Digital Protection - How To Remove?


Digital Protection is a fake anti-virus program that is spread using trojans and worms. That is why you might start seeing Digital Protection popups without downloading anything visibly related to this parasite. Each of its messages tries to convince you that your system is unprotected and that you need to purchase full version of this malware to protect your PC. These popups will appear even if you got normal antivirus and will announce something like that:


A security threat detected on your computer! This malicious program may steal your private data. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.

Harmful viruses detected on your computer. This malicious software may harm your computer. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.

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.

Unauthorized person tries to steal your passwords and private information. Click on the message to prevent identity theft.

System files of your computer are damaged. Please, restart your system ASAP.

Warning! Virus threat detected!
Virus activity detected!
Trojan-Clicker.Win32 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.

After launching unregistered version of Digital Protection, you will “scan” your PC very fast – faster than it is technically possible to check anything on your PC. It will show some regular files infected with trojans, spyware and other parasites. The detections Digital Protection provides is fake – most of the files detected are harmless. The parasite that should be removed is Digital Protection scamware itself.

Do not pay for Digital Protection! Trying to push you into purchasing it, malware will also attempt to uninstall your legitimate security software in order to protect itself from being removed. Security applications that it will try to uninstall will be:

  • Spyware Doctor
  • NOD32
  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
  • Norton Internet Security
  • Avira AntiVir
  • AVG8
  • AntiVir
  • Agnitum Outpost Security Suite
  • avast!

Moreover, Digital Protection is illegal program on itself run by scamware manufacturers. They will store your credit card details and you might loose more money that you have originally paid. You should contact your bank if you have purchased Digital Protection.

To get rid of Digital Protection you have to stop Digital Protection trojan processes, typically avp.exe or some random name. If you installed unregistered version of it, than stop digprot.exe process too. To do so, start task manager (ctl+shift+esc) and look for malicious processes there. In some cases it is more effective to restart PC to safe mode (press F8 on reboot) and perform removal instructions then.

It is highly recommended to use automatic Digital protection removal software like Spyware Doctor or Malwarebytes anti-malware. Most of infected trojans reside in your windows users or systems temp directory and might use random names which are hard to find. Also, you should scan your PC for other infections that made Digital Protection popups possible.

Automatic Digital Protection removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure

Manual removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Digital 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


Digital Protection screenshots


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April 10, 2010 21:36, January 21, 2011 11:17

33 thoughts on “Digital Protection

  1. i try to delete the files and it says i need permission even though theres only one account on my computer and spyware doctor wont get rid of the virus

  2. I have done everything I can. I have deleted the files, I have used virus scanners, I even scanned for an already infected computer for any unwanted or infected softwere and no matter what I do I can’t get rid of digital protection it just gets more annoying and it even hacked into my computer on safe mode which it’s never done before today and started popping up. I can’t delete it for the life of me, I’ve looked everwhere in my computer and I can’t download anymore anti-virus stuff beacuse I’m running out of pacients let alone money to get rid of this stupid thing. help!?

  3. to get past the permission thing, you need to go to task manager, click on processes and end anything that says digital protection, avp, or is an unknown .exe non-system file. You should then be able to delete dig prot folder normally

  4. @guy

    I can not access my task manager, i get the following message “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator.” How do we stop these processes?

  5. I did exactly what Guy mentioned & ended all rogue processes like (tunk..)iexplre/exe, disabled some features on startup programes in msconfig, disabled Internet Explorer by typing 0000 80 ran spybot & installed avast antivirus free & restarted PC on resume put all anti protection on alert my Computer is now back to normal this really works hoorey,@joel to access task manager press Ctrl,Shift,Esc at same time if problem persists please try to type in Task Manager on Startup button, all Thanks to advice , Bless. PS It is not easy to fix this problem took 2 days without sleep

  6. Alright this is a tricky one, but I think I figured it out. Once I got this, my task manager was disabled, but also, I was unable to enter safemode, it gave me an error about lsass.exe having an incorrect endpoint. This was tricky, but there is a fix. First I downloaded malwarebyte’s antimalware, and something called ‘killbox’. Not sure where I got it, but it worked as a work around for task manager. I downloaded these files from a non-infected computer and transferred them via cd-r (don’t use cd-rw, the virus can delete that stuff). I opened killbox (or killtask or something, I forget), and I ended processes digprot.exe, davclnt.exe, as well as some others that I wasn’t sure about. The viruses icon disappeared, and I stopped getting the notifications. Next I manually deleted the files listed above, and edited the registry (hard to explain). It seemed to work, and I have malwarebytes running a scan right now. Good luck to anybody with the treat, hope these tips can help you out.

  7. okay, so i have followed all of the instructions to delete this using malwarebytes and i have scanned and deleted the virus, but every time i get back on my computer, it reinstalls itself…. help!!???

  8. Celine : Malwarebytes free version does not protect from reinstalls or attacks. It is a scanner/remover only. Also, it might miss some parasites (no remover is 100% or they are lieing). We recommend either buying its full version or spyware doctor.

