Search.protectedio.com Removal Tips
Search.protectedio.com is an intrusive hijacker that can corrupt your browser. It comes as a part of ProtectedIO which is classified as adware. The infection changes browser settings, displays commercial adverts and exhibits other unwanted behavior. It is distributed via free third party software bundles. The suspicious software may be promoted as a tool that will help you protect your PC from various online threats like viruses, Trojans and spyware without using an anti-malware tool. That in itself is ridiculous.
Having a powerful malware prevention tool is the most effective way to keep your computer safe. The main purpose of the hijacker is to advertise its sponsors. Since it will not be useful to you in any way, we suggest you remove Search.protectedio.com and ProtectedIO from your system.
How does Search.protectedio.com work?
Search.protectedio.com is set as your home page and default search provider as soon as you install the ad-supported application. ProtectedIO is supposed to block malicious websites and hacker attacks thus keeping your PC safeguarded. It is hosted on its official page, protectedio.com, where you can download the application. That is not something we would recommend. Please note that, like most adware, it may also be distributed bundled with freeware and shareware programs.
Although the application may seem like something you could use, it also comes with a browser hijacker. Search.protectedio.com replaces your home page and search provider automatically. It becomes the first thing you see when you open your browser. The search engine brings you altered results that include ads. Moreover, you will also see various adverts all over the Internet brought to you by ProtectedIO. They will appear on your favorite pages, even if those pages have nothing to do with online shopping. Some of the advertisements may lead you to unreliable sites which is the exact opposite of what the program is supposed to do. To eliminate Search.protectedio.com, you will have to uninstall ProtectedIO from your PC.
How to delete Search.protectedio.com?
In order to terminate Search.protectedio.com, you will have to uninstall its related program and reset your browsers. You can use instructions below if you are not sure how to complete these tasks. Although manual removal should work, it may also leave some of the components of the infection behind. That is why we recommend you go for automatic removal option instead. The anti-malware tool will allow you to remove Search.protectedio.com completely. It will also delete other unnecessary programs and files that may be a threat to your system’s safety. Moreover, the software works as both malware removal and prevention tool, so you will not have to worry about infecting your computer ever again.
- Charm bar (Win+I) → Settings → Control Panel → Uninstall a program
- Select ProtectedIO and click Uninstall
Windows 7 and Vista/Windows XP
- Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a program/Add or remove programs
- Choose ProtectedIO and click Uninstall/Remove
Erase Search.protectedio.com from browsers:
Reset Internet Explorer
- Alt+T → Internet Options → Advanced tab → Reset
- Check Delete personal settings and click Reset
Reset Mozilla Firefox
- Alt+H → Troubleshooting Information → Refresh Firefox
- Click Refresh Firefox to confirm
Reset Google Chrome
- Alt+F → Settings → Show Advanced Settings
- Click Reset settings and then Reset