What is Search Protect?
Search Protect is a program promoted as a tool that will help you keep your preferred browser settings by preventing third party applications from affecting them. However, it will only do that if your preferred settings are the ones provided by the application. When you install the program it changes your browser settings without your permission. You will not be able to modify them yourself once that happens.
Search Protect can not be downloaded from its official website. It usually comes bundled with freeware and in most cases the user is not aware of the installation of the program. So basically it hijacks your browser and provides you with content that you have no interest in. If you never wanted the application in the first place you should uninstall Search Protect.
How does Search Protect work?
Search Protect is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Once it enters the system it changes the following settings: home page, startup page, new tab page, search box, error page, default search engine and address bar. The list of these modifications may slightly vary depending on the browser. Moreover, the program will constantly redirect you to various unfamiliar pages and display commercial ads on your screen. You should not click on any of the adverts you see as you can not be sure of how safe they are. If you follow a corrupted link you could end up infecting your PC with malware or unwittingly sharing your personal details with cyber criminals.
The distribution method used by Search Protect is not exactly fair to the computer users. The program travels bundled with freeware and usually users do not pay much attention to its installation process. That is why they get stuck with applications like Search Protect. However, it is possible to avoid them. You should choose Advanced Installation to check for additional software you are installing and to deselect that software from the list. If you do that you will not have to worry about how to get rid of Search Protect or some other potentially unwanted program.
How to remove Search Protect?
The best way to eliminate Search Protect from your computer is to download and install a malware removal tool that will scan your PC, detect the issues and terminate Search Protect. The anti-malware will also continue to protect your system afterwards by preventing similar unwanted applications from accessing your PC. Alternatively, you can uninstall Search Protect manually. Instructions on how to remove Search Protect from your system and browsers are provided below. However, you should keep in mind that manual Search Protect does not ensure total eradication of the infection.
Search Protect Removal
Delete Search Protect from Windows
Click on Start or open Search box (Win+Q)
Access Control Panel
Select Add or remove programs/Uninstall a program
Choose and delete the unwanted software
Reset Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla and tap Alt+H
- Pick Troubleshooting Information
- Click on the Reset Firefox button
- Confirm your action and click Finish
Reset Google Chrome
- Open your browser and click on the menu
- Select Settings from the list
- Click on Show advanced settings
- Select Reset browser settings and click Reset
Reset Internet Explorer
- Open IE and click on the Gear icon
- Select Internet Options
- Click Reset on the Advanced tab
- Go to Reset Internet Explorer Settings
- Tick the box and click Reset
Edit the Target line
- Right-click the browser icon
- Choose Properties
- Go to Shortcut tab
- Locate the Target line
- Delete all text after “exe”
- Click OK