Data Protection is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Digital Protection. This rogue is installed through the use of Trojans that pretend to be software updates or codecs required to view online videos. When the Trojan is run, it will install Data Protection on to your computer without your knowledge or consent. The rogue will then be configured to start automatically when Windows starts. When installed, the installer will also attempt to remove various anti-virus & anti-malware programs that are installed on your computer in order to protect itself from being removed. Some of the legitimate programs it attempts to uninstall are:
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Norton Internet Security
- Avira AntiVir
- Agnitum Outpost Security Suite
When Data Protection is run it will automatically scan your computer and list a variety of infections, but will not allow you to remove any of them until you first purchase the program. The files it states are infections, though, either do not exist or are legitimate Microsoft files that are required for the proper operation of Windows. Therefore, do not manually delete any of the files it states are infections as you may cause problems with your computer.
While Data Protection is running it will also display a variety of fake alerts and screens that are devised to make you think that your computer has a security problem. One of the screens it will display is a fake Windows Security Center window that looks exactly like the legitimate one, but instead suggests that you purchase Data Protection to protect yourself. The program will also display a constant stream of of fake alerts and pop-ups stating that your computer is under attack, that malware has been found, or that you are sending private and sensitive information to the Internet. The text of some of these alerts are:
Unauthosrized <sic> access to your computer! Click on the message to install up-to-date antivirus software.
A security threat detected on your computer. TrojanASPX.JS.Win32. It strongly recommended to remove this threat right now. Click on the message to remove it.
It is strongly recommended to protect your computer against security threats. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.
Warning! Network attack detected!
Network intrusion detected!
Your computer is being attacked from a remove PC.
Attach from <ip address>:<port #>
Process is trying to steal your passwords listed below. It is highly recommended to block this threat now.
Warning! Adware detected!
Adware module detected on your PC!
Zlob.Porn.Ad adware has been detected. This adware module advertises websites with explicit content. Be advised of such content being possibly illegal. Please click the button below to locate and remove this threat now.
Antivirus Alert - Critical threat detected
Network attack detected
Network attack has been detected. Process is attempting to access your private data.
Data Protection will also randomly state that a program is infected when you attempt to run it. The alert you will see is:
Warning! Virus threat detected!
Virus activity detected!
Trojan-Downloader.VBS adware has been detected. This adware module advertises websites with explicitly content. Be advised of such content being possibly illegal. Please click the button below to locate and remove this threat now.
Just like the fake scan results, all of these security warnings are being created to scare you into thinking your computer has a problem. Therefore please do not purchase this software based on any alerts it may display. Last, but not least, this infection will also create shortcuts to the the porn sites called youporn.com, nudetube.com, and pornotube.com and place them on your Windows Desktop.
Without a doubt, Data Protection was created for one reason; to convince you that you have a security problem so that you will then be scared into purchasing the program. It goes without saying that you should definitely not purchase this program, and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating it is a scam. Last, but not least, to remove this infection and any related malware, please use the removal guide below.
Self Help Guide
If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.
- 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 mb3-setup-1878.1878-22.214.171.1249.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 steps.
- 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:
How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector
Your computer should now be free of the Data Protection 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.