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DownloadProtect. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

DownloadProtect is an adware extension for Chrome that displays intrusive ads and prevents its elimination

DownloadProtect
DownloadProtect is a dangerous browser extension for Chrome that can compromise user privacy and computer safety

DownloadProtect is a potentially unwanted application[1] that gets installed on the computer when users casually install free programs from the internet. Alternatively, the browser extension for Chrome might be installed via third-party sites. Regardless of its infiltration methods, DownloadProtect is an undesirable application that will only create havoc for users each time they attempt to browse the internet.

Once installed, DownloadProtect virus gives itself a variety of permissions and starts injecting JavaScript[2] into every website that users visit. For that reason, they will see pop-ups, banners, offers, deals, in-text links, flashing windows, pop-unders, and similar intrusive content on every site that they visit. The adware related to the app alters Chrome group policies – this makes DownloadProtect removal particularly difficult.

Name DownloadProtect
Category Adware, PUP
Type Browser extension
Distribution Software bundling, unsafe third-party sites
Activities Changes Chrome group policies and injects every visited site with JavaScript code that initiates intrusive advertisments
Risk factors Money loss, malware infections
Termination Use our manual instructions below. In case that does not work, employ reputable security application and scan your computer
Recovery If the PUP damaged the operating system files, a scan Reimage is a good way to restore it

While most potentially unwanted programs are considered to be minor infections, some of them implement malware-like behavior, and DownloadProtect seems to fall into the latter category. Upon installation, it grants itself the following permissions that allow it to:

  • Read and change all data on the visited websites;
  • Read and change browsing history on all signed-in devices;
  • Display notifications;
  • Read and change bookmarks;
  • Manage downloads;
  • Manage apps, extensions, and themes;
  • Communicate with cooperating applications, etc.

Such elevated permissions might allow DownloadProtect virus to install additional browser extensions, toolbars, and other programs without permissions. Besides, users might find a variety of links inserted into their bookmarks. This type of behavior clutter the browser and might lead to malware infections, or even identity fraud, as some malicious apps can spy on users without any permissions.

Additionally, DownloadProtect employs JavaScript (JS), which allows it to inject intrusive advertisement on each site the infected user's visit. This is done to monetize on ad revenue, and it does not matter is the clicks made were intentional or accidental, as pay-per-click revenue is often used.

DownloadProtect also ensures that sponsored parties get plenty of visitors, artificially increasing the rank among the search results. Unfortunately, these websites might be unsafe to use, as they might push bogus software or technical support scams.

All in all, if you discovered that your Google Chrome is spamming your searches and sites that you visit with persistent advertisements, you should check for and remove DownloadProtect malware from your device. For that, follow our instructions below. Additionally, experts advise using Reimage for fast recovery after the infection is terminated.

Ways to avoid potentially unwanted applications on your computer

Despite the popular belief, users are often at fault themselves when their computers are suffering from cyber infections. Reason for that being is the fact that user interaction is almost always mandatory to place the unwanted app on the device.

One of the most popular tactics to spread PUPs is called software bundling. This deceptive marketing technique has been used for a while now and affects both, Mac and Windows users. Therefore, regardless of what operating system you use, it is not immune to adware or other PUP infection.

To make it clear: every third-party site bundles applications for monetization purposes. Therefore, even the most known software hosting sites like Download.com, FileHippo.com or Softpedia can be a source for potentially unwanted programs. Unfortunately, software bundling remains legal practice, although security experts[3] around the world often disagree.

To avoid being a victim of a PUP, you should watch the installation procedure of all software carefully. Those who rush and skip steps, pick Recommended/Quick settings, are at the highest risk of missing the crucial statements, fine print or pre-ticked boxes. Therefore, Always opt for Advanced/Custom settings and read through the installation instructions carefully. Finally, remove all the ticks next to browser extensions, toolbars, system optimizers, etc.

To remove DownloadProtect browser extension fully, you have to reset Google Chrome browser

To remove DownloadProtect virus, you will have to terminate the adware app that is installed on your device. Unfortunately, it is often hard to determine which application is actually related. Nevertheless, you can try checking the installed apps list and uninstall all suspicious entries one by one. We explain in detail how to accomplish that below.

You can also terminate DownloadProtect with the help of reputable anti-virus software that specializes in PUPs. Merely download and install anti-malware tool, and run a full system scan. Some of the AV engines use names like PUA/DownloadProtect.Gen7 or PUP.Optional.DownloadProtect.ChrPRST for this PUP detection.

Very important: to make sure DownloadProtect removal is successful, you need to make sure you reset Google Chrome browser completely! Once again, you will find all the details below.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove DownloadProtect, follow these steps:

WindowsMac OS XGoogle Chrome

Erase DownloadProtect from Windows systems

To stop DownloadProtect and its activities, you need to find and uninstall adware application on Windows manually:

  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 DownloadProtect and related programs
    Here, look for DownloadProtect 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'
WindowsMac OS XGoogle Chrome

Uninstall DownloadProtect from Mac OS X system

If you Mac is showing signs of the adware infection, please proceed with the following steps:

  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 DownloadProtect 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'
WindowsMac OS XGoogle Chrome

Delete DownloadProtect from Google Chrome

After you terminate all the suspicious applications from the installed list, make sure you reset Google Chrome in order to eliminate the DownloadProtect completely

  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 DownloadProtect 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 DownloadProtect removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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