Hi everyone, I have a laptop, goes with Win7, with ESET NOD32 Security protection. A couple days ago I scanned my computer and it keeps giving me security alert which says Rundll32.exe infected by Win32\Protector.D, I can’t clean it off because the virus keeps coming back on the next reboot. How does it come to my computer? It has been more than a week I keep getting these message from ESET and how do I get rid of this virus completely?
Win32/SProtector.D is classified as Trojan Horse and it is closely associated with potentially unwanted application that you accidentally downloaded from the Internet. The virus breaks into the target computer by exploiting software vulnerability and then attacks computers running with 32-bit Windows system. Usually the virus may arrive in files attached to e-mail and instant messages, come embedded into letters or get downloaded using peer-to-peer applications. Once access, it infects Rundll32.exe process and cyber criminals are taking advantage of this process name to hide malware, therefore it is difficult for users to find it and remove it from the affected system even they use the advance protection like ESET, AVG or Norton. The ultimate aim of this virus is to help introduce other spyware and malware, also it can display tons of annoying ads to interrupt user’s online activities. Once found, users are recommended to get rid of it manually as fast as possible.
Win32/SProtector.D can take effect as soon as it is installed on the target computer. In most cases, it can first corrupt web browsers installed on the infected system. It can add a lot of useless plug-in to the browser and change many settings like your default homepage and search engine without your permission. The virus is also good at installing additional unwanted software, displaying ads and performing other activities not approved or expected by the user. Once your system is affected, you will find that PC performance is poor and your computer runs slowly like a snail. It is almost impossible for you to do anything on your PC. Whatever you try to open, the window keeps freezing and your cursor also keeps spinning for a long time. In addition, the virus can compromise your privacy and security. It can open a backdoor to let remote hacker access computer easily to steal your privacy and personal information such as password, credit card information etc. With no doubt, Win32/SProtector.D is a high-risk threat that should be deleted immediately.
1. This virus slows down your computer speed which make you in a trouble while opening program and surfing Internet. It takes forever to open a program or website.
2. Antivirus you have installed keeps popping up messages while you are surfing on the internet and showing you computer is at risk but you can’t get rid of it all.
3. This virus will shut down your other anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. And it will also infect and corrupt your registry, leaving your computer totally unsafe.
4. This virus will disable the proper running of many different programs or even disable some functions of your computer.
5. System restore can’t help to remove this Trojan completely.
From malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
Through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
When clicking suspicious pop-ups or malicious links.
Open unknown email or download media files that contain the activation code of the virus.
Note: No matter how the virus accesses your PC, users should know that there are no tools can remove this pesky Trojan automatically at this moment, it is suggested users not spend much time in downloading or paying any security software which claims can delete this stubborn virus. It is totally useless. To completely get rid of Win32/SProtector.D, professional manual guide is needed.
Currently many computer users had the same experience that this virus couldn’t be removed by any anti-virus applications. So the manual approach is always required to combat this virus. And here is the step-by-step removal guide for all computer users.
1. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Win32/SProtector.D virus is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
2. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press Windows key + R to open Run box. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
Then a Registry Editor window will pop up as the following picture shows:
b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:
Win32/SProtector.D virus is a dangerous Backdoor Trojan horse that can compromise your computer by exploiting system security leaks. The virus may come to your computer though these ways:
Open the unknown email and click the strange link attached in it
Open the unknown website and click the unknown link on it
Download free applications and movies from the Internet
It infiltrates into the compromised PC system without a user’s knowledge and permission. Once running, the virus targets almost all Windows versions such as Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 and 8 and causes immense damage to the files and system. It can modify your system setting, disable antivirus program and display numerous annoying advertisements. Besides, the virus threatens your security and privacy as it can collect user’s online account, password information or even system information and finally send them to a predefined remote IP address. To keep your PC safe, you have to get rid of Win32/SProtector.D at once.
Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from Yoocare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on May 12, 2015 5:09 pm