ProtocolPort will damage your computer
“ProtocolPort will damage your computer” is a browser hijacker app for macOS desktops and laptops that is known for causing uncontrolled page-redirects in their Safari browsers. “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” is designed to make money from its page-redirects on the basis of the well-known Pay-Per-View remuneration model.
To force your browser to generate page-redirects as well as site-promoting ads and banners, this unpleasant software component may go as far as to alter some of the settings of your browser. For instance, it may replace the addresses of both your homepage and your search engine. This helps it promote the sites of its sponsors with greater efficiency resulting in higher profits. Another factor that allows apps like this one to earn significant amounts of money from advertising is their compatibility. They are not limited to only Safari but could also get installed in Chrome, Firefox, or any other browser that can be used on a Mac computer. This greatly increases the number of users that get exposed to the ads and the redirects of the hijacker which, in turn, boosts the revenue generated by this unwanted app.
“ProtocolPort will damage your computer.” for Mac
“ProtocolPort will damage your computer” will damage your computer for Mac is an unwanted browser-hijacking extension for different Mac browsers that is typically disguised as some type of free app. Users are attracted by what “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” will damage your computer for Mac seems to offer and download it without realizing it is actually a browser hijacker.
In some rare cases, some apps like this one may come with functions that could be useful which might make some users keep the application attached to their browsers despite the unwanted ads, redirects, and browser changes. However, in most cases, it is strongly advisable to not keep anything that can be categorized as a browser hijacker on your Mac or else the computer’s safety may get compromised and much more serious threats the likes of Trojans, Spyware, or Ransomware may infect you without you being able to do anything to counteract that. The hijacker itself isn’t particularly harmful but it is also not a type of software you should trust.
What is ProtocolPort will damage your computer?
“ProtocolPort will damage your computer” is a type of relatively harmless malware that is mainly aimed at promoting low-ranking sites for advertising revenue. “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” gets those sites promoted by automatically redirecting the users’ browsers to them which earns money for its creators based on the Pay-Per-View model.
In most cases, your system won’t warn you against an app like this one and won’t tell you that it is malware because most hijackers don’t do anything harmful in the system. That said, their ads could be potentially unsafe as they might be linked to Internet locations that contain harmful elements (ads, links, buttons, etc.).
The ProtocolPort will damage your computer app
The “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” app is a type of Mac junkware that generates profits by aggressively advertising sites from within the browser without asking for the user’s permission. The “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” app can greatly reduce the speed of your browser and even cause it to crash.
The only way you can stop the actions of this app is if you fully uninstall it from the browser. That way, not only will you end the aggressive ads and remove the unwanted changes the hijacker has made in your browser but you will also greatly decrease the chance of coming across harmful online content that could eventually get your Mac infected with Ransomware, Trojans, or other harmful forms of malware.
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Remove ProtocolPort will damage your computer from Mac
The following instructions will allow you to remove ProtocolPort in two ways:
- The manual instructions will allow you to remove it on your own by downloading 2 software suites which will show you the folders the threat is located in. Installing, scanning, and deleting everything will require 1-2 hours of your time, depending on your speed and the threat itself.
Note: If ProtocolPort has an in-built ability to restore itself on a restart, the manual steps will not prevent that. We recommend the automatic removal.
- Download SpyHunter for Mac (one of the apps used in the manual instructions), scan with it, and if you decide to use the program, it will likely require about 15-20 minutes. This, however, requires an active subscription for SpyHunter, which means either to use the trial version or purchase the software.
1. Download EtreCheck from the Appstore and scan for any ProtocolPort unsigned files. Delete them. (You can skip this step altogether and download and scan with Spyhunter instead if you don’t want to double-check things).
2. Download and install Spyhunter for Mac. Scan for any malicious files.
3. The app will show you which files are infected. Either use SpyHunter to delete them for you (the automatic removal) or do it manually, which means tracking down each detected location by yourself and deleting the file.
4. In most cases start with /private/var/root/Library/Application Support/.ProtocolPort/ProtocolPort
5. In Finder press Shift+Command+G to open the Find window.
6. Search for the /var directory. Then proceed and look for the /root folder inside.
7. It will most likely be locked and you will need additional permissions to meddle with it.
8. Press command+I and scroll to sharing and permissions. Add your user name to permissions.
9. Now you should be able to access the /root folder and proceed and locate the /Library folder inside it. Proceed to do the same until you are inside the /Application Support folder.
