BlockProtector is a new rogue antispyware program from the WiniGuard family of rogue antispyware as BlockKeeper, BlockScanner, etc. The rogue uses trojans that masquerade as an “Adobe Flash Player update” in order to install itself. Once the trojan is downloaded and installed, it will download and install BlockProtector, will create a lot of harmless files with random names and will configure BlockProtector to run automatically every time, when PC starts. Once running, BlockProtector will begin to scan the computer and list previously created files as infections to trick you to buy the paid version of the software. All of these infections are scam and can`t harm your computer, so you can safely ignore them.
While BlockProtector is running you will be shown a screen that looks like legitimate Windows Security Center, fake security alerts, notifications from Windows task bar and other pop-ups. It will state that your computer is not protected or is infected by an trojan or is under attack by an Internet virus. An example:
Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your
critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click
here to register your copy of BlockProtector and remove
spyware threats from your PC.
All of these warnings are fake. You should ignore all that the rogue gives you and remove it from your computer. Use these instructions below to remove BlockProtector and any associated malware from your computer for free.
More BlockProtector screen shoots
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [BlockProtector.exe] C:\Program Files\BlockProtector Software\BlockProtector\BlockProtector.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [ssx7.tmp.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ssx7.tmp.exe
Use the following instructions to remove BlockProtector (Uninstall instructions)
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your computer.
Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MalwareBytes Anti-malware onto your computer. 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.
MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
As MalwareBytes Anti-malware will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main menu. You will see window similar to the one below.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window
Make sure the “Perform quick scan” option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for BlockProtector infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished a message box will appear that it has completed scanning successfully. Click OK. Now click “Show 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 all entries have a checkmark at their far left and click “Remove Selected” button to remove BlockProtector. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now remove all of associated BlockProtector files and registry keys and add them to the programs’ quarantine. When MalwareBytes Anti-malware has finished removing the infection, 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.
BlockProtector creates the following files and folders
C:\Program Files\BlockProtector Software
C:\Program Files\BlockProtector Software\BlockProtector
C:\Program Files\BlockProtector Software\BlockProtector\BlockProtector.exe
C:\Program Files\BlockProtector Software\BlockProtector\Uninstall.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\comp\Desktop\BlockProtector.LNK
BlockProtector creates the following registry keys and values