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Remove Orange Defender Antivirus (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Orange Defender Antivirus is a questionable antivirus program that will most likely appear on your computer without permission

Orange Defender AntivirusOrange Defender Antivirus is a rogue anti-malware tool that cannot provide sufficient protection from threats

Orange Defender Antivirus is a security application developed by Innovative Solutions. It is presented as an anti-malware suite that can protect users from viruses, potentially unwanted programs, worms, trojans, ransomware, and other threats. However, the app is frequently distributed via third-party websites that employ software bundling – a technique that uses deception in order to make users install Orange Defender Antivirus unintentionally.

However, this is not the only reason why Orange Defender Antivirus can be called a potentially unwanted program. Multiple reputable anti-virus solutions classify it as a PUP or even mark it as malicious/malware. Based only on this, it is easy to conclude that Orange Defender Antivirus is something you should not employ to protect your computer from malware and increase online security.

Name Orange Defender Antivirus
Type Potentially unwanted program
Distribution While users can install the app through its official websites, many can find it on their computers after downloading freeware from third-party websites (software bundling technique); also, the PUP can be promoted via other websites or the installed applications
Symptoms  An app initiates scans and claims that several issues have been detected. To eliminate them, users are asked to purchase a full version of the app
Risks A false sense of security since the program is not effective in protecting users from online threats; financial losses due to purchasing of useless software
Elimination  You can uninstall the app as per instructions provided below or employ a reputable anti-malware that can do that for you 
System fix  If you find suspicious programs on your system or your computer is suffering from persistent errors, crashes, and lag, you should check it for malware. In case it is present, eliminate it with anti-malware and then repair with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 

Developers behind Orange Defender Antivirus are known to be the creators of several other potentially unwanted applications, including Drivermax, Advanced uninstaller, NeoSetup, BetterHash, and a few more. While some security firms expand their field of expertise by creating privacy-enhancing tools like VPN, most companies that boast about their “solutions for everything” should not be trusted, as being a skilled player in the field requires a lot of practice and experience.

As a matter of fact, most of the reputable security researchers will greatly discourage using tools like driver updaters,[1] as they can mess up the operating system by download wrong drivers or showing false-positives in order to make users buy the license of the tool. Additionally, users who install Orange Defender Antivirus might also be offered one of the developers' products in redirects or pop-up windows, which can be pretty annoying.

Orange Defender Antivirus posses an array of seemingly useful features, such as malware removal, real-time protection, security rating of the installed apps and their CPU/Disk usage, connection locations that app employ, and so forth. However, this information is relatively useless for most regular users, and more advanced users can check these statistics within Windows OS itself, without installing Orange Defender Antivirus for that.

Orange Defender Antivirus should not be employed as a tool for computer protection, as there is no indication of its efficiency. As a result, users might believe that their systems are fully protected due to this, while in reality, many malware samples could get through and infect the computer.

Orange Defender Antivirus PUPOrange Defender Antivirus is a potentially unwanted application that is spread via software bundle packages

In fact, several reputable anti-malware solutions recognize Orange Defender Antivirus as potentially unwanted or malicious under the following names:

  • Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
  • PUP.Optional.OrangeDefender
  • FileRepMalware [PUP]
  • A Variant Of Win32/InnovativeSolutions.C Potenti
  • Misleading:Win32/Orafenda
  • Application.Deceptor.APC
  • W32/Innovative_Solutions_Orange_Defender_Ant
  • PUA.Superfluss, etc.[2]

If you found the app on your system unexpectedly, we highly recommend you remove Orange Defender Antivirus, as it will not provide sufficient protection for your computer. Instead, employ reputable security solutions that are not detected as malicious or potentially unwanted – such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Avoid potentially unwanted programs by being attentive online

Over time, the internet is becoming more secure – web browsers employ built-in defenses, email providers scan the incoming messages to warn about potential danger, and security apps are more advanced than ever. However, thousands of new malicious websites and embedded links are released daily, email attachments still infect thousands with ransomware and similar high-risk threats, and many users fail to install reputable security software in order to protect their machines from harm.[3]

Implemented security solutions are as good as users allow them to be – they can still let a malicious app in despite warnings from browsers or built-in Windows defenses like User Account Control. Therefore, while it is imperative to employ useful security tools for overall computer protection, it is just as important to be alert when browsing the web, checking email, and installing new programs.

The most important pointer when it comes to PUPs is to be careful when installing new applications. First of all, prefer official sources for your downloads if possible, as third-party sites are often distribute software bundles, where several apps are bundled into a single installer package. If you still insist on using third-party sites, please be aware of the following things:

  • Before installing a new app, check reviews, forum posts, and other information about it online;
  • During installation, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings;
  • Watch out for various tricks used by developers: pre-ticked boxes, misleading offers, misplaced buttons, fine print text, etc.;
  • Ensure that the app includes Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that you should take a look at;
  • Employ anti-malware software that could warn you about potentially unwanted programs.

Orange Defender Antivirus detectionOrange Defender Antivirus is detected by many reputable security solutions, and even browsers prevent the download of the installer (marking it as a virus)

Get rid of Orange Defender Antivirus and use reputable security software instead

There should not be many difficulties when trying to remove Orange Defender Antivirus – simply access Control Panel and uninstall the program through there – you can find the relevant, step-by-step instructions below. However, since the app is security software, it gains various privileges within the system, gaining access to SE_TAKE_OWNERSHIP_PRIVILEGE and SE_LOAD_DRIVER_PRIVILEGE. As a result, Orange Defender Antivirus removal might fail for some users.

If that is the case, we suggest you install a reputable anti-malware that does not conflict with other security tools and perform a full system scan. This will ensure that the permissions and other settings that were employed by Orange Defender Antivirus are removed or reverted back to normal. Additionally, such a scan can ensure that no malware or other potentially unwanted programs that could have slipped in unnoticed are eliminated at once.

Additionally, if you see an increased amount of advertisements, it might be because your web browser settings were altered by Orange Defender Antivirus or another PUP. If that is the case, you can reset all the installed browsers, as explained below.

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To remove Orange Defender Antivirus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Orange Defender Antivirus from Windows systems

To uninstall Orange Defender Antivirus, follow these steps:

  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 Orange Defender Antivirus and related programs
    Here, look for Orange Defender Antivirus 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'

Uninstall Orange Defender Antivirus 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 Orange Defender Antivirus 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 Orange Defender Antivirus removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Orange Defender Antivirus 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, Orange Defender Antivirus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Orange Defender Antivirus from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Orange Defender Antivirus 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 Orange Defender Antivirus removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Orange Defender Antivirus from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome as soon as you remove the PUP from your system:

  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 Orange Defender Antivirus 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 Orange Defender Antivirus removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Orange Defender Antivirus 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 Orange Defender Antivirus 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 Orange Defender Antivirus removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 a 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. 

Nevertheless, there's a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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