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Christian Mairoll

ProtectDefender Adware Removal Instructions

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

ProtectDefender, come from hxxp://www.protectdefender.com, is a rogue security program. This is a new variant from Winiguard/Winisoft family. The author of ProtectDefender also made ArmorDefender, DefendAPc, SysDefenders, InSysSecure, SysProtector, APcDefender, PcProtectar, PcsProtector, GreatDefender, APCProtect, 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, ProtectDefender 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%ProtectDefender SoftwareProtectDefenderalways_skip.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectDefender SoftwareProtectDefenderProtectDefender.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectDefender SoftwareProtectDefenderUninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectDefender SoftwareProtectDefenderalways_delete.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectDefender SoftwareProtectDefenderquarantinequarantine.xml
  • %UserProfile%[email protected][2].txt
  • %UserProfile%DesktopProtectDefender.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsProtectDefender.lnk

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareProtectDefender
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectDefender
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectDefenderagents
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectDefendergeneral
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectDefenderrealtime
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectDefenderscanner
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectDefendertasks
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectDefendertasks

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