Protectium is an adware that claims improved security and speed of web browsing. However, it is ad-supported and consists of a Widows program and web browser extension, add-ons, or browser helper objects installed in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
If you want to remove Protectium, then you need to remove all of these Protectium components. Besides displaying ads in your web browser Protectium compromises your privacy with activities related to web search history tracking. It also wastes your web traffic and load your computer with activities that you barely need. Protectium is often deceptively installed with popular free programs that you download. This practice is called bundling and involves attaching Protectium installation program to a setup wizard that came with a free program or a download client used as a wrapper. Protectium barely would hurt your computer, but some ads might lead to computer infection. You need to be attentive when installing free programs, and if adware programs like Protectium infect your computer, then it is better to remove them ass soon as possible. Use the guide below for manual Protectium removal or a Protectium removal tool that helps to remove other malicious programs and protect your security and privacy.
This removal guide will help you to remove Protectium manually or with a help of special software that removes Protectium and other malicious programs. SpyHunter offers quality detection, clean removal, and real-time protection against malicious programs.
What is Protectium?
Protectium is presented as a program that will improve security and speed of your web browsing. It however comes with adware developed for making money out of your clicks on ads, coupons, and deals. While this program is not malicious, Protectium is often deceptively installed with other free programs, and this might be not only annoying. Adware often compromises your privacy by tracking your browsing history and wastes your web traffic and system resources if you do not really need Protectium. Since this adware consists of multiple components installed as a program and web browser extensions, it is more difficult to remove Protectium than other Windows programs. The guide below explains how to remove each of Protectium components related to browsers Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. If you want to remove Protectium, just follow this guide, and you will get rid of Protectium ads pretty soon. Certainly, there might be more adware programs responsible for displaying ads in your web browser, and you might need a special program that finds and helps to remove Protectium and like adware programs.
Protection against deceptively installed adware:
If you want to avoid installing adware like Protectium, then remember that this kind of programs is set for automatic installation and the information about adware bundled to your download is definitely not the first thing they want you to see. Pay attention to marked check boxes in setup wizards for free programs and set on “custom” installation option instead of “typical” because the last might hide bundled adware. Be careful while installing free programs, and it will save your time. Use SpyHunter as a Protectium removal tool instead. This anti-malware product is very reliable and offers a premium real-time anti-malware protection against dangerous or malicious software that otherwise might infect your computer.
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Remove Protectium from Windows
First, you need to uninstall Protectium application using “Add/Remove programs” utility. Then you need to remove web browser extensions that belong to Protectium adware installed in your Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
Use the following guide for manual removal, or scan your computer with anti-malware for removing other malicious programs from your infected computer.
Uninstall Protectium 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 "Protectium" 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 Protectium 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 Protectium program. Then, click "Uninstall" button and confirm program removal.
Uninstall Protectium on Windows XP
Uninstalling Protectium 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 Protectium program. Then, click "Remove" button.
Remove Protectium from Chrome
Remove Protectium 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 Protectium extension and click on "Remove from Chrome" icon.
- Restart your browser.
Remove Protectium from Firefox
Remove Protectium 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 Protectium add-on. Right-click it, and then click Remove button.
- Restart Firefox to complete the removal.
Remove Protectium from Internet Explorer
Remove Protectium 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 Protectium, and then click Disable option.
- Restart your web browser.
Note: This manual removal procedure is not difficult but might be very time consuming if you have other malicious programs on your computer. If your value your time, then you can save it by using SpyHunter for malware removal and get anti-malware protection and free professional support. Scan your system for free and see how many malicious programs are present on your computer.
Remove Protectium Adware Infection Completely
It is possible that your computer is infected with other adware programs. You can check suspicious program names with the list of adware removal tools names and see if it match. If they match, than the program belongs to adware and our removal tools can handle it for sure. Actually, they can remove hundreds thousands of viruses, but there is always a gray area where any anti-virus fails. This checking procedure is very helpful while real scanning for viruses is definitely better.