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Apple Care Protection Plan Virus Warning


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This page aims to help you remove the Apple Care Protection Plan Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The Apple Care Protection Plan Virus Warning

The Apple Care Protection Plan virus warning is a rogue message claiming the user suffers from malware, but is actually part of a browser hijacker, and thus, malware itself.

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The Apple care protection plan virus.

If you find it hard to navigate through your browser’s web pages because dozens of advertisements, banners, pop-ups, and automatic page-redirects regularly interrupt your browsing, then there’s a chance you’re dealing with a Browser Hijacker. Specifically, a new representative of the Browser Hijacker called Apple Care Protection Plan Virus. These types of programs are not dangerous, but they are notorious for the intrusive ads they can display on your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or any other popular browser, as well as the changes they tend to apply to the settings of the homepage, the new-tab page, or the default search engine.

When Apple Care Protection Plan Virus is installed on your system, a sponsored homepage, or a new toolbar can replace your current ones. In addition, you may start to get automatic page redirects to third-party sites, full of deals and pay-per-click ads. Luckily, we’re going to explain to you precisely how to remove them, and uninstall their source.

To do this, the steps in the removal guide below will need to be carefully followed, as they will assist you in identifying, and manually removing all the traces related to Apple Care Protection Plan Virus. You will no longer see all of these banners, and messages popping up on your screen, and you’d be able to restore your preferred browser settings. But it is essential to get to know the specifics of this kind of programs before scrolling down to the removal guide.

Is it possible for Apple Care Protection Plan Virus to be a virus or malware?

When random advertisements begin popping up all over your screen, and automatic page-redirects begin to interrupt your web browsing, you may initially think that this is the result of malware activity. However, we should inform you that Browser Hijackers like Apple Care Protection Plan Virus, and actual threats like viruses, Ransomware, Trojans, or Spyware have a significant differences. Generally speaking, a Browser Hijacker cannot trigger any immediate harmful activity on your computer. At its worst, with sponsored advertisements, pay-per-click banners, and pop-ups, such software can only spam you. Security experts typically see it as one of the relatively harmless applications you could land, because it cannot damage your files, or harm your system. On the other hand, real malware such as a Ransomware can not only compromise the computer, but can also encrypt your data and demand a ransom from you.

However, if we do not point out the potential risks of having an active Browser Hijacker on the system, we will not be truly accurate. Therefore, we need to say that there is still a chance to bump into threats thanks to the hijacker’s automatic redirects, and aggressive ads exposure. What is more, malvertising is one of the most common malware-distribution techniques, and we should warn you about it. This infection technique is based on the distribution of malicious ads in the form of random pop-ups, oftentimes together with other legitimate advertisements. If you click on such a compromised ad, which may be generated by a program like Apple Care Protection Plan Virus, you may land on some malware-infested site, or be redirected to illegal internet sites where you may get infected with Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses. Therefore, it is best to uninstall the Browser Hijacker from your machine using the instructions below.

SUMMARY:

Name Apple Care Protection Plan 
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  An unstoppable stream of ads may start to spam your screen. A new homepage or new a search engine may replace your default one.
Distribution Method Software bundling is one of the most common methods for distribution of Browser Hijackers.
Detection Tool

Remove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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