System Protection Tools is a rogue anti-spyware program that tries to trick PC users into thinking that their computers are compromised or infected with spyware, trojans and keyloggers . Usually, the rogue program is installed through the use of Trojans and similar malware that display fake security alerts claiming that your computer is infected. It can be also promoted via spam and using misleading methods on popular social networking websites. While running, System Protection Tools will pretend to scan your computer for viruses. It then will detect harmless or even non-existent files as malware but will not allow you to remove them until you purchase the rogue program. Furthermore, this fake program will block legitimate security programs or in some cases it may block nearly all legitimate software on your computer and disable certain system tools such as Task Manager, registry editor and MSConfig.
While System Protection Tools is running, it will constantly display fake security alerts and pop-ups on your computer claiming that you are infected. These fake security alerts will state that there is some type of security risk on your computer or active malware and then prompt you to purchase the rogue anti-spyware program to remove them or at least stop malicious activities and prevent further damage. The rogue program will also display a window that impersonates the legitimate Windows Security Center. Some of the fake security alerts you may see on your computer screen:
System Protection Tools has detected pontentially harmful software in your system. It is strongly recommended that you register System Protection Tools to remove all found threats immediately.
Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Just like the false scan results, these security alerts are just another trick being used to make you pay for bogus security software. You shouldn't purchase System Protection Tools. Otherwise, you will lose your money and leave your computer wide open for other malware infections.
It goes without saying, System Protection Tools is nothing more but a scam and it cannot protect your PC. If you have already purchased it, then we suggest that you contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Then you should remove System Protection Tools on your computer as soon as possible following the removal guide below. We strongly recommend you to scan your PC with legitimate and reliable anti-spyware program, such as STOPzilla.
System Protection Tools manual removal:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunBest Antivirus Software = "%AllUsersProfile%Application Data[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe" /s /d
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Options[RANDOM].exeDebugger = svchost.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorerDisallowRun = 01000000
%AppData%System Protection Tools
%AppData%MicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchSystem Protection Tools.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%Application Data[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS]
%UserProfile%DesktopSystem Protection Tools
%UserProfile%Start MenuSystem Protection Tools
%UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsSystem Protection Tools.lnk