How to remove AdBlock Protect

This discusses the dangers of having a hazardous browser plug-in called AdBlock Protect. To remove this threat, we are proving Removal Guide, effective Malware Scanners, and steps to Reset the Internet Program.

AdBlock Protect is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that targets PC computers. The authors of this doubtful browser extension rely on intrusive pop-up, redirects, and drive-by download scheme to distribute the harmful code online. It uses deceptive methods to convince users to download and install the application.

One additional way to deploy AdBlock Protect is by software bundling techniques where the adware is built into free software that computer users may find worthy of installing. Some of the freeware that cyber crooks are using to package with their adware are free utilities, media player, games, download helper, and bogus software update.

While installing, computer users may not be aware in the loading of the undesired software. Indeed, there have been times when AdBlock Protect is not the only additional program that goes with the dubious freeware. There may be other similar PUP’s on the package that likewise get installed and it may be MyStreamsSearch, GetSportSearch, Adblock Shield, or VideoSearchNow. In most cases, installing an unwanted program could cause inconvenience and browsing issues on targeted Internet software like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.

An ill-advised and very troubling event is the presence of unwanted search engine on the home page. The same URL also shows up and controls the search provider and new tab window. Therefore, all on-line requests from users are redirected to unwanted domain or search provider. This is no simple redirect case, as the adware is able to capture critical details from the web browser which includes search keywords and personal details.

Screenshot of AdBlock Protect

Unfortunately, unknown search engine will remain on the homepage, new tab and search until the AdBlock Protect extension is installed. Because of this, we have done a deletion steps below to help the user get rid of the malicious extension and restore the browser to its previous normal operating state.

AdBlock Protect Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the Adware from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting pop-ups and redirects.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete AdBlock Protect Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to AdBlock Protect.

Remove AdBlock Protect from Windows (Internet Explorer or Edge Browser)

1. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

2. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

3. Select AdBlock Protect or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

If AdBlock Protect is still present on the IE browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups, another option is to remove the adware from the browser settings.

4. Open Internet Explorer program.

5. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

6. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of AdBlock Protect from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete the same object from Search Providers section.

7. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

Remove AdBlock Protect Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find AdBlock Protect or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall AdBlock Protect Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to AdBlock Protect and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that pop-ups and other troubles are gone from the browser.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove AdBlock Protect automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful virus and malware removal tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering adware like AdBlock Protect.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process.

Screnshot of Sophos Installer

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove adware like AdBlock Protect.

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to AdBlock Protect and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the AdBlock Protect adware. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat, please proceed to the succeeding procedures below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of AdBlock Protect on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces annoying pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by AdBlock Protect.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to AdBlock Protect. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by AdBlock Protect. If the adware still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with AdBlock Protect. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from AdBlock Protect. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of AdBlock Protect.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed AdBlock Protect extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to AdBlock Protect. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. AdBlock Protect should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference. Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by AdBlock Protect and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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