What is Protector.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 Protector.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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Protector.exe file information

The process known as SpyCatcher Protector - manage spyware belongs to software GhostSurf (version 2007 Platinum, 2006 Platinum) by Tenebril (

Description: Protector.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Protector.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 86,133 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 1,141,248 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The Protector.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The software is a hidden stealth process. Protector.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall GhostSurf 2007 Platinum or GhostSurf 2006 Platinum software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify Protector.exe related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name Protector.exe, for example Trojan.FraudPack.ZV (detected by BitDefender), and Trojan:Win32/PrivacyCenter (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the Protector.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

AVG anti virus says it is a trojan virus
  Shawn Matlock  
the file Gonna Crap ur Comp ! thats all i can say about it
its annoying with mcafee
well, this thing as malware is hard to remove
there is a trojan that uses a rootkit to hide itself. when running netstat -b there are lots of entries containing [protector.exe]. running rootkit revealer shows it to be hidden from windows api and it has 15K. located in system32 directory
  don't really mater  
it opens a port to send and recieve on the internet. It is started as a non existent process
Maybe it's belong to spycatcher ternebril
makes the cd writing wizard to start when windows boots
  samuel chege  
it copies to cds and flashdisks
TCPView identified it as Unidentified Process . Only properties of U.P. showed true name Protector.exe.
It's a worm, it's not been on my laptop till I shared a file with a friend. Please remove it else, it's a disaster in waiting, I've experienced this.
It's very annoying and has never been useful. I need help removing it, please help
Malware, sells the cure to the problem it creates
It's a virus which messes up your computer badstyle.
everytime I reboot my computer it opens up porn web sites. it took me nearly an hour to remove it and I am still not completely sure if I removed it so I have to take my laptop to geek squad :0(
Its a spy virus it blocks ur web browser and everithing so just download SpyHunter 4
Was hidden in apps roaming. Deleted my task manager as well. Used the security task manager to remove.
This file was downloaded to a customer's computer through a ad rotator trojan. Causes popups to get you to buy(fake) AV software that you don't need.
  Dilan Gilluly  
It is a terrible virus,and needs removed!It comes to you during a windows update.I had to have it removed professionally,as it rendered my pc uselss!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Protector.exe: based on 27 votes with 19 user comments. 4 users think Protector.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 21 users think Protector.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Protector issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Protector. 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 Protector.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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