Pc Protector Plus Uninstall (Sept. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Pc Protector Plus . Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In case that some nagging banners, ads and intrusive pop-ups keep spamming your browser’s screen every time you open it, then most probably you have been invaded by  Pc Protector Plus . This program can easily integrate an ad-generating script inside any browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or some other, and can make it display hundreds of aggressive advertising messages. You landed on this page probably seeking for an effective way to remove these ads or the software itself, and we won’t let you down. In the next paragraphs, you will find a special removal guide with detailed instructions on how to uninstall Pc Protector Plus and remove all the ads it can possibly generate. Before that, however, we suggest you take a look at the brief explanation of this adware and its specifics, so you can gain a better understanding of this type of software and handle it in the best possible way.

What is Adware?

You’re probably wondering why your browser has suddenly started to redirect you to some nagging promotional sites, ads, pop-ups, banners and blinking boxes and where they all come from. Such activity is usually a result of the presence of adware on your system. Adware, generally, is a type of software, which is specialized in displaying different sponsored advertisements on your monitor. Pc Protector Plus is software of this type, which does that by installing a special component in Chrome, Explorer, Firefox, or any other browser that you are using as default. That component could be something like a toolbar where the pop-ups appear or just a script, which manipulates your web searches and redirects you to certain advertising content.

The people who benefit from such aggressive and invasive software are usually online advertisers, marketers, and vendors, who use programs like Pc Protector Plus to promote their services and products to the users with the hope to increase their popularity or make a sale. According to the law, such advertising approach is legal and serves the purposes of the advertising industry, but according to the users, the adware can be a source of serious irritation and browsing disturbance. Therefore, it is not surprising that a lot of people eagerly want to uninstall it and remove its nagging advertisements.

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Pc Protector Plus Uninstall

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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!

A lot of people ignore what is written and then ask us, so we are putting this information here. To remove parasite without it coming back, you WILL 100% have to:

  Delete files belonging to suspicious processes in your Task Manager.

 

  Meddle with system files and folders, including ones belonging to Windows.

Both of these can damage your system. If you want a fast safe solution, we always recommend SpyHunter, because it has an option, allowing its owners to send a customized fix made for your PC. We guarantee it will work. You can access it at "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> Select Problem Type ---> Unremoved Parasite. 

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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 Pc Protector Plus  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  Pc Protector Plus  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove  Pc Protector Plus  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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Adware and viruses – do they have something in common?

The aggressive way a program like Pc Protector Plus can take over your browser sometimes causes panic and confusion. Unable to stop or remove the strange program and its ads, the affected people often take the adware for a virus or some nasty type of malware like a Trojan horse or Ransomware. However, the real nature of adware is not malicious. A piece like Pc Protector Plus may indeed cause irritation and browsing disturbance, but it definitely cannot be related to any harmful or destructive activity. System corruption, credential stealing, espionage and file encryption is typical for a real virus or a Trojan-Ransomware based infection, but not for adware. Therefore, most experts in the security field don’t consider this type of software harmful. Still, it can be classified as potentially unwanted since, apart from the ads broadcasting, it can perform various data collecting activities. These activities aim to help marketers to promote their items but may violate the privacy of the users’ searches by tracking down their web activity and redirect them to some unfamiliar or sketchy web content.

Adware distribution and prevention

Program bundles are the most common source of adware programs like Pc Protector Plus . Bundling is a method, which allows different types of software to be packed together in an installer and get distributed, downloaded and installed as one. The bundles usually contain some free software, games, attractive new applications or free versions of some paid programs and are spread around the web as spam messages, attachments, ads, direct download links, automatic installers, torrents or emails. Users normally download and install them voluntarily, with the idea to benefit from the free applications. However, they often skip reading the EULA in details and customizing the installer and this is how they often unknowingly allow potentially unwanted programs like Pc Protector Plus to become part of their system. In order to prevent that, they simply have to click on the “Advanced/Custom” setting during the setup and manually disable the programs they find as unfamiliar or undesired.
SUMMARY:

Name Pc Protector Plus
Type  PUP/Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Nagging banners, ads and intrusive pop-ups may constantly appear on your screen and interrupt your web browsing.
Distribution Method Software bundles, spam, different installers, torrents, direct download links, open source platforms, email attachments.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.