Privacy Protection - How to remove?


Privacy Protection is fake anti-malware program that simulates activity of legitimate programs capable to solve your computer’s protection issues. Keep in mind that Privacy Protection is not one of them because it has been released by scammers only to swindle the money. For making victims pay for Privacy Protection license, this rogue anti-spyware starts showing faked system scanners and alerts that announce about numerous viruses detected. In reality, this scam has no legitimate virus data base, so you should simply ignore Privacy Protection and never pay the money for its license. It has been found to belong to the same family as Malware Protection or Security Protection malwares, so make sure you run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware and uninstall Privacy Protection.

Based on fake alerts about malware detected, Privacy Protection scam is designed for stealing users’ money. However, it may not seem like any sort of a fake anti-spyware first – it seems to act just like any other regular application designed to protect the system. The fact is that all its scanners and alerts are faked and Privacy Protection only pretends to be a helper. Just think if you have ever installed in on your computer. This scamware has been researched to use Trojans for its infiltration that get inside straight through security vulnerabilities found.

In order to trick its victims, this scamware reports:

Security Warning
Malicious program has been detected. Click here to protect your computer.

taskmgr.exe can not start
File taskmgr.exe is infected by W32/Blaster.worm. Please activate Spyware Protection to protect your computer.

So, you should have understood that once Privacy Protection is inside it will keep making things worse by dropping Registry keys of it own and modifying the system to make it launch its processes once you reboot your PC. Having this advantage, Privacy Protection gets ability to affect computer and make it follow its commands. You should never let this scamware stay on your computer, so, as soon as you notice it operating, remove Privacy Protection. Otherwise there is a huge chance you will get brainwashed into wasting your money and getting more malware installed.

Always get security tools that are time-proven and will stand as reliable partners in your browsing and general usage of computer. Installing programs from windows that open without any clear reason is not a decision, worthy of consideration. There are always risks that are faced if people interact with online advertisements. They might be malware-laden and lead to domains, uploaded with malicious executables. At some cases, advertisements are waiting for an opportunity to implant tracking cookies into users’ hard drives and find out about their browsing habits and other helpful information. Privacy Protection is not one of those programs that you can blindly trust. Utilize appropriate tools for elimination for this rogue anti-spyware. You can try Reimage or Spyhunter.


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Manual Privacy Protection removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Privacy Protection, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on


It is impossible to list all file names and locations of modern parasites. You can identify remaining parasites, other Privacy Protection infected files and get help in Privacy Protection removal by using Reimage scanner. 


Privacy Protection screenshots

October 14th, 2016 01:21, October 14th, 2016 01:21
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92 thoughts on “Privacy Protection

  1. Pasou

    Registration key:

    just tried it and works

  2. lindsay

    Thanka the registration code worked 🙂

  3. Ray

    Thank you for the code. I didn’t think it would be that easy, but it was!

  4. Marquita

    Wow, really worked after I spent 40 on spyware for my computer.

  5. joe

    its asking me for a name and registration key, what do i put in?

  6. Harvey Wilson

    What is this registration key for? How do I use it to remove Privacy Protection

  7. James
  8. Anonymous

    Thank you very much. You save the day. The code.

  9. Kathie

    Once you enter the code should you let the scan run or no?

  10. Kathie

    Sorry to be a pain….
    I entered the code that you gave, but the only thing that happened was the scan started up again as well as the pop up windows that come with this issue. It has shut off my ability to access the Internet in order to access the sites to delete it. So I’m wondering do I let the scan run that starts after I enter the code? Or will that just allow this virus further access to my computer?
    Thanks for any advice you may have.

    1. admin

      Kathie: if the code was accepted, the scan should detect 0 threats or they will be “fixed”. That is, if code was not changed.
      After that disable proxy server in your browser. I would recommend scanning with real anti-malware or antivirus programs afterwards.

  11. Kathie

    Thank you so much for the help. I ended up having to put the computer in safe mode and install malware bytes using a memory stick. Thankfully it seems to be working.
    Only thing left to figure out it how to get the privacy protection icon out of my task bar.

  12. annette

    @Harvey Wilson
    how do i remove it i know nothing about computers this is horrible

  13. Al

    Can someonetell me what the key is for?

  14. Jo

    So far so good, I have followed all the steps, but the Spyware Doctor is telling me to either register with a license or purchase online..what do I do now? Thank you.

    1. admin

      Jo: you can expand each of the detections and delete them manually.

  15. Heather

    got this one too… it wouldn’t let me open any programs, so i ended up running my anti-virus in safe mode, still no go… so i set everything back to default; it then let me open things up… the first thing i did was run a scan… is it possible to get virus’s via cables (like ether cable hooked into the computer)?

  16. Toro

    Thanks for the code mate

  17. Toro

    The scam will ask for activation. Or look for the screen that asks for ur email and registration key. Enter a fake email with thee registration key given above

  18. hans

    after activated the scam, what should i do??

  19. hans

    how to expand each of the detections and delete them manually? please tell me!!

