How to get rid of the ProtectService VirusSometimes the ProtectService file may cloak a virus, e.g. TrendMicro found TROJ_GEN.R00GC0ED815 or, as the case may be, ADW_ELEX, as well as Kaspersky found not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.SearchProtect.rr or, as the case may be, not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.SearchProtect.nf. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with ProtectService.exe
The ProtectService.exe process is also known as ProtectSvc.exe or, as the case may be, TODO: File description and is a part of XTab or, as the case may be, XTSetup. This software is produced by XTab system or, as the case may be, TODO: Company name. An obsolete or defective version of ProtectService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- ProtectSvc.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ProtectSvc.exe has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ProtectService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ProtectService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ProtectService.exe ProtectSvc.exe
ProtectService.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. ProtectService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 158,864 bytes (32% of all these files), 158,896 bytes as well as 7 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. ProtectService.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 47% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
Attention: If you find ProtectService.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about ProtectService?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall XTab or XTSetup
To remove ProtectSvc.exe from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for XTab or XTSetup in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if ProtectService.exe (ProtectSvc.exe) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of ProtectSvc.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ProtectSvc.exe or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or ProtectService.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.