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ProtectPcs. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as Protect Pcs | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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ProtectPcs is a rogue anti-spyware program, fake security software that imitates a system scan and reports false scan results just to scare you and make you think that your computer is infected with Trojans, worms and other viruses. This misleading application is basically just a rename of GuardPCs malware. Both programs look the same, only the name is different. Once installed, it will display fake security alerts or pop-ups and then inform you that you need to pay money to register the program if you want to remove found infections and system security threats, which of course do not even exist. Do not pay for this software and uninstall this malware form your computer upon detection using the removal guide below.

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

As usual, such fake programs display many warnings and notifications about serious security threats and privacy issues. ProtectPcs will also state that it has detected many critical spyware objects and that these objects can damage your critical files or expose private information. Of course, that’s not true. This is just a part of whole scam. Besides, no matter what you decide to do, it will ask to pay for a full version of the program to protect your computer from malware and possible attacks from the Internet.

ProtectPcs fake security alerts
[Figure 2. ProtectPcs fake security alerts]

What is more, ProtectPcs will impersonate Windows Security Center (the fake one is called Security Center) and report that antivirus protection is turned off. Well, even if it is, ProtectPcs won’t protect you from anything simply because it is and infection itself and should be removed from the system without doubts.

ProtectPcs - fake security center
[Figure 3. Protect Pcs – fake security center]

As you can see, Protect Pcs is absolutely useless program. Do not purchase it and use the removal guide below to remove ProtectPcs from your PC as soon as possible. You can also download an automatic removal tool provided below. Please note that removal delay will only make the situation more complicated. If you have inadvertently purchased it, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges.

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Reimage is recommended to uninstall ProtectPcs. 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.

ProtectPcs manual removal:

Kill processes:
ProtectPcs.exe

[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

uninstall.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareProtectPcs

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallProtectPcs

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREProtectPcs

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "ProtectPcs.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"

Delete files:
ProtectPcs.exe

[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

uninstall.exe

10199virzs7a45.cpl

1058zsp941a5.cpl

107csza9se555.bin

10075izus96.ocx

10493wozm56c.bin

10593sp9mzot654.bin

ProtectPcs.lnk

1 ProtectPcs.lnk

2 Homepage.lnk

3 Uninstall.lnk

Delete directories:
C:Program FilesProtectPcs Software

C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsProtectPcs

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  • Margie

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