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Vprotect application. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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VProtect application – legitimate app related to AVG products

Vprotect application
Vprotect is a fully legitimate application that belongs to AVG software.

VProtect application is an app which belongs to the well-known security vendor AVG.[1] Also known as vprot.exe, it can show up in startup after downloading AVG Web TuneUp, AVG Security Toolbar, AVG SafeGuard toolbar, and AVG Nation toolbar. However, AVG Security Toolbar, Yahoo search, LinkScanner, and other components can appear on your system without noticing this because they all have been spread in one bundle. There is no doubt that VProtect application is not a virus and should be left alone if you are using AVG tools. However, numerous people in Reddit, Microsoft and other tech forums are concerned about popup ads saying that “VProtect Application has stopped working”[2] and the high CPU usage caused by the app. If you are concerned whether your version is legit, keep reading the following information.

Name VProtect application
Type Application component
OS Windows
Related to
  • AVG Security Toolbar;
  • AVG SafeGuard Toolbar;
  • AVG Nation Toolbar;
  • AVG Web TuneUp 
Purpose Make sure that the related app runs without any issues
How to make sure that the application is safe There is no need to be scared if you have any of AVG products installed on the system. If you want to check its trustworthiness, scan your computer with antivirus first
Distribution Installed in a bundle with AVG products
Removal Install Reimage to make sure that the system is clear of unwanted content

VProtect application has been involved in numerous discussions because of its unexpected appearance. In reality, it shows up on the system under one condition – if you fail to monitor installation of the freeware/shareware. If you are willing to prevent toolbars, add-ons and similar components installed behind your back, you should always pay a close eye to every program's installation stage and forget about clicking “Next” button until the “Finish” button shows up. 

If you have been getting “Vprotect Application has stopped working” pop-up while using your computer, the first thing you should know that the error message is not related to Windows OS. It is related to AVG anti-virus or toolbars that are typically offered in a bundle. According to the vendor, ads are shown for people who are not using the paid program's version. However, the latest program's versions are providing an opportunity to disable such ads.

It is important to be aware of the fact that several years ago hackers were actively spreading the Vprotect virus which is a rogue anti-spyware trying to swindle users' money by reporting numerous cases of malware and then offering paid help. Once installed, it was loading its scanners without any permission asked and then reporting about invented computer infections, such as RDN/Generic.grp!hy, Trojan.Proxy.Win32.Agent.x, BackdoorRbot.gen. However, this trick was used just to scare users into buying a license key of this rogue.

Vprotect application
Vprotect term has also been used by hackers who launched rogue antispyware to convince naive users to buy the licensed version of the software.

If you are not using AVG Toolbar or any other AVG software[3] on your machine and the computer scan results have shown that this program is a threat, you should immediately terminate vprot.exe process and remove Vprotect application 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 malware.[4]

You should realize that vprot.exe is not an essential system component, so you can terminate and perform Vprotect application removal if it is consuming lots of your PC's memory. High CPU usage in startup is one of the issues caused by this component on user's computer on Windows. To get rid of this issue, uninstall AVG Web TuneUp, AVG Security Toolbar via Control Panel or contact the company for professional support to make sure that it is safe to disable VProtect application startup.

Distribution techniques used to spread components with certain apps

According to tech experts[5], not only rogue anti-spyware, adware, and hijackers are spread via an unfair distribution method called bundling. You can also install optional components that are quite doubtful when it comes to their usefulness when installing legit apps from well-known vendors. 

If you want to prevent such software or any components, you should avoid downloading freeware without monitoring its installation. Typically, experts recommend opting for Custom or Advanced installation mode to see what search engines, toolbars, add-ons, and similar components are offered in a bundle. Then, make sure you decline these offers by deselecting pre-checked checkboxes.

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 has been commonly used for spreading PUPs, rogues, and similar threats. While it does not apply for AVG apps, such ads can easily install the previously-mentioned rogue anti-spyware. 

Remove Vprotect application from the system if it causing issues

If you suspect that AVG-related processes and apps are causing issues on your computer, remove Vprotect application without any delay. You can do this manually by opening your recently installed programs and uninstalling AVG Web TuneUp, AVG Security Toolbar, AVG SafeGuard toolbar, AVG Nation toolbar, and similar AVG-related apps. 

However, if you have been interrupted by fake system scanners and similar issues, you should double check your system, for the rogue anti-spyware that is using the same name to mislead its victims into thinking that it is safe. In this case, we recommend using a reputable anti-spyware[6] for Vprotect application removal. If you have it installed on your machine, make sure that it's updated, otherwise, it might not be working properly. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Vprotect application, follow these steps:

Eliminate Vprotect application from Windows systems

To uninstall VProtect application from Windows, delete AVG Web TuneUp, AVG Security Toolbar, AVG SafeGuard toolbar, AVG Nation toolbar, and similar AVG-related apps from Task Manager:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Vprotect application and related programs
    Here, look for Vprotect application or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Vprotect application from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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