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Remove Content Protector ads (Improved Instructions) - Oct 2016 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

What can you expect from Content Protector virus?

Questions about Content Protector ads

For some computer users, Content Protector might be known as Content Defender. It’s an annoying adware-type program created by Artex Management S. A. Developers present the program as a network protection tool; however, you should look for more reliable software that can actually ensure safer browsing online. This program is supposed to protect from malicious websites, but in reality, it is a deceptively designed adware which might inject multiple ads and purposefully lead you to even worse websites than you could stumble upon while regularly browsing online. Users might install the program from its official website; however, it’s not the primary distribution technique. The application spreads bundled with other software and gets inside computers without users’ recognition. However, after Content Protector hijack users notice an increased amount of advertisements showing up, but it’s not a surprise if you read the Privacy Policy. Here developers reveal that it’s an ad-supported program which provides third party content. We have to warn you that the program is designed only for delivering commercial content and authors do not care about credibility, safety and the amount of provided ads. An excessive amount of aggressive advertisements diminishes computers performance and makes browsing the Internet unbearable. There’s no doubt; you should remove Content Protector from your PC immediately. We strongly recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner or other reputable anti-malware program for adware elimination. It might be difficult to detect and remove adware-related files and other suspicious programs that might have been installed as well.

The example of Content Protector virus website

Content Protector has one unique feature that distinguishes it from other adware-type programs. Once it gets inside the system, it installs certificate which is valid until 2056. However, we do not recommend keeping this potentially unwanted program (PUP) for so long. All adware-type programs are designed for the same purpose – to advertise affiliate websites and generate pay-per-click revenue. This is the fundamental reason why Content Protector ads tend to be intrusive and pushy. Sadly, but the security experts also note that interacting with these ads usually lead to various suspicious sites, filled with different malware and viruses. Therefore, if you see ads labeled “Ads by Content Protector,” “Powered by Content Protector” or featuring other similar slogans, you should refrain from clicking on them. Such ads are a clear indicator of an adware residing on your PC. Keep in mind, that Content Protector redirect issue is a serious security threat, which may lead to other potentially unwanted programs infiltrating your computer. Therefore, it is advisable to scan your computer for these threats as soon as you start noticing suspicious ads appearing on your browser and eliminate the virus immediately. As you already know, you can remove this virus automatically. However, manual Content Protector removal option is possible as well. You will find the detailed guide to virus removal at the end of this article.

How to protect the computer from the virus?

Content Protector may enter your computer if your computer through an infected software package. This deceptive marketing strategy also called “bundling,” is based on spreading of the malicious programs along with other, popular freeware or shareware, usually PDF creators, video/audio players and recorders, etc. Since the information about additional installs is not adequately disclosed to the users, majority of them simply install the infected software package as a singular program, they think they have downloaded. Therefore, it comes as a surprise for them to find potentially unwanted programs running on their computer systems. Essentially, there are three basic methods to prevent such unwanted installs:

  • Choose reliable software download sources. Avoid unknown, suspicious sites and go for the acknowledged and more popular ones instead.
  • Opt for the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes when installing new software. Only these options will disclose the optional software package contents and will allow you to manage their installation.
  • Obtain a reputable antivirus software. Also, when downloaded a new software do not rush with the installation. Let your antivirus evaluate the trustworthiness of the program

How to remove Content Protector?

Adware-type programs like Content Protector are not actual viruses, so their deletion from the computer is not as complicated. However, you may still encounter some trouble, especially, if you opt for the manual Content Protector removal method. Since the potentially unwanted programs tend to help additional and possibly programs to enter the computers, removing this threat from the system may not be enough to ensure it is completely virus-free. An automatic method is more suitable for a throughout system investigation. Scan your computer with a reliable virus-fighting utility and it will remove Content Protector and other potential threats from the computer for you. Yet, if you prefer the manual method more, check the instructions below.

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To remove Content Protector ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Content Protector from Windows systems

To remove Content Protector virus from the computer manually might be a difficult task, because it installs two services and one driver. We strongly recommend uninstalling the program automatically with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner or other reputable malware removal program. However, if you still want to eliminate virus manually, please follow our instructions carefully. It’s extremely important to delete adware will its components. Then, don’t forget to check all your web browsers, because adware might have been installed suspicious plugins and extensions. 

  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 Content Protector and related programs
    Here, look for Content Protector 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'

Remove Content Protector 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 Content Protector 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'

Delete Content Protector from Internet Explorer (IE)

Check the list of add-ons and look for suspicious tools, applications or extensions that might be related to Content Protector. If you find any, uninstall them.

  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 Content Protector 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 Content Protector removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Content Protector ads from Microsoft Edge

The adware might have installed suspicious extensions to Microsoft Edge as well. Follow the instructions and uninstall them.

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, Content Protector should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Content Protector from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Look through the list of recently installed extensions on Mozilla Firefox. You might find questionable toolbars or plugins that might be related to Content Protector adware. Get rid of all questionable entries in order to remove the virus completely.

  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 Content Protector 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 Content Protector removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Content Protector from Google Chrome

Make sure that Content Protector hasn’t installed any suspicious entries on your browser. Check the list of extensions and remove all questionable toolbars, plugins, and extensions.

  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 Content Protector 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 Content Protector removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Content Protector 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 Content Protector 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 Content Protector removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Nathan@glost says:
    April 18th, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for the removal advice 😉

  2. Bridgitte says:
    April 18th, 2016 at 1:24 am

    A new day, a new virus…

  3. June Peters says:
    April 18th, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Great! Now I can remove this virus from my PC. Its been annoying me for ages!

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