What is Web Protect?
Web Protect, often referred to as Web Protect Virus, is an adware helper published by Objectify Media. It downloads updates for the ad-supported applications that are installed on your PC. The program is distributed via Air Software, Premium Installer and other download managers. It can come bundled with a variety of programs like browser extensions or toolbars, media players, system optimization tools, PDF converts and other freeware. It is important to pay special attention to the installation processes of these applications. Web Protect also displays pop-ups and ads in your browsers. If you want to get rid of them, you should delete Web Protect from your PC.
How does Web Protect work?
Web Protect works in a similar way to other adware applications. It fills your browsers with ads and pop-ups that you have no interest in seeing. The only difference is that instead of adding a browser extension to your browsers, it creates processes called PCProtect.exe*32 and postcollect.exe*32. You can see these processes when you open Windows Task Manager. They are the reason you see all the advertisements on your screen. Unfortunately, you can not kill these processes using the Task Manager. In order to eliminate the adverts you will have to completely eliminate Web Protect from your PC. Moreover, the program also creates such files as webprotect.dll, psetup.exe and ss_take.exe and stores them in Programs File folder.
As it has already been mentioned, Web Protect travels bundled with freeware and shareware. It does not have an official webpage where it could be downloaded which means that the bundling method is the main way the adware is distributed. When you download freeware from third party software hosting websites like cnet.com, brothersoft.com, softonic.com and similar, you have to be especially attentive as it often comes with additional offers. These offers are mostly potentially unwanted programs that you should avoid. That can be done by choosing Advanced Installation and deselecting the unwanted applications.
How to remove Web Protect?
In order to uninstall Web Protect from your PC you can use the manual removal instructions below or you can install a malware removal tool that can take care of the adware for you. We recommend going with the second option especially if there are other ad-supported applications on your computer as well. The anti-malware utility can eliminate Web Protect along with them. It will also shield your system from other potentially unwanted and malicious software that may cause damage to your PC.
Manual Web Protect removal
Remove Web Protect from Windows 8
- Press Win+R and type in Control Panel
- Hit Enter and go to Uninstall a program
- Choose Web Protect and click Uninstall
Delete Web Protect from Windows 7 and Vista
- Open Start menu and click Control Panel
- Select Uninstall a program
- Choose the adware and click Uninstall
Eliminate Web Protect from Windows XP
- Click Start -> Control Panel
- Go to Add or remove programs
- Select Web Protect and click Remove