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What Is Bprotect.exe and How to Fix bProtect.exe Error?

Published on March 24, 2014

What Is Bprotect.exe?

remove bprotect.exe and fix bprotect.exe error

Many people consider that bProtect.exe is virus and or at least harmful as it has been always constantly flagged by installed security utilities and does trigger pop-ups supported by Adware-Bprotect (read more). As the image shown in the above, bProtect.exe is not a Windows kernel file, instead it is a process developed by bProtector to support the running of relevant third-party program.
 

About Bprotect.exe

Usually there are two major places that a normal bProtect.exe would settle. One is the subdirectory of “C:\Documents and Settings” (C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\bProtector\ to be more specifically) and that of “C:\Program Files”. bProtect.exe situated in the former directory is invisible with the capability of manipulating other processes while the one located in the latter directory possesses no visual window with the ability to monitor applications as well as record keystrokes. In sum, bProtect.exe is technically threatening. To get more details about the hidden dangers, reasons and solution, it is advisable to keep reading. On any occurrence of emergency that needs quick fix, please do feel free to contact VilmaTech Online Support and ask its senior technicians for on-demand help.

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Bprotect.exe Can Be Utilized Maliciously

As stated above, bProtect.exe is technically threatening. So there have been cases that bProtect.exe is issued by advanced infections to prevent from automatic removal as bProtect.exe has not been considered to be vicious. The reason why the running process being picked up by installed anti-virus program is simply because of some suspicious modifications in registry entries. Without attribute code, anti-virus programs are not able to remove anything.

To tell if bProtect.exe is issued by infections, a close look at its location will do. Bprotect.exe being used by virus would be injected under c:\windows or c:\windows\system32. Also the below problems would further help with verification:

  1. Multiple processes running in the background to consume CPU considerably.
  2. Computer is deteriorated to run in slow speed and would sometimes stop responding.
  3. Mass can be caught on browsers as bProtect.exe has been found to be associated with the Babylon plugin and additional items could be detected by security utilities such as WIN32-BProtect-A [pup].
  4. Error message would popup a lot to tell that bProtect.exe as well as other processes including _bho.dll and protector.dll is missing or corrupt.
  5. bProtect.exe is found in the character string: Awsotr_Auto_Infect_And_Icon_Changer.

 

Malicious Bprotect.exe Refuses Automatic Removal

It is a tough task to deal with bProtect.exe being utilized by virus as it is signed fraudulently with a GoDaddy certificate and thus makes victims think that it is a legitimate file by sitting in nested files. Consequently, bProtect.exe manages to replicate itself within seconds if deletion has been ever undertaken. Besides, bProtect.exe issued by virus is usually attached with verisimilar Microsoft’s signature as shown below. This could definitely out trick security program.

Remark: Microsoft HotFixes

Product Version: 5.04.0103

Brand Name: Microsoft HotFixes

Company: Microsoft Corporation

Legitimate Trademark: Microsoft HotFixes

Internal Release: Installer94

Source File Name: Installer94.exe

In such case, manual removal method is recommended to be executed right away before any further damages are made to threaten both computer health and information security as a counterfeit bProtect.exe is written with VB language to bundle itself to normal files. When the bundling work is done, the process will release virus (remote Trojan normally) and shut down firewall without authorization. Here are the consequences without timely removal of vicious bProtect.exe:

  1. With disabled security protector, the target machine becomes weak in warding off average infections.
  2. bProtect.exe error message is usually caused by file corruption, which would give rise to malfunctions.
  3. bProtect.exe is related to some traffic exchanging sites that take victims to random commercial sites without filtering out spam ones, giving chances to infectious access.
  4. bProtect.exe is capable of recording keystrokes, monitoring applications and manipulate operations, which would lead to information loss; in the event that online purchase has been ever taken place, financial information could be collected.

Brief summary: bprotect.exe is responsible to run associated third-party program. If you consider it potentially dangerous, it is good to uninstall the relevant program. However, bprotect.exe can be issued or utilized by infections due to its capability of manipulating actions, monitoring applications and recording inputs. Below is the instruction to help remove bProtect.exe and solve bProtect.exe error issue. Be noted that USB memory stick or other off-board device is not recommended to connect to the vulnerable computer for the prevention of broader affection. Stick to the steps and help yourself. Should failure occurs due to unknown reason, you are welcome to seek specialized technical help by contacting recommended PC Security Center.

