Windows Virtual Protector Removal Guide

Do you know what Windows Virtual Protector is?

Windows Virtual Protector is a program which you cannot trust because it is a rogue anti-spyware tool. It is designed for one purpose only, which is to extort money from innocent computer users by manipulating them into believing that their computers are infected with a bunch of serious threats. This infection is not the only one; there is a variety of other ones which work in the same manner, for instance, Windows Accelerator Pro, Windows Premium Shield, and Windows Efficiency Console. All of them belong to the same FakeVimes family and are usually distributed through the websites which offer to download a free scanner to diagnose whether your computer is not infected with malicious software. If you already have Windows Virtual Protector, you should remove it for the following reasons discussed in this article.

Once Windows Virtual Protector gets onto the system, it starts a fake scan immediately and then provides you with a list of non-existent infections. It will also not let you access your desktop and other legitimate programs because it tends to block .exe files as well as Task Manager and Registry editor in order not to be removed. It will display you various fake notifications and other pop-up warnings in order to scare you and make you believe that your computer is infected. Please ignore such or similar messages (see below) because they are only produced in order to manipulate you.

Windows Virtual Protector Removal GuideWindows Virtual Protector screenshot
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Attempt to run a potentially dangerous script detected.

Full system scan is highly recommended.

Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet.


Google Installer

C:\program files\google\update\googleupdate.exe

Is suspected to have infected your PC.

This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them to a remote server.

Even though a list of infections that Windows Virtual Protector displays is fake, there is a possibility that you have other threats onto your computer. However, we do no recommend clicking the “Remove all” button and paying money for its activation. It is rather dangerous because your credit card details will be revealed to cyber criminals and the activation of the program does not guarantee that it will disappear from your computer. We recommend that you activate Windows Virtual Protector using one of the activation keys that we have provided for you and then, after you have stopped all those notifications, you should remove Windows Virtual Protector entirely from your computer:




It is very difficult to remove Windows Virtual Protector manually, which is why we recommend scanning your computer with a reliable antimalware tool which will do all the work for you. We have provided you with the instructions that will help you to download the antimalware suite and then you will be able to scan your computer with it.

Remove Windows Virtual Protector

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Immediately start tapping F8 when the BIOS screen loads.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and tap Enter.
  4. Enter cd.. in the Command Prompt after C:\Windows\syste32\ and press Enter.
  5. Enter \explorer.exe after C:\Windows line and tap Enter again.
  6. Open the Start menu and click Search (select RUN if you are using Windows XP).
  7. Enter %appdata% and press Enter.
  8. Find proto-{random symbols}.exe file and click on it, then delete it.
  9. Restart your computer in Normal Mode.
  10. Open the Start menu and click Search or RUN (if you are using Windows XP) again.
  11. Enter regedit and move using this path HKEY_CURRECT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon.
  12. Right-click on the Shell and select Modify.
  13. Find Value and enter %WinDir%\Explorer.exe, then click OK.
  14. Open your browser and visit
  15. Download SpyHunter antimalware tool and start a full system scan.

In non-techie terms:

Do not keep Windows Virtual Protector onto your computer after the activation because it might slow your computer and attract even more threats. We also recommend keeping a reliable antimalware tool enabled all the time as it will keep your computer protected on a daily basis and you will not end up with similar threats.

Aliases: WindowsVirtualProtector.