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ProtectDefender. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as Protect Defender | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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ProtectDefender is a fake anti-spyware application that claims to scan your PC for malware but in reality it only imitates system scan and reports premeditated infections or system security threats to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software. This rogue program is from the WiniSoft family and a clone of ArmorDefender scareware. Basically, it will do all its best to make you pay for this bogus software. That includes not only false scan results but also fake security alerts and browser hijacking. Once installed it will report numerous infections and then will prompt you to buy it in order to remove the supposed infections. Don’t buy it. ProtectDefender is a scam. Please use the removal guide stated below to remove this virus manually or download an automatic removal tool.

ProtectDefender graphical user interface
[Figure 1. ProtectDefender graphical user interface]

More technically speaking, ProtectDefender is a Trojan virus. Usually, such programs come from fake online scanners or fake websites that impersonates well known and reliable sites. For example, cyber criminals creates a websites that is very similar to Youtube. Usually there are several videos on such websites or just images that look like Youtube player. When a user click play button to view video it gets a fake pop-up stating that you must install the latest version of Flash player in other to play particular video. As a result, you get a Trojan virus which later displays ProtectDefender screen and many fake security alerts. Trojans even impersonate Widows Security Center to make the whole scam look more realistic.

If you find that your computer is infected with ProtectDefender, please read the below guide about how to remove this virus from your PC manually for free or just simply download an automatic removal tool. Remember, do not purchase it. Contact your credit card company as soon as possible if you have inadvertently purchased it.

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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.

ProtectDefender manual removal:

Kill processes:
ProtectDefender.exe

25911s9z34b.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallProtectDefender

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREProtectDefender

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefender

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderagents

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefendergeneral

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderrealtime

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderscanner

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefendertasks

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefendertasks

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefendertasks1

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderupdates

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "ProtectDefender.exe" -min"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefendertasks1

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefendertasks

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderupdates

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderscanner

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderrealtime

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefendergeneral

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectDefenderagents

Unregister DLLs:
19530hacktoo569z.dll

45a8thz5at154259.dll

7975d9wzloader2321.dll

Delete files:
ProtectDefender.lnk

always_delete.xml

always_skip.xml

ProtectDefender.exe

25911s9z34b.exe

quarantine.xml

19530hacktoo569z.dll

242cbac59oor19z8.ocx

29577spyzb9.bin

45a8thz5at154259.dll

7975d9wzloader2321.dll

5565virz9099.bin

96048ziru5698.ocx

za915hief1227.cpl

Delete directories:
C:Program FilesProtectDefender Software

C:Program FilesProtectDefender SoftwareProtectDefender

C:Program FilesProtectDefender SoftwareProtectDefenderquarantine



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