Virus Protector is a rogue anti-spyware program that is promoted
through malware. When the malware installs Virus Protector it will also create
hundreds of harmless files with random file names throughout your computer.
These files will then be detected as infections when Virus Protector scans your
computer. If you try to remove them, though, the program will state that you
must first purchase it before it will allow you to do so. This is a scam as
the files are created by the rogue in the first place and are harmless to your
system. Therefore, do no purchase this program for any of the reasons it may
Virus Protector screen shot
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While Virus Protector is running you will also see a constant display of security
warnings and alerts appear on your screen. These alerts will state that your
computer is under attack, infections have been found, or that your personal
data is at risk. Examples of the alerts you will see include:
Harmful memory infection was detected.
Process any.exe was terminate
Internet Attack Detected
Type: Land Attack
Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files
or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to register your copy
of Virus Protector and remove spyware threats from your PC.
Just like the fake scan results, these security alerts are fake as well and
should be ignored.
As you can see, Virus Protector was created for one purpose; to scam you out
of your money by making you think you are infected. It goes without saying that
you should definitely not purchase this program, and if you already have, please
contact your credit card company to dispute the charges. To remove this infection
and any related malware, please use the removal guide below.
View Virus Protector files.
View Virus Protector Registry Information.
Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Virus Protector] <Path to rogue>\<random>.exe
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: <random>.dll
02/19/10 - Initial guide creation.
02/20/10 - Updated removal instructions.
Automated Removal Instructions for Virus Protector using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Below are the steps to remove Virus Protector. BleepingComputer has always prided itself on its trusted online support. We are excited to recommend Online Virus Repair Inc. for the same trusted support via telephone. If you are having trouble with the below steps or if you would prefer to speak to someone over the phone, you can contact Online Virus Repair at the below number.
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- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking. To
do this, turn your computer off and then back on and immediately when you
see anything on the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your
keyboard. Eventually you will be brought to a menu similar to the one below:
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select Safe Mode with Networking
and press Enter on your keyboard. If you are having trouble
entering safe mode, then please use the following tutorial: How
to start Windows in Safe Mode
Windows will now boot into safe mode with networking and prompt you to login
as a user. Please login as the same user you were previously logged in with
in the normal Windows mode. Then proceed with the rest of the steps.
- 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 seleted 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
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
- As many rogues and other malware are installed through vulnerabilities found
in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use
Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on
how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:
detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector
Your computer should now be free of the Virus Protector 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:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help
View Associated Virus Protector Files
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Application Data\<random>.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Application Data\<random>.dll
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Local Settings\Temp\<random>.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Local Settings\Temp\<random>.dll
c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\<random>.exe
c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\<random>.dll
View Associated Virus Protector Windows Registry Information
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Virus Protector"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows "LoadAppInit_DLLs" = "1"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows "AppInit_DLLs" = "<random>.dll"
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.
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