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What percent of users and experts removed it?
75% remove it25% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0010%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.34 days
98.54 days >
Average installed length: 51.78 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Software Protocol

What is Software Protocol?

Identified as a version of the CMI/ConvertAd family of malware ad-injectors, this adware which is typically bundled with third-party applications in unwanted software bundles will hijack the user's browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox) and display unwanted ads. When running, the process will monitor and capture internet traffic and insert advertisements over existing ads or by placing new ads in white space. In either case, these ads are low in quality and even dangerous in many cases as they might be infected with malware javascript (malvertising). In addition to displaying these unwanted ads, the software runs as startup in the local application data via a registry run key and sends commands to the controlling server to request new ads based on the context of what the user is doing. This action will also report back to the server what domains the user visits, what URLs they enter as well as in some cases might send back cookies. If the sites visited are not SSL encrypted passwords and usernames might be sent to the server compromising the privacy and security of the user.


The primary executable is named pnse22bd.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 1.01 MB (1,054,464 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Software Protocol.
pnse22bd.exe (88844cbb3adb78cfb390dfbfb1b7895c) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira ADWARE/ConvertAd.136017
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Downloader.Gex
ESET-NOD32 9.11857 a variant of Win32/Adware.ConvertAd.QH
K7 AntiVirus 13.205.16387 Adware
K7GW 13.205.16388 Adware ( 004c36a71 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:HEUR:Adware.NSIS.ConvertAd
McAfee 5600.6671 Artemis!88844CBB3ADB
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6671 BehavesLike.Win32.BadFile.cc
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.ConvertAd.dsdnfb
SUPERAntiSpyware 9687 Trojan.Agent/Gen-FakeAlert
Symantec 8/16/2015 rev. 1 Trojan.Gen
Tencent Nsis.Adware.Convertad.Ebqq

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\e40044ac-1431280269-b261-ce91-c88c9f59eb1b
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\E40044AC-1431280269-B261-CE91-C88C9F59EB1B\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.01 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Software Protocol

Program executable:pnse22bd.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • rnsy224D.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • rnsm78BB.exe
  • rnsn45D2.exe

How do I remove Software Protocol?

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Or, you can uninstall Software Protocol from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Software Protocol, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Software Protocol.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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Win 8 57%
Win 7 7%
Uninstall it 75%
Keep it 25%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 57.14%
Windows 7 42.86%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 28.57%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.43%
Windows 8.1 Pro 21.43%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.29%
Windows 7 Enterprise 7.14%
Windows 8 Pro 7.14%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.00%
  France 11.11%
  Russia 11.11%
  Brazil 5.56%
  Canada 5.56%
  Germany 5.56%
  Indonesia 5.56%
  Italy 5.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Dell 16.67%
Acer 16.67%
ASUS 16.67%
Toshiba 8.33%
Packard Bell 8.33%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L75D-A 8.33%
Packard Bell BV EASYNOTE ... 8.33%
Microsoft Corporation Sur... 8.33%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.33%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.33%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 8.33%


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