ProtectedSurf is an adware program that claims to improve your web browsing safety. However, as an ad-supported program it hijacks your web browsers Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome for spying on you browsing history and displaying ads and deals that can attract your clicks. Such clicks on ProtectedSurf advertising bring profit to this adware owners and distributors that help to install ProtectedSurf. That is probably why the installation is often deceptive. ProtectedSurf is bundled with popular free programs and set for being automatically installed unless you notice and disable this optional adware. I guess you did not, and now you want to remove ProtectedSurf from your computer. It is a good idea. While ProtectedSurf is not malicious by design, any adware presents some threats to your security and privacy.
If you want to get rid of ProtectedSurf ads and deals displayed in your Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, then you need to remove ProtectedSurf extensions, add-ons, and browser helper objects installed in these web browsers. You also need to remove similarly named Windows application just as you would remove any other Windows program. You can remove ProtectedSurf components manually by following this guide. However, other adware that might be present in a bundle or installed somehow else can bring you a hard time since you need to see what to kill first. SpyHunter offers a free scanner that shows you all you need, and it can automatically remove ProtectedSurf and other malware form your infected computer.
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What is ProtectedSurf?
ProtectedSurf is an adware developed for making money out of users’ clicks. However, it is promoted as an application that can make your web browsing more secure. While it is not malicious, it traces your web browsing history and might cause some problems related to your privacy and security of your computer system. Adware wastes your web traffic for running its activities. ProtectedSurf is often deceptively installed with free programs if you miss signs of adware present in download client or a setup wizard for a program that you download. ProtectedSurf is installed as a Windows program that manages adware and web browser extensions installed into Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. This makes removing ProtectedSurf more slightly more complicated than removing other windows programs, but if it is bundled with other adware programs, then you can have a hard time. It is better to be careful while installing free programs since inspecting setup wizards for bundled programs takes less of your time than ProtectedSurf removal.
Protection against deceptively installed adware:
Protect your computer with programs like SpyHunter that can trace installation process, warn you on threats, and remove malware on your demand. Otherwise, you need to pay attention to EULAs and check boxes placed in setup wizard and download clients related to a free program that you download. It helps you to notice additional programs bundled to the one you get. Always use “custom”, or “advanced”, installation option instead of “typical”, or “normal” or “quick” because these options often hide adware programs from your view.
ProtectedSurf Adware Removal ToolProtectedSurf Removal Tool is a part of SpyHunter that easily remove ProtectedSurf and other malicious programs found on your computer. It detects all malicious elements and tracking cookies related to ProtectedSurf malware. Free scanner shows you all the details and helps to delete ProtectedSurf components manually if you want. This software is timely updated and offers a free professional support for removing mutating viruses. It helps to remove stubborn PUP (potentially unwanted programs) and spyware, protects DNS connection, your web browsers, ActiveX components, and other system elements form malware infection. SpyHunter helps to guard your computer against ProtectedSurf and other threats. It protects your security and privacy.
Remove ProtectedSurf Ads Manually
You need to uninstall all the ProtectedSurf components manually. First, you need to uninstall the program using “Add/Remove programs”. Then you need to remove web browser add-on components that belong to ProtectedSurf.
Use the following guide for manual removal. Then scan your computer with antispyware program to make sure that other hidden malicious programs are also removed.
Uninstall ProtectedSurf on Windows 8
- On Metro screen click on "Search" icon. Then, type "Remove Program" in the input box and click on "Uninstall a program" menu option.
- Select "ProtectedSurf" program and click "Uninstall" button at the top of the list.
Optional: If on a desktop, right click "Start" button (or the lower left corner) to open the "Quick Access Menu". Then find and click on "Programs and Features"
Optional: Click on "Control Panel" option. Find and click "Uninstall a Program" link in the menu list placed under "Programs" menu option.
Uninstall ProtectedSurf on Windows 7, Vista
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop and select "Control Panel" option on the right
- Click on "Programs and Features" menu option in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and highlight ProtectedSurf program. Then, click "Uninstall" button and confirm program removal.
Uninstall ProtectedSurf on Windows XP
Uninstalling ProtectedSurf from Windows XP is very similar to one shown above. There are minor differences in a process:
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop.
- Select "Control Panel" in the menu on the right
- Find and double-click "Add/Remove Programs" list item in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and click on ProtectedSurf program. Then, click "Remove" button.
Remove ProtectedSurf from Chrome
Remove ProtectedSurf extensions from Google Chrome
- Start Google Chrome and click on Menu icon in the top-right corner. Select Settings in the drop down list.
- Click on Extensions on the left to display installed Chrome extensions. Find ProtectedSurf extension and click on "Remove from Chrome" icon.
- Restart your browser.
Remove ProtectedSurf from Firefox
Remove ProtectedSurf add-on from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox and click Menu icon at the top-right corner. Click on Add-ons icon.
- Select Extensions on the sidebar. Find ProtectedSurf add-on. Right-click it, and then click Remove button.
- Restart Firefox to complete the removal.
Remove ProtectedSurf from Internet Explorer
Remove ProtectedSurf extensions from Internet Explorer
- Start Internet Explorer click Tools icon in the top-right corner.
- Click on Manage add-ons option.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions tab on left, right-click on ProtectedSurf, and then click Disable option.
- Restart your web browser.
Note: Manual removal of ProtectedSurf is relatively easy task for a user with some experience. However, you might get a bunch of bundled adware programs present on your computer. You need to remove these threats to your security and privacy. Use free scanners that come with SpyHunter and ProtectedSurf Removal Tool for help or let these programs to take care of the problem.
Remove ProtectedSurf Adware Infection Completely
ProtectedSurf adware might be spread in a bundle with other like programs. As a result, your system might be also infected with malicious programs used by cyber criminals for stealing money and illegal activities. After you remove ProtectedSurf adware you have to run full anti-virus scan with an updated version of your antivirus. Then it is a good idea to scan your system with anti-malware program like SpyHunter 4. This software offers a free scanner that helps with manual removal, and you can opt for automated removal, professional support, and anti-malware protection.