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

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What can you expect from Content Protector virus?

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 ReimageIntego 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

Questions about Content Protector ads

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.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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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 ReimageIntego 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. 

To remove Content Protector ads 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 Content Protector ads (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.

Remove Content Protector from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Content Protector ads from Applications folder:

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

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.

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 Content Protector ads 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 Content Protector ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

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.

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 Content Protector ads-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 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.

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 Content Protector ads 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 Content Protector ads 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 Content Protector ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

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.

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 Content Protector ads 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 Content Protector ads-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 Content Protector ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Content 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 Content Protector ads 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

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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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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