Search Protect – How to remove?

What is Search Protect

Search Protect is how your installed anti-malware utility names a generic anti-virus tool (PUP) installed on your device. It needs to be mentioned that PUP contaminations aren’t too severe, as they do not intend to directly damage your device. Because PUPs generally claim to be useful programs, they can sometimes prevent elimination. It may be promoted as a game, anti-virus application or a browser add-on, or more commonly a computer optimizer. The PUP category is given to applications when they install via software bundling and try to fool users into paying money. You will be exposed to dubious ads if your PUP is a browser extension, or be scared into purchasing useless complete versions of applications if you’re dealing with system optimization utilities or virus removal utilities. We strongly suggest you erase Search Protect as it is worthless. Search_Protect1.png

PUP spread ways

You might oftentimes see PUPs introduced as useful software, so the potentially unwanted program could have been installed by you intentionally. We recommend doing more research before setting up applications next time, if you remember installing the PUP intentionally.

You could have also installed the potentially unwanted application accidentally, through software bundles. Program bundling is a pretty simple to understand. If additional items come attached to freeware, they are authorized to install alongside. The reason so many users end up not deselecting those offers is because they’re usually hidden.

If you don’t pay attention to program installation, you will not be able to avoid the installation of those undesirable items. Only if you selected Advanced (Custom) settings will you be able to see what has been adjoined. Not only will you see what has been software, but you will also be able to deselect everything.

What does Search Protect do

For some generic PUP threats, popular security utilities like Kaspersky, Symantec, Avast, Malwarebytes, TrendMicro and ESET will use the Search Protect detection name. While the PUP is detected by different security application, it is not especially harmful. Such programs usually focus on making money by either tricking users or showing advertisements, instead of doing direct damage to the device. When you are dealing with a PUP of any kind, it commonly means you will see an increase in advertisements as you browse.

Complete versions of PUPs are a waste of money, and we would like you to keep that in mind. Also keep in mind that adverts brought about by PUPs are likely to expose you to viruses and scams, so engaging with them is not advised.

Ways to erase Search Protect

If you have anti-malware tool installed, it might not erase Search Protect, even though it detects it, which would be why you’ve stumbled upon this particular article. If that is the case, you have a couple of choices, you can delete Search Protect manually or you may try a different security program. If you need instructions for manual Search Protect elimination, scroll down. It is also possible that your anti-virus tool is reacting to a false positive, in which case there isn’t much you can do.

Learn how to remove Search Protect from your computer

Step 1. Uninstall Search Protect from Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel. Remove Search Protect from Windows XP Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs. Delete Search Protect from Windows XP Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Select Search Protect or other the suspicious program and click Remove. Uninstall Search Protect from Windows XP Search Protect - How to remove?

Step 2. Uninstall Search Protect from Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select Control Panel. Remove Search Protect from Windows 7 Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. Click Uninstall a program. Uninstall Search Protect from Windows 7 Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Right-click on the Search Protect or other program that you wish to remove. Delete Search Protect from Windows 7 Search Protect - How to remove?
  5. Uninstall it.

Step 3. Uninstall Search Protect from Windows 8

  1. Access the Metro UI menu.
  2. Start typing Control Panel. Open it. Delete Search Protect from Windows 8 Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. Click Programs and Features. Search Protect removal from Windows 8 Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Select Search Protect or other unwanted application.
  5. Click the Uninstall button. Remove Search Protect from Windows 8 Search Protect - How to remove?

ie-logo Search Protect - How to remove?Step 4. Remove Search Protect and other malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

