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Remove Ads by AdProtect (Tutorial)

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AdProtect is an ‘adware.’ Security experts have categorized it this way due to several important reasons; these are unauthorized installation, usage of cookies, unstoppable flow of advertisements, the cause of slowdowns and other unwanted issues.

AdProtect FAQ:

Question: How does AdProtect spread? It is interesting since I have this app on my computer but cannot remember installing it. Can it be that I have not installed it by myself?

Answer: Probably you do not remember installing AdProtect because you did not. Usually, it spreads bundled with freewares/sharewares, what means that you might have unconsciously agreed to install it along with freeware that you’ve recently downloaded. Such distribution method predetermined its classification as a PUP (potentially unwanted program). In order to prevent PUPs, generally adware and browser hijackers, from settling down on your PC’s system, it is a must to take freeware’s installation process seriously. In other words, stop thinking that it is enough to click the ‘Next’ button. Instead of that, select Advanced/Custom installation method and monitor the process are careful as possible. The key moment is detection and deselection of ‘additional components’ that are always spreading by default, so the check marks have to be unticked. In case AdProtect adware has already landed on your PC, a quick solution would be to run Reimage and initiate a full system check.

How does AdProtect virus work?

Questions about Ads by AdProtect

AdProtect is frequently confused with rogue anti-spyware known as Ad-Protect. Although their names are differentiated with a dash only, their principle of performance are fundamentally different. While one is trying to swindle people’s money by initiating fake security scans and providing with bogus search results, the other, namely, AdProtect adware, is attempting to initiate as much advertising campaigns as possible. One similarity is that both apps are initiating tasks driven by financial incentives.

Confined to AdProtect, which is an ad-supported browser add-on, it can be stated that it supports all the most popular web browser types (Chome, Firefox, IE, Safari). As soon as it settles down, each of them may start working in an abrupt manner. In other words, this adware may cause quite significant slowdowns, crashes, freeware, etc. but the most prominent and the most annoying activity is advertising. Each website may be filled with banner ads, interstitials, pop-up ads, pop-under ads, in-text links, and other forms commercial and non-commercial content that is typically marked as “AdProtect Ads,” “Powered by AdProtect,” “Ads by AdProtect,” and so on. No matter what content these advertisements may be filled, don’t forget that this adware is sponsored. It means that its ads may expose you to unknown/suspicious/malicious affiliate domains.

Ads by AdProtect

Does this PUP use ‘cookies’?

Cookies are small files that are typically injected in web browser’s settings. They are programmed to collect personally non-identifiable information about people’s browsing habits. Such information may include software/hardware information, downloads/uploads, browser’s type, language, pages viewed, data entered in the relevant websites, and so on. However, some of the personally non-identifiable details (email address, approximate PC’s location, IP address, etc.) may also be gathered. Although such information is not deemed as personal, third parties can apply it for improper purposes, such as email spamming.

What solutions do we have for AdProtect removal?

AdProtect is a legitimate tool. Therefore, even if it is categorized as ‘adware’ and ‘PUP’ does not mean that it is problematic to remove it. In fact, this adware can be eliminated both manually and automatically. A step-by-step guide is provided below this article. However, we want to provide you with a piece of advice. Even though this app can be removed manually quite easily, it may be just a peak of an iceberg. In other words, it might have entered your computer in a bundle with other PUPs. Thus, to avoid AdProtect redirects and remove all other unwanted apps, you are strongly advised to use a reliable anti-malware.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove AdProtect ads, follow these steps:

Delete AdProtect from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall AdProtect and related programs
    Here, look for AdProtect or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of AdProtect from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for AdProtect or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove AdProtect from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for AdProtect and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete AdProtect removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase AdProtect ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, AdProtect should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall AdProtect from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select AdProtect and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete AdProtect removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate AdProtect from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select AdProtect and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete AdProtect removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete AdProtect from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for AdProtect or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete AdProtect removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. MathewUK says:
    October 23rd, 2015 at 4:27 am

    This adware is deadly annoying! It keeps displaying ads in every website that Im visiting. Usually, they appear unexpectedly, so I quite often click on them accidentally. I hope that Ive removed it successfully and none of the “Ads by AdProtect” will show up on my screen.

  2. Cloud says:
    October 23rd, 2015 at 5:09 am

    MathewUK, did you uninstalled AdProtect virus successfully? I cannot remove it manually, could you please share your experience? Should I try one more time or use anti-malware?

  3. MathewUK says:
    October 23rd, 2015 at 5:12 am

    It seems that I did remove this adware. Its already few days since I dont see AdProtect ads. Well, Ive removed it manually using the guide that 2-spyware provides, but my situation may not be equal to yours. If I were you, I would try manual removal one more time. If it does not succeed, I would use anti-spyware then.

  4. Cloud says:
    October 23rd, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I tried manual removal for three or four times, but “Ads by AdProtect” kept reappearing. SpyHunter saved my day!

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