HijackThis shows Protection Center infection:O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [Protection Center] “C:\Program Files\Protection Center\cntprot.exe” -noscan
What Protection Center doesProtection Center looks like a normal antispyware application, but in reality, this program is not able to perform any type of security related functions when installed on a computer. This program created with one purpose to trick you into purchasing the full version of the software.
Protection Center is promoted through the use of trojans that come from various misleading websites. When the trojan is activated, it will download and install the rogue onto your computer without your permission and knowledge.
Screen shoot of Protection Center
When running, Protection Center will configure itself to run automatically every time when your computer starts. After that, it will perform a fake system scan and list a variety of infections or potentially dangerous files. It states that your computer is infected with adware, trojans, worms or malware and that you should purchase Protection Center to remove these infections. Obviously, such results are a fraud, the program want to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software.
While Protection Center is running, it will flood your computer with fake security alert and notifications from Windows task bar. Furthermore, the rogue may disable Task Manager and block most legitimate Windows programs from running.
As you can see, Protection Center is absolutely useless and what is more, even dangerous software. Most importantly, do not purchase it. Instead, please use the Protection Center removal guide below in order to remove this malware from your computer for free.
How to remove Protection Center
Download fix.zip from here. Unzip it. Double Click fix.reg and click YES for confirm. Reboot your computer.
Download TDSSKiller from here and unzip to your desktop.
Open tdsskiller folder and run TDSSKiller. Follow the prompts.
Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware. Double click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When installation is complete, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded you will see a screen like below.
Select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. When the scan is done, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of malware that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware found on your computer. Note: list of malware may be different than what is shown in the screen below.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - lists of malicious software
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Once disinfection is finished, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Note: if you can`t download or run these suggested program above, boot your computer in Safe mode with networking and repeat the above steps once again.
If the instructions does not help you, then ask for help in the Spyware removal forum.