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Should I remove bProtector for Windows?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
86% remove it14% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,045
United States Rank #15,271
Reach 0.0185%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.47 days
367.96 days >
Average installed length: 193.33 days

bProtector for Windows

What is bProtector for Windows?

bProtector for Windows (also known as BrowserDefender) is a potentially unwanted application that is typically bundled with shareware third party installers. bProtector will prevent various security and other web browser extensions and toolbars from running. This service will prevent other applications (and sometimes the user) from modifying the web browser's home and search pages as well as the search provider set by the bProtector product, an affiliate search engine partner.

Its is typically installed with various PerformerSoft programs including PC Performance Manager and Video Performance Manager.


Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named bProtect.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 7.62 MB (7,991,896 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in bProtector for Windows.
bProtect.exe (23dd5f7259ea66862a704aee2d7b990b) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 16816 UnclassifiedMalware
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Win32.bProtector.AMN!A2
ESET-NOD32 8.8723 a variant of Win32/bProtector
ESET NOD32 7248 a variant of Win32/bProtector
PC Tools 2013 Adware.GoonSquad!rem
Sophos 4.91 Generic PUA PK
Symantec 1/11/2014 rev. 7 Adware.GoonSquad
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.RCBH1IK
VIPRE Antivirus 20836 Bprotector (fs)
browsemngr.dll (5bb2cc9af766419f7e87a42d313f8ff3) has been flagged by the following 20 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir APPL/BProtector.Gen
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:BProtect-A [PUP]
AVG Generic5.SRC
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 AdWare.Bromngr.bas (Not a Virus)
Clam AntiVirus Win.Adware.BProtector
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.7
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1 (B)
ESET-NOD32 8962 Win32/bProtector.A
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Application:W32/BProtector.A
G Data 22 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
K7 AntiVirus 9.173.9980 Adware
K7GW Adware
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Bromngr.b
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Adware-Bprotect.a
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.10003 TrojanDropper:Win32/Rotbrow.A
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
nProtect 2013-10-25.02 Trojan-Clicker/W32.Agent.2068504
Sophos 4.94.0 BProtector
VIPRE Antivirus 22700 Bprotector (fs)
BrowserProtect.exe (981794879e8fd26cdd6abcff3f3f65ef) has been flagged by the following 11 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 16531 Application.Win32.Bprotect.f
ESET-NOD32 8516 a variant of Win32/bProtector.A
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/Bprotect
McAfee 5.400.0.1158 Adware-Bprotect
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Adware-Bprotect
PC Tools Adware.GoonSquad!rem
Sophos 4.90.0 BProtector
Symantec 20131.1.0.101 Adware.GoonSquad
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 ADW_GOONSQUAD
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 ADW_GOONSQUAD
VIPRE Antivirus 19226 Bprotector (fs)
browsemngr.exe (9fcd0930616714a752f48ddba54f3109) has been flagged by the following 11 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.7
eSafe Win32.Trojan
ESET-NOD32 8307 a variant of Win32/bProtector.A
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/Bromngr
K7 AntiVirus 9.166.8635 Adware
K7GW Adware
nProtect 2013-05-07.04 Trojan/W32.Agent.2309656
Sophos 4.88.0 BProtector
The Hacker None Trojan/Agent.blgm
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Bromngr
VIPRE Antivirus 17536 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
protector.dll (8154321ef6bf5288b625aea381978c48) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir Adware/GoonSquad.A
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 Adware.GoonSquad (Not a Virus)
ESET-NOD32 8832 probably a variant of Win32/bProtector.A
PC Tools Adware.GoonSquad!rem
Sophos 4.93.0 BProtector
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.GoonSquad
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.RCBCOCM
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.RCBCOCM
VIPRE Antivirus 21742 Bprotector (fs)
uninstall.exe (bb13432fa552afce8a66bcb5ee85f652) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG Generic5.YHP
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.18
eSafe Win32.Trojan
ESET-NOD32 8453 a variant of Win32/bProtector.A
Sophos 4.90.0 BProtector
Symantec 20131.1.0.101 Adware.GoonSquad
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 ADW_BPROTECT
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 ADW_BPROTECT
VIPRE Antivirus 18746 Bprotector (fs)
       View all 69 all detections
bProtector for Windows has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.performersoft.com
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\bProtectorForWindows\
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\bProtectorForWindows\2.1.419.7\component_442.decrpt" /{15D2D75C-9CB2-4efd-BAD7-B9B4CB4BC693}
Estimated size: 7.62 MB