10. It is possible that the folder you look for is hidden, if that is the case use command+shift+. to locate and find the file you want to delete.
11. Delete the ProtocolPort file.
12. If none of this helps, try the steps in this guide.
You can try to save up some time and remove “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” quickly by trying the following instructions inside your Mac browser:
- Start the affected Mac browser and go to its main menu >Preferences
- Next, find the extensions menu and open the extensions tab.
- Try to detect if there are extensions related to “ProtocolPort will damage your computer”.
- Remove these extensions (click on the Trash Bin icon next to them)
- Check for other unfamiliar extensions that might be causing you disturbance and remove them as well.
In some cases, this may be enough to get rid of “ProtocolPort will damage your computer”, but if the quick instructions don’t help, please use the more detailed steps below:
Quit Safari (in case that it is opened). If “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” is preventing it from closing normally, use the Force Quit option by clicking on the Apple menu.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Open the Activity Monitor. This app will give you details about the active proccesses on your Mac. Go through the list of running processes and if you detect an unfamiliar process or a process that seems to be linked to “ProtocolPort will damage your computer”, tap on it to highlight it. After that, click the “i” button at the top which will give you some basic information. In our example image below we have highlighted a Google Chrome process and have clicked on its information button:
At the end of the window you will find a Sample button that you need to click on. This will generate an automatic sample of the questionable process that should look like this:
Read the analysis of the sample and if you find something questionable, run the suspicious files in the free online virus scanner: i
If the scanner flags the files you are scanning as non-genuine or malicious, end their processes and delete their files.
Do this for every process that you think could be harmful.
After you have done your job inside the Activity Monitor, it is time to lauch Safari. Don’t forget to press and hold the Shift key while doing that in order to prevent pages that have been previously loaded by “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” from loading again. When the browser opens, release the Shift key.
There may be some unwanted pages that are more presistant than others. If they sitll manage to get loaded despite keeping the Shift key, do the following:
Force Quit Safari (Apple Menu located in the top left corner>>>Force Quit).
Then, disconnect from the internet by either unpligging the cable from the computer (if you are using a cable) or by switching off the Wi-Fi from your Mac’s Menu.
Once you have disconnected from the Internet, lauch Safari by keeping the Shift key. This time, no unwanted pages should be loaded.
Now, let’s move to the Safari Menu. Click on Preferences as shown in the image:
Then, choose the Extensions tab:
After you get inside the Extensions tab, your job is to manually find the extensions related to “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” that are messing up with your browser and Uninstall them. Do the same for any other extensions that you are not using and create clutter in your browser. Don’t worry, even if you unisntall all the extensions, your browser will still work perfectly as none of them is essential for its operation.
“ProtocolPort will damage your computer” may hijack the settings of different kind of browsers. That’s why if you are using other browsing apps alongside Safari, make sure you apply the instructions that follow to all of them.
In Safari, click the Safari Menu and select Preferences as you did in the previous step. The only difference is that this time you have to click on the Privacy tab:
This will allow you to have access to all the website data that has been stored in the browser. Seek the Remove All Website Data option and click on it. If a dialog prompts you to confirm, select Remove Now.
Attention! Please not that after you remove all website data, you will be logged out from all the websites that require web authentication.
Next, back in the Preferences menu, select the General tab this time:
“ProtocolPort will damage your computer” might have replaced your Homepage with some other URL. If this is the case, go to the Homepage field and change the imposed address to whatever homepage you like.
After you are done with that, select the History menu. Then, click on Clear History to delete all problematic web pages that “ProtocolPort will damage your computer” might have loaded without your permission.
Firefox users may have to follow similar instructions, but in order to avoid any confusion, this is what they need to do:
Open Firefox and click on
Then, select Add-ons. Highlight the Extensions tab under Get Add-ons on the left:
Look for the problematic extension in the list and Remove it. After that, Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
The instructions are almost identical in Google Chrome – Start Chrome, click
After that, click
In case that the guide can’t help you remove “ProtocolPort will damage your computer”, try using the professional anti-virus program we recommend. Also, don’t hesitate to make use of our free online virus scanner and ask us any questions that you may have in the comments section below this article.