This page aims to help you remove Content Protector. These Content Protector removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
In the last couple of days we have received many inquiries by our Russian speaking readers with questions like – “content protector что это” and “content protector как удалить”. If you are here, you have most likely discovered one or more of the symptoms, characteristic of Content Protector being present on your PC. These may include, but aren’t limited to: unwanted toolbars appearing in your browser, page re-directs, pop-up ads, etc. These symptoms occur as a result of the adware integrating with your browser, and since you’re here – it’s most likely bothering you and you want it removed.
In this article we’ll show you not only how to get rid of Content Protector, but how to prevent it from ever entering your computer again. Remember that it is always easier to keep unwanted programs like this away from your computer, than it is to remove them after they are installed.
What exactly Content Protector is
Or in other words to answer your questions “content protector что это” and “content protector как удалить”. To begin with fixing the problem it’s best to first understand what exactly it is and what it does. In this case, Content Protector is an adware that finds its way into your system through various shady techniques, but we’ll talk more about that later on in the article. Keep in mind that this type of software is not a virus, hence it itself does not pose a threat to your computer. For the most part, adwares are simply intrusive and irritating, but generally harmless – as opposed to actual malware. So to be perfectly clear Content Protector is not an actual virus, despite what the majority of people would believe. This doesn’t mean that you should keep it – removing it remains the best course of action.
Now, what adware typically do and the reason for their existence is to flood your browser, whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox or Safari, with a multitude of ads. These can be pop-ups that seem to be coming out of nowhere, annoying banners and hyperlinks that appear on pages you regularly visit, but haven’t been there before. Other such similar invasive means of unwanted advertising also exist.
The idea is to get you to click on those ads, because that is how the creators earn their money. You may have heard of the Pay per click scheme, which is just that: the ad distributors get paid for every click their ad gets. It’s important to avoid clicking on any of these ads, even if they seem harmless to you at first, because they may lead to virus-infested websites, which in turn may infiltrate your computer with all sorts of unwanted and, frankly, dangerous malwares.
Another worthy-of-note point to make is that adwares are known to collect your browsing history and other such information, because this is necessary for customizing the ads themselves (more data = higher chances of getting clicked = bigger profits). However, this information may be sold to 3rd parties, and from then there are many ways these details can be used, and some might not be to your benefit. Uninstall this Adware as soon as possible.
How does Content Protector integrate into your browser?
The most common way Content Protector is installed on your system is when it’s bundled together with another program or file, that you actually wanted to download. This can easily go unnoticed, especially if you’re using an untrusted source, and proceed to install the desired program using the default or ‘quick’ setup option.
When you do this, you are basically allowing the developers to install additional features along with the ones you knowingly signed up for. Therefore, it is always a good idea to opt for the custom setup, so you will be able to see what additional options you have and then decide whether or not you actually want them.
It is also possible that you became victim of a scam download site. These function by tricking search engines into believing they have the perfect file for every user query. Spotting these sites is easy if you know what to look for – they usually have minimal to no user interface and they offer an instant “perfect” file for download.
What to do
Be sure to make a final check of your system after completing all the steps and run a virus scan of your computer – sometimes your antivirus will detect adwares and mark them as suspicious in order to bring them to your attention. It is also quite possible that additional Adware programs were installed alongside Content Protector and using a good security program is the best way to root them out before they start causing trouble.
And in the future, it’s best to avoid obscure or untrustworthy-seeming websites, as well as downloading things from them.
|Danger Level||Medium (This program will annoy the hell out of you and may try to trick you into downloading other of its kind)
|Symptoms||Ads appearing everywhere, load speed of web pages is slowed down.|
|Distribution Method||Hidden inside the installers of various other programs.
|Detection Tool||Adware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Content Protector “Virus” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Content Protector may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Content Protector from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Content Protector from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Content Protector from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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