Program filesFiles installed by bProtector for Windows

Program executable:bProtect.exe (Malware detected)
Name:bProtector Engine
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) bProtect.exe - Application Manager
  • protector.dll - Protector
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe
  • bprotector-10.0.2.dll
  • bprotector-11.0.dll
  • bprotector-3.6.dll
  • bprotector-5.0.dll
  • bprotector-6.0.2.dll
  • bprotector-7.0.1.dll
  • bprotector-8.0.1.dll
  • bprotector-9.0.1.dll
  • (Malware detected) browsemngr.dll
  • (Malware detected) browsemngr.exe
  • BrowserProtect.dll
  • (Malware detected) BrowserProtect.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Services
  • bProtect.exe runs as a service named 'bProtector' (bProtector) "Your browser protector service".
  • BrowserProtect.exe runs as a service named 'eType Manager' (eType Manager).
  • uninstall.exe runs as a service named 'Browser Manager' (Browser Manager).
  • browsemngr.exe runs as a service named 'Browser Manager' (Browser Manager).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • BrowserProtect.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\ProgramData\BrowserDefender\2.6.1519.190\{c16c1ccb-7046-4e5c-a2f3-533ad2fec8e8}\BrowserDefender.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.28 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004419001%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00023873%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00020317%
0.015104% average
Memory:3.4 MB
Total CPU:0.0081612048%
Kernel CPU:0.00110161%
User CPU:0.00705960%
CPU cycles/sec:27,106,163
I/O reads/min:102 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
Memory:3.95 MB
Total CPU:0.0049307587%
Kernel CPU:0.00167159%
User CPU:0.00325917%
CPU cycles/sec:1,439,841
I/O reads/min:746 Bytes
I/O writes/min:19 Bytes

How do I remove bProtector for Windows?

You can uninstall bProtector for Windows 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program bProtector for Windows, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 bProtector for Windows.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 86%
Keep it 14%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.00%
Windows XP 10.99%
Windows Vista 10.71%
Windows 10 3.30%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.98%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.38%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.99%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.14%
Windows 7 Professional 6.87%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.75%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.31% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.31%
  Germany 8.28%
  Spain 5.29%
  Brazil 4.37%
  Italy 3.91%
  Canada 3.68%
  United Kingdom 3.68%
  Austria 1.84%
  Iran 1.84%
  MK 1.38%
  Netherlands 1.38%
  Chile 1.15%
  Australia 1.15%
  Argentina 1.15%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.22%
Dell 20.75%
Acer 20.33%
Toshiba 10.79%
ASUS 4.15%
Lenovo 2.90%
Samsung 2.90%
American Megatrends 2.07%
Medion 1.24%
Intel 1.24%
MSI 0.83%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.90%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.20%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.50%
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 2.10%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 2.10%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 2.10%

About PerformerSoft

PerformerSoft products bundle one or more of the following potentially unwanted software programs including Babylon Toolbar from Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers, Searchcore Toolbar, DealFinder add-on, PriceGong, Findamo, and many others.
Publisher URL: www.performersoft.com

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awstokesover a year ago
The support.microsoft.com link results in a list of programs from which I can select to be uninstalled. If the program name appears in the control panel list of programs but not in the list from support.microsoft.com, there is a "not listed" option. Selecting not listed asks for a product code. This is most unhelpful. The program name that appears in control panel is "PDF Reader Packages" and no other information is supplied.