What is the Vprotect Application and Should it be Deleted?

There have been many inquiries from users who have been noticing the “Vprotect Application
running in the background on their computers. This raises suspicion for a lot of people as they haven’t themselves downloaded or installed this application and it isn’t a ‘Windows’ process. In this article, we will discuss the functionality and the necessity of the application.

What is Vprotect Application?

The “AVG Antivirus” is an application that has been developed and distributed by AVG Technologies. It is quite a popular antivirus that is available for a variety of operating systems and can also be used on Windows. The Vprotect Application is installed automatically along with the AVG Antivirus or the AVG Toolbar. It is digitally signed by AVG Technologies which is why it has the same permissions on the computer as the AVG Antivirus.

AVG Antivirus Logo

In general, the application guises itself as “vprot.exe” in the Task Manager and doesn’t consume a lot of resources. According to some experts, it constantly scans the computer for “Viruses” and sometimes doesn’t even ask for the user’s permission before doing so. This is suspicious behavior by a trusted application because all antiviruses ask for permission before scanning the computer.

Vprot.exe in the task manager

Is Vprotect Application Safe and Should it be Deleted?

There are more than 30 known versions of the Vprotect application. The app gets suspicious because it occasionally scans the computer without the user’s permissions. There have been some reports of it prompting the user to “Buy a License Key” and operating as a standalone application. This means that there are some rogue versions of the applications.

Many Viruses/malware guise themselves as trusted applications to get past the barriers established by the security protocols of the operating system. It is possible that the Vprotect application might be doing the same since the app already has permissions to operate freely on the computer, it might be collecting important data from your computer.

Therefore, in the light of all the evidence, if you don’t have AVG Antivirus or AVG Toolbar installed on the computer, it is highly recommended that you uninstall the application. Most of the evidence and reports from users compile against the app and to be on the safe side you should remove it from your computer as soon as possible.

How to Remove Vprotect Application from your Computer?

In order to remove the Vprotect application from your computer, we will first be locating it and then deleting the folder to ensure that it can no longer operate. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “Taskmgr” and press “enter“.
    Opening Task Manager
  3. Click on the “Details” option on the top
  4. Right-click on the “Vropt.exe” and select the “Open File Location” option.
    Selecting the “Open File Location” option
  5. Note the folder it has been installed in and press “Ctrl”+A“.
  6. Press “Shift” + “Del” to delete all the files inside that folder.
    NOTE: Make sure that the folder is isolated from other Windows’ files before doing this.
  7. This will remove the Vprotect application from your computer.
Kevin Arrows
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