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Protect-me.vip ads Removal Guide

What is Protect-me.vip ads?

Protect-me.vip is a malicious website that fakes security scans to make people click links and purchase software

Protect-me.vipProtect-me.vip is a fake website you should never trust

Protect-me.vip is a dangerous website that you might come across when browsing the internet on high-risk websites or clicking unreliable links. Additionally, some users may already have adware or other harmful viruses installed on their devices which would cause unexpected browser redirects to these phishing sites.

Soon after visiting the Protect-me.vip website, visitors would witness a false malware scan procedure that bores the McAfee logo. Afterward, a number of pop-up windows and what appeared to be various file checks would emerge. After a short while, visitors would observe an unsettling message that reads:

Norton Security
Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!
ACTION REQUIRED!
Your Norton Subscription Has Expired!
Renew now to keep your pc protected.
If your PC is unprotected, it is at risk for viruses and other malware.

Due to the many social engineering strategies employed, many users could become the target of this fraud. First of all, because the message includes the name of a reputable security firm, people may be more inclined to believe it. The bogus page, however, has nothing to do with it, and bad actors are attempting to profit from affiliate links by showing scams.

Name Protect-me.vip
Type Scam, phishing, redirect
Scam content Claims that the antivirus software license has expired and that the computer is exposed to various malware
Distribution Redirects from other malicious websites, adware
Risks Installation of PUPs or malware, sensitive information disclosure, financial losses
Removal Interacting with the scam content is dangerous, as scammers may promote fake versions of antivirus software. Instead, use reputable tools for your system safety
Other tips You should remove caches and other web data after the elimination of PUPs to prevent data tracking with the ReimageIntego repair and maintenance tool. You can also repair damaged system components with it

How fake messages end up in front of you when browsing

One of the main ways that people come across phishing and other harmful content online is through torrents, adult-oriented YouTube video converters, illicit video streaming, and similar websites. Due to their tendency to deal with improper or even illegal content, these places frequently have lax regulations.

This makes it the ideal location for cybercriminals to circulate malicious files that sometimes would install ransomware or other dangerous infections without users suspecting anything before it's too late. Additionally, visitors may come across malicious advertising and fake buttons that lead them to con sites like Protect-me.vip.

In other cases, potentially unwanted or malicious software could be the cause of scam encounters. This is especially true if you also notice ads on most websites that don't belong there. Since adware and malware are distributed using deceptive methods such as bundling,[1] you may not be aware it is installed on your device, so it is vital to check it.

The impact

Cybercriminals are becoming more skilled at deceiving users, and they frequently use scare tactics to accomplish their objectives. Timers, threats of disastrous consequences, identity theft, and other forms of similar scaremongering can frequently frighten users and lead them to make irrational decisions, such as downloading malicious software that is presented as a security tool.

Contrary to popular belief, there is very little chance that visiting a website that displays bogus notifications would automatically infect your system. It may only happen to computers with vulnerabilities[2] within the installed software – this is one of the main reasons you should always apply security updates as soon as possible.

Protect-me.vip scamProtect-me.vip is a scam website that shows fake virus infection alerts

However, user behavior on a fraudulent website might impact how serious the effects are. For example, installing given software could infect your computer with malware, and giving them your personal information could lead to more phishing scams. Make sure to update your passwords on all of your accounts if you have revealed them, and never reuse passwords, as it is one of the main security hazards that many security experts warn about.[3]

Make adequate security checks

Although the Protect-me.vip scam's diagnostic is wholly incorrect (all users get the same conclusion), it is nevertheless vital to do system checks to make sure that no potentially unwanted or harmful software is operating in the background. If you have downloaded any software from the site, your device might be infected. Adware may be responsible for users encountering phishing material in the first place, so it is worth checking regardless if you did it or not.

To identify and eliminate all adware and malware, you must first run a complete system scan with a potent anti-malware program, like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. This will guarantee that the most harmful, stealthy infections are immediately removed. The installed undesirable apps could also be manually searched for, although keep in mind that they may not always be shown in the installed program list.

Windows

  • Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  • Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  • From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  • Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  • If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  • Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Mac

While moving apps into Trash is how you delete most normal applications, adware tends to create additional files for persistence. Thus, you should look for .plist and other files that could be related to the virus. If you are not sure, skip this step entirely.

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.

Additionally, you should check your browsers for questionable extensions by selecting the “Extensions” option next to the URL bar. Remember that even apps you've had installed for a while could become malicious and start displaying ads and redirecting you to shady websites.

The next step is to ensure that cookies, caches, and other online data are deleted from your browsers in order to prevent the recurrence of advertisements and tracking. Moreover, doing this would lessen the possibility of encountering various errors related to bugged caches. ReimageIntego can be used to complete this step quicker, although you can rely on the instructions below:

Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  • Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click Menu and pick Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security section.
  • Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click on Clear Data…
  • Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  • Select Privacy and services.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Under Time range, pick All time.
  • Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Safari

  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari
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Alternative Software
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

How to prevent from getting adware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is 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. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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