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FF AdBlock Protection. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Malicious FF AdBlock Protection Firefox add-on warns about necessity to update the browser

Screenshot of FF AdBlock Protection

FF AdBlock Protection is another suspicious Mozilla Firefox extension that was detected at the beginning of 2018. The add-on is actively being pushed with the help of adware programs which redirect users into a compromised website that urged install a manual Firefox update.

Security specialists from NoVirus.uk[1] warn Firefox users to be careful because these type of scams are extremely popular and aggressive. Thus, if you have been redirected to a website that asks to install FF AdBlock Protection, FF Search Informer, FF AntiVir Monitoring or similar extension, you have to leave this site immediately.

However, the research has shown that the malicious website might be preventing users from closing the browser. If you cannot close this browser tab, you should kill Firefox processes in the Windows Task Manager. If these redirects continue, you should also use Reimage or another anti-malware software to check if adware was not installed on your device.

The ad-supported program which is responsible for redirecting to FF AdBlock Protection scam website usually is installed together with free programs. Thus, the hijack is often unnoticed. However, soon users are bothered by redirects, ads and other suspicious activities on the affected web browser.

So-called FF AdBlock Protection virus is designed to redirect a user to fake Firefox update page that states the following information:

Firefox requires a manual update

This update is required to ensure that you are protected on the Internet
Install now

* This update is required * Protect yourself immediately on the internet
* Internet pages are automatically examined and possibly blocked
* Increased protection against malware and viruses

Keep in mind that Firefox updates do not arrive in such form. Thus, you should not install any app or update offered by FF AdBlock Protection adware. The installation of this tool might end up with infiltration of spyware, malware[2] or trojan horse. Hence, you might suffer from further computer-related problems.

If redirects to this site repeats itself and you also noticed an increased amount of pop-ups while browsing the web, you should take care of your computer’s state. As we have mentioned already, it might be the sign of adware infection. Thus, FF AdBlock Protection removal is needed.

This suspicious application can be removed either manually or automatically, so you have to choose the method that suits your needs and skills. Anti-malware tools can quickly remove FF AdBlock Protection from the system, but if you are not willing to installing additional software, you should follow the manual removal guide below.

Explanation on how PUPs get into the system and how to avoid them

FF AdBlock Protection redirect virus was spotted spreading in the same way as other potentially unwanted programs – bundled with freeware or shareware. Hence, if you have installed a free program using “Quick” or “Recommended” settings.

You should always have in mind that these settings do not reveal additional components that might be included in the freeware package. Thus, you have to get used to “Advanced” or “Custom” installers and read notifications provided there attentively.

If you see any programs, PC optimizers, browser add-on[3] or similar entries offered to download, please remove the ticks next to them to avoid unwanted changes to the browser or computer.

Uninstall FF AdBlock Protection from Firefox entirely

If you have accidentally installed this malicious Firefox add-on, you have to delete it from the extensions list immediately. Checking the list of browser add-ons is also needed if you are continuously being redirected to this corrupted site too.

The guide below will give you detailed explanation how you can locate and eliminate all adware-related entries. Follow it carefully because if you overlook some entries or forget to reset the browser, FF AdBlock Protection removal wouldn’t be completed successfully.

If you want to avoid failure and save your time, you should remove FF AdBlock Protection automatically with anti-malware software. After the scanning the system and letting the program to clean malicious components, you should still reset Mozilla Firefox.

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 FF AdBlock Protection, follow these steps:

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Eliminate FF AdBlock Protection from Windows systems

Follow these steps to eliminate FF AdBlock Protection virus from Windows computer:

  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 FF AdBlock Protection and related programs
    Here, look for FF AdBlock Protection 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'
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Erase FF AdBlock Protection from Mac OS X system

These instructions will help you to get rid of the Firefox virus entirely:

  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 FF AdBlock Protection 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'
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Delete FF AdBlock Protection from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 FF AdBlock Protection 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 FF AdBlock Protection removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of FF AdBlock Protection from Microsoft Edge

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, FF AdBlock Protection should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall FF AdBlock Protection from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of add-ons. Remove FF AdBlock Protection and other questionable entries to stop unwanted activities on the browser. Then reset Mozilla Firefox as show below:

  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 FF AdBlock Protection 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 FF AdBlock Protection removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove FF AdBlock Protection from Google Chrome

  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 FF AdBlock Protection 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 FF AdBlock Protection removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate FF AdBlock Protection 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 FF AdBlock Protection 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 FF AdBlock Protection removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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