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Remove AdProtect (Removal Instructions)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as Ad-Protect | Type: Rogue Antispyware

AdProtect (a.k.a. Ad-Protect) is a malicious program that is classified as rogue anti-spyware. It may install on computers without requiring user’s permission via Trojan horse (Zlob), spam emails, or fake software alerts. After that, it may display false security alerts in order to push people into thinking that their computers are infected and need proper maintenance. Of course, all computers need maintenance and virus protection. However, AdProtect is certainly not the program that can help with that. If your PC’s system has already started generating pop-up alerts powered by AdProtect, do not hesitate and run a full system scan with Reimage or another trustworthy anti-malware.

Why should I stay away from AdProtect virus?

AdProtect is a rogue anti-spyware. It belongs to the higher level of security threats due to several reasons. First of all, it can affect computers with the help of infected pop-ups, fake online scanners, Trojans, spam email attachments and similar means. Second of all, it may diminish PC’s performance and increase its vulnerabilities. Third of all, it may swindle a considerable amount of money out of your pockets without any possibility to get them back.

AdProtect has been developed in 2009. Earlier, this rogue has been considered one of the most dangerous rogues on the market since it has had the ability to bypass even the most reliable anti-malware tools. At the moment of writing, it can only exploit security vulnerabilities of the computers that are poorly protected. Once inside a target system, it installs a key in Windows startup, creates a scheduled task and starts reporting users about PC security or privacy problems. Ad-Protect rogue may initiate both fake security scans and pop-up alerts. Although its scan results may theoretically be true, we want to emphasize the fact that this tool does not have virus database, which is why it may either indicate random system files from your PC as threats or may display predetermined scan results that contain names of real viruses, such as Trojan:JS/frame/Ref, Trojan. Agent.AI, Trojan.VBS.Qhost, and many others. However, it’s important to keep in mind that none of them are real. That’s just an attempt to collect money from naive and inexperienced users.

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Questions about AdProtect

One year license of AdProtect may cost from 50$ to 99$, which is a considerable sum of money. However, even if you would be asked to pay 0,1$ for Ad-Protect license that is supposed to remove all threats from your computer, you shouldn’t do that. That’s because it will not help you to remove AdProtect virus from the system. On top of that, you may disclose credit card details to online scammers. Thus, be careful and stay away from this and similar rogues.

Is it possible to prevent AdProtect rogue anti-spyware from infecting my computer?

As we have already indicated, usually it is spread via fake security scanners, software updates, spam email attachments, Trojans and other unfair means. Therefore, in order to protect yourself from AdProtect virus infection is the development of secure browsing environment and habits. Always keep a reputable anti-spyware installed and keep it up-to-date. Besides, NEVER visit illegal websites or if you get redirected there by accident, do not click on any content that is provided there. Last, but not least, be very careful with email letters. Always check the sender, look for mistakes, and open it only if it does seem reliable. At best, deleter or report as spam all unexpected email letters.

How can I remove AdProtect virus?

If fake AdProtect or Ad-Protect alerts have started disrupting your browsing, you should download a reputable anti-spyware program and update it to its latest version. Now it’s time to run a full system scan (here is a detailed guide explaining how to do that: guide).

For the removal of AdProtect malware, we highly recommend using Reimage or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, because they can detect every hidden component that belongs to this and other cyber threats in no time.

ATTENTION! As we have already mentioned previously, AdProtect may try to block installation and activity of legitimate security programs, including SpyHunter and StopZilla. If you can’t download or launch any them, try these options:

1. USING SYSTEM RESTORE TO DISABLE VIRUS:

  1. Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen and type restore point in the Search section.
  2. Now click on Settings -> Create a restore point.
  3. When in System Protection tab, select System Restore.
  4. Click Next button to see your restore points and left click on the entry you need.
  5. Now select Scan for affected programs -> Close -> Next -> Finish.
  6. Once your PC reboots, download Reimage and run a full system scan after updating it.

2. REBOOTING TO SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING:

  1. Click on Windows key and go to the bottom-right corner.
  2. Select Settings -> Change PC Settings -> General.
  3. Click theRestart Now buttonunder Advanced Startup.
  4. Now selectTroubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Startup Settings.
  5. Now choose Restart and press F5.
  6. Launch IE or other browser and enter this link to your address bar: https://www.2-spyware.com/download/hunter.exe
  7. Download a program on your desktop and launch it to remove malicious files.

3. USING ANOTHER PC FOR DOWNLOADING ANTI-SPYWARE:

  1. Take another computer that is not infected by this virus and download Reimage.
  2. After completing the procedure, transfer this anti-malware to the CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.
  3. In the meanwhile, kill malicious processes on your infected computer. For that, you can use this tutorial.
  4. Stick the device you used for transferring anti-spyware program to your infected PC and launch it.
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  1. Judith says:
    October 23rd, 2015 at 3:52 am

    So you say that AdProtect is not a rogue anti-spyware? Good to hear because I thought that Im in a serious trouble. I will try to remove it by myself. Thanks for the guide.

  2. to Judith says:
    October 23rd, 2015 at 6:30 am

    You are probably on the wrong post. AdProtect is found as adware. However, AdProtect or Ad-Protect is also known as rogue anti-spyware. In this post, the dangerous virus has been presented, so youve been in a trouble and still are if you think that youve removed it manually.

  3. Michael159 says:
    October 23rd, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Judith probably confused this post with the one that is here: https://www.2-spyware.com/remove-ads-by-adprotect.html

  4. KaytlinCransdorf says:
    October 26th, 2015 at 2:18 am

    AdProtect ransomware has locked my screen a couple of days ago. I was so frightened! I thought that it will steal all documents that I keep on my computer. Fortunately, it didnt, but it kept locking my web browsers screen and didnt let me browse, which is almost equal to making a computer useless. Fortunately, SpyHunter removed it in no time.

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