  20. Danielle

    The above registration key is not working for me. Any suggestions?

    1. admin

      Use anti-malware scanners in such case. Malware authors change registration key occasionally, so in some versions it might be different.

  21. Sofie

    HI, this has infected my computer and i can’t open anything. The only thing that comes up is this privacy protection. What is the registraion key and how do i enter it? what will happen after i enter it? i can’t even open my origional security program. help!!

  22. dan

    thank you soooooo much. reg key help a lot!!

  23. Joe G

    I have already removed this several times from a few PC’s. The best and quickest way to delete this program is to boot into safe mode and then delete the program. It will always install a desktop icon. While in safe mode, right click on the icon, find target or open target folder, and then delete. Reboot and your good to go. Also, you may have to delete the desktop shortcut as well.

  24. Rach

    is there any way to get the money back that they have taken from you? Also, how do i boot into safe mode to delete the program. I tried deleting it in my regular mode, but it does not show up in my programs list.

    1. admin

      Rach: contact your bank, if you payed with CC, then you have good chances. With debit card not so.

  25. Kristin

    Thank you for the code-it worked for us!

  26. Mayan

    Joey G. or anybody

    Where can I find it (to remove it) if I already deleted the icon on my desktop? Thanks in advance! 🙂

  27. linda

    oh dear, NORTON POWER ERASER. a free virus clean up. completely took away privacy protector. solves the problem. now i gotta go get my money back.

  28. tbone

    Thank you Pasou for the code. It stopped the scanning, and I was able to download and run Norton Power Eraser (thanks to Linda suggestion) to permanently remove the Privacy Protection virus!

  29. Diana

    Omg!thank you , thank you.

  30. Kayla

    what happens if i have used my real email when putting in the code?

    1. admin

      When you fakeregister, this information is not submitted further, as malware authors think you have paid before.

  31. Sam

    thanks soooooooo much i had been dealing with this computer all night. thnaks

  32. Reese

    Thanks for the code broseph montana

  33. Alban

    wow, good thing i researched this program before considering to pay. thanks a lot!

  34. Sariah
  35. Sariah

    So, the registration code goes into the registration for privacy protect? With a fake e-mail? Does this stop the spyware or REGISTER it to my computer? I keep seeing my IP address, etc. coming up- so it knows where I am…. Is this really a fix??

    1. admin

      It is very easy to display your IP address and claim to know everything. The truth is they do not care about this information at the moment, and this is only the program.

  36. friska

    thank you so much!! it really works! i have tried use spyware doctor,but it didnt works.fortunately i found your website.. thank you once again..^_^

  37. tim

    I have the dumb thing on my my computer. the reg key doesnt work, i cant get on the internet to download anything and it obviously wont let me start anything to detect it. any suggestions?

  38. Ash

    okay… so spyware doctor is asking for a reg key. I tried using the activation code given using the -‘s even and that did not work. I just got done with that stupid system security virus last week. Does anyone have another acvtivation code for privacy protection? This is frustraiting.

  39. tim

    i tried system restore but it blocked that from starting also

  40. brian

    One more vote for NORTON POWER ERASER. It just worked for me! There is also a tutorial on how to remove this on You-Tube. Good Luck!

  41. jane doe

    What you need to do is the following (summarized from a website I found on my phone):
    Notice that a windows-like icon appears on your desktop called Privacy Protection. right click on this icon and go to properties. You’ll find the location of the evil file. go to the folder containing the file. Right click on the file to rename it so it won’t recognize it. Name it junk.exe or evil.exe

    Then, restart your computer. When it turns on, the file will not run. Use this time to run your malware or virus protection. I used Malwarebytes from CNET. My favorite website now and my new favorite software!

    My addition to what I read is this: update your protection and scan again. I didn’t update my software in 5-7 days and it found the privacy protection file. But I updated it and ran it again and it found 3 more affected files.

    Good luck to my fellow computer novices!

    Hope this helps!

  42. Dave

    THANK YOU!!! I got this headache this afternoon and after tryng a bunch of stuff on my own to no avail had dinner, went for a walk, and then googled, privacy protection pop up on my android. I found you, entered the code and it worked. I then did as Jane Doe suggested and renamed the target file then downloaded the free Norton Power Eraser and it seems to have worked. My computer seems to be running a but sluggish but at least I can go back online and stuff. Thanks again everyone!

  43. lisa

    thank you so much… It was easy to fix after reading everyones info.. thanks again…

  44. #50

    It worked! The code worked, then restored computer to a earlier date, and added protection. Good to go. Few

  45. Renee

    Thank- you, Thank-you, Thank-you ! I cannot tell you what a life saver you all have been.

  46. Jayson

    OMG!!!thanks so much saved my ass… i thot i was doomed… i couldnt even go on the internet to look at this.. i had to use another computer

  47. Tina

    Thank you for the code! It saved my life !!!!!! Hate the pp!

