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Privacy Center

Privacy is a major concern for anyone use owns a computer and uses the internet.  This is why products have been flooding the market, offering to protect your privacy, keeping it safeguarded even in the non-private online world.  Unfortunately, some of these products seek to cash in on people's concerns.  Rogue antivirus programs have traditionally used privacy protection as a selling point, and Privacy Center obviously does this as well. It is important to recognize these rogue programs so you can really keep your information private, as well as your computer running normally.

What is Privacy Center?

Privacy Center is a rogue antivirus program which employs the usual tactics of these programs.  What is a bit different is the focus on privacy.  This automatically gets it more attention and lends it credibility from those seeking to keep their private information and online activities safe.  Privacy Center poses as an all-encompassing privacy program with a variety of essential tools.  It promises to provide:

  • Cookie Guarder for cleaning cookies from the system.
  • Memory Wizard for optimizing memory.
  • Secure Channel.  This claims to allow the owner to create a secure VPN (virtual private network, which increases security).  This way, the owner could browse online anonymously.
  • Surf Protector supposedly keeps your computer from displaying private information on public websites.
  • Registry Doctor claims to clean and repair the Windows Registry
  • System Monitor is supposed to display system information.

Privacy Center is programmed to launch whenever you start your computer.  Like other rogue programs, it will simulate a security scan and display a list of privacy security threats.  These can only be resolved, the pop-ups warn, by purchasing Privacy Center.  It should be emphasized that these threats do not exist, nor do the security tools of Privacy Center.  This program is a clone of Privacy Components.

How Does Privacy Center Enter My System?

Because security is such a big concern, many people opt to purchase Privacy Center when confronted with the infections found and warnings that their private information is at risk.  It seems, at first glance, to be a great all-in-one tool.  It is, however, a rogue program and will not resolve any existing issues in your system (if any) or prevent future ones.  Computer owners who buy this see no return for their money, so it is best to avoid Privacy Center.

If you did not directly install it, Privacy Center has other means of gaining access to your computer.  Privacy Center is installed when a trojan posing as a video codec enters the system.  Video codecs are needed to view online videos - however trojans like Zlob disguise themselves as codecs and invite themselves into your computer.  Trojans carry forms of malware, including Privacy Center.  Instead of allowing you to view a video, Zlob will install this rogue antivirus program without your consent.

How Do I Know if I Have Privacy Center in My System?

Knowing the signs that Privacy Center has been installed in your system is particularly important if you did not choose to purchase the full version.  How can you recognize the free "trial version"? 

The first, and most noticeable, signal that you have a rogue antivirus program in your system will be the pop-ups and false scan results.  These can appear even when you are not online.  A typical Privacy Center scan result window looks very much like that of a legitimate program, so make sure to view these very carefully.  You will see "Privacy Center:  Simple one-click solution to protect your PC" at the top.  In the center, the program lists a host of threats found and security tools that are disabled.  Warning messages include:

Database update error!

The database is out of date.  Some components are not working correctly. Your security is under threat.  Update your software immediately. 

Open Update Manager.

And:

Security threat!

The components providing security have reported a critically low level of system protection.  Make sure all components are working correctly.

And a final one:

License error!

The Center for License Control has detected outdated or unsupported software licenses.  View the system reports now. 

Open License Manager.

Temptingly, Privacy Center provides an option to "Fix All."  Remember, though, that this program will assuredly not fix all. 

Other signs that Privacy Center in installed in your program include:

  • Hijacked homepage. Privacy Center redirects you to a rogue site, which offers you their privacy software. You may also be diverted to sites like these when trying to reach other sites.
  • New icons or desktop shortcuts. Clicking on these will produce yet more pop-ups and false scan results. Again, you will be directed to the Privacy Center website and urged to purchase the full version.
  • Slow functioning. Privacy Center uses your precious system resources to run itself. Rogue antivirus programs can use seventy-five to eighty percent of your CPU power, which leaves very little left for your legitimate programs. This also reinforces the idea that you have threats in your computer, which can add credibility to Privacy Center's claims.

If Privacy Center remains in your system, it can contribute to instability.  It is able to exploit vulnerabilities and allow other trojans to enter. These, in turn, carry in yet more malware.  It is best to remove Privacy Center as soon as you notice signs of its presence.

How Do I Remove Privacy Center?

When confronted with a rogue antivirus program, many people opt to run their current virus scan programs or use the add/delete function.  This makes sense, but programs like Privacy Center are designed to resist basic removal efforts.  They require a more intensive approach.  So what can computer owners do?  If you do not have the time, technical skill, or patience to manually remove Privacy Center, then automatic removal is a perfect option.  All this requires is that you download reputable software that is geared specifically towards rogue antivirus programs.  These programs will detect and remove all traces of Privacy Center.  Because it important to get a safe program, choose reliable ones like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) so you can be assured that your computer will continue to run normally. 

The other option is to remove Privacy Center manually.  To do this, you have to remove each file, registry value, and DLL associated with Privacy Center.  This is complicated because there is the danger of missing files or inadvertently deleting necessary ones.  Either will impact your computer's performance.  If you have technical expertise and a lot of time, complete the following to manually remove Privacy Center:

Remove Privacy Center Processes:
agent.exe pc.exe uninstall.exe openvpn.exe tapinstall.exe

Delete Associated Registry Values:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{D032570A-5F63-4812-A094-87D007C23012}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTspbho.TIEBHO
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{D032570A-5F63-4812-A094-87D007C23012}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallPrivacy center
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "agent.exe"

Unregister DLLs:

libeay32.dll libssl32.dll spbho.dll

Delete files:

agent.exe pc.exe uninstall.exe guide.html gimg1.jpg gimg10.jpg gimg2.jpg gimg3.jpg gimg4.jpg gimg5.jpg gimg6.jpg gimg7.jpg gimg8.jpg gimg9.jpg 1.mp3 3.mp3 ca.crt libeay32.dll libssl32.dll OemWin2k.inf openvpn.exe tap0801.sys tapinstall.exe spbho.dll cg.dat mw.dat rd.dat sc.dat sm.dat sp.dat cg.key rd.key sc.key sp.key settings.ini Privacy center.lnk

Delete directories:

c:Program FilesPrivacy center
c:Program FilesPrivacy centerfaq
c:Program FilesPrivacy centerfaqimages
c:Program FilesPrivacy centersounds
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertools
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolssc
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolssp
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy center
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerdbases
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerkeys
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centertemp
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centertempspfilter
%UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsPrivacy center



Removing Privacy Center Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Privacy Center and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

Download SpyHunter

Remove Privacy Center Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Privacy Center please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.


Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on Privacy Center and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse Privacy Center.




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