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Posted: February 8, 2007

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 9/10
Infected PCs: 30
First Seen: July 24, 2009
Last Seen: January 10, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Ad-Protect is a fake anti-spyware program that is often downloaded and installed without user knowledge or consent by a Trojan or through browser security holes. Ad-Protect launches on Windows startup and may generate large numbers of popup adverts. Ad-Protect will also display notifications of imaginary security risks in its attempts to get the user to purchase the full version. Ad-Protect is related to VirusBlaster and VirusBlast.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

ADPIEmonitor.dll File name: ADPIEmonitor.dll
Size: 69.63 KB (69632 bytes)
MD5: 14247a1cc276d400dce3ea1ea179d97a
Detection count: 85
File type: Dynamic link library
Mime Type: unknown/dll
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009
ad-protect.exe File name: ad-protect.exe
Size: 1.56 MB (1560576 bytes)
MD5: 1c8174020b019ed66fcc57deb44fd4ac
Detection count: 81
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009
adprotect_setup[1].exe File name: adprotect_setup[1].exe
Size: 5.39 MB (5395260 bytes)
MD5: c6359a5ecbc182270f8ad8ff2ce768ae
Detection count: 69
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are: