Do you know what AdProtect is?
AdProtect is another fake anti-spyware program that misleads computer users into thinking that it is able to remove spyware or other malware infections. AdProtect or Ad Protect does nothing of those sorts. AdProtect is more-or-less a complete waste of your time and money if you ever purchase it.
AdProtect is very misleading. If AdProtect was installed by a Trojan such as Zlob then you may get these annoying popups or alert messages that have bogus messages of your system being infected with some type of computer malware.
In non-techie terms:
AdProtect may lead to tracking of your actions or theft of personal information. It is very important to know that you must never purchase AdProtect for any reasons. Also, stay away from any website that advertises AdProtect.
Aliases: AdProtect, Ad Protect.
AdProtect Automatic Removal Instructions
AdProtect Manual Removal Instructions
This manual removal method is for techie computer users. AdProtect manual removal may be difficult and time consuming to remove. There's no guarantee that AdProtect will be removed completely. So read the AdProtect removal steps carefully and good luck.
Before you start: Close all programs and Internet browsers. Also back up your computer in case you make a mistake and your computer stops working.
- Uninstall AdProtect Program
Click on Start > Settings > Control Panel > Double-click on Add/Remove Programs. Search for and uninstall AdProtect if found.
- If your homepage has been changed, go to Start > Control Panel > Internet Options > click on the General > click Use Default under Home Page. Add the your desired default homepage, then click Apply > click OK. Open a new web browser to check that you have your desired default homepage.
- To stop AdProtect processes (view process removal steps)
Go to Start > Run > type taskmgr. The click the Processes tab and you'll see a list of running processes.
Search and stop these AdProtect processes:
For each unwanted process, right-click on it and then select "End task".
- To Unregister AdProtect DLLs (view DLL removal steps)
Search and unregister these AdProtect DLLs:
To locate the AdProtect DLL path, go to Start > Search > All Files or Folders. Type AdProtect and in the Look in: select either My Computer or Local Hard Drives. Click the Search button.
Once you have the AdProtect DLL path, go to Start and then click on Run. In the Run command box, type cmd, and then click on OK.
To locate the exact DLL path, type cd in order to change the current directory. To display the contents of the directory, use the dir command. To remove the DLL file type regsvr32 /u FILENAME.dll (FILENAME is the name of the file that you want to unregister).
- To unregister AdProtect registry keys (view registry keys removal steps)
Go to Start > Run > type regedit > press OK.
Edit the value (on the right pane) by right-clicking on it and selecting the Modify option. Select the Delete option.
Search and delete these AdProtect registry keys:
- Remove AdProtect Directories.
To find AdProtect directories, go to Start > My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files > Show the contents of this folder.
Search and delete the following AdProtect directories:
Right-click on the AdProtect folder and select Delete.
A message will appear saying 'Are you sure you want to remove the folder AdProtect and move all its contents to the Recycle Bin?', click Yes.
Another message will appear saying 'Renaming, moving or deleting AdProtect could make some programs not work. Are you sure you want to do this?', click Yes.
- To remove AdProtect icons on your Desktop, drag and drop them to the Recycle Bin.
You've completed the AdProtect manual removal instructions!
I hope this article has helped you solve your AdProtect problems. If you want to contribute to this article, post your comment below.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes. By using this information you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. There's no guarantee that AdProtect will be completely removed from your computer. Seek professional help if your computer continues to experience problems.