How to remove Windows Virtual Protector (Virus Removal Guide)

Windows Virtual Protector virus

The Windows Virtual Protector virus (also found as the Virtual Protector virus, Windows Virtual Pro virus, Windows Virtual Protector Ultimate, Windows Protector virus, etc.) is malware categorized as scareware and spyware (or rogue software in the Rogue.FakeVimes family) that installs to a computer system without user consent and causes many complications relating to the invasion of privacy and heightens the risk of cyber crimes including credit theft, extortion, and identity theft.

Windows Virtual Protector virus

The Windows Virtual Protector virus may also cause other issues for computer and internet users concerning the loss of computer functionality as Windows Virtual Protector is essentially considered a rogue Microsoft Windows Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware, or Antivirus program. Windows Virtual Protector performs fake registry and system scans concluding in fraudulent scan results that claim a numerical amount of errors or issues are found in order to scare victims into purchasing or activating to fraudulent Windows Virtual Protector ultimate protection. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT!

Once the fake Windows Virtual Protector program is installed, to protect it’s self from being eradicated the fake Windows Virtual Protector program will terminate legitimate programs used to remove it and block access to legitimate and helpful websites. It does this by displaying an alert message that claims the program has become infected with a computer virus or that the website visited is under a virus attack and may crash your system and that the legitimate program has been blocked from accessing the internet. An example of these message is detailed below:

Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet
C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe 
is suspected to have infected your PC.
This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them to a remote server.

The fake program also displays messages that claim the computer is infected or faces security issues. The messages displayed by the fake Windows Virtual Protector software should be ignored as they are fraudulent. These fake messages are meant to scare computer users into activating the fake Windows Virtual Protector Ultimate package.

Error
Attempt run a potentially dangerous script detected. Full system scan is highly recommended.

Error
Trojan activity detected. System data security is at risk. It is recommended to activate protection and run a fully system scan.

The dangerous Windows Virtual Protector virus may also install third-party software including Conduit Toolbar and other items. The third-party items are often attached to internet browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension and are used to change existing internet browser settings. In turn this causes affected internet browsers to start up on and redirect to unwanted websites.

The Windows Virtual Protector virus and similar rogue software raise many privacy concerns and are often categorized as spyware. Some reports indicate that Windows Virtual Protector and associated parties may include users to marketing and mailing lists without user consent. Some users have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and even telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent computing and browsing activity.

Some may refer to this software as the Windows Virtual Protector virus due to the deceptive marketing tactics used by the developer and distributors; however, this program is not technically a computer virus.

How does the Windows Virtual Protector virus get onto a computer?

Windows Virtual Protector can be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of malicious locations; However, Windows Virtual Protector malware is known to install to a computer system without user consent and will often bundle with third-party downloadable content such as freeware, shareware, codecs, and torrents.

Windows Virtual Protector malware and related items may also download to a computer without user authorization via malicious advertisements, email spam, and compromised social media content. The fake Windows Virtual Protector software is often present in exploit kits hidden on malicious websites.

   Green Arrow Bullet   Remove Windows Virtual Protector virus

  1. Automatically remove Windows Virtual Protector virus – Scan for and automatically remove rogue Windows Virtual Protector software
  2. Manually remove Windows Virtual Protector virus – Remove/Uninstall Windows Virtual Protector and third-party malware if allowed

1. Auto Windows Virtual Protector virus removal

Use the instructions below to automatically remove Windows Virtual Protector scareware and third-party malware.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes is a legitimate Anti-Malware product.

1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Purchase   Download

2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.

3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.

Malwarebytes Gadgetbox

CCleaner

CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall stubborn and rogue Windows Virtual Protector software.

1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.

CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found. Something to look for might include the title “Virtual Protector.”

4. To automatically uninstall rogue Windows Virtual Protector software and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and located software in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.

2. Manual Windows Virtual Protector virus removal

Use the instructions below to manually uninstall rogue Windows Virtual Protector software using generic removal procedures (if allowed), as well as third-party malware that may have installed alongside rogue Windows optimization software.

How to uninstall Windows Virtual Protector

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

Uninstall a program

2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for Windows Virtual Protector scareware and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.