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Remove Advanced Identity Protector - Jan 2021 update

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Advanced Identity Protector – fake tool that seeks to mislead its victims and swindle their money

Advanced Identity Protector program

Questions about Advanced Identity Protector

Advanced Identity Protector is a highly questionable application that has been marked as “potentially unwanted”. No matter that its developer Systweak Software claims that this tool can greatly improve users' privacy and protect their identity while browsing on the web, we should warn you that it has already been categorized as scareware[1] because it causes fake alerts and then promotes its licensed version. Instead of that, we highly recommend you to get rid of Advanced Identity Protector.

Name Advanced Identity Protector
Developer Systweak Software
Price €24.95 
Category Potentially unwanted program
Main problems The loss of money and personal information
Elimination To uninstall identity protector, use ReimageIntego. Make sure you update it to its full version before a scan 

Also known as AdvancedIdentityProtector, the app promises these features that might seem useful to netizens who take their cyber privacy[2] seriously:

  • scanning web browsers, files, emails and Windows registry;
  • data encryption and deletion;
  • cleans traces of personal information;
  • protects from identity theft.

Advance Identity Protector is available to download on the official websites. It has free and paid versions. However, developers were noticed using a quite aggressive strategy to promote program’s license. Once installed, this program delivers annoying pop-ups and ads that offer to obtain to upgrade this software.

If you install a free version of Advanced Identity Protection, after the first system scan you will realize that it works only as a scanner. Additionally, it might show exaggerated system scan results that warn about dozens of “identity traces.” However, the free program cannot fix these issues. Users are asked to buy the license.

This shady identity protector also has a support line that is supposed to help you solve various problems. However, tech support staff will try to convince you into paying for the full version of the program no matter what. Thus, calling them is not recommended.

Security specialists note that it might work as scareware in order to increase sales of the program. However, we recommend checking computer with reputable security software, installing all available updates and uninstall questionable applications to make sure that your identity and system is protected.

Therefore, instead of buying the license, you should remove Advanced Identity Protector from the computer. You can uninstall it using Control Panel. However, you should also check if it did not bring any other related components to the system. The majority of PUPs are capable of installing additional applications.

However, we highly recommend scanning the system with ReimageIntego if you are not sure how this program came into your PC. It’s possible that program spreads in software bundles.[3] Thus, it may have arrived in the system with the help of other questionable applications. For this reason, it’s better to go for automatic Advanced Identity Protector removal to get rid of all applications that may have been installed without your knowledge too.

Advanced Identity Protector scanAdvanced Identity Protector might provide fake scan results in order to convince people into obtaining the license.

Direct downloads are not the main infiltration method

The program is available on the official website However, the direct downloads do not seem the main way how this PUP infiltrates the system. Developers use bundling in order to install free scanners unnoticed and in this way trick users into buying full program’s license.

It might be attached to freeware or shareware packages. Thus, you should be careful and attentive when downloading free programs from the Internet to avoid installation of unneeded apps. If you rely on Quick/Standard installation, you may have installed so-called Advanced Identity Protector virus without realizing it.

To avoid unneeded apps or even malware, you have to use reliable download sources and use Advanced/Custom installation settings. If the installation wizard shows some pre-selected third-party entries, unmark them all.

Specialists No Virus[4] note that correct freeware installation takes less time than PUP removal. Remember that when you install new software. However, if you made a mistake, proceed to virus removal guide.

Explanation on how to remove Advanced Identity Protector

You can remove Advanced Identity Protector manually by following these steps:

  1. Click on Start and access Add/Remove programs (or Uninstall a Program).
  2. Find the program in the list of installed applications. Click on it and click Uninstall button.

However, the program may have created some registry entries that should be removed as well. Making modifications in Windows Registry might be dangerous, especially if you have never done it. Thus, it’s better to opt for the automatic Advanced Identity Protector removal and get rid of all program-related files with anti-malware.

Originally, this malicious program aims at Windows OS. However, if you caught some Advanced Identity Protector for Mac,[5] you can find detailed program elimination instructions below.

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To remove Advanced Identity Protector, follow these steps:

Eliminate Advanced Identity Protector from Windows systems

This guide will help you to uninstall Advanced Identity Protector entirely. However, you should also look up for other suspicious programs if this identity protector was installed without your permission. Additionally, you should check installed web browsers to make sure that any questionable add-ons were not installed as well.

To remove Advanced Identity Protector from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Advanced Identity Protector (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete Advanced Identity Protector from Mac OS X system

It's uncommon for this program to affect Mac OS X. However, if you found its Advanced Identity Protector scans showing up on the screen, follow these steps to get rid of the program:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Advanced Identity Protector from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Advanced Identity Protector-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Advanced Identity Protector, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Advanced Identity Protector and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Advanced Identity Protector-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Advanced Identity Protector from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Advanced Identity Protector and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Advanced Identity Protector removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Advanced Identity Protector from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Advanced Identity Protector-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Advanced Identity Protector from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Advanced Identity Protector and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Advanced Identity Protector did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Advanced Identity Protector removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Advanced Identity Protector from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Advanced Identity Protector by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Advanced Identity Protector-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Advanced Identity Protector removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Advanced Identity Protector from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Advanced Identity Protector and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Advanced Identity Protector registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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