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Data Protection. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

removal by - -   Also known as DataProtection | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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Data Protection is a rogue anti-spyware from the same family as Digital Protection malware. This fake program is promoted and distributed through the use Trojans and other malware. Once installed and running, Data Protection will attempt to uninstall legitimate anti-spyware and antivirus programs. Some of the security applications that it attempts to uninstall are NOD32, Norton Internet Security, Avira AntiVir, AVG8, and avast!. Then it will scan your computer for malware and display a variety of infections. However, the scan results are false so you may safely ignore them. Moreover, the rogue program will constantly display fake security alerts stating that your computer is infected with spyware or under attack from a remove computer. If you find that your computer is infected with this virus, please follow the removal instructions below to remove Data Protection from your computer upon detection. You can remove it manually or use an automatic removal tool.

Some of the fake alerts you will see are:

Harmful viruses detected on your computer. This malicious software may harm your computer. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.


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.

What is more, DataProtection virus will block Windows Task Manager and Registry Editor to make the removal process more complicated. It may hijack Internet Explorer and redirect you to various misleading websites that promotes rogue programs. Besides, it may add shortcuts on your Desktop to porn websites. It goes without saying that Data Protection is nothing more but a scam. Just like all the other rogue program it should be removed from the system as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected, please use the removal instructions below to uninstall Data Protection from your computer either manually or with an automatic removal tool.
Related files: Update.lnk, digext.dll, Uninstall.exe

Data Protection properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Shows commercial adverts
• Connects itself to the internet
• Stays resident in background

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Data Protection screenshot
Data Protection snapshot

Data Protection manual removal

Kill processes:
datprot.exe
Uninstall.exe
MSWINSCK.exe
wscsvc32.exe
spam001.exe
spam002.exe
spam003.exe
troj000.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMalware Defense
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePaladin Antivirus
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREData Protection
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMalware Defense
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallData Protection
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPaladin Antivirus
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREProgram Groups
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "Data Protection"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpoliciessystem "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionShell ExtensionsApproved "{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}"

Unregister DLLs:
datext.dll
dathook.dll
fiosejgfse.dll

Delete files:
About.lnk
Data Protection Support.lnk
spam001.exe
spam002.exe
spam003.exe
troj000.exe
Data Protection.lnk
Scan.lnk
Settings.lnk
Update.lnk
about.ico
activate.ico
buy.ico
4otjesjty.mof
MSWINSCK.exe
wscsvc32.exe
dig.db
digext.dll
dighook.dll
datprot.exe
help.ico
scan.ico
settings.ico
splash.mp3
Uninstall.exe
update.ico
virus.mp3
about.ico
activate.ico
Delete directories:
c:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication Data
%Temp%
%UserProfile%Application DataMicrosoftInternetExplorerQuickLaunch
%UserProfile%Desktop
%UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsDataProtection
c:Program FilesData Protection

Geolocation of Data Protection

Map reveals the prevalence of Data Protection. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Mauritius and Luxembourg.

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