Personal Protector is a rogue antispyware tool. It is classified as rogue antispyware because it installed through the use of malware and uses false scan results as method to to trick you into purchase so-called “full” version of the software. When Personal Protector is installed, it will perform a scan of your computer and display false scan results that state the computer is infected with numerous infections. It is important to know that all of these infections are fake, so you can safely ignore them.
Personal Protector can be safely removed from your computer along with any other trojan infections if the proper steps are taken. Use the free instructions below to remove Personal Protector and any associated malware from your computer.
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [personalprotector] C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\personalprotector.exe
O4 – HKLM\..\RunOnce: [suicide] C:\WINDOWS\tempfile2.bat
Use the following instructions to remove Personal Protector (Uninstall instructions)
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Close all programs and Windows on your computer.
Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded you will see window similar to the one below.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window
Select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan, it will start scanning your computer for Personal Protector infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below. Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected for start Personal Protector removal process. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Note: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.
Personal Protector creates the following files and folders
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Personal Protector
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\q
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Microsoft PData\inetprovider.dll
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\personalprotector.exe
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Personal Protector\Personal Protector.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Personal Protector\Uninstall.lnk
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\base.wdb
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\baseadd.wdb
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\conf.wcf
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\quarant.wdb
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\queue.wdb
C:\Program Files\Personal Protector\un.exe
Personal Protector creates the following registry keys and values
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\setup.exe