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WinXProtector Removal Process (remove WinXProtector)

March 31, 2008 – 9:44 pm
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WinXProtector Explanation

WinXProtector is one of the latest rogue anti-spyware programs to use a common name related to the Windows operating system in an attempt to fool computer users. WinXProtector uses its name and user interface to falsely boast about how WinXProtector will remove parasites that it scanned. WinXProtector may scan your system displaying results that are not all legitimate.

WinXProtector usually installs onto a users system through a previous Trojan infection from a video codec download or simply a malicious website that promotes rogue applications. WinXProtector is a fake and cannot be trusted no matter how nice and enticing it may look. Do not purchase WinXProtector or download this useless program.

Are you getting popups from WinXProtector? Have you identified that you have WinXProtector installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove WinXProtector completely from your computer?

Why should you remove WinXProtector?

If WinXProtector resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that WinXProtector may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking WinXProtector removal process.

How can you manually remove WinXProtector

Manual removal of WinXProtector may not be for everyone. Each manual WinXProtector removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic WinXProtector removal process.

WinXProtector can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate WinXProtector in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find WinXProtector, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

    WinXProtector
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing WinXProtector. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process

    bookmark-add-favorite

  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with WinXProtector from your computer.

    Start WinXProtector.lnk
    WinXProtector
    WinXProtector Uninstall.lnk
    WinXProtector.exe
    WinXProtector.lnk

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with WinXProtector, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"

    safe-mode

  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with WinXProtector by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\WinXProtector folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed WinXProtector completely from your computer. If you find that WinXProtector is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic WinXProtector removal process.

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