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Remove Browser Protector

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Browser Protector virus, Browser Protector ads | Type: Adware

What is Browser Protector?

Browser Protector (also known as BrowserProtector) is another dubious application that promises to help people to enhance their browsing experience by blocking malicious websites and misleading pop-up ads that may try to show. However, if you really want to browse the internet without a problem, you should think twice before installing Browser Protector on your computer. We say so because of a simple reason – it has already been included to the category of potentially unwanted program and the adware. This means that Browser Protector adware may infiltrate your computer without any permission asked. In addition, it may start causing unwanted pop-up ads, redirects, slow downs and may even start tracking your browsing on the Internet for getting more knowledge about your browsing habits.

Sadly, there are many internet users who have been tricked into believing that this program was created for helping them to protect themselves during each of their search sessions. In reality, such promises are just tricks to make them to download this useless program voluntarily. We strongly recommend not to do that. As we have already said, this application is yet another adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that may flood your screen with annoying and intrusive advertisements. After clicking them, you may be redirected to unknown and sometimes even suspicious websites. In worst case scenario, Browser Protector redirects may lead you to the infiltration of other adware-type programs or other questionable apps. Finally, such programs like this one may start tracking your browsing on the Internet and may collect personally non-identifiable information, such as your search terms on mostly visited websites. violate your privacy or even redirect you to a malicious website. It is hard to tell who are hiding behind this program. If you want to protect yourself from unwanted activities that can be caused by Browser Protector, you should run a full system scan with ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-spyware.

Browser Protector

How can Browser Protector hijack my computer?

Browser Protector ads may pop-out on your screen right after installing an unfamiliar freeware. In fact, this potentially unwanted program usually relies on a distribution method that is called bundling. Therefore, if you are installing an unfamiliar freeware, you should check whether this program has any unwanted attachments, such as Browser Protector virus. What is more, people can easily download this ad-supported extension directly from its official website. As you can imagine, we strongly suggest not to do that. Besides, if you take a couple of minutes of your time, you will see whether the program that you are about to install is safe enough. Try reading end-user license agreement (EULA) section when you have even the smallest doubts about your desired program. You should also follow the entire installation and opt out of similar potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) as Browser Protector.

How to remove Browser Protector virus from my computer?

First of all, you need to check your recently installed programs. Don’t hesitate and remove this adware as soon as possible. When you do so, Browser Protector redirects should stop. These simple instructions will help you.

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To remove Browser Protector, follow these steps:

Erase Browser Protector from Windows systems

To remove Browser 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 Browser 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.

Uninstall Browser Protector from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Browser Protector from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Browser 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 Browser 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, Google.com).
  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 Browser Protector removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Browser 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 Browser 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

Delete Browser 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 Browser 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 Browser 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 Browser Protector removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Browser 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 Browser 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 Browser 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 Browser Protector removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Browser 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 Browser 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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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  1. Larrissa says:
    October 31st, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I have followed the instructions but when I get to Google Chrome I cannot remove the extension. It is grayed out and will not let me do anything to it. I have tried mal ware bites also. There is no program in my unit all list on the computer and I disabled anything G in my start up and ran the malwarebytes again. Still get redirected and pop ups and extension is still there.

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