Remove Protectedio Search Virus From Firefox/Chrome/IE

This article aims to help users remove Protectedio Search Virus from, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.

Remove Protectedio Search Virus

Protectedio Search Virus is a type of Adware software, which is actually a sub-category of viruses. These viruses are not regarded as very dangerous as they rarely pose a direct danger to your computer, but they are still viruses and they should not be taken lightly. Protectedio Search Virus focuses on annoying the hell out of you by creating an endless stream of advertisements. These Ads will be shown to you as you browse the internet – whether you want them or not does not matter to the virus. There is no pause or disable button and the only sure way to stop them is to remove the virus from your computer. Unfortunately this could be trickier then it seems it first, but if you follow the instructions you will be fine in the end. There are of couple of things that you absolutely…

What you must NOT do while Protectedio Search Virus is on your computer.

First and foremost you should never download or install anything associated with or offered by Protectedio Search Virus. These files will be either viruses or bloatware applications that will try to scam you of your money. The viruses are really hard to tell unless you use the help of anti-malware scanner applications, but the bloatware is recognizable enough. They are usually PC optimizing software or other kind of utility-type programs. These programs don’t actually do anything – instead they create fake messages about non-existing problems. These problems will be a gross exaggeration of real issues – all done in order to scare you and make you believe you need the help of the bloatware. Of course you are required to pay for it. If you make the mistake of paying the bloatware will give a happy message about the problem getting fixed, but nothing really happens – instead you will just stop seeing the warnings.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Protectedio Search Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Protectedio Search Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Protectedio Search Virus

Now we’ll start the removal process itself. It will evolve a couple of steps, all of which must be performed in the prescribed order and under Safe Mode (Step 1 is actually an explanation on how to activate it). Doing them in Safe Mode is very important, because in that mode the scripts and plug-ins that hide the files of the virus are disabled. Without those gone you will never actually be able to get rid of the virus.


Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


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When Protectedio Search Virus came in contact with your computer it infected ALL of your internet browsers. Now you need to remove every single copy of the virus, because otherwise it will be able to regenerate back and infect everything you just cleaned. In order to do this run Step 2 and Step 3 for each and every browser installed on your computer.

Also, while you are doing this it is possible that you get some sort of confirmation message, that can also try to install other viruses or maybe try to make you visit an infected site. As you’ve probably guesses this is just another trap laid out by the virus. Deny/cancel anything and p

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Protectedio Search Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Remove Protectedio Search Virus From Firefox

Protectedio Search Virus  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

Remove Protectedio Search Virus From Chrome

 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Protectedio Search Virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.


Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


The final section that follows is absolutely vital for the assured removal of Protectedio Search Virusl. Unfortunately it can also be dangerous, as it involves termination of processes and deletion of system files. You need to be very careful while doing this, if you make a mistake you risk damaging your OS or other programs. If you are not feeling comfortable then it might be a good idea to take a look at our recomended professional Protectedio Search Virus remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other viruses that you can’t see with your naked eye. An active automated scan is your best bet while dealing with those.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Move on to STEP 6.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

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 you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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STEP 7 – Optimization

We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.