Chainedprotol.com Ads Virus. Removal Guide

Written by Valdis Koks

Chainedprotol.com search hijacker is a kind of malware that injects into your system, and afterwards modifies the browser search engine configurations in your browser to one which it desires. It additionally makes different unwanted modifications that can provoke private information leaks, as well as to various other malware delivery. In this post, you will see the tutorial of Chainedprotol.com hijacker elimination in several options, as well as additionally the technique of making your web browser just as good as new.

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Chainedprotol.com Info

Name Chainedprotol.com extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Chainedprotol.com hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Chainedprotol.com hijacker.

The methods of injection of Chainedprotol.com search hijackers are different. The majority of them belong to the malware spreading through the malvertising or evil-minded links of various sites. Occasionally, your personal computer might be contaminated with this virus via the trojan-downloader, which is used to disperse various other malware. There is a solitary kind of this unwanted program – browser plugin that may build into any web browser which supports the add-on installation2.

You will not likely install this plugin on your own, because their names are pretty uncertain, and the functionality is extremely questionable. The “creators” of Chainedprotol.com hijacker usually specify that it can save the .doc/.docx files from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to download the whole website on your disk. It is pretty hard to picture if somebody can be needed in such features in 2022, when the Web access is not time-limited as well as every PC has the ability to open the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their uselessness, they may effortlessly be located in the Chrome Web Store. Naturally, virus analysts sound the alarm about such spam right into the official source of browser extensions, demanding the Google response – getting rid of these extensions from their site. But they are still not hurrying to repair that protection problem.

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Is the Chainedprotol.com virus?

At the first sight, you can believe that these redirects are only frustrating, but not hazardous. As a result of this factor a lot of users are just playing for time rather than removing this malware, obtaining more and more possibilities of being infected with different other infections, which are much more serious than Chainedprotol.com is.

Besides the modified browser search engine or search results, you can additionally see different promotions even on those websites that do not have any promotions on it by default. And you may easily misclick while shutting off the promotion, and initiate the downloading of an unknown file, which can be a virus, or a potentially unwanted program, and even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your browser is corrupted because of the Azorult trojan task, the system may begin malfunctioning in the near future – this symptome is among the most usual in case of trojan infiltration.

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How to remove Chainedprotol.com?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Chainedprotol.com virus injection. It is very easy to refer to the options of protecting your computer from such frustrating items as browser hijackers, but it is really easy to be caught on this lure even being a qualified user. As it was mentioned above, this unwanted program can hide after the attractive (at the first sight) ad, or in packs with various other adware you can get in dozens of means. But regardless of the usual intricacy of the infiltration approaches, it is really simple to stay clear of the Chainedprotol.com hijacker presence in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Chainedprotol.com.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Ensure you have this manual tutorial always all set to utilize.
  • Execute a backup of all of your information, consisting of the stored logins, passwords and various other qualifications. You need to back up your information with a cloud back-up solution and see to it your files are secured from any kind of loss, also from one of the most severe infections.
  • Wait till the lasting back-up process is over.

Step 1: Uninstall Chainedprotol.com and related software from Windows

Here is a technique in few easy stages that must have the ability to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Chainedprotol.com from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Chainedprotol.com on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Chainedprotol.com. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Chainedprotol.com with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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