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Monday, January 3, 2011

How to Remove Protect Shield (Uninstall Guide)

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Protect Shield is a piece of malware classified as rogue a rogue antivirus program. This rogue doesn't mimic existing legitimate security software but I'm sure it may fool potential victims into paying for this bogus program which actually provides a user with little or no protection. Protect Shield can be manually installed by the user when he or she opens an attachment or visits a malicious website designed to automatically download and install rogue applications. The rogue program then pretends to scan your computer for malware and reports false scan results to make you think that your computer in infected with adware, spyware, trojans and other malicious software. Furthermore, Protect Shield displays fake claims of threats, even if your computer has not been compromised. It gives a false sense of security and may actually expose a computer to additional threats.



When Protect Shield is running, it may prevent your computer from accessing legitimate security vendor websites. It may hijack Internet Explorer and other web browsers and redirect you to unrelated websites full of ads and malicious code. This scareware displays a fake Windows Security Center pop-up saying that your computer is not protected and that you should install anti-virus software to remove the threats and protect your computer against viruses. The fake security warnings from your Windows task bar may state that your computer is under attack from a remote server and that your sensitive information can be stolen. Of course, that's not true. However, the personal and credit card information that you provide if you register this fake program could be used in additional fraud. That's why you shouldn't purchase Protect Shield for any reason. If you have already purchased it, then please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that Protect Shield is a computer infection. If you have this rogue program on your computer, please follow the removal instructions below to remove Protect Shield and any related malware for free using legitimate anti-malware software. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. Good luck and be safe online!


Protect Shield removal instructions:

1. Download Process Explorer. (click the link and wait for few seconds, download will begin automatically)
2. End Protect Shield process: ProtectShield.exe
3. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
NOTE: in some cases the rogue program may block anti-malware software. Before saving the selected program onto your computer, you may have to rename the installer to iexplore.exe or winlogon.exe With all of these tools, if running Windows 7 or Vista they MUST be run as administrator. Launch the program and follow the prompts. Don't forget to update the installed program before scanning.

4. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.


Protect Shield removal instructions (in Safe Mode with Networking):

1. Reboot your computer is "Safe Mode with Networking". As the computer is booting tap the "F8 key" continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter key. Read more detailed instructions here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm


NOTE: Login as the same user you were previously logged in with in the normal Windows mode.

2. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
NOTE: in some cases the rogue program may block anti-malware software. Before saving the selected program onto your computer, you may have to rename the installer to iexplore.exe or winlogon.exe With all of these tools, if running Windows 7 or Vista they MUST be run as administrator. Launch the program and follow the prompts. Don't forget to update the installed program before scanning.

3. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.


Protect Shield associated files and registry values:

Files:
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\ProtectShield.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ProtectShield\
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ProtectShield\1 ProtectShield.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ProtectShield\2 Homepage.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ProtectShield\3 Uninstall.lnk
  • C:\Program Files\ProtectShield\
  • C:\Program Files\ProtectShield\license.txt
  • C:\Program Files\ProtectShield\ProtectShield.exe
  • C:\Program Files\ProtectShield\uninstall.exe
Registry values:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ProtectShield
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ProtectShield
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "ProtectShield"
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