To deal with Search Protect in Internet Explorer, you will have to follow these steps:
  1. Run Internet Explorer and press Alt+X simultaneously.
  2. Afterwards, open Manage add-ons and choose Toolbars and Extensions. Remove Search Protect from Internet Explorer Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. From the provided list remove all suspicious extensions including Search Protect. Delete Search Protect from Internet Explorer Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Navigate to Search Providers. Erase the current search tool and pick a new one as your default. Uninstall Search Protect from Internet Explorer Search Protect - How to remove?
  5. Save the changes you made and leave this window.
  6. Now press Alt+X one more time and select Internet Options. Search Protect removal from Internet Explorer Search Protect - How to remove?
  7. Access the General tab and replace this home page with the one you trust (google.com , yahoo.com , msn.com) Erase Search Protect from Internet Explorer Search Protect - How to remove?
  8. To finish the procedure, tap OK.
If you follow these guidelines attentively, you will be able to deal with browser redirect virus in your IE. As you can see, all new extensions are removed during the procedure and you also have an opportunity to recover your lost settings.

ff-logo Search Protect - How to remove?Step 5. Remove Search Protect and malicious Extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

The users who experience Search Protect in Mozilla Firefox, should follow the instructions presented below, if they want to clean their system:
  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and click Ctrl+Shift+A at the same time.
  2. Move your cursor to Extensions and locate the suspicious and undesirable entries.
  3. Next to the chosen extensions, tap the Remove button. Remove Search Protect from Mozilla Firefox Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Press Alt+T and select Options. Access the General tab. Uninstall Search Protect from Mozilla Firefox Search Protect - How to remove?
  5. In General tab, remove the unreliable home page and choose another, like Google.com, Yahoo.com Search Protect removal from Mozilla Firefox Search Protect - How to remove?
  6.  Choose Search tab. Delete Search Protect from Mozilla Firefox Search Protect - How to remove?
  7. Delete the unwanted search provider and choose your new search. Click OK.
 

ch-logo Search Protect - How to remove?Step 6. Remove Search Protect and all malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

If a browser hijacker took over Google Chrome, the last set of instructions are prepared for you. Do not miss a single step and take care of your system:
  1. Run Google Chrome and tap Alt+F.
  2. Click More Tools and choose Extensions. Delete Search Protect from Google Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. Eliminate the undesirable extensions from the list. Remove Search Protect from Google Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Access Settings and navigate to Open a page or a set of pages that you can find under On startup. Uninstall Search Protect from Google Chrome Search Protect - How to remove? Erase Search Protect from Google Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  5. Press Set pages and replace the current home page with another one. Search Protect removal from Google Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  6. Click OK and select Manage Search Engines (under search). Remove Search Protect from Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  7. Remove the current search engine and select a new one. Delete Search Protect from Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  8. Click Done and restart Google Chrome.

Step 7. How to reset your browser?

7.1) Reset Internet Explorer

  1. Launch your browser and tap Alt+T or click Tools > Internet Options icon at the top right corner. Remove Search Protect from IE Search Protect - How to remove?
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and press Reset button. Delete Search Protect from IE Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. Tick a box next to Delete personal Settings and press the Reset button again. Uninstall Search Protect from IE Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Restart your browser.

7.2) Reset Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+H. Delete Search Protect from Firefox Search Protect - How to remove?
  2. Click Help > Troubleshooting Information. Search Protect removal from Firefox Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. Now Click Refresh Firefox. Uninstall Search Protect from Firefox Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Click the Refresh Firefox button again.

7.3) Reset Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+F or click on 3 Stripes icon at the top right corner Delete Search Protect from Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  2. Select Settings and Click Show advanced settings at end of the page. Search Protect removal from Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  3. Click Reset settings button. Erase Search Protect from Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. Click the Reset button. Uninstall Search Protect from Chrome Search Protect - How to remove?

7.4) Safari Browser

  1. Launch your Safari browser.
  2. Select Safari Settings (top-right corner).
  3. Choose Reset Safari.... from the drop-down menu. Delete Search Protect from Safari Search Protect - How to remove?
  4. A warning dialog box containing all items that you wish to delete will appear. These items are checked by default.
  5. Make sure that the items you want to erase are checked.
  6. Press the Reset button. Remove Search Protect from Safari Search Protect - How to remove?
  7. Your Safari browser will automatically restart.

Download Removal Toolto remove Search Protect

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