User Protection is a fake anti-spyware program related to the Paladin Antivirus family. It is promoted by malicious websites masquerading as malware scanner sites. Once you visit these websites, this fake program is downloaded and installed onto your computer without your knowledge. Once this rogue User Protection is installed, it will automatically perform a system scan whenever Windows is rebooted. The fake User Protection scan will display a fake infection report. The purpose of the report is to trick you into purchasing a full version of User Protection to remove these fake infections. To protect your PC, you should remove User Protection as soon as possible.
Besides the fake scan and report, this rogue program User Protection will also bombard you with an array of popup warnings. These messages appear to be official Windows warnings, but are just another scare tactic performed by User Protection. For example, a fake warning popup is:
ANTIVIRUS IS RUN IN DEMO MODE. ACTIVATE YOUR ANTIVIRUS OTHERWISE ALL THE DATA WILL BE LOST OR DAMAGED!
One should ignore all these popups and the fake infection report. Although the scan, report, and messages generated by User Protection are fake it does pose a real threat since it will attempt to uninstall your antivirus program. Here is a list of antivirus programs that this rogue will attempt to uninstall:
- Agnitum Outpost Security Suite
- Avira AntiVir
- Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
- Norton Internet Security
Removing User Protection off your computer should be a top priority. There are two methods for removing User Protection. Manual User Protection removal involves stopping the uninstall.exe and usrprot.exe processes, unregistering usrext.dll and usrhook.dll, removing the associated registry keys and files of User Protection. As a result, manual User Protection removal is only recommended for computer users familiar with Windows registry editor. A quicker and safer User Protection removal method is the automatic removal method. With automatic removal, you just need to download and install a spyware scanner program. The spyware scanner program will scan your PC and remove User Protection with your permission.
Do not wait for your system to be further compromised, Remove User Protection. Now! Once your computer is infected with this spyware it is crucial to remove User Protection as soon as possible.