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Malware Protection Live – How to Remove Rogue Anti-Malware

Subnote: This post was originally created in September 2015, but we gave it an update in October 2019.

Malware Protection Live is a very suspicious application that pretends to protect your PC from malware and to feature a live shield. However, the reality is that this malicious application may collect information from your computer system to display different content. A lot of security experts strongly advise against installing this software on your computer, since it may be a potential hazard for it. It is reported to run an executable file that does absolutely nothing but displays a message that is difficult to close from inside of your system.

Threat Summary

Name Malware Protection Live
Type Rogue Antivirus Software
Short Description The program may look like malware protection but it is just a process with a message running in Windows Tray.
Symptoms The user may experience computer freezes, hangs and slowdowns.
Distribution Method Bundle Packages, Website Redirects, Ad Redirects
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Malware Protection Live – Update October 2019

Malware Protection Live keeps affecting computer systems in 2019. Like before the rogue anti-malware tool performs a scanning process in order to generate a report with numerous false positives. The moment you attempt to remove detections, the program will require a purchase of its full version. Security experts recommend that Malware Protection Live along with all associated files should be removed from the infected computer as soon as their presence is detected.

Malware Protection Live – Update July 2018

Malware Protection Live seems to continue being active even after its popularity peak in 2015 is over. The official and main domain for the distribution of this malware application is malwareprotectionlive.com although it does not seem to be working any longer. Different users report the program to be installed on their computer machines without their knowledge. The new version of this rogue software is still called Malware Protection Live but has a new interface.

The new interface of Malware Protection Live looks like the following:

In addition, the blatant malware still uses the same tactics as described in this article, while also it still uses the same pop-up message:

PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM MALWARE
Every month, millions of PCs are affected by malware and other potentially unwanted programs. Our software automatically detects and removes this malware before it’s ever even installed. With Malware Protection Live, you can enjoy the internet without the hassle and worry of unwanted software compromising your system.

You can see it from the screenshot below:

On top of it all, the following files and processes are created by this malware:

  • MalwareProtectionClient.exe
  • extensions
  • extensions_filter
  • MalwareProtectionClient.exe
  • MalwareProtectionClient.exe.config
  • uninstall.exe
  • userinfo.dat
  • 378B079587A9184B2E2AB859CB263F40_524AD1B9B08D3C6450727265AE77B7D2
  • 8EB35376744F392396307460D546222D_F2FECA4D1DFE4282782B2F73474D3AEE
  • 378B079587A9184B2E2AB859CB263F40_524AD1B9B08D3C6450727265AE77B7D2
  • 8EB35376744F392396307460D546222D_F2FECA4D1DFE4282782B2F73474D3AEE
  • Malware Protection Live.lnk

Interestingly enough, the Malware Protection Live program also creates the following registry keys:

→HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\DotNetCheck_RASAPI32

→HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\DotNetCheck_RASMANCS

→HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\MalwareProtectionClient_RASAPI32

→HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\MalwareProtectionClient_RASMANCS

→HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MalwareProtectionLive

As Malware Protection Live is a rogue software, it might create even more files varying from one operating system to another or what other applications are installed on the compromised machine. However, the software is still considered malicious as it haven’t changed its modus operandi, even in July, 2018.

Malware Protection Live – How Did I Get It?

Numerous ways exist by which this software may be situated on user systems. One of them is by opening a suspicious link. This could happen if users click on banners of suspicious sites or advertised posts on social media. More to it than that, there are particular viruses that take over social media profiles and post on their behalf. Some of those viruses may contain this application.

Another way to get it unknowingly is by downloading this application from a site you have been redirected to, thinking it is a Java or Flash Player Update. Also, you may get it if you install freeware applications that have the program included as ‘free extra’. To avoid all of those, make sure you visit and download software from only trusted websites that do not show suspicious ads and do not combine unwanted programs in installers.

More about Malware Protection Live

Once on your computer, this particular program situates the following executable file:

“C:\Users\Victim\AppData\Local\MalwareProtectionLive\MalwareProtectionClient.exe”

Malware-protection-live-process

This .exe file may run on your system tray as a ticked icon, displaying the following message:

malware-protection-eula

More to it than that, the client did not have the option to be closed in a conventional way. This is where we decided to close it out via the Task Manager. There we discovered that even though it was a simple window with two hotlinks, the process took around 9,000 K of system memory, which is the same as having an anti-malware program on your computer.

As far as we are concerned, this process may collect all types of user information from the network, including browsing history, online clicks, keystroke entries and others. And more to it than that it may share it with other parties since it is clearly mentioned in the privacy policy on their site:

malware-protection-live-personal information

Such potentially unwanted applications that are useless for the user are considered unsafe. But most antivirus programs detect them as a low-level threat, and this is why people should use advanced malware protection programs. They feature in their definitions an active shield protecting the user not only from malware but also from unwanted programs entering unnoticed on the computer.

How to Remove Malware Protection Live From Your PC

If you seek to uninstall the unwanted Malware Protection Live program manually, keep in mind that there may be some files left on your computer after manual uninstall. To completely remove you need to follow the step-by-step manual for removal below. It is also recommended to download an anti-malware program with updated virus definitions. This will make sure you remove all the dangerous files on your computer with the click of a button and protect you from any future intrusions.

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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About the Malware Protection Live Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Malware Protection Live how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.

How did we conduct the research on Malware Protection Live?

Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the Malware Protection Live threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

References

1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates

How to Remove Malware Protection Live from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Malware Protection Live

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Malware Protection Live and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Malware Protection Live on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Malware Protection Live there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.

Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Malware Protection Live with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Video Removal Guide for Malware Protection Live (Windows).


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Get rid of Malware Protection Live from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Malware Protection Live and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

1.Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Malware Protection Live:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4.Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5.In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Malware Protection Live. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.

Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Malware Protection Live. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Malware Protection Live via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Malware Protection Live. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Malware Protection Live files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Malware Protection Live, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Malware Protection Live:


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Video Removal Guide for Malware Protection Live (Mac)


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Remove Malware Protection Live from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2:Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Malware Protection Live from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Malware Protection Live from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Malware Protection Live from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Malware Protection Live will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Malware Protection Live from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


Remove Push Notifications caused by Malware Protection Live from Your Browsers.


Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.

settings

Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

advanced settings

Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

Content Settings

Step 4: Open “Notifications”:

notifications

Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

Block, Edit or Remove

Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.

options

Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":

Settings

Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

remove push notifications firefox

Stop Push Notifications on Opera

Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.

opera

Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

content settings

Step 3: Open Notifications:

notifications

Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

three dots

Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.

preferences

Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".



Malware Protection Live FAQ

What is Malware Protection Live?

The Malware Protection Live threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.

The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.

What are the symptoms of Malware Protection Live?

There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:

Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.

Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.

Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.

Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.

Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.

If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.

What types of Unwanted Programs are there?

According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:

  • Rogue Antivirus programs.
  • Adware.
  • Browser hijackers.
  • Clickers.
  • Fake optimizers.

What to do if I have a "virus" like Malware Protection Live?

Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.

How to secure my passwords and other data from Malware Protection Live?

With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:

Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.

Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.

Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.

Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.

Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.

Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.

Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.

Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.

Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.

If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.

More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.

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