Protectsoftware.xyz Ads Pop-ups – How to fix your browser?

Written by Valdis Koks

Protectsoftware.xyz search hijacker is a type of malware that squeezes into your PC, and afterwards modifies the browser search engine settings in your web browser to one which it wants. It additionally makes some unwanted changes that might cause personal data leakages, in addition to other malware delivery. In this post, you will read the tutorial of Protectsoftware.xyz hijacker elimination in several options, and also the procedure of making your web browser like new.

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Protectsoftware.xyz Info

Name Protectsoftware.xyz extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Protectsoftware.xyz 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 Protectsoftware.xyz hijacker.

The ways of injection of Protectsoftware.xyz search hijackers are diverse. Many of them come from the malware dispersing via the malvertising or malevolent links of different sites. Occasionally, your PC may be contaminated with this malware with the trojan-downloader, which is put into action to spread numerous other malware. There is a single kind of this unwanted program – web browser plugin that may build right into any browser which supports the add-on installation2.

You will not likely add this plugin by yourself, due to the fact that their names are really dubious, and also the usefulness is really questionable. The “developers” of Protectsoftware.xyz hijacker generally specify that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the websites already to .pdf format, or to download the whole site on your disk. It is extremely tough to imagine if somebody can be needed in such functions in 2022, when the Internet access is not time-limited as well as every computer has the ability to start the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their uselessness, they may effortlessly be spotted in the Chrome Web Store. Of course, virus experts sound the alarm relating to such spam into the legit source of web browser extensions, demanding the Google response – eliminating these extensions from their site. But they are still not hurrying to take care of that safety issue.

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Is the Protectsoftware.xyz virus?

At the first sight, you can believe that these redirects are just aggravating, but not harmful. Due to this reason a lot of people are simply playing for time instead of getting rid of this malware, obtaining increasingly more possibilities of being infected with various other viruses, which are far more major than Protectsoftware.xyz is.

Besides the altered search engine or search results, you can additionally see various advertisements even on those websites that do not have any type of advertisements on it by default. And you may unintentionally misclick while shutting off the advertisement, and initiate the downloading of an unknown file, which may be a virus, or a potentially undesirable application, or even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your browser is corrupted as a result of the Azorult trojan task, the system can begin malfunctioning quickly – this symptome is one of the most usual in case of trojan infiltration.

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How to remove Protectsoftware.xyz?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Protectsoftware.xyz virus injection. It is extremely simple to refer to the options of shielding your computer from such frustrating things as browser hijackers, but it is very easy to be caught on this lure perhaps even being an experienced user. As it was stated above, this malware may hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with various other adware you can get in dozens of manners. But regardless of the usual complexity of the infiltration techniques, it is really simple to avoid the Protectsoftware.xyz hijacker appearance 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 Protectsoftware.xyz.

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

  • Make sure you have this hands-on tutorial constantly prepared to utilize.
  • Carry out a backup of all of your data, including the saved logins, passwords and also various other qualifications. You need to back up your info with a cloud back-up option and make sure your documents are secured from any type of type of loss, also from the most extreme infections.
  • Wait until the resilient back-up procedure is over.

Step 1: Uninstall Protectsoftware.xyz and related software from Windows

Right here is a technique in couple of simple steps that should be able 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 Protectsoftware.xyz 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 Protectsoftware.xyz 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 Protectsoftware.xyz. 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 Protectsoftware.xyz 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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