Protection Center

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 12,866
Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 136
First Seen: June 8, 2010
Last Seen: May 6, 2024
OS(es) Affected: Windows

ScreenshotProtection Center is distributed by Trojans that can surreptitiously infiltrate targeted computers. Once Protection Center is inside a computer system, it will display fake security alerts and simulate a bogus system scan which will report that the system is badly infected with malware. The fake security alerts will mention threats such as Exploit.Win32 to convince users of the urgent need to purchase the "licensed version" of Protection Center to clean their computers from the supposed threats. Protection Center is unable to detect or remove any type of computer threat therefore users should not waste their money on this useless application.

Protection Center is a fake anti-spyware application from the FakeCog (CoreGuard) family, the same family of other rogueware such as PC Protection Center 2008, Protection System, CoreGuard Antivirus 2009, Paladin Antivirus, Dr.Guard, User Protection, Your Protection, Digital Protection, Data Protection, Defense Center, AnVi, PC Protection Center, Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware, Fraud.Defense Center, Malware Protection Center, Adware.PCProtectionCenter.


15 security vendors flagged this file as malicious.

Anti-Virus Software Detection
Sophos Mal/TDSSPack-Q
Panda Trj/CI.A
NOD32 a variant of Win32/Kryptik.EOU
Microsoft Trojan:Win32/FakeCog
McAfee-GW-Edition Heuristic.LooksLike.Trojan.Dropper.Q
McAfee Generic FakeAlert.b
Kaspersky Trojan.Win32.Tdss.beea
Fortinet W32/FakeAlert.B!tr
eSafe Win32.GenHeur.Krypt
DrWeb Trojan.Packed.20389
Comodo Heur.Suspicious
AVG Downloader.Zlob.ASMF
Avast Win32:Jifas-FY
Authentium W32/TDSS.C.gen!Eldorado
AntiVir TR/TDss.beea.58

SpyHunter Detects & Remove Protection Center

File System Details

Protection Center may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. cntprot.exe 1662de7cba76994908e47e8c912148ab 22
2. dighook.dll 99c68fc1f688fce5162e3296c058df60 9
3. mscdexnt.exe 373223cfa506d708fb694fed4db971bb 6
4. asd7.tmp.exe ffa989047471e02b2539162cafe03ff1 0
5. kernel64xp.dll a10d850d501dfbe67b16a1b597d08804 0
6. cntext.dll 7e9e79f68cd3d92cb11f4b59ffd11901 0
7. wscsvc32.exe bab93c87eb57b8b05dd120dee5cfad93 0

Registry Details

Protection Center may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
File name without path


Protection Center may create the following directory or directories:

%ProgramFiles%\Protection Center


The following messages associated with Protection Center were found:

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

Warning! Virus threat detected!
Virus activity detected!
Email-Worm.BAT 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.

Harmful viruses detected on your computer. Click on the message to scan your comp


Trojan is a variant of Win32/FakeXPA

Help, I've been informed and I can't become ignorant.

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