What is Malware Protection Live?

What is Malware Protection Live?What is Malware Protection Live?What is Malware Protection Live?

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.


Name Malware Protection Live
Type Potentially Unwanted Program 
Danger Level Medium. (May try to install other dangerous software on your machine on spy on your browsing habits)
Symptoms Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.
Distribution Method Software bundles, Trojans, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.
Detection Tool

What is Malware Protection Live? Removal Guide

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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Drag and Drop Files Here to Scan
Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at: https://howtoremove.guide/online-virus-scanner/

Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result
What is Malware Protection Live?ClamAV
What is Malware Protection Live?AVG AV
What is Malware Protection Live?Maldet

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

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Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

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What is Malware Protection Live?  Remove Malware Protection Live from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  What is Malware Protection Live? —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to What is Malware Protection Live? —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

What is Malware Protection Live? Remove Malware Protection Live from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  What is Malware Protection Live?  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
What is Malware Protection Live?Remove Malware Protection Live from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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