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Christian Mairoll

ProtectSoldier Adware Removal Instructions

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

ProtectSoldier, come from hxxp://www.protectsoldier.com, is a rogue security program. This is a new variant from Winiguard/Winisoft family. The author of ProtectSoldier also made ProtectDefender, 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, ProtectSoldier 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%ProtectSoldier SoftwareProtectSoldieralways_delete.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectSoldier SoftwareProtectSoldieralways_skip.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectSoldier SoftwareProtectSoldierProtectSoldier.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectSoldier SoftwareProtectSoldierUninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%ProtectSoldier SoftwareProtectSoldierquarantinequarantine.xml
  • %UserProfile%[email protected]dier[2].txt
  • %UserProfile%DesktopProtectSoldier.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsProtectSoldier.lnk

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallProtectSoldier
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareProtectSoldier
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectSoldier
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectSoldieragents
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectSoldiergeneral
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectSoldierrealtime
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectSoldierscanner
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectSoldiertasks
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareProtectSoldiertasks

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