Digital Protection is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Your Protection . This rogue is installed on your computer through the use of Trojans that display fake security alerts on your computer that state your computer has a security problem. When you click on one of these alerts, Digital Protection will be installed on to your computer without your permission or knowledge. Once Digital Protection is installed, it will be configured to start automatically when Windows starts. The installer will also attempt to uninstall various security applications in order to protect itself from being removed. Some of the security applications that it attempts to uninstall are:
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Norton Internet Security
- Avira AntiVir
- Agnitum Outpost Security Suite
When Digital Protection starts it will scan your computer and then state it has found numerous infections on your computer. These infections though are either fake or legitimate Windows programs. Therefore, please do not delete any of the files it states are infections as you may remove a legitimate Windows application that is required for Windows to operate properly.
While Digital Protection is running it will also display a fake Windows Security Center that promotes the Digital Protection software. It will then display fake security alerts on your desktop that include messages stating that your computer is under attack, that personal information is being upload to the Internet, or that malicious viruses have been detected. Some of the alerts you will see are:
DANGEROUS! ANTIVIRUS DETECTED SOME HARMFUL PROGRAMS ON YOUR PC! THEY MAY CORRUPT YOUR INFORMATION OR SEND IT TO HACKERS.
A security threat detected on your computer! This malicious program may steal your private data. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.
Harmful viruses detected on your computer. This malicious software may harm your computer. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.
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.
Unauthorized person tries to steal your passwords and private information. Click on the message to prevent identity theft.
System files of your computer are damaged. Please, restart your system ASAP.
Digital Protection will also randomly state that programs you run on your computer are infected when you attempt to run a program. The alert you will see is:
Warning! Virus threat detected!
Virus activity detected!
Trojan-Clicker.Win32 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.
Just like the fake scan results, these security alerts are all fake and are just being used as a tactic to scare you into thinking that you have a security problem. Therefore, please do not purchase this program based upon any of the security alerts it shows. 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.
As you can see, Digital Protection was created to scam you out of your money by making you think you are infected in the hopes that you will then purchase the program. 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.
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-1878.1878-188.8.131.529.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 Digital 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.