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What is ProtectorService.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 ProtectorService.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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ProtectorService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ProtectorService
ProtectorService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Program Protector (version 3.1) or Program Protector System Service appears to belong to software Program Protector by Karlis Blumentals (www.blumentals.net).

Description: ProtectorService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ProtectorService.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 741,376 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/protectorservice.exe.html 
The service can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The process has no file description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows system file. ProtectorService.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 82% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ProtectorService.exe, you can uninstall Program Protector from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If ProtectorService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 501,248 bytes. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. There is no file information. The program is not visible. ProtectorService.exe is not a Windows system file. ProtectorService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Blumentals provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Program Protector).

If ProtectorService.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 506,368 bytes. There is no description of the program. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file. ProtectorService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ProtectorService.exe. Therefore, you should check the ProtectorService.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.

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Best practices for resolving ProtectorService issues

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