What is Malware Protection Live?

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What is Malware Protection Live?

Malware Protection Live claim to be a free anti-malware application, but in reality it is nothing else but another potentially unwanted program (PUP) that fits the criteria of bloatware.

What is Malware Protection Live?

Your first clue should be the fact that you probably have no idea where Malware Protection Live came from. PUPs like it often come through the installers of other programs – usually free software or installers for popular known programs that are not obtained from the officially approved sites. These infected installers distribute a number of other applications – often without even informing the user of their intentions. If you want to make sure your computer doesn’t get infected by anything like Malware Protection Live in the future try to always select the advanced/full installation option when installing programs. Not only can you specify where the program will be installed, but you can also see what other applications the installer may try to sneak in.

Malware Protection Live is only good to drain your CPU cycles and memory and for nothing else

Analysts have examined what is Malware Protection Live and by all accounts it appears to be just the user interface window (which as you have probably noticed has nothing usable on it) attached to stolen bits of code to run scans on your computer. Malware Protection Live is utterly incapable of recognizing or removing ANY kind of malware and has failed to register the virus contained in files we know were infected. Despite of this the scan function of the program still drains system resources and constantly scans your computer. It is not yet verified what Malware Protection Live uses the data for, but it’s likely a part of some nefarious plan that will be revealed at a future date. In any case you DO NOT want this PUP on your computer for longer then the time necessary to remove it.

Malware Protection Live cannot be disabled – only removed

Careful examination of this PUP revealed very worrying behavior patterns. Malware Protection Live cannot be closed, the red window it shows is void of any buttons and you have absolutely no control over it – unlike legitimate anti-malware solutions. The only thing you can do is to minimize it to system tray. Simply uninstalling it from the control panel does not delete all system functions and files. Malware Protection Live is set to start on every start of your computer and to begin it’s scans. If you try to disable it manually through windows controls it just enables itself on its own. This is typical of malicious virus applications and it will slow down your computer’s start up time significantly. The subsequent scanning will also be a permanent drain on the memory and CPU of your computer. Malware Protection Live claims to speed up your PC by keeping it safe from malware, but in fact it does the exact opposite.


NameMalware Protection Live
TypePotentially Unwanted Program 
Danger LevelMedium. (May try to install other dangerous software on your machine on spy on your browsing habits)
SymptomsUnwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.
Distribution MethodSoftware bundles, Trojans, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.
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What is Malware Protection Live? (Removal Guide)

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Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.

 STEP 2:

To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Hold the Windows Key and R and copy + paste the following, then click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Now hold the windows Key and R again but type %temp% in the field and hit enter. Delete everything in that directory.

 STEP 3:

Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the malware’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random


Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC simultaneously.


This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.



If these things fail to help you find Malware Protection Live you need to resort to a professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.