Instructions to Remove/ Get Rid of Protectedsearch.com Redirect Virus Thoroughly

Posted by Britt Duncan - November 6, 2013

Are your homepage and search engine replaced by Protectedsearch.com? Are many sponsored links added to the search results? Do you frequently get to unknown and unwanted web pages? If you have no ideal about how to remove Protectedsearch.com browser hijack completely, no worries, read this post and get the best way to solve the problem.

Is Protectedsearch.com a dangerous virus?

Protectedsearch.com is categorized as a malicious browser hijacker which disguises as a legit and helpful search engine to cheat users’ trust. It imitates some popular search providers such as Chrome, Yahoo and Bing. However, Protectedsearch.com browser hijacker will intrude in the target computer in some deceptive ways like hacked websites, contaminated free programs, and spam email attachments, and so on.

Once it accesses your workstation successfully, Protectedsearch.com browser hijacker will first drop vicious files to the system registry. By doing so, it will be able to execute itself and carry out many evil activities on Windows start-up. This pesky browser hijacker can modify the browser settings without asking for any approval. It sets Protectedsearch.com as the default homepage and search engine of all your Internet browsers including Google Chrome, Firefox and IE. But you’ll receive a lot of sponsored links in the front of the search results when doing the search with Protectedsearch.com. Besides, you could frequently get to some unfamiliar and suspicious web pages with promoted products. Meanwhile, some programs could be automatically downloaded and installed into your PC. In addition, Protectedsearch.com virus will generate numerous and various ads, online games or porn websites during your web browsing activities. If you mistakenly click them, additional risky viruses will take chance to enter and further damage your desktop.

The longer you keep Protectedsearch.com in the Windows, the more damage it will cause. It can take up higher and higher system resources day by day, which leads to the much slow performance of the whole system especially the Internet connection. What’s worse, Protectedsearch.com hijacker is capable of tracing your keystrokes to gather your important information. The collected data would be sold to the third party hackers for illegal purposes. Thus, the earlier you remove Protectedsearch.com browser hijacker, the better it will be. You can take the following professional guide to finish the removal job.

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Protectedsearch.com virus Screeshot :

Disadvantages and risks of Protectedsearch.com Virus:

1. It could add malicious files to the Windows registry and activate itself on Windows start-up
2. It would make changes to the browser settings and add harmful add-ons, plug-ins and toolbars
3. It replaces homepage and search provider and provide lots of sponsored search results
4. It causes frequent web redirects to unwanted websites and displays lots of annoying ads
5. It records online activities and collects login user names, passwords and credit card data
6. It may introduce many other computer threats like Trojans, spyware, and malware
7. It makes the browser run slowly and even makes the Internet connection crashed

Manually Get Rid of Protectedsearch.com Virus

According to our research, we found that Protectedsearch.com redirect is caused by search.us.com toolbar that often gets installed together with other free toolbar or programs. And search.us.com toolbar has made many changes to your computer system and web browsers. So, you should keep very patient and careful when you are following our removal steps and manually removing Protectedsearch.com virus.

1. Please close all your web browsers before deleting Protectedsearch.com malware.

2. Click Start button and then Control Panel

3. Click Add or Remove Programs

4. Locate and remove Protectedsearch.com toolbar and other unknown software or toolbars

5. Run your Internet Explorer

6. Click Tools and then click Manage Add-ons option

7. Click Toolbars and Extensions to disable Protectedsearch.com toolbar or other suspicious add-ons and then click Search Providers tab to remove unwanted search engine.

After uninstalling Protectedsearch.com toolbar and reverting its changes to your browser, you need to go throught the following steps if you want to completely get rid of Protectedsearch.com virus.

1. Search and delete the following registry entries of Protectedsearch.com virus

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\svflooje\Enum\[random]

2. Search and remove the following malicious files of Protectedsearch.com malware

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe

%Windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\[random].exe

You should know that manually editing registry needs some computer know-how and is rather risky for computer newbie. Another fact is that Protectedsearch.com virus is able to update its version frequently and change its file locations. So the manual removal can not gurantee a thorough removal of Protectedsearch.com virus.

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