Advanced Identity Protector - Jan 2021 update

Advanced Identity Protector Removal Guide

What is Advanced Identity Protector?

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

Advanced Identity Protector program

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 get rid of the application.

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 quickly, use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. Make sure you update it to its full version before a scan

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.

Advanced 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 the 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 to pay 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 to increase sales of the program. However, we recommend checking your computer with reputable security software, installing all available updates, and uninstall questionable applications to ensure that your identity and system are protected.

Therefore, instead of buying the license, you should remove the program 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 unsure how this program came into your PC. The program may spread 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 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 advancedidentityprotector.com. However, direct downloads do not seem the main way how this PUP infiltrates the system. Developers use bundling to install free scanners unnoticed and, in this way, trick users into buying a 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 the installation of unneeded apps. If you rely on Quick/Standard installation, you may have installed the 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 the virus removal guide.

How to remove Advanced Identity Protector

You can remove this application 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 automatic PUP removal and eliminate 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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Getting rid of Advanced Identity Protector. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

This guide will help you to uninstall the application. However, you should also look up 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.

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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 from macOS

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

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Remove 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove 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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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.

How to prevent from getting system tools

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

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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