What is Vprotect?
Many people are concerned about a suspicious vprot.exe process, which is continuously running in the Task Manager. We can calm you down by saying that this process is usually related to Vprotect application, which belongs to the well-known security software AVG Security Toolbar, AVG Technologies, AVG SafeGuard toolbar or AVG Nation toolbar. Therefore, if you are using AVG software on your machine, there’s no need to worry because vprot.exe is a part of it. Unfortunately, our security experts have detected rogue Vprotect program, which is actively spreading on the Internet as a ‘legitimate anti-spyware’. However, if you are not using AVG Toolbar or any other AVG software on your machine, you should immediately terminate vprot.exe process and remove Vprotect virus from your machine. Otherwise, it may start initiating fake system scans and may try to convince you that your computer is affected by serious computer threats, such as viruses and malwares. Once installed, it may start continuously load its scanners and initiate a full system scan weather you want it or not. Be aware that it’s scan results may inform about real computer infections, such as RDN/Generic.grp!hy, Trojan.Proxy.Win32.Agent.x, BackdoorRbot.gen and many others. However, it’s just a trick to scare you and convince you to buy a license key to activate a full Vprotect version. Of course, you may buy it if you like, but we highly DO NOT recommend buying it due to several reasons. First of all, Vprotect rogue does not virus database, which means that it’s not capable to detect any of computer’s infections. In addition to that, by buying this rogue program, you risk exposing your credit card details to cyber criminals. It goes without saying that leakage of such data may cause identity theft. Finally, keep in mind that buying the license of Vprotect virus will not remove this rogue, so it may still hide deep in your machine and initiate suspicious activities.
If you want to keep your computer safe, we highly recommend you to remove Vprotect virus. The best way to get rid of it is to run a full system scan with a reliable anti-spyware. Our security experts recommend using Reimage (Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Mac OS X).
How can Vprotect hijack my computer?
As you probably already know, rogue anti-spywares, such as Vprotect usually spread using very deceptive methods. In contrast to potentially unwanted programs, they are capable of infiltrating PCs’ systems without even asking for users’ permission. If you want to prevent installing Vprotect virus or any of its clones, you should avoid opening suspicious-looking emails, especially when they carry an attachment. Spam, which may spread this rogue, supposedly might be sent by reputable institutions and contain reports, invoices, warning and similar things. Unfortunately, after opening such an attachment, you may activate Vprotect virus and start experiencing fake system scans. Besides, you should also avoid clicking on the alerts offering to update Java, Flash Player, Media Player, etc. for free. That’s another tricky way that is commonly used for spreading rogues, viruses, and similar threats. Therefore, if you want to stay safe, make sure that you surf the net carefully and keep your guard up.
How to remove Vprotect virus?
If you suspect that your computer has been infected by a fake Vprotect version, you should take needed actions and remove it without any delay. We highly do not recommend doing that manually because this rogue anti-spyware might have been installed a bunch of related files and may hide deep in the system. For Vprotect removal, we recommend using a reputable anti-spyware. If you have it installed on your machine, make sure that it’s updated. If you need a detailed guide explaining how to do that, read this guide. Our security experts recommend using Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus anti-spywares for removal of this threat because they can easily detect every hidden component that belongs to this and other cyber threats.
ATTENTION! Vprotect may try to block installation and activity of legitimate security programs, including SpyHunter and StopZilla. If you can’t download or launch any them, try these options:
1. USING SYSTEM RESTORE TO DISABLE VIRUS:
- Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore.
- Select Restore my computer to an earlier time and click Next.
- Choose the date and the specific restore point that you want and click Next.
- Wait until your PC reboots and click OK on the Restoration Complete window.
- Now download Reimage and run a full system scan after updating it.
If you are using Windows 8, then follow these steps:
- Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen and type restore point in the Search section.
- Now click on Settings -> Create a restore point.
- When in System Protection tab, select System Restore.
- Click Next button to see your restore points and left click on the entry you need.
- Now select Scan for affected programs -> Close -> Next -> Finish.
- Once your PC reboots, download Reimage and run a full system scan after updating it.
2. REBOOTING TO SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING:
- Restart your computer
- As soon as your computer becomes active, start pressing the F8 key continuously until you see Advanced Boot Options screen.
- Here, select Safe Mode with Networking (for that, use the arrow keys) and then hit Enter.
- Login as the same user as you were in normal Windows mode
- Now right click on IE or other browser’s icon and select Run As or Run As administrator. Enter your Administrator account password (if needed).
- Enter this link in your address bar: http://www.2-spyware.com/download/hunter.exe and download a program on your desktop. Launch it to remove malicious files.
3. CREATING GUEST ACCOUNT FOR SCANNING COMPUTER:
If you have another user (guest) account, you can try to run a full system scan from it. You just need to log into it and download Reimage for a full system scan. You can activate your guest account with a help of these steps:
- Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel and select User Accounts.
- After a new window shows up, click on Guest -> Turn On Guest Account.
- Now wait until computer reboots and you see Windows log on screen
- Select Guest account for downloading our recommended anti-spyware.
4. USING ANOTHER PC FOR DOWNLOADING ANTI-SPYWARE:
- Take another computer that is not infected by this virus and download Reimage to it.
- After completing the procedure, transfer this anti-malware to the CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.
- In the meanwhile, kill malicious processes on your infected computer. For that you can use this tutorial.
- Stick the device you used for transferring anti-spyware program to your infected PC and launch it.
5. BLOCKING Vprotect BEFORE A SCAN:
- Let Vprotect start its work and finish its fake system scan.
- Click on Allow unprotected and close the warning message.
- Open File Explorer (click Start -> Documents) and enter %AppData% in the location bar. Click enter.
- Rename guard-agas or similar entry.
- Reboot your machine and enter this link to your address bar: http://www.2-spyware.com/download/hunter.exe
- Download SpyHunter and remove malicious files that belong to Vprotect.