The Protegent animated videos are computer safety PSAs revolving around Protegent, an Indian computer software that blocks viruses and malware, filters junk mail, etc. Each short revolves around a person or a group of people using a computer, something goes wrong, then Proto (whose design is plagiarized from Super Why!) comes and installs himself on the computers.
Why They Suck
- The Flash animation in the two-dimensional ads is stiff and cheap.
- The title itself is also very stupid and sounds more like a cleaning product.
- Indian stereotyping. This is ironic because these commercials were made in India.
- One ad suffers from sudden drops in audio quality.
- Bad voice acting. In addition, Proto never has a consistent voice actor.
- Poor grammar, especially for Proto himself in the rap song.
- Low-budget quality across all the commercials (that were published in 2013 and 2014, which is still unacceptable).
- Proto's design is plagiarized from the title character Whyatt Beanstalk from Children's television series Super Why!.
The Only Redeeming Qualities
- The original version of the commercial mentioned in WIS #11 has passable CGI animation compared to the others.
- Protegent would later redesign their mascot to avoid copyright infringement, though his newer design isn't any better.
- These commercials became Internet memes, with some concerned that Protegent was an actual virus, which is what it's supposed to fight.
- In 2018, Proto, the Protegent mascot was actually