Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Any Way to Remove/Uninstall AnyProtect? And What Is It?





remove/uninstall AnyProtect Online Backup


OUTLINE
  • What is AnyProtect?
  • How AnyProtect gets on a computer?
  • Why and how it sticks to computer?
  • Any harms?
  • Follow thread to remove/uninstall AnyProtect
  • Final




What Is AnyProtect?


AnyProtect is a paid online backup program created by ClickMeIn Limited ran by ironSource, a known distributor of web browser extensions and toolbars. Usually it would “kindly” keep popping up warnings to backup your personal information. If one does what it says, AnyProtect will ask PC users to buy its full version to do so. Due to the overbearing clause it offers and the persistent warning, security company categorize it as PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).



How AnyProtect Spreads?


Most of the time, AnyProtect, just like PC backup , comes without invitation. Drive-by download is the major and the most effective way to get high exposure rate and perhaps popular. As a legit program, this is the shortcut for AnyProtect Online Backup to be known by PC users. The below behaviors could invite the PUA unwittingly:
  1. Clicking on random ads.
  2. Downloading and installing freeware/shareware through recommended way.
  3. Trying out some unknown web applications like toolbar/search engine for the latest/brand new functionality.


Why and How AnyProtect Online Backup Sticks to Machine?


By frequently popping up the backup warning , AnyProtect Online Backup manages to achieve the following purposes:
  1. Brainwash PC users and make itself to be brought up even when you are sleeping.
  2. Stress PC users to make them consider there’s a need to backup personal information right away and tada, AnyProtect is right here.
  3. It has been found that JS technique has been involved to help track down online whereabouts; the longer AnyProtect stays on a machine, the clearer its owner will know where to put ads for products to achieve better promotion.
Besides the JS technique, the PUA employs some measures to help with permanent stay. During setup, AnyProtect creates a startup registration point in Windows and a scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler to guarantee automatic running and the non-stop backup warning at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). All these does not involve vicious attribute code, the one that anti-virus programs depend on to stop unpleasant scenes and harmful deeds. Thus installed anti-virus programs are not going to help resolve AnyProtect popup issue.



Dangers from AnyProtect Program


After we have learned the dissemination routine of the PUA, we should be able to infer that getting AnyProtect Online Backup will end up with additional items. Only by doing so will the PUA pays back the favor. The detected additional items are:
  • DMUninstaller
  • BlockAndSurf ads
  • My PCBackup
And there can be more to be found. With more unknown items loaded onto a target machine without knowledge, the internal resource will be taken up unreasonably. Especially when random ads get involved, dllhost.exe will be kept busy, which can be exploited by aggressive virus to penetrate in or at least incur instability. Therefore, if you don’t feel like you need AnyProtect Online Backup, just remove/uninstall it.


Expertise on Removing AnyProtect Online Backup


Conventional method will not remove AnyProtect Online Backup if one reads carefully on how the PUA sticks on a machine in this article. Therefore, manual thread is offered here. Be noted that the ways to access certain place shown below might differ from what you observe when following these instructions on your computer due to the variety in OS installed. This is why certain computer skills and knowledge is required.


A – exit  AnyProtect Online Backup.

Windows
Exit  AnyProtect Online Backup from taskbar.

Mac OS X
Use “Force Quit” function contained in Apple menu to exit  AnyProtect Online Backup.




B – Access Task Manager to remove the items with the path directing to AnyProtect Online Backup.

Windows
Win+R key combination > Run box > type "CMD" > Enter key > type “taskkill.exe /im msblast.exe” or “taskkill.exe /im teekids.exe” or “taskkill.exe /im penis32.exe” > Enter key > access Task Manager > View > select columns > tick "PID" and "Path name" > go to open up System Information > end the process with path name directing to AnyProtect Online Backup or the path that doesn't belong to system.


select Colunms to tick PID and Path Name to find out the services and processes related to
AnyProtect Online Backup


Mac OS X
Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor > locate the processes consuming lots of CPU > double click on it > tap "Open Ports and Folder" > end the processes with directory directing to the location where AnyProtect Online Backup  settles in.






C – Remove  AnyProtect Online Backup's values from Registry Editor (no need for Mac OS X users).
  1. Type “regedit” in the run box enabled by Win+R key combination and hit Enter key.
  2. Browse to the following entries to remove anything related to  AnyProtect Online Backup.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Windows driver
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE
HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\Software
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Version




D – uninstall  AnyProtect Online Backup from Control Panel.

Windows 7/Vista/XP
Access Control Panel from Start menu and uninstall  AnyProtect Online Backup  by accessing “Add/Remove Programs” beforehand.

Windows 8
Hit “Unpin” button to access Control Panel and uninstall  AnyProtect Online Backup by accessing “Programs and Features” beforehand.

Mac OS X
Hit Apple icon and select “System Preferences” so as to uninstall  AnyProtect Online Backup from Dock and Display respectively.



If you find that AnyProtect Online Backup is annoying, and you don't want to risk having unexpected items installed on the machine, you'd better remove/uninstall it. If you unfortunately get additional unwanted items installe along with the PUA, please get corresponding solution by accessing virus reservoir.
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