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Privacy Protection

Posted: November 4, 2011

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 77
First Seen: November 4, 2011
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Privacy Protection Screenshot 1Privacy Protection is a copy of other types of fake anti-malware programs from the FakeRean family of rogue security programs. Although Privacy Protection claims to be able to protect your PC from spyware and even more dangerous types of malicious programs, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that Privacy Protection lacks any genuine PC threat detection or removal features. Alerts and error messages from Privacy Protection are meant to induce you into spending money on a registered version of Privacy Protection, but this action is, naturally, inadvisable. Instead, if you find that Privacy Protection has infected your PC, you should remove Privacy Protection with a competent security program and, if necessary, a fake activation key.

Privacy Protection's Bad Pretense of Protection has Real Danger Inside

Privacy Protection is distributed by Trojans and malicious websites that specialize in installing rogue security programs. In many cases, you may be presented with an inaccurate warning message that tells computer users that their machine is infected and that they should install Privacy Protection or another type of scamware to remove the infection. To protect your PC from Privacy Protection-related attacks like the ones above, use strong security settings for your browser, avoid suspicious sites and have an active anti-malware to monitor potential drive-by-download intrusions.

Once Privacy Protection is on your PC, SpywareRemove.com malware research team warns you to be on guard against misleading pop-ups and error messages that will try to confuse you about the state of your computer's health. Typical Privacy Protection error messages will try to encourage you to buy Privacy Protection after announcing that some form of high-level PC threat, such as a worm or a keylogger, is on your computer. Examples include:

Security Center
Unauthorized remote connection!
Your system is making an unauthorized personal data transfer to a remote computer!
Warning! Unauthorized personal data transfer is detected! It may be your personal credit card details, logins and passwords, browsing habits or information about files you have downloaded.
To protect your private data, please click "Prevent Connection" button below.

Security Center Alert
To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program.
Name: Win64.BIT.Looker.exe
Risk: High

Insecurity Internet activity. Threat of virus attack
Due to insecure Internet browsing your PC can easily get infected with viruses, worms and Trojans without knowledge, and that can lead to system slowdown, freezes and crashes. Also insecure Internet activity can result in revealing your personal information. To get full advanced real-time protection for PC and Internet activity, register your antivirus software.

WARNING! 371 threats detected
Detected malicious programs can damage your computer and compromise your privacy. It’s strongly recommended to remove them immediatly [sic]!
Potential risks: Infecting other computers on your network
Continue unprotected Remove all threats now

The Hidden Weapon Tucked into Privacy Protection's Fake Shield Arm

Although fake alerts are the most easily-seen attack from Privacy Protection that you may have to deal with, SpywareRemove.com malware experts also caution against the possibility of other Privacy Protection attacks going on behind the scenes. Common side effects of a Privacy Protection infection can also include:

  • Browser redirects that force you to load Privacy Protection's website or take you away from legitimate PC security sites.
  • Crashes and other forms of unusual behavior in unrelated software, including anti-virus scanners and even basic Windows tools like Task Manager.
  • Having your desktop changed to a threatening message about spyware, viruses or other PC threats.

However, you can remove Privacy Protection with a suitably-powerful anti-malware application, as long as you use Safe Mode or an external Windows boot source to stop Privacy Protection from launching itself. The freely-circulated code 'U2FD-S2LA-H4KA-UEPB' can also be useful to take a registration process for Privacy Protection, which may reduce its attacks in the meantime. Among the members of the huge family of Privacy Protection, we can mention Antivirus 2008 Pro, Windows Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008, Antivirus XP 2008, PC Clean Pro, Antivirus Pro 2009, AntiSpy Safeguard, ThinkPoint, Spyware Protection 2010, Internet Antivirus 2011, Palladium Pro, XP Anti-Virus 2011, CleanThis, Rogue.Vista Antivirus 2008, XP Home Security 2012, XP Security 2012 and AntiVirus PRO 2015.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Privacy Protection may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

Download SpyHunter's Malware Scanner

Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria .

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.

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:



%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\privacy.exe File name: privacy.exe
Size: 822.78 KB (822784 bytes)
MD5: e82b82f34da61d9d3abf980709e525a6
Detection count: 19
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: November 5, 2011
%AppData%\defender.exe File name: %AppData%\defender.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file

More files

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Privacy Protection

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