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What is protector.dll?

protector.dll is usually located in the 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\' folder.

Some of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal detected protector.dll.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

protector.dll does not have any version or vendor information.

Digital signatures [?]

protector.dll is not signed.

VirusTotal report

18 of the 46 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the protector.dll file. That's a 39% detection rate.

ScannerDetection Name
Agnitum Adware.GoonSearch!dy90pVveBKA
AVG BuyGeneric5.DRP
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.GoonSearch.aQdr
ESET-NOD32 a variant of Win32/bProtector
Fortinet Adware/GoonSearch
Ikarus not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.GoonSearch
Jiangmin AdWare/GoonSearch.e
K7AntiVirus Trojan ( 004920731 )
K7GW Trojan ( 004920731 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.GoonSearch.a
McAfee RDN/Generic PUP.x!bq3
McAfee-GW-Edition RDN/Generic PUP.x!bq3
Rising PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.1338A0A3!322478243
Sophos BProtector
TrendMicro TROJ_SPNR.26J813
TrendMicro-HouseCall TROJ_SPNR.26J813
VBA32 AdWare.GoonSearch
VIPRE BuyBProtector
18 of the 46 anti-virus programs detected the protector.dll file.

protector.dll removal instructions

The instructions below shows how to remove protector.dll with help from the FreeFixer removal tool. Basically, you install FreeFixer, scan your computer, check the protector.dll file for removal, restart your computer and scan it again to verify that protector.dll has been successfully removed. Here are the removal instructions in more detail:

  1. Download and install FreeFixer:
  2. Start FreeFixer and press the Start Scan button. The scan will finish in approximately five minutes.
    Screenshot of Start Scan button
  3. When the scan is finished, locate protector.dll in the scan result and tick the checkbox next to the protector.dll file. Do not check any other file for removal unless you are 100% sure you want to delete it. Tip: Press CTRL-F to open up FreeFixer's search dialog to quickly locate protector.dll in the scan result.
    Red arrow point on the unwanted file
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the scan result and press the Fix button. FreeFixer will now delete the protector.dll file.
    Screenshot of Fix button
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Start FreeFixer and scan your computer again. If protector.dll still remains in the scan result, proceed with the next step. If protector.dll is gone from the scan result you're done.
  7. If protector.dll still remains in the scan result, check its checkbox again in the scan result and click Fix.
  8. Restart your computer.
  9. Start FreeFixer and scan your computer again. Verify that protector.dll no longer appear in the scan result.
Please select the option that best describe your thoughts on the removal instructions given above

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Folder name variants

protector.dll may also be located in other folders than C:\WINDOWS\system32\. The most common variants are listed below:

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What will you do with protector.dll?

To help other users, please let us know what you will do with protector.dll:

What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with protector.dll. 36% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 14 users.

User vote results: There were 5 votes to remove and 9 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with protector.dll. Only 14 users has voted so far so it does not offer a high degree of confidence.


Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

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