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Shield Protector 2012

Posted: March 12, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 54
First Seen: March 12, 2012
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Shield Protector 2012 is a rogue anti-malware program that prefers to display fake security information as a substitute for real PC threat detection. SpywareRemove.com malware research team has also noted other attacks that are connected to standard Shield Protector 2012 infections, such as Google redirects and concealed files, that will make using your PC a more dangerous and unpleasant experience overall. Because of both its lack of beneficial features and its inclusion of downright hostile ones, Shield Protector 2012 should always be removed from your machine as soon as you catch notice of its presence. However, even comprehensive anti-malware products may fail to detect Shield Protector 2012 if you don't take steps to disable Shield Protector 2012 first. Fortunately, disabling Shield Protector 2012 is easily managed via standard anti-malware techniques and built-in Windows features, such as Safe Mode.

How Shield Protector 2012 Protects Its Own Interests to the Detriment of Yours

Shield Protector 2012 fits the aesthetics of an anti-malware scanner to a T, but its appearance is as far as Shield Protector 2012's real security features happen to extend. Digging down beneath its marketing, you'll be able to discover, much as SpywareRemove.com malware researchers did, that Shield Protector 2012 isn't interested in providing you with accurate threat alerts or genuine protection against PC threats. You should also do your best to discern and ignore Shield Protector 2012's pop-ups, which will present misleading information about your PC as part of a scam intended to convince you to spend money on its software.

To place your back further up against the wall and make you desperate to buy Shield Protector 2012's full version, Shield Protector 2012 and related PC threats may also use additional attacks, which SpywareRemove.com malware experts have noted as follows:

  • Shield Protector 2012 may conceal your files to prevent you from using other programs, particularly security and anti-malware products. Although this attack changes your settings to make all these files appear to be gone from your hard drive, SpywareRemove.com malware research team emphasizes the fact that your files are, in reality, easily reclaimable once you remove Shield Protector 2012. In some cases, folders like AppData or Program Files may be targeted.
  • You may also find your search engine results targeted by redirect attacks. These redirects can take you to Shield Protector 2012's site or other harmful sites, as well as block safe websites.

Being Your Own Defense Against Shield Protector 2012

Shield Protector 2012 is promoted via misleading advertisements that lead to fake system scanners, and SpywareRemove.com malware analysts note that using advertisement-blockers or being cautious around unusual system scanners may help to prevent Shield Protector 2012 installations. In general, anti-malware products (like that which Shield Protector 2012 is pretending to be) should always be downloaded from websites that you've confirmed to be reputable.

If you find your PC infected by Shield Protector 2012, you should try to disable Shield Protector 2012 before scanning your PC, since failing to do this may allow Shield Protector 2012 to conceal itself from system scans. Safe Mode is a common method of doing this, although more advanced techniques than Safe Mode are also available for extreme circumstances. SpywareRemove.com malware experts discourage attempts to remove Shield Protector 2012's files by yourself, since Shield Protector 2012 is likely to be accompanied by other PC threats that should also be detected and expunged.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Shield Protector 2012 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.

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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:



%AppData%\npswf32.dll File name: %AppData%\npswf32.dll
File type: Dynamic link library
Mime Type: unknown/dll
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Inspector-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe File name: %AppData%\Inspector-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%DesktopDir%\Windows Safety Tweaker.lnk File name: %DesktopDir%\Windows Safety Tweaker.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%CommonPrograms%\Shield Protector 2012.lnk File name: %CommonPrograms%\Shield Protector 2012.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file