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ProtectDefender: Rogue security software

Rogue security software is a form of computer malware that deceives or misleads users into paying for the fake or simulated removal of malware. Rogue security software, in recent years, has become a growing and serious security threat in desktop computing. For your convenience in this section we gathered all known rogue security software in one list by alphabet.

ProtectDefender: Rogue security software

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1. Program description

ProtectDefender - Rogue Security Software - is a type of misleading application that pretends to be legitimate security software, such as an antivirus scanner or registry cleaner, but which actually provides the user with little or no protection whatsoever. The program is distributed via a web-site (the site is not available any more). ProtectDefender is a new variant of the family Winiguard/Winisoft. The author of ProtectDefender also created the following software:

    APcSafe, APcSecure, ProtectSoldier, ArmorDefender, DefendAPc, SysDefenders, InSysSecure, SysProtector, APcDefender, PcProtectar, PcsProtector, GreatDefender, APCProtect, ProtectPcs, SysDefence, TheDefend, GuardPcs, IGuardPc, SiteAdware, AntiTroy, AntiKeep, AntiAdd, RESpyWare, REAnti, KeepCop, SecureKeeper, LinkSafeness, AntiAid, SystemFighter, SystemVeteran, BlockProtector, BlockKeeper, BlockScanner, BlockWatcher, SoftStronghold, ShieldSafeness, SoftVeteran, SoftSoldier, SoftCop, TrustFighter, TrustSoldier, SafeFighter, SecureVeteran.

Warning Kaspersky Lab’s experts do not recommend visiting the websites of the rogue security applications mentioned in this article because these sites may be unsafe and could potentially harm your computer.

2. Actions

After the installation ProtectDefender creates a definite number of empty files with different names in the directoriesC:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32. Once the computer scan is started ProtectDefender detects these files as malicious and offers to delete these files once you purchase the license for this program.

3. Files

During the installation ProtectDefender copies the following files to the hard drive:

%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\ProtectDefender.lnk
c:\Program Files\ProtectDefender Software
c:\Program Files\ProtectDefender Software\ProtectDefender
c:\Program Files\ProtectDefender Software\ProtectDefender\ProtectDefender.exe
c:\Program Files\ProtectDefender Software\ProtectDefender\Uninstall.exe

4. System registry

In order to function normally ProtectDefender creates the following branches in the system registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "ProtectDefender"

5. Screenshot of the program

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