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Protection Center. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as ProtectionCenter | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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Protection Center is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Paladin Antivirus and Your Protection scareware. As a typical rogue program, it will claim that your computer is infected with spyware, adware and malware in order to trick you into purchasing the program. Protection Center is promoted mainly through the use of Trojans, fake online scanners and similar malware. Once installed, this fake anti-spyware program will simulate a system scan and report numerous infections on your computer. Actually, it detects harmless or even Windows system files as infections, that’s why you shouldn’t manually remove any of them. And of course, you shouldn’t buy ProtectionCenter, it’s nothing more but a scam and it obviously won’t make your computer more secure. Instead, please remove Protection Center from your PC as soon as possible either manually or with an automatic removal tool. Read the removal instructions below.

When running, Protection Center will display many fake security alerts and pop-ups claiming that your computer is under attack from a remote computer or that your sensitive information cab be stolen. That’s obviously not true. Some of the fake security alerts read:

Warning! Virus threat detected!
Virus activity detected!
Email-Worm.BAT 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.

Warning! Network attack detected!
Network intrusion detected!
Your computer is being attacked from a remote PC.
Process is trying to steal your passwords listed below.

What is more, the rogue program may block legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware software and certain Windows system tools to protect itself from being removed. You may have to reboot you computer is safe mode with networking in order to download and run an anti-spyware program. Besides, the rogue program will probably hijack Internet Explorer and redirect you to various misleading websites full of false information and advertisements. Most importantly, don’t purchase it. If you have already bought this fake program then please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Then, please follow the removal instructions below to remove Protection Center from your computer as soon as possible.

Special Protection Center removal steps

1. Restart your computer. As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, tap “F8” key constantly. Use the arrow keys to highlight the “Safe Mode with Networking” option as shown in the image below, and then press ENTER.

2. Download an automatic removal tool from this page and run a full system scan. Or download it form alternative location.

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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.

Protection Center manual removal:

Kill processes:
cntprot.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfile

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMalware Defense

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePaladin Antivirus

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFoldershellexContextMenuHandlersSimpleShlExt

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfile

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMalware Defense

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallProtection Center

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPaladin Antivirus

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREProtection Center

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "Protection Center"

Unregister DLLs:
cntext.dll

cnthook.dll

Delete files:
about.ico

activate.ico

buy.ico

cnt.db

cntext.dll

cnthook.dll

cntprot.exe

help.ico

scan.ico

settings.ico

splash.mp3

Uninstall.exe

update.ico

virus.mp3

Protection Center.lnk

About.lnk

Activate.lnk

Buy.lnk

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    does this effect your motion

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    This protection center has screwed me. Took away tskmngr and will not let me use any security program. It came back a 2nd time. Help!!!

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