How to remove the ProtectService virus

Most antivirus programs identify ProtectService.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as BrowserModifier:Win32/SupTab, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.2 or SearchProtect.

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ProtectService.exe file information

The process known as ProtectSvc.exe or TODO: File description or MiniLiteSvc.exe

belongs to software XTab or XTSetup or IETab or TODO: Product name or MiuiTab or MiniLite

by XTab system or TODO: Company name or MiniLite system.

Description: ProtectService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ProtectService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 158,896 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 158,816 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The ProtectService.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. There is no description of the program. ProtectService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to remove the entire program XTSetup or XTab using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify ProtectService.exe related errors

Important: You should check the ProtectService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If ProtectSvc.exe 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.


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Best practices for resolving ProtectService issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active ProtectService process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the ProtectService.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

ProtectService.exe [all]