What is prot.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the prot.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Prot.exe file information

The process belongs to software Win-Protokoll by unknown.

Description: Prot.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Prot.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 57,856 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Prot.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with prot.exe, you can uninstall Win-Protokoll software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If prot.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 59,392 bytes. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Prot.exe is not a Windows system file. Prot.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as prot.exe. Therefore, you should check the prot.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

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Summary: Average user rating of prot.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks prot.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving prot issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with prot. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the prot.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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