Privacy Protection

Also Known As: Privacy Protection Rogue
Damage level: High

What is Privacy Protection?

Privacy Protection is a fake computer security program derived from the same family of misleading applications as Security Protection and Malware Protection. Like its predecessors, Privacy Protection attempts to scare you into believing that your computer has various security threats.

After you click the 'Remove All' button in the main window of Privacy Protection, you are asked to purchase a full version of the software in order to remove the 'detected' security issues. Do not purchase Privacy Protection - it is a scam.

privacy protection rogue program

This rogue program does not scan your computer for security threats - the process is merely imitated. The files that this bogus program 'detects' as security threats are legitimate Windows system files.

Do not remove them manually - you could damage your operating system and be unable to boot Windows. Privacy Protection is often proliferated through misleading websites exploiting security vulnerabilities in your computer to install rogue programs on your PC.

Ignore the security scans and warning messages displayed by Privacy Protection - they are fake. Internet criminals created this bogus program with one purpose - to steal money from your credit card account.

Remove Privacy Protection from your computer as soon as you notice it. This program has none of the functionality required of legitimate security software.

Privacy Protection generates bogus security warning messages and scans to threaten and intimidate you. Ignore statements made by this malicious program and eliminate it from your PC.

Screenshot of Privacy Protection virus:

The following fake security warning messages are displayed by Privacy Protection:

"Your PC might be at risk. Activate the software to protect it." 

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Quick menu:

Removal of Privacy Protection virus:

Step 1
Enter Privacy the Protection registration key in the registration window. Click the 'Get full time protection now' button located at the bottom left of the main window (in the registration window, use a dummy e-mail address, not your own): 


Please note that registering this fake security software will not remove it. It will simply enable execution of programs and some other features.

To fully remove Privacy Protection from your PC, proceed to the next step.

Step 2
Download the spyware remover to fully remove Privacy Protection from your computer.

NOTE: If you cannot run or download the removal tool, download the registry fix file. It enables execution of applications.

Click on the link below, and when download completes, click run, click yes, and then OK.

If installation of the remover fails, you can try to download the Custom Installer, developed by our technicians to bypass spyware infections and install security software regardless.

Privacy Protection removal instructions (manual):

1. Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK.

During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.{jcomments on}


Here is a video demonstrating how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows XP users:

Windows Vista / 7 users:

Windows 8 users:

2. Download the fix.reg file. After saving the file to your desktop, double click fix.reg and then click YES to confirm.

3. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".

internet explorer internet options


internet explorer internet connections


4.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.

internet options lan settings

internet explorer proxy settings





5. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Privacy Protection from your PC. Download Recommended Spyware Remover to remove Privacy Protection.

Other tools known to remove Privacy Protection:

If you are unable to remove Privacy Protection, you can use these manual removal instructions. Use them at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system.

Use them only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)

End these Privacy Protection processes:


Remove these Privacy Protection registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Privacy Protection
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft “adver_id” = “29?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = “.exe;”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Privacy Protection”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “rundll32? = “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon “Shell” = “%UserProfile%\Application Data\defender.exe” /sn”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “EnableLUA” = “0?
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “rundll32? = “”

Delete these Privacy Protection files:

%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\asr.dat
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\1tmp.bat
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\defender.exe
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\scan.dll
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\[random].tmp
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Desktop\PrivacyProtection.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Start Menu\Privacy Protection.lnk


The fake antivirus programs (also known as "rogue antivirus programs" or "scareware") are applications that tries to lure computer users into paying for their non-existent full versions to remove the supposedly detected security infections (although the computer is actually clean). These bogus programs are created by cyber criminals who design them to look as legitimate antivirus software. Most commonly rogue antivirus programs infiltrate user's computer using poop-up windows or alerts which appear when users surf the Internet. These deceptive messages trick users into downloading a rogue antivirus program on their computers. Other known tactics used to spread scareware include exploit kits, infected email messages, online ad networks, drive-by downloads, or even direct calls to user's offering free support.

A computer that is infected with a fake antivirus program might also have other malware installed on it as rogue antivirus programs often are bundled with Trojans and exploit kits. Noteworthy that additional malware that infiltrates user's operating system remains on victim's computer regardless of whether a payment for a non-existent full version of a fake antivirus program is made. Here are some examples of fake security warning messages that are used in fake antivirus distribution:

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 1

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 2

Computer users who are dealing with a rogue security software shouldn't buy it's full version. By paying for a license key of a fake antivirus program users would send their money and banking information to cyber criminals. Users who have already entered their credit card number (or other sensitive information) when asked by such bogus software should inform their credit card company that they have been tricked into buying a rogue security software. Screenshot of a web page used to lure computer users into paying for a non-existent full version of privacy protection rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

example of a webpage used to collect payments for fake antivirus programs

To protect your computer from privacy protection rogue and other rogue antivirus programs users should:

  • Keep their operating system and all of the installed programs up-to-date.
  • Use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
  • Use caution when clicking on links in social networking websites and email messages.
  • Don't trust online pop-up messages which state that your computer is infected and offers you to download security software.

Symptoms indicating that your operating system is infected with a fake antivirus program:

  • Intrusive security warning pop-up messages.
  • Alerts asking to upgrade to a paid version of a program to remove the supposedly detected malware.
  • Slow computer performance.
  • Disabled Windows updates.
  • Blocked Task Manager.
  • Blocked Internet browsers or inability to visit legitimate antivirus vendor websites.

If you have additional information on privacy protection rogue or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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