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System Protection Tools

Posted: May 23, 2012

Threat Metric

Ranking: 614
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 42,490
First Seen: May 23, 2012
Last Seen: October 11, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

System Protection Tools Screenshot 1System Protection Tools is a rogue anti-malware scanner that's just a renamed version of previously-distributed types of scamware security programs. System Protection Tools and its ancestors aren't capable of protecting your PC from malware, but what they are capable of doing is providing fake security alerts while they try to steal your money in a software registration process. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found a toll-free way of registering System Protection Tools, but this should only be done as the first step towards deleting System Protection Tools from your computer with an actual anti-malware product.

System Protection Tools Has All the Tools It Needs... to Steal Your Money

As a rip-off of other types of fake anti-malware scanners from the FakeVimes, System Protection Tools is both derivative and generally worthless for protecting your PC from the threats that System Protection Tools claims to detect and remove. Some of the most prolific symptoms of a System Protection Tools infection include fake pop-up warnings about nonexistent PC threats and system scans that include similar 'cry wolf' detections in their results. SpywareRemove.com malware analysts don't see any reason to pay any heed to System Protection Tools's advice or warnings, since System Protection Tools merely is designed to provide fraudulent security information that makes System Protection Tools look more useful than System Protection Tools actually is as a faux security product.

Like other rogue anti-malware applications, System Protection Tools is built to steal your money by forcing you to register its software, but there's no need to register System Protection Tools to delete System Protection Tools from your PC, provided that you can access Safe Mode to disable System Protection Tools's startup routine. Nonetheless, if you want to register System Protection Tools for free before trying to delete System Protection Tools, SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found the codes 'U2FD-S2LA-H4KA-UEPB' and 'K7LY-R5GU-SI9D-EVFB' to be effective for System Protection Tools's family of scamware. Some examples of System Protection Tool family members are Privacy Guard Pro, Extra Antivirus, Fast Antivirus 2009, Presto TuneUp, Windows Security Suite, Smart Virus Eliminator, Packed.Generic.245, Volcano Security Suite, Windows Enterprise Suite, Enterprise Suite, Additional Guard, Live PC Care, PC Live Guard, Live Enterprise Suite, Security Antivirus, My Security Wall, CleanUp Antivirus, Smart Security and PrivacyGuard Pro 2.0.

How to Save Yourself from a Probing by System Protection Tools's Questionable Tool Chest

System Protection Tools and its clones are often distributed by malicious sites that fraudulently promote such scamware as being legitimate security products, with examples of such sites including secure1.personalsuiteydpz.com and www5.av-security-essentials.com. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers suggest that you use both anti-malware products and strong browser safety protocols (such as keeping your browser updated and disabling unnecessary script-based features) to protect your computer from accidental exposure to System Protection Tools through these sites. System Protection Tools and similar PC threats are often used as a payload for various Trojans (such as Zlob) that are installed onto your PC without your permission.

Because rogue security software like System Protection Tools is often complicit in browser redirect attacks or attempts to block genuine security programs, you should be prepared to disable System Protection Tools by any means that are necessary if you can't delete System Protection Tools in an initial system scan. Windows features like Safe Mode and even more extreme measures than that, such as booting your OS from a removable drive, have been dubbed effective by SpywareRemove.com malware researchers when it comes to shutting System Protection Tools down.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to System Protection Tools 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\[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS] File name: %AllUsersProfile\%Application Data\[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\System Protection Tools File name: %AppData%\System Protection Tools
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\System Protection Tools.lnk File name: %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\System Protection Tools.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\System Protection Tools.lnk File name: %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\System Protection Tools.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%UserProfile\%Start Menu\System Protection Tools File name: %UserProfile\%Start Menu\System Protection Tools
Group: Malware file
%UserProfile\%Desktop\System Protection Tools File name: %UserProfile\%Desktop\System Protection Tools
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

CLSID{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF}HKEY..\..\{Value}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Best Antivirus Software = "%AllUsersProfile%Application Data[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe" /s /dHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Disallow\Run = 01000000HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exeDebugger = svchost.exeHKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Disallow\Run [1...15]

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1System alert Suspicious software which may be dangerous has been detected on your PC. Click here to remove this threat immediately using System Protection Tools.
2System alert System Protection Tools has detected potentially harmful software in your system. It is strongly recommended that you register System Protection Tools to remove all found threats immediately.
3System warning No real-time malware, spyware and virus protection was found. Click here to activate.
4Warning Warning! Virus detected
5Warning! Identity theft attempt detected Hidden connection IP: Target: Microsoft Corporation keys


  • Bobby green says:

    please remove this from my computer I already have protection

  • allen mart says:

    in task manager u can kill any process starting with bc##ect quickly as it apears this will keep it from installing then find program in your files and delete it then u can run your cleaners