  48. Ryan

    Just had to manually remove this from a computer without internet access. What a bastard! Here’s what finally worked:

    Boot into safe mode
    Run Regedit
    Look for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon “Shell”
    Change the value to C:\windows\explorer.exe AFTER taking note of the current value (mine was 1fb2something…)
    Delete the 1fb2 folder
    Search for 1fb2whatever in regedit, you should find 2 or 3 more instances in a Services subdir
    Before deleting the Services reg keys, take note of the file being executed! Mine was called C:\windows\1943974431:######## Where #’s are numbers I forget and you can ignore. But note the exact number before the colon!
    Delete the registry entries
    Now delete the file C:\windows\1943974431
    Make a new empty file called C:\windows\1943974431, Read-Only and Hidden
    Reboot into normal mode
    Repeat the registry entry deletions
    Reboot into normal mode. You’re finished!

  49. Kolby

    PASOU- I cannot thank you enough, you just saved me tons of money !! again thanks a million

  50. Bill Schuhle

    Thank you VERY much for this code. It saved the day for me (and my client).

  51. AP

    The registration key works great. But how would I remove the files from the PC after that?



  52. Sneeks

    Thank you for the fix.. This Privacy BS is not right.. thanks everyone again.

  53. Rochelle

    Thanks@Pasou….the code worked

  54. Yuto

    wooooww… thanks to @Pasou

  55. chapo

    hello do you have any Registration E-mail ?

    1. admin

      Chapo: Any email will work.

  56. ayesha

    Thank you so much. It was only when I got the dreaded PP on 2 of my laptops that I realised something was amiss and found your website (by using a 3rd laptop!!). Thank goodness I couldn’t afford to pay for registration. Me and the kids now have our lovely laptops back and working!! Can’t thank you enough.

  57. james

    You are a great person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May all your hopes and dreams come true!

  58. amber

    hi i went into task manager but there is nothing that say’s defender.exe or random.exe i know the virus is on my computer but i just cant find it anywhere to get rid of it PLEASE help…

    1. admin

      amber : random means that name is randomly generated. Look for processes with unknown to you name and kill one by one. It should run from your user (not SYSTEM), and once you kill it, the malware window will close.

  59. Joel Butler

    I was able to hit CTRL-ALT-DELETE, and ALT-E quickly in succession. This opens up task manager (which the virus forcefully closes within a split second), but if you hit ALT-E fast enough (End Program) it will stop it long enough for you to find it and delete it.

  60. Brad

    Y76REW-T65FD5-U7VBF5A worked great. Then I installed AVG 2012 trial and removed this nasty worm.

  61. Bill

    Dec 9th just infected with PP read comments but not working for me. is there a new code that’s working for you.A

  62. Bill

    the code didn’t work for me but I tried Jane Doe’s method and woooohoooo success. thanks for all the ideas and help.

  63. tonys

    I tried all of this, no luck. Jane Doe, right click won’t show properties, where is this thing at???

  64. tonys

    Found it. Did Jane Doe’s method and it worked. I uninstalled PC tools since they hold you hostage until you buy however every time I start up it ask if I want to enable it??? How do I get rid of that?

  65. aisha

    thnx man the code is working

  66. Wei

    One more vote to Norton Power Eraser! I tried it in Safe Mode to get on Internet to reach Norton Power Eraser and it easily removed this Privacy Protection. Linda, thank you a million!

  67. ken

    hi there so i’ve followed the instructions with entering the code etc….now its saying i have to purchase the programme is there a way i can past this step to just remove the programme? thanks

    1. admin

      Ken: you can delete malware files manually

  68. ehall

    I followed Jane Doe’s suggestions and it worked gteat. Thanks!!!

  69. Roy

    Works for me Thanks for the key.

  70. Jim

    Success! Thanks for the key.

  71. Pasou

    Your welcome sorry i havent checked in

  72. marcia

    the spyware ran thru the 1st screen then prompted me to uninstall conflicting software… I proceeded as instructed but it listed every program I have in this laptop,so I stopped …mainly because I’m new (3 Days) on a computer and didn’t know what this meant. Also I wouldn’t know how to get these programs back on the computer once they were gone. The computer came to me with everything I needed except I screwed up and tried to install safety and got the privacy protection problem all on my own. P.S I have maafee anti-virus plus 2011 on here and it runs a scan once a week will this fix it?

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  74. Rick

    Thanks I took a chance because I saw the activation code was posted up in November and it still works thanks again

  75. juicyj

    is the code used for spyware doctor or another program? it wont work for me when i try to use it for spyware 🙁 and my computer is so messed up im bout to just bang it against the wall

    1. admin

      juicyj : the code is for Privacy Protection. We do not provide codes for legitimate programs

  76. Linda Barnes

    i not longer wish your services .so cancel my monthly payment

    1. Linda Barnes
      we are not related to Privacy Protection.

  77. Albert

    How to remove privacy protection, they ask me for email and key registration. Thanks.

  78. chernor

    what the registration key could somebody tell me please

  79. geekonabike

    Dear PCTools, why are U using the same funding model as ‘Privacy proctection’ :/

    1. geekonabike: I can’t spreak for PC Tools, but anti-malware development is far more expensive then malware one.


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