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Instruction to Remove Bprotect.exe and Fix bProtect.exe Error

Step One: reset browsers to restore setting without anything related to bprotect.exe.

Internet Explorer
Go to its Tools menu and select Internet Options; hit on Advanced tab and press Restore Defaults button.

reset IE to remove anything that could arouse bprotect.exe

Mozilla Firefox
Click on the Firefox button and select Troubleshooting information in the option list of Help; press on ‘Reset Firefox’ button to reset Firefox.

reset firefox to remove anything that could arouse bprotect.exe

Google Chrome
Spread ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu and go for ‘Options’; hit ‘Under the Hood’ tab to press ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.

reset chrome to remove anything that could arouse bprotect.exe

Opera
Close Opera and navigate to “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\”; remove Operapref.ini file will reset Opera.

reset Opera to remove anything that could arouse bprotect.exe
 
 
Step Two: clean up Temp files, among them would be the ones associated with bprotect.exe.

  • Hold and press Win key and R key together and bring up Run box.

use win+r key to remove all temp files

  • Put in “%temp%” and hit Enter key to get a window filled with temp files.
  • Select all with Ctrl+A key combination and remove them all.

 
 
Step Three: show hidden files and folders to remove

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Hit Start Menu to access ‘Control Panel’ for “user accounts and family safety”.
  • Click open ‘Folder Options’ to go to its View tab.

use folder options to show hidden items and remove anything related to bprotect.exe

  • Tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.

 
Windows 8

  • Click open All Apps and find Windows Explorer.
  • Click on its View tab and tick ‘File name extensions’ as well as ‘Hidden items’.

use folder options to show hidden items and remove anything related to bprotect.exe from Windows 8

  • Navigate to and remove bProtect.exe folder under C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32.
  • Remove the following files that are created on the date bprotect.exe were detected.

C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.com
C:\Windows\system32\msconfig.com
C:\Windows\system32\regedit.com

 
 
Step Four: repair local disk affected by bprotect.exe with command.

  • Use Win+R key combination to bring up Run box.
  • Type CMD and hit Enter key.
  • Copy and paste the following command line and hit Enter key to repair the affected local disk:

ECHO Y|CHKDSK /X /F C:

 
 

Bprotect.exe Summary Plus

Name: Deceiver’s bundle

Threat Assessment: High

Type: file bundling tool

Length: 2060299

System Affected: Win9x WinMe WinNT Win2000 WinXP Win2003

Hashes:

MD5 cb64441c0842f627e577b9df4caf0dbf
SHA256 d115d1a186cf5f9ca7b74aad3701d599ac5d402c061b76fe04ccc53556e69864

 
 
 
 

Bprotect.exe’s Malicious Payloads

Bprotect.exe releases virulent files and execute them in %WindowsDirectory%A__rd.exe. The files or pictures that bprotect.exe is about to bundle will be placed under c:msasn1 directory. The process would keep changing icon file names to dodge automatic removal. Then bProtect.exe starts to scan for documents in the target disk in an attempt to add some of its parts ahead of the .exe suffix or to icon files. As a result, new files are generated. The moment affected files are executed, the original vicious files will be removed, making it possible to successfully escape easy removal. What’s worse, the bprotect.exe issued by virus would trigger some bogus warning to make victims into believing that turning off firewall is a comparatively better option. Warnings can be:

  1. “The disk(affected by bprotect.exe) is protected by Microsoft Firewall”; the warning indicates that without turning off the firewall, bprotect.exe cannot be removed.
  2. “If other firewall from anti-virus program blocks that from Microsoft, please turn off anti-virus program and keep Microsoft Firewall running; only this can obtain higher compatibility”; this warning would actually ask people to drop off guard and allow damages.

Considering the fact that a target machine can be compromised by bprotect.exe, additional infections hold fat chance to infiltrate the system, which can complicate the situation and hinder removal. If it is the case that you are in, please do feel free to seek one-to-one help from VilmaTech Online Support according to your concrete situation.

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