Your Protection is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Paladin Antivirus. This rogue is promoted and installed through the use of malware that automatically downloads and installs it onto your computer without your consent or knowledge. Once downloaded and installed, Your Protection will scan your computer for certain legitimate anti-virus programs that may be installed on your computer. If they are detected, Use Protection will state they are infections and prompt you to uninstall them. It does this in order to protect itself from the legitimate programs that may flag Your Protection as an infection. The anti-malware programs that it tries to uninstall include:
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Norton Internet Security
- Avira AntiVir
- Agnitum Outpost Security Suite
When Your Protection starts it will scan your computer and state that it is infected with a variety of infections. It will not, though, allow you to remove any of these infections unless you first purchase the program. The infections it finds, though, are either not real or are legitimate programs on your computer. Therefore, please do not manually delete any of the items it shows as it may cause your computer to not operate properly if you delete a legitimate file.
The Trojans that install Your Protection may also install TDSS on to your computer as well. This version of TDSS will not allow you to run certain programs that may help you remove the infection. Therefore, before you continue attempting to remove Your Protection, we suggest you first follow the steps in the following guide to remove TDSS. Then you will be able to remove Your Protection without any problem.
While Your Protection is running it will also display fake security alerts and warnings on your computer in order to try and trick you into thinking that you are infected. These alerts will state that your computer is under attack from a remote pc and that keyloggers or malware have been detected. Some examples of the alerts you will see are:
Antivirus Alert - Critical threat detected
Warning: Network attack detected
Network attack has been detected. Process is attempting to access your private data.
Your computer is being attacked from a remote PC.
Process is trying to steal your passwords listed below. It is highly recommended to block this threat now.
User's activity loggers detected!
It's strongly recommended to remove detected threats right now!
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.
You are running a trial antivirus software version. Activate your antivirus software copy to get full-time antivirus protection. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.
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.
Most of the viruses and worms on your PC because of visiting pornosites or warez/torrent sites.
ANTIVIRUS IS RUN IN DEMO MODE. ACTIVATE YOUR ANTIVIRUS OTHERWISE ALL THE DATA WILL BE LOST OR DAMAGED!
DANGEROUS! ANTIVIRUS DETECTED SOME HARMFUL PROGRAMS ON YOUR PC! THEY MAY CORRUPT YOUR INFORMATION OR SEND IT TO HACKERS.
Unauthorized person tries to steal your passwords and private information. Click on the message to prevent identity theft.
Unauthorized access to your computer! Click on the message to install up-to-date antivirus software.
System files of your computer are damaged. Please, restart your system ASAP.
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.
Your Protection will also randomly state that programs you run on your computer are infected. When you attempt to run programs it will display an alert and state that a virus has been detected. The alerts 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, all of these fake alerts are just another tactic where Your Protection is trying to convince you that you have a security problem on your computer and should be ignored. 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, Your Protection was created to trick you into thinking you are infected so 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 may need to close every window that is
open later in the fix.
- It is possible that the infection you are trying to remove will not allow
you to download files on the infected computer. If this is the case, then
you will need to download the files requested in this guide on another computer
and then transfer them to the infected computer. You can transfer the files
via a CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.
- Before we can do anything we must first end the processes that belong to
so that it does not interfere with the cleaning procedure. To do this, please
download RKill to your desktop from the following link.
RKill Download Link - (Download page will open in a new tab or browser window.)
When at the download page, click on the Download Now button labeled iExplore.exe download link. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.
- Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe
icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with
and other Rogue programs. Please be patient while the program looks for various
malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will
automatically close and you can continue with the next step. If you get a
message that RKill is an infection, do not be concerned. This message is just
a fake warning given by
when it terminates programs that may potentially remove it. If you run into
these infections warnings that close RKill, a trick is to leave the warning
on the screen and then run RKill again. By not closing the warning, this typically
will allow you to bypass the malware trying to protect itself so that rkill
. So, please try running RKill until the malware is no longer running. You
will then be able to proceed with the rest of the guide. If you continue
having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions
of RKill from the rkill
download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you
can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser
window or tab.
Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.
- 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 Your 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.