Protection Center

Protection Center Description

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, CoreGuard Antivirus 2009, Protection System, Adware.PCProtectionCenter, 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.

Aliases: Trojan.Alureon.Gen!Pac.13, Adware.ProtectC.R.1673728, Mal/TDSSPack-Q [Sophos], Trojan.Win32.Generic.5207D36D, Low Risk Adware, Trojan.FakeAV, Trj/CI.A [Panda], W32/FakeAV.AM!genr, a variant of Win32/Kryptik.EOU [NOD32], Trojan:Win32/FakeCog [Microsoft], Heuristic.LooksLike.Trojan.Dropper.Q [McAfee-GW-Edition], Generic FakeAlert.b [McAfee], Trojan.Win32.Tdss.beea [Kaspersky], W32/FakeAlert.B!tr [Fortinet] and Win32.GenHeur.Krypt [eSafe].

Technical Information

Screenshots & Other Imagery

Protection Center Image 1 Protection Center Image 2 Protection Center Image 3 Protection Center Image 4

File System Details

Protection Center creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 %APPDATA%\Protection Center\cntprot.exe 1,673,728 1662de7cba76994908e47e8c912148ab 22
2 mscdexnt.exe 417,280 373223cfa506d708fb694fed4db971bb 6
3 asd7.tmp.exe 93,184 ffa989047471e02b2539162cafe03ff1 0
4 kernel64xp.dll 301,056 a10d850d501dfbe67b16a1b597d08804 0
5 cntext.dll 48,640 7e9e79f68cd3d92cb11f4b59ffd11901 0
6 wscsvc32.exe 219,648 bab93c87eb57b8b05dd120dee5cfad93 0
More files

Registry Details

Protection Center creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
File name without path
%ProgramFiles%\Protection Center

More Details on 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

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