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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What is ProtectWindowsManager.exe and how to remove it?

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What is ProtectWindowsManager.exe?

ProtectWindowsManager.exe is a part of WindowsMangerProtect program. The file is not digitally signed. Multiple anti-virus scanners have detected malware in ProtectWindowsManager.exe file (scan results), for example: Adware.Win32.ELEX.BAM, a variant of Win32/ELEX.AM, not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.eqwb, TROJ_GEN.R0E2H07I414. TrendMicro detects this program as a Generic Trojan. Other antivirus programs detect it as adware or PUP. Detection names and classifications are different but it's not a virus or spyware which is a good thing to know. Of course, it's still a threat. It has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. Very often, this program comes bundled with a browser hijacker called WebsSearches. This browser hijacker modifies browser settings and redirects users to unwanted web pages. ProtectWindowsManager.exe runs as a service named 'WindowsMangerProtect Service'. It changes Windows registry so that the service runs automatically every time Windows starts. It goes without saying that this program is not essential for Windows. It may also cause Windows errors and slow down your computer. I recommend you to remove ProtectWindowsManager.exe and related malware from your computer. It can be removed manually but it would be better to use an anti-malware program because if it's installed on your computer then there might be other potentially harmful software installed as well.

File name: ProtectWindowsManager.exe
Publisher: WindowsMangerProtect
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\WindowsMangerProtect\
File Location Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\WindowsMangerProtect\
Startup file: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services 'WindowsMangerProtect service'