Smart Protector is a rogue security program that deliberately uses false scan results in order to trick you into thinking that your computer is infected. Please note that this infection should not be confused with the legitimate program of the same name that uses the same pathnames as this rogue. When Smart Protector is installed it will be configured to automatically start when you login to your computer. Once started, the program will scan your computer and list a variety of infections that cannot be removed unless you purchase the program. These infections, though, are all fake and do not actually exist on your computer. They are only being shown to scare you into thinking you are infected to try and trick you into purchasing Smart Protector.
Smart Protector is a scripted rogue, which means that the developers hard coded the program to show the same infections regardless of the computer it is run on. The supposed infections that it will detect are determined by the contents of the c:\Program Files\Smart Protector\mainbase.adb and c:\Program Files\Smart Protector\virusbase.adb files. These files contain a list of the filenames and descriptions of each of the infections it will state is found on your computer. So if you opened those files in Notepad and deleted the contents, the next time you ran Smart Protector it would not detect anything on your computer.
As you can see, Smart Protector is designed to trick you into thinking you are infected in the hopes that you purchase their program. If you find you are infected with Smart Protect please use the removal guide below to remove this rogue and any associated malware for free.
Self Help Guide
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following
location and save it to your desktop:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue
with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings
and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
- MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can
take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically
check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
- When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different
than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the SmartProtector 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.