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APCProtect Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsi Software malware research team has discoverd a new outbreak of the APCProtect  adware. a-squared Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.APCProtect.

APCProtect, come from hxxp://www.apcprotect.com, is a rogue scanner program, it shows a fake security center window, shows misleading scan results and fake security alerts. The author of APCProtect also made ProtectPcs, SysDefence, TheDefend, GuardPcs, IGuardPc, SiteAdware, AntiTroy, AntiKeep, AntiAdd, RESpyWare, REAnti, KeepCop, SecureKeeper, LinkSafeness, AntiAid, SystemFighter, SystemVeteran, BlockProtector, BlockKeeper, BlockScanner, BlockWatcher, SoftStronghold, ShieldSafeness, SoftVeteran, SoftSoldierSoftCop, TrustFighter, TrustSoldier, SafeFighter, SecureVeteran, etc. To further convince victims, APCProtect will also create numerous junk files with random names on your computer that will be detected as malware when the program scans your computer, but will not allow you to remove them until you purchase it.

Create new files:

  • %ProgramFiles%APCProtect SoftwareAPCProtectAPCProtect.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%APCProtect SoftwareAPCProtectmain_config.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%APCProtect SoftwareAPCProtectuninstall.exe
  • %AllUsersProfile%DesktopAPCProtect.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsAPCProtect2 Homepage.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsAPCProtect3 Uninstall.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsAPCProtect1 APCProtect.lnk
  • %UserProfile%[email protected][1].txt

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareAPCProtect
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallAPCProtect
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareAPCProtect
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “APCProtect”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “APCProtect.exe”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “APCProtect”

Screenshots:

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How to remove the infection of APCProtect (Adware.Win32.APCProtect)?

To delete this malware infection, please download and install a-squared Anti-Malware. Run a full scan on all drives and move all detected items to the quarantine.



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