Protection Expired


This page aims to help you remove the Protection Expired Pop up. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The Protection Expired Pop up

Researchers have labeled Protection Expired a browser hijacker. Security problems such as Protection Expired are known to cause website redirects, intrusive advertisement and even phising attempts.

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The Protection Expired Pop up will redirect your browser searches.

Browser hijackers are by no means the most pleasant kind of software, but, unfortunately, they are one of the most commonly encountered ones. Almost every online user at least once have had to meet with a similar application and deal with its consequences, which usually are related to replacements in the browser’s homepage or search engine, as well as an unstoppable generation of different ads, pop-ups, banners and redirect links. It does not matter what browser you use, be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge or another one – most of the popular browsers may easily be affected in one way or another by browser hijackers such as Protection Expired, for example, which is a new representative of this family of software that we will discuss in the next lines. In addition, these applications also tend to fill the browser with all sorts of sponsored online advertisements won’t stop showing on your screen no matter how hard you try to end their generation. On this page, however, we would like to explain how to effectively get rid of the nagging pop-up commercials and how to uninstall the unwanted changes that Protection Expired might have imposed on your browsing program. For this reason, we have prepared a special removal guide below with instructions on the removal of this app, as well as some more information about the nature of this software and its purpose. To your relief, the browser hijackers do not belong to any virus or malware category and that’s why they are certainly not as dangerous as, say, a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse infection. Once you uninstall all the components related to Protection Expired, all of its ads and changes will get removed as well. If you don’t feel like tinkering with your computer settings in order to eliminate the hijacker or you simply don’t think you are experienced enough, don’t worry – There is an automatic removal tool included in the guide, which you can use for quick and effective elimination.

The Protection Expired Virus can be removed

Protection Expired is a browser hijacker type of security nuisance. Protection Expired is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it causes, but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.

The goal of applications like Protection Expired is one – advertising. They are programmed to promote certain pages, products and services which you see on all the advertisements that get displayed on your screen. For this promotion service, the developers of the hijacker get revenue from the manufacturers and distributors, whose goods and services get displayed. Most often, their profits are based on the number of clicks that the users give to those ads. Therefore, the hijacker’s creators are interested in spamming your screen with as many ads as possible and redirecting you to the sponsored pages as much as possible. This is a common practice which is not considered illegal but could be quite aggressive and unpleasant. What is more, getting exposed to hundreds of random ads and different third-party pages can greatly increase the chances of landing on something hazardous. After all, it is a known fact that the cyber criminals often use fake ads and misleading links to distribute viruses like Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and more. That’s why our suggestion is to avoid such security risks by keeping away from the content that the hijacker generates and to use the instructions above to uninstall it.


Name Protection Expired
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms It is typical for the browser hijackers to make changes in the main browser and to fill it with various ads.
Distribution Method Software bundling is common source of browser hijackers, as well as torrents, free download links, ads, spam and free attachments.
Detection Tool

Protection Expired Pop up Virus Removal

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

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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).

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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. 

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    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.

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    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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    • 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.

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    Protection Expired  Remove Protection Expired from Internet Explorer:

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

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

    Protection Expired Remove Protection Expired from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  Protection Expired  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    Protection ExpiredRemove Protection Expired from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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