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System Protection Tools. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as SystemProtectionTools | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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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 Alert
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.

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Reimage is recommended to uninstall System Protection Tools. Free scanner allows you to check whether your PC is infected or not. If you need to remove malware, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage malware removal tool.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

More information about this program can be found in Reimage review.

More information about this program can be found in Reimage review.
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System Protection Tools

System Protection Tools manual removal:

Kill processes:
[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY....{Value}

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_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoft..{RunKeys}

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorerDisallowRun = 01000000

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorerDisallowRun[1...15]

Delete files:
%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