Most antivirus programs identify sprotector.dll as malware—for example Avast identifies it as Win32:SProtector-A [PUP], and F-Secure identifies it as Adware.Generic.377349 or Adware.BGuard.B.
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The process known as SProtector (version 1.66.1133) belongs to software BrowseToSave or SafeSaver or Search Assistant WebSearch or ContinueToSave or VaudiX or SaveAs or Search Assistant MocaFlix or ss helper by unknown.
Description: Sprotector.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sprotector.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,050,112 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 427,520 bytes and 12 more variants.
The program has a visible window. The software has no file description. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). The sprotector.dll file is not a Windows core file. Sprotector.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Important: You should check the sprotector.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SProtector 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 ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active sprotector process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the sprotector.dll 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 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.