  9. Jez: In some cases you might be infected by visiting infected websites or viewing infected pdf files. There are lots of vulnerabilities in common software that are exploited and does not requires downloading.

  10. Yesterday I got this virus and the Win7 smart security virus. Since my data was backed up I simply put my operating system image file DVD in, rebooted the computer which then booted into my dvd image program. I chose what drive I wanted the image to be written and 2 hours later it rebooted into a previous (1 month old) Windows 7 operating system. Problem solved.

  11. Sheldon : Your solution is a choice as well, but it is more like problem postponed than solved. I would make precautions not to be infected again.

  12. I tried to remove Digital Protection Spyware through AVG free Anti-Virus, after removing the spyware the dumb terminal ( Blue Screen) comes and reboot the system every time. I installed the OS again.

  13. Just use ( the program ) that will stop the process’s of the malware so in turn u can install progs again and terminate process’s again.

    I am battling the anti-malware doctor, the pc protection, and the xp anti-malware at the moment. No idea where my client picked these nasties up but seems like I am winning so far…….


  14. i have 2 avp’s listed in task manager. under username one is listed as compaq user and the other says system. which one do i end task on? thanks.

  15. One way to rid yourself of the “digital protection” is to do a Dell Factory Image Restore. This will make computer like it was when you bought it… that means all your stuff will be deleted. So save what you can on a usb, but be careful not to save the virus!

  16. Dell Factory Image Restore info can be found in your computer manual. You will also need the CD’s that came with your computer. ALSO DOWNLOAD THE FREE MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS PEOPLE!!! It’s on All the other ones are junk. Just update that one periodically and you’ll be fine. It’s free and you pay for nothing. Don’t pay for protection when you can get the best stuff for free.

  17. Lee : you are incorrect.
    First, not all PC’s are made by Dell and have Dell restore center installed. This is specific to Dell’s only.
    Also, MSE detection ratio is not as good as Avira or AVAST (who have free versions as well). There are independent antivirus tests that confirm that. I haven’t seen rootkit detection module there as well. Microsoft is not investing enough into their antivirus. Also. MSE is not available in all the countries.
    If you need antivirus go for NOD32/Kaspersky (or AVAST/Avira if you are satisfied with “good enough” protection and no liability from antivirus makers). You can live with MSE if you have 64-bit operating system which is not attacked by trojans that much (yet). And you will need anti-spyware/malware defense as well, as antiviruses focus on broader spectrum of parasites, and miss malware, rogues and such.

  18. ^^ Owned! lol!
    No but seriously, I downloaded Malwarebytes before I experianced problems with digital protection, and while it was popping up and being all annoying Windows Defender was the ONLY programme on my laptop (I have a couple of protections, none very good though lol) the only one to tell me of a threat, was able to scan while I was being attacked by digital protection and then removed it from my laptop. Is this good luck, or is the virus just laying in wait?

  19. Sorry, one more thing! I tell a lie, there has been one problem: Google Chrome simply refuses to work since removing Digital Protection from my laptop. It just lags and hangs, sometimes eventually telling me that there is no response. This is rather annoying as I really like Chrome as a browser.

  20. Generally, it is strange, Cassie. Or you can call it luck. From my experience Windows defender is not that good. But if it helps you – keep it 🙂

  21. Cassie : check proxy server settings. Maybe your traffic is redirected through some malicious web proxy server. That happens a lot.

  22. I stpent a few hours doing similar steps to what people have desrcibed above. This was one mean mother and nothing was working. I was about to re-install XP but spent $9.95 on STOPzilla. The first full scan detected and removed it. It was back after reboot. The next full scan again detected and removed it, I then purged it from quarantine before reboot, and digital protect was finally vanquished. I would like to meet the SOBs, somewhere in eastern Europe I believe they reside, that wasted my time and money on this crap.

  23. Hey admin… I’m so bad at this kind of thing (obviously, as I rely on Windows Defender lol): How do I check proxy server settings??

  24. I take that back. STOPzilla did not prevent the eventual return of digital protection. Im done wasting more time, it is OS re-imaging for me.

  25. Lance : The problems is reinfections. That means stopzilla did not clean everything, so you should a) get a good antivirus AND good anti-spyware after reimage b) get firewall and check if there are infected PC’s in your network.

  26. i found there is also 2 start up programs that you have to uncheck using msconfig

    after i did that the problem never came back on restarting the computer

  27. what i found was there are also 2 start up programs that you have to uncheck with msconfig

    i suggest you do this if the problem keeps coming back

  28. i had the problem of the warnings coming back once i turned on the computer but i have found that there are 2 start up programs that you have to uncheck using msconfig

    after i did that there is no more problem

  29. sorry about the 3 comments lol

    for some reason they werent posted the first 2 times, it said the page wasnt found so i tried again

  30. Hey guys. StopZilla is OK. They took a custom system scan from me. They did a SW update to their product and have ended Digital Protection on my system for days now. It took them about three days but thats a hell of a lot faster than the Gov so….

  31. Johnny, Thanks also for your comments. I tried that but it turns out some addware was reloading Digital Protection through explore.

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