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 ss helper or Search Assistant SoftQuick 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 8/7/XP are 1,050,112 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 355,328 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.
In case you experience problems using sprotector.dll, you can completely remove BrowseToSave or ContinueToSave (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).
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Important: You should check the sprotector.dll 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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sprotector. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 sprotector.dll 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.