System Progressive Protection will find “fake” virus infectons with the sole intent of getting your money. It also disables the Windows Task Manager and Registry Editor which will block you from running programs that could remove System Progressive Protection.
What is System Progressive Protection?
This sneaky virus pops up like a virus protection program, warning you that your computer is infected and that you should immediately purchase the System Progressive Protection. The “software” promises to rid your computer of these threats. In fact, System Progressive Protection is a dangerous virus that will begin to take over your hard drive if you download it. At worst, it can trick you into revealing credit card information, and it may also cause a computer crash.
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How do I remove System Progressive Protection?
If you are somewhat savvy with your computer, it is possible to get rid of System Progressive Protection manually by deleting its various files and processes. However, it is often easiest to use a trusted anti-virus program to rid yourself of this threat. Professional programs know exactly where to search your hard drive for infected files – if an automatic scan fails, move on to removing the virus manually.
Option 1: Use a Virus Scanner
- Remove any discs or external drives you currently have inserted in or connected to your computer. Open the Windows start menu and initiate a restart of your computer.
- When your computer begins to reboot, hit the F8 button on your computer. In some cases, you may be required to hit in multiple times in a row. An advanced boot menu will appear on your screen.
- Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” from the advanced boot menu. You can navigate to this option using the arrow keys on your keyboard, and then pressing “Enter.”
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- Once your Windows desktop has opened up, go to the Windows start menu and type the word Run into the search box. Hit “Enter” to open the run dialogue box.
- Enter http://free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download in the Run box and hit the “Enter” key to get to the AVG Free download online. AVG Free is a legitimate antivirus program that can locate and remove the PC Defender Plus virus. Note: If you are unable to connect to your web browser, go to the Tools menu and choose Internet Options. Go to the Connections tab and then click LAN Settings. Uncheck the box next to “Use a proxy server for your LAN” and click OK twice.
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- Click the “Download” & “Save” then “Run” button and follow the prompts to download AVG Free.
- Click “Scan options” and then “Whole computer scan” to run a complete computer scan. Wait for the scan to complete, and choose to “Heal” any found viruses if prompted.
- Reboot your computer and attempt to use the Internet. If you still see the virus on your computer when you try to access legitimate programs or the Internet, proceed to manually removing the virus without the aid of a virus scanner.
Option 2: Manually Delete the Virus
While you are completing the process of manually deleting the virus, you should always back up your computer registry. Because the final step of the removal process involves getting rid of certain registry files, a backup protects you in case you delete the wrong one.
- Restart your computer and hit the “F8” key to bring up the advanced boot menu. Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” from the menu and hit “Enter” to complete the boot.
- Go to your task manager. The quickest way to open the task manager is by hitting the “Control,” “Alt,” and “Delete” keys at the same time. Go to the Processes tab of the manager.
- Find System Progressive Protection in the list of processes and hit the “End Process” button. This will temporarily stop the virus, but it won’t completely delete it from your machine.
- Close the Task Manager and open the Control Panel via the Windows start menu. Click on “Uninstall a Program.”
- Look for System Progressive Protection and click on it once to highlight it. Choose the “Uninstall” icon that appears in the window toolbar. Wait for the program to uninstall and then close the Control Panel.
- Open the Windows menu and search for “regedit” using the search field at the bottom of the menu. Click on the “regedit” entry under Programs and click “Yes” when prompted to allow the registry window to open.
- Create a back up of your registry before you delete anything from the registry. To create the backup, click on the “File” link in the registry toolbar and then go to the “Export” option. This will create a backup of your registry in its current state. Choose a location to save the registry backup (such as your desktop), create a name for the backup registry, and click “Save.”
- Search for and delete the following files from your registry. You can access the specific files using the file map on the left side of the registry window. For instance, first you need to expand the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” folder and next expand the “Software” folder, and so on. Delete a file by clicking once to highlight it and hitting the “Delete” key on your keyboard.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect” = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies \System “DisableRegedit” = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies \System “DisableRegistryTools” = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies \System “DisableTaskMgr” = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies \system “ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin” = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies \system “ConsentPromptBehaviorUser” = 0
- Close the registry window and restart your computer in normal mode.
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