What is protect.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 protect.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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Protect.exe file information

The process known as Crash Proof appears to belong to software unknown by Sice Xing or Shan Feng or Shanghai Yuntong Technology Co. or Wei Liu or Unistal Systems Pvt..

Description: Protect.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Protect.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 303,016 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 302,976 bytes and 6 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is digitally signed. Protect.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with protect.exe, you may also do the following:
  • look for help on the website
  • uninstall Crash Proof software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify protect.exe related errors

If protect.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 96% dangerous. The file size is 579,072 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The protect.exe file is not a Windows system file. Protect.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name protect.exe, for example Generic PUA DO (PUA) (detected by Sophos), and Trojan:Win32/Ghokswa (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the protect.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Crash Proof has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Protect.exe may belong to Safe´n´Sec Software if installed..
  Alex   (further information)
Ich habe es nicht auf meinem Rechner... und auf einem andren schon laufen aber beide ganz normal und habe noch nie eine schelchte erfahrung mit protect.exe gemacht....
Pop-up ads, show up when you are on the internet that say "ads by PC protect" at the bottom of the ad. If you ever see a download for PC PROTECT for Windows, DON'T DOWNLOAD IT.
  Aaron G.  

Summary: Average user rating of protect.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks protect.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving protect issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with protect. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the protect.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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