This page aims to help you uninstall eShield Browser Security. These eShield Browser Security uninstall instructions work for every version of Windows.
What is eShield? We have recently been asked about this application and here we decided to put more light on it. If you have been invaded by the search.eshiled.com ads, then you are in the right place. In this article, you will learn why eShiled is referred to as a potentially unwanted program and how it may affect your system performance. In case you are looking for ways to remove it, we have prepared a guide with the right steps to do so. But before you proceed to the uninstall process please take a few minutes to read what we think of this application.
What is eShield Browser Security?
If you are reading this, you have probably noticed that when you open your browser, search.eshield.com immediately appears on the URL bar. At first, it may give a feeling that this may be some kind of a virus. But this is not the case. eShield is a legal software, owned and operated by Tightrope Interactive. On its official website, it claims to be software that keeps the malware off your computer when performing a safe scan on your browsing activity. It may integrate as an extension with your Chrome, Mozilla or other browsers, stating that it monitors your online activity and keeps the threats away.
Though this may sound good, it may be categorized as potentially unwanted program, which interrupts your normal browsing activities with promotional messages in the form of pop-up, ads, and banners. These activities are also characteristic of adware and several browser hijackers. In general, what is typical for ads based software is that it displays advertisement related messages on the users’ screen, whenever they browse the web. Adware and other similar programs are not meant to be harmful to the PC system, but they can quickly annoy the user. If you don’t fancy being exposed to ads when browsing, eShield can really irritate you with their constant pop-ups, banners, in text messages and links redirecting. The program itself claims to protect you from browser hijackers, but in reality it works as one itself by enforcing on you its preferred homepage and default search engine. If you try to change these from your browser you’ll soon discover that eShield simply won’t let you do it.
How did it get on my PC?
You may not recall when and how you installed this application and probably wonder how it got there. Like some other similar browser add-ons, eShield browser security is usually bundled inside some free downloads, torrents and other software you may have installed recently. Normally, when you run the quick installation wizard, you install the software you want. But what you may not notice is that you may get some other potentially unwanted programs installed alongside. To check what other programs may be bundled in the installation package, it is a good idea to go for the “Custom” or “Advanced” option. There you may find other extensions and applications. Simply unchecking them will prevent their installation. If you skipped the “Advanced” option, probably this is how you ended up with the eShield extension.
What are the symptoms?
Just like other unwanted programs, eShield has a few general symptoms that will help you to identify it when it runs on your PC. To start off, the first things you may notice are some changes in your browser such as unknown toolbars or homepage change. You may see many pop-up ads appearing on your screen with a short message stating they have been generated by search.eshield.com. As a result from the ads loading, your system may become a bit sluggish in performance. You may also experience search redirecting to different websites than the ones you type. All these may be signals that you are dealing with this type of adware.
How to protect your system from potentially unwanted programs?
In order to keep your PC protected from similar programs and other types of potentially unwanted applications, you should avoid installing free software from unknown developers and suspicious websites. If you do not like to pay for software, then be very careful during the installation of free applications. Do not overlook the checkbox (which is usually in small letters) that is responsible for installing other potentially unwanted programs. There is no need to say that visiting sketchy web pages and links may lead you to not only harmless adware but some very malicious viruses and applications. If you did install such applications unintentionally or you want to remove them, here you can read the full guidance. Follow the steps that will effectively uninstall eShield Browser Security from your system and let us know if you have any comments.
|Name||eShield Browser Security|
|Type|| PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) |
|Danger Level||Medium (It may do some changes in your browser settings and disturb your browsing experience.)|
|Symptoms||Displays constant pop-ups, banners, in text messages and links redirecting.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled inside free download software, torrents and other programs installation wizard.|
|Detection Tool||Malware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Uninstall eShield Browser Security
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. eShield Browser Security may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
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:
Go in 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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus 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.
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 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 these things fail to help you find eShield Browser Security you need to resort to a professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!