User Protection is a rogue antispyware program from the same family of rogues as Dr. Guard, Paladin Antivirus and Malware Defender. The program is distributed through the use of trojans. Once the trojan infects your computer, it will add itself to the startup programs to run whenever you start Windows, and then performs several actions. First, shows many fake security alerts that inform, for example, that computer is infected, or that detected the attack from the Internet. Second, downloads and installs on your computer User Protection.
When User Protection is installed and started, it will first step register itself in the Windows registry to run automatically every time when Windows starts, Then it will ask you to uninstall legitimate antivirus and antispyware tools (Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, AVG, etc), to protect itself from uninstalling. After that, User Protection will run an imitation of system scan and detect numerous infections that will not be fixed unless you first purchase the software. Nothing new here, this is a scam. Like other rogue antispyware applications, the rogue is unable to detect or remove any infections and nor will be protect you from legitimate future threats. So you can safely ignore the false scan results.
While User Protection is running, you will be shown nag screens and fake security warnings from Windows task bar. A few samples:
Harmful viruses detected on your computer. Click on the
message to scan your computer for security threats for free.
Warning! Network attack detected!
Network intrusion detected!
Your computer is being attacked from a remote PC.
Unauthorized person tries to steal your passwords and private
information. Click on the message to prevent identity theft.
A security threat detected on your computer.
TrojanASPX.JS.Win32. It strongly recommended to remove
this threat right now. Click on the message to remove it.
Warning! Adware detected!
Adware module detected on your PC!
Warning! Keylogger detected!
Keylogger activity detected on your PC!
Of course, all of these alerts and warnings are a fake and like false scan results should be ignored! As you can see, User Protection is a scam, that created with one purpose to scare your into purchasing so-called “full” version of the program. Most importantly, do not purchase it!
Last but not least, the same trojan that installs User Protection will also download and install onto your computer a variant of TDSS trojan. The trojan may redirect search results in Google, Yahoo, MSN, block the ability to run various antivirus and antispyware programs and much more.
If you find that your computer is infected with the rogue, then be quick and take effort to remove it immediately. Follow the removal guide below to remove User Protection and any associated malware from your computer for free.
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [diskperfxp.exe] C:\DOCUME~1\comp\LOCALS~1\Temp\diskperfxp.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [User Protection] “C:\Program Files\User Protection\usrprot.exe” -noscan
More screen shoots of User Protection
Use the following instructions to remove User Protection (Uninstall instructions)
Step 1. Remove TDSS trojan-rootkit
Download TDSSKiller from here and unzip to your desktop.
Open TDSSKiller folder. Right click to tdsskiller and select rename. Type a new name (123myapp, for example). Press Enter. Double click the TDSSKiller icon to start scanning Windows registry for TDSS trojan. If it is found, the you will see a screen similar to the one below.
Type delete and press Enter. Once TDSSKiller has finished removing rootkit TDSS, you will see a windows as shown below.
Type Y and press Enter. Your computer will be rebooted.
Step 2. Remove User Protection and any associated malware.
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 User Protection 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 User Protection. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now remove all of associated User Protection 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.
User Protection creates the following files and folders
C:\Program Files\User Protection
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection
C:\Program Files\User Protection\usrhook.dll
C:\Program Files\User Protection\usrprot.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\spam001.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\spam003.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\troj000.exe
C:\Program Files\User Protection\about.ico
C:\Program Files\User Protection\activate.ico
C:\Program Files\User Protection\buy.ico
C:\Program Files\User Protection\help.ico
C:\Program Files\User Protection\scan.ico
C:\Program Files\User Protection\settings.ico
C:\Program Files\User Protection\splash.mp3
C:\Program Files\User Protection\uninstall.exe
C:\Program Files\User Protection\update.ico
C:\Program Files\User Protection\usr.db
C:\Program Files\User Protection\usrext.dll
C:\Program Files\User Protection\virus.mp3
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\About.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\Activate.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\Buy.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\Scan.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\Settings.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\Update.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\User Protection Support.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\User Protection\User Protection.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Protection.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\User Protection Support.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\nudetube.com.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\pornotube.com.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\youporn.com.lnk
User Protection creates the following registry keys and values