This removal guide is concerned with the Search.protectedio.com Virus and how to remove it from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as your PC.
Search.protectedio.com Virus is a type of virus application that is knоwn as browser hijacker. The name is closely related to how it operates – it makes advertisements (Ads). These Ads will be presented to the user whenever he works on his browser – when he starts it or whenever he loads a page/tab with it. Needless to say those are a lot of Ads and they can be pretty annoying to deal with over time. But that will be the least of your worries with Search.protectedio.com Virus.
The Ads will could take several forms – pop-ups, banners or maybe entire new pages that may contain some useful information as well as a huge load of Ads. In some rare occasions it can even turn words from any text you read into hyperlinks and they can also produce pictures when hovered over.
Do not click on the Ads
These things may not be dangerous on their own, but if you make the mistake of interacting with them you may just open as a Pandora’s box on you. Search.protectedio.com Virus will try to install some kind of virus on your computer through it’s Ads. Most often it will come in the guise of some free software installation, but it could be a couple of other things – like missing plug-in or video codec you “must” install. As a program Search.protectedio.com Virus will usually try to pose as anti-virus, anti-malware or maybe some PC optimization scanner. Finally the virus could be a toolbar or addon for your browser.
Because of all of this we strongly recommend that you don’t install ANYTHING offered to you by Search.protectedio.com Virus. If you need to install a program make sure you download it from the official site that distributes it. Torrent and online storage sites could be very dangerous, especially since they are many fake sites that impersonate the big ones.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Search.protectedio.com 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 Search.protectedio.com Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Search.protectedio.com Virus
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Virus makes often release multiple different versions of the same virus, which work the same, but might require different actions in order to be removed. We suspect this is the case with Search.protectedio.com Virus as users have reported different methods to be required for the deletion of the virus. We’ve made sure to include all of them in the removal guide, but this also means that some might be redundant for some people.
Begin our step by step guide and carefully follow the instructions. If in any step you see nothing of the virus to delete don’t worry – your copy simply doesn’t require that operation and you can move on with the next one.
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.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- 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.
Search.protectedio.com Virus has almost certainly infected all of your internet browsers. It’s paramount that you delete every single copy of Search.protectedio.com Virus from them, otherwise the virus can clone itself back on next system reboot. Remember that you have to run steps 2&3 for ALL of your internet browsers – even older ones you may no longer be using actively.
Also be aware that Search.protectedio.com Virus might try to spawn a pop-up message while you delete it. It can offer an installation of another free program as compensation or any other reason. Basically it is trying to bounce back into your PC under a different name. Don’t allow it.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Search.protectedio.com Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Search.protectedio.com Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click 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.
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.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
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 Search.protectedio.com 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 Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
BEFORE PROCEEDING YOU MUSTREAD THIS!
What follows now is the most difficult step of the guide that is also absolutely mandatory if you want Search.protectedio.com Virus permanently deleted. It can also be fairly dangerous. Doing it wrong can damage your PC significantly. If you are feeling nervous you should probably not take any unnecessary risks and download a professional Search.protectedio.com Virus remover. Another reason to do this is because it can scan your computer for other, more subtle viruses that do not reveal themselves until it’s too late.
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—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.