Data Protection is another rogue antispyware program that belongs to the same family of rogue programs as Digital Protection, Your Protection or User Protection. The application enters the system without a slightest notification to its user. It typically uses Trojan viruses for infiltration purposes. As soon as Data Protection gets access to the targeted system, it attempts to ensure itself protection from being removed by uninstalling your legitimate security tools. Affected products include :
- Avira Antivir
- Agnitum Outpost security suite
- ESET’s NOD32 (maybe System Security as well)
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Symantec’s Norton internet security line
Data Protection also modifies some parameters of Windows Registry in order to start dominating on the infected computer. When computer is rebooted, Data Protection runs its scanner and once the scan finishes, reports about tons of infections. Actually it’s a bogus scanner which is not able to detect any real threats, so instead it displays some legitimate programs or non-existent files. Data Protection recommends purchasing its full version in order to get rid of the infections.
Additionally to this bogus scanner, the program generates fake pop up ads and security notifications. Basically, such alerts warn about spyware infections detected and promote purchasing Data Protection in order to fix the existing infections and protect your system against future threats.
The popups might look like this :
Unauthosrized access to your computer! Click on the message to install up-to-date antivirus software.
A security threat detected on your computer. TrojanASPX.JS.Win32. It strongly recommended to remove this threat right now. Click on the message to remove it.
It is strongly recommended to protect your computer against security threats. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.
Warning! Network attack detected!
Network intrusion detected!
Your computer is being attacked from a remove PC.
Attach from :
Process is trying to steal your passwords listed below. It is highly recommended to block this threat now.
Warning! Adware detected!
Adware module detected on your PC!
Zlob.Porn.Ad adware has been detected. This adware module advertises websites with explicit content. Be advised of such content being possibly illegal. Please click the button below to locate and remove this threat now.
Antivirus Alert – Critical threat detected
Network attack detected
Network attack has been detected. Process is attempting to access your private data.
Also, it might block execution of various executable files, for example malware removers :
Warning! Virus threat detected!
Virus activity detected!
Trojan-Downloader.VBS adware has been detected. This adware module advertises websites with explicitly content. Be advised of such content being possibly illegal. Please click the button below to locate and remove this threat now.
To make things more interesting, Data Protection creates couple links to porno sites on the user desktop. This is to force them further to buy “full version” of this scam, as many users think that their privacy is compromised.
As you see, any offers by Data Protection must be ignored. If it happened to you to purchase this fake program, immediately contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Most importantly, remove Data Protection as soon as possible.
Special notes on How to remove Data Protection:
To remove Data Protection, reboot your PC into safe mode with networking and download Spyware Doctor or perform manual removal then. Do not forget to update your anti-spyware before performing full PC scan for Data Protection! If you choose manual Data protection removal, scan with couple of anti-malware scanners afterwards to make sure that your PC is completely clean.
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