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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

Windows Virtual Protector

If you still use Windows XP, you might get tricked by Windows Virtual Protector into thinking that this application is a genuine computer security tool. However, it is more than obvious that it is not the case. Windows Virtual Protector is a fake antivirus program, else known as rogue antispyware, which can deny access to several important system processes while trying to make you purchase the “full version” of the program. Needless to say, that Windows Virtual Protector cannot live up to its promises and unless you remove it from your computer, you will have to suffer a lot of annoying infection symptoms.

In general, this program is practically identical to the rest of Rogue.FakeVimes infections. It is a very big family of rogue antispyware programs and all of them share the same interface, allowing use to assume that their infection symptoms and removal methods are similar as well. Thus, it is of no surprise that Windows Virtual Protector functions just like Windows Accelerator Pro, Windows Efficiency Console or Windows Warding Module, and first and foremost it manifests its presence via fake system scan.

The scan and its results are supposed to convince you that your computer is really infected with a variety of Trojans, worms, backdoors and other types of computer malware. According to Windows Virtual Protector, ought to invest in a reliable security scanner (i.e. Windows Virtual Protector) to delete all these infections. To prove that the situation is as grave as it claims, the rogue also displays fake security notifications:

Trojan activity detected. System integrity at risk.
Full system scan is highly recommended.

To protect your computer, make sure the three security essential are On.
If the settings are not On, follow our recommendations <…>
Please activate to get ultimate protection.

Apart from bombarding you with fake security notifications, Windows Virtual Protector can also deny access to Task Manager and Registry Editor; and it can even disable Windows Explorer making it virtually impossible to access your files and programs. All is done in order to push you into revealing your credit card information to the cyber criminals behind this infection. However, you should never do that, as by filling out the Windows Virtual Protector purchase form, you would allow cyber criminals to illegally access your bank account and then make use of your financial data during illegal financial operations.

You can actually disarm Windows Virtual Protector by activating it with one of the following registration keys:


Registering the rogue will buy you some time and you will be able to acquire a licensed computer security application that would help you terminate Windows Virtual Protector for good. You can also refer to the instructions below if you do not wish to make use of the activation keys. Follow the instructions you will be able to restore Windows Explorer and then access the Internet to download a computer security tool of choice.

How to restore Windows Explorer

  1. Reboot the PC and tap F8 repeatedly once BIOS screen disappears.
  2. Use arrow keys to navigate and select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Press Enter.
  3. When system loads, type cd.. after C:\Windows\system32 in the Command Prompt. Press Enter.
  4. When C:\Windows line shows up, enter \explorer.exe next to it and hit Enter.
  5. Windows Explorer will load. Open Start menu.
  6. Enter %appdata% into the Search box (or Run utility on Windows XP) and hit Enter.
  7. Delete guard-{4 random symbols}.exe file from Application Data directory.
  8. Restart the PC in Normal mode and open Start menu.
  9. Enter regedit into Search box (or Run utility for Windows XP) and press Enter.
  10. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon.
  11. Locate Shell on the right pane and right-click it.
  12. Click Modify and type %WinDir%\Explorer.exe for Value. Press OK.
  13. Access and install SpyHunter to scan your PC.

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