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Data Protection Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsisoft malware research team has discoverd a new outbreak of the Data Protection adware. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.DataProtection.

Data Protection is a rogue security program. This is a new variant from Digital Protection, Your Protection, User ProtectionDr. Guard , and PaladinAntivirus. This rogue application tries to trick you by displaying false positive/misleading scan results report, which says that your computer is infected with viruses or trojan, but you will not be able to delete them before you purchase.

Create new files:

  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionvirus.mp3
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionabout.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionactivate.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionbuy.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectiondat.db
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectiondatext.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectiondathook.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectiondatprot.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionhelp.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionscan.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionsettings.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionsplash.mp3
  • %ProgramFiles%Data ProtectionUninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%Data Protectionupdate.ico
  • %UserProfile%Application DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchData Protection.lnk
  • %UserProfile%DesktopData Protection.lnk
  • %UserProfile%DesktopData Protection Support.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionUpdate.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionAbout.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionActivate.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionBuy.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionData Protection Support.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionData Protection.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionScan.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsData ProtectionSettings.lnk

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareClasses*ShellExContextMenuHandlersSimpleShlExt
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareClassesCLSID{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareClassesCLSID{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}InprocServer32
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareClassesFoldershellexContextMenuHandlersSimpleShlExt
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareData Protection
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallData Protection
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “Data Protection”


How to remove the infection of Data Protection (Adware.Win32.DataProtection)?

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

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