A window of Browser protect appears on your screen? It prompts you to perform hijack protection for your browsers? Be careful, it is a sign that your computer gets infected with a BrowserProtect virus. This article shows the detailed removal guide of BrowserProtect virus. Keep reading.
What is BrowserProtect Virus?
The BrowserProtect is supposed to be a program designed to monitor your browsers against hijacks. It can block the redirects of browser hijackers. It “kindly” prompts you that your browsers are under hijack protection and performs scan after a frequent interval. In fact, it is a shady program. Malicious and unwanted programs use the BrowserProtect program to protect themselves and prevent the changes made by users who want to get rid of this virus. That is why users are difficult in removing this virus. The BrowserProtect is classified as browser hijacker. Just like other browser hijackers, it may override the dwelling home page, redirect the home page to other malicious websites or phishing websites furtively, steal sensitive information such as credit card, bank count, and password, install malicious plugins, and pop up advertisements and sponsored links.
In order to be a real browser protector, the BrowserProtect will pop up fake security warnings. But in reality, it mess the system of victim’s computer. Obviously, victims find their computers slow down. Malicious webpages and advertisements pop up out of nowhere. What’s worse, being associated with cyber criminals, the virus collects personal user data and helps cyber criminals earn money from victims. That means cyber criminals can access to your computer without any hassles or complications and monitors the actives of users on the internet. So, it is highly recommended you get rid of this virus urgently.
Symptoms of the BrowserProtect virus:
Modification of browser settings and DNS settings without consent
Display of popups and sponsored links
Redirects of malicious websites such as fishing websites
Installation of useless add-ons, extensions and toolbar application
How to Remove BrowserProtect Virus (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)?
Option 1: Remove BrowserProtect virus manually
Step 1 uninstall BrowserProtect virus through control panel
Step 2 Repair modified hosts files and DNS settings
Step 3 Remove BrowserProtect virus and related malware infections using Anvi Smart Defender
Step 4 Remove add-ons and extensions from browser
Step 5 Clean invalid registry entries and leftovers using Cloud System Booster
Option 2- BrowserProtect Virus through System Restore (Optional Troubleshoot)
Option 1: Remove BrowserProtect virus manually
Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen. Click Settings on Charms bar and go to Control Panel. Select Uninstall a program and remove BrowserProtect virus related programs.
Go to Start, navigate to Control Panel, hit Uninstall a program/Programs and Features, find BrowserProtect virus related programs, and click on Uninstall.
Go to Start, navigate to Settings and click on Control Panel, navigate to Add or Remove Programs, choose Programs and Features, find BrowserProtect virus related programs, and hit Remove.
Note: The virus is so tricky that you can’t find it on the control panel. Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel.
1 Go to start, type C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc in the search bar
2 Double-click “hosts” file to open it. Choose to open with Notepad or any other text editor.
The Windows hosts file should look the same as in the image below (Windows XP). There should be only one line:
127.0.0.1 localhost (Windows XP)
127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 (Windows Vista/7/8).
Note: If there are more lines, then remove them and save changes.
3 Check out the DNS settings
If your computer fails to access the network, please check the DNS settings according to the following guide:
Launch your Internet Explorer, click on Settings icon or Tools, hit Internet Options in the dropped-down menu, navigate to Connections tab, click on LAN settings, in the LAN settings menu, uncheck the use a proxy server as your LAN, hit OK and close the window. Then retry the browser.
In order to be sure that there are no other undesirable files present in your system, run a full system scan with Anvi Smart Defender. Anvi Smart Defender is a powerful malicious software removal tool, which can help users prevent malicious software such as virus, Trojan, adware, spyware and so on. The light and smart swordfish scan engine will not consume extra resources and influence the operation of the computer. And here we recommend you the Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.
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1. Install the free or paid version of Anvi Smart Defender Anti-Malware software
2. Launch the program
3. Scan the malware infecting the computer system
4. Check out the detailed results and remove the malicious files once and for all
Click on View Details to see detailed results and click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your system.
Remove BrowserProtect entries from system registry:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” =’0 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = 1 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = 1 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 1
Delete Browser Protect files and folders:
C:\Program Files\BrowserProtect 1.1.2 (C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\) (C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\Application Data\BrowserProtect 1.1.2)
Note: the manual removal of Browser Protect entries is very complicated and timing consuming. You should be careful while deleting the entries and malicious files. Otherwise some programs may go wrong. So it is highly recommended you use antivirus software such as Anvi Smart Defender to remove the entries and malicious files instead of manual removal.
1. Launch Internet Explorer, click on the Tools (gear icon for Windows XP users), and then hit Manage add-ons.
2 On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the BrowserProtect add-on and remove it
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools>Add-ons
2. Select Extensions and Search providers, choose the BrowserProtect extension and click on Remove.
1. Open Google Chrome and click Wrench icon. Go to Tools> Extensions.
2. Disable any file associate with malware.
After removing the add-ons and extensions of the BrowserProtect virus, there must be invalid registry entries as well as any leftovers left, including cache, cookies and junk files, of this virus. Please launch the Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button. It will automatically detect the junks files. Click on Clean button to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc.
1. Download and install Cloud System Booster
2. Run the Cloud System Booster
Click on the Boost button on the main screen to run a full scan, and hit clean button to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc.
Option 2- Remove BrowserProtect Virus through System Restore (Optional Troubleshoot)
System Restore helps you restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. Sometimes, downloading and installing free software can make your PC be attacked by malicious programs which are always bundled with free software. System Restore can return your PC’s system files and programs to a time when everything was working fine.