rogue is promoted through the use of malware and web pop-ups that state your computer is infected and then suggest that you use an online anti-malware scanner to check your computer. When you click on this pop-up you will automatically be brought to a page that shows an advertisement that pretends to be an online anti-malware scanner. When this advertisement is finished, it will state that your computer is infected and then prompt you to download and install Proof Defender 2009. It should be noted that this advertisement has no way of knowing what is running on your computer and is just trying to trick you into thinking there is a security problem.
If you decide to install Proof Defender, it will be configured to start automatically when you login to Windows. Once started, it will automatically perform a scan and when finished state that your computer is infected with a variety of malware that it will not remove until you purchase the program. The malware it detects, though, are actually fake and do not exist on your computer at all. These results are only being shown to scare you into thinking you are infected in the hopes that you will then purchase Proof Defender 2009. If this rogue was installed via malware then you will also see pop-ups on your Windows desktop stating that your computer is infected, with further prompting for you to purchase the program.
If you find that Proof Defender 2009 is on your computer, then please do not purchase it. If you have already purchased it, then you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges as it is scam. Finally, to remove this infection and any related malware, please use the removal guide below.
Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:
Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Proof Defender 2009] "C:\Program Files\Proof Defender 2009\pdfndr.exe"
09/09/09 - Initial guide creation.
Your computer should now be free of the Proof Defender 2009 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Associated Proof Defender 2009 Files:
c:\Program Files\Proof Defender 2009
Associated Proof Defender 2009 Windows Registry Information:
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
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