This page aims to help you remove Advanced Identity Protector. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
We have been receiving questions lately about a program called Advanced Identity Protector in regards to its legitimacy and actual usefulness. Apparently, there have been users, who weren’t too happy with this program’s performance and they had, in turn, voiced suspicions as to whether or not this program is really to be trusted. We’ve created this article to explain more or less what this piece of software represents, as well as the potential side effects you could be facing, if you’ve had it installed on your PC. In addition, those of you who would like to remove Advanced Identity Protector from their computers will have the opportunity to do so quickly and effectively with the help of our removal guide, attached below. And those of you who don’t feel too confident working around important system files and such, you can always refer to our professional removal tool, which will take care of the job for you.
What is Advanced Identity Protector meant to do?
As the name of the program would imply, its aim is to protect you from instances of identity theft. And with this really not being a joking matter nowadays, it would appear to be a pretty useful tool to have handy. This might especially be true for people who shop and store their personal details, etc. predominantly on their computers. And with malware like Trojans and Spyware prowling out there, it’s only logical that you would like to add an extra layer of safety to your private life and your finances.
Advanced Identity Protector is developed by a company called Tech Live Content and is marketed exactly as a program that will shield you from cyber criminals eager to get a hold of your sensitive information. It offers to guard all your passwords, emails, documents, credit and debit card information, online banking details, etc. The program is available for download from its official website and even offers to scan your computer for data that could potentially be stolen from you – absolutely free of charge. Once you realize that you might have a lot to lose, you can then download and install Advanced Identity Protector. You can download the free trial version, but you will constantly be prompted to purchase the full version for the humble amount of 29.95 USD at the time when this article is written. The developers will even throw in a photo editing program called Systweak PhotoStudio v2.1 for free just to tempt you.
Advanced Identity Protector Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!
What most reports say is that the program in question will be constantly running in the background and will from time to time generate a popup or other notification to tell you that your computer is at risk. And in truth, these notifications are often less than accurate, which leads users to believe that they’ve gotten more than what they bargained for. That’s not to say that Advanced Identity Protector is a virus of some sort – that’s certainly not the case here. But it is what we would consider to be a potentially unwanted program or PUP due to its rather questionable functionality. In addition, programs of this sort also often a bit trickier to remove, as we’re sure you’ve already come to realize and that really doesn’t help their image.
Furthermore, we’ve also had reports of this software being bundles with other programs. So users may even end up installing it without having any idea about it. That also doesn’t help anyone and is typically one of the signs of a PUP. As we pointed out earlier, if you would rather not have Advanced Identity Protector on your computer, you can always remove it with the help of the below guide. But since we’ve touched the topic of program bundles, we’d like to share a few tips with you that may prevent you from ending up in situations like this in the future.
Program bundles are packages of different software, where one or more programs can be added to the installation manager of one main program. When downloading this main program, you might not always be made aware of the added installs. So, it’s important that you carefully choose your download sources, on the one hand. And on the other you should always take advantage of the Advanced or Custom settings of the installation manager of a new program. This will allow you to gain more control over the setup and you will also most often have the option of disabling any added applications before they can get installed.
|Name||Advanced Identity Protector|
|Symptoms||The Advanced Identity Protector process will be running in the background; occasional popups may appear on your screen warning you about viruses|
|Distribution Method||Can be downloaded from the official website of the software, but can also sometimes be bundles together with other programs|
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