SysProtector is a rogue antispyware program. It is usually distributed through the use of trojans that pretend to be flash updates, or even video codecs required to watch an online movie.
When the trojan is installed, it will download and install SysProtector onto your computer and register it in the Windows registry to run automatically when Windows starts. The trojan will also create a lot of harmless files with random names in Windows and Windows\System32 folders, which later during the scan, SysProtector will determine as infections. Important to know that all of these infections are fake and cannot harm you computer. SysProtector is incapable of detecting and exterminating any computer infections. So you can safely ignore the scan results that the rogue shows you.
The same trojan that installs SysProtector will also download and install a trojan fakealert. The trojan will display a screen that pretend to be the Windows Security Center, a lot of nag screens and fake security notifications from Windows task bar. SysProtector will also hijack Internet Explorer and randomly shows a warning page that stats that the website you are visiting is infected.
Of course, all of these warnings, alerts and nag screens are fake and supposed to scare you into thinking your computer is in danger. You should ignore all of them! As you can see, SysProtector is a scam and should be removed from the system upon detection! Use the removal guide below to remove SysProtector from your computer for free.
More screen shoots of SysProtector
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
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Use the following instructions to remove SysProtector (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 SysProtector 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 SysProtector. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now remove all of associated SysProtector 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.
SysProtector creates the following files and folders
C:\Program Files\SysProtector Software\SysProtector
C:\Program Files\SysProtector Software
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SysProtector
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SysProtector\1 SysProtector.lnk
C:\Program Files\SysProtector Software\SysProtector\uninstall.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SysProtector\3 Uninstall.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SysProtector\2 Homepage.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\SysProtector.LNK
C:\Program Files\SysProtector Software\SysProtector\SysProtector.exe
SysProtector creates the following registry keys and values
Spyware can do the following:
1. gather information about user habits of use of the Internet, what sites are visited most frequently (known as “tracking software”);
2. record keystrokes (keyloggers) and make a screenshots (screen scraper) and send collected data to the creator of the spyware;
3. remotely control user computer (remote control software) – backdoor, botnets, droneware;
4. download and run on user computer an additional malware;
5. analyze the state of security systems, scan an open ports, and look for vulnerabilities to crack passwords;