In this article we are going to take a look at what ADWARE/bProtect.D is, how it affects your computer, how it gets onto your operating system and of course how to get rid of it.
ADWARE/bProtect.D is sometimes confused with spyware and although similar they are not exactly the same. It is true that both are forms of malware but although it is a real pain and can affect your computer’s performance, spyware is potentially the nastier of the two. That’s not to say that you want adware on your PC and if you’ve been infected you should definitely remove it as quickly as possible. Having said that you should also takes steps to protect yourself against it too.
You may have noticed how you’ll be on a certain website when you’ll see a pop up advert window or an advert on a web page that uncannily seems to know what you’ve recently looked at – say perhaps it will be offering you hotels in the area you live in or in a location that you’ve been checking out online. Only you are seeing these adverts because that is what you have been previously looking at.
A lot of adverts are also completely random and these are also being displayed by the software in an attempt to recoup money for the program developers. This is because ADWARE/bProtect.D is most often bundled with freeware or shareware – free downloads and software that are available for you to use on the internet. By using adware the developers have a chance of recouping some of the costs of developing that freeware. Often the random ads you see will be for gambling websites, games or even pornographic websites.
The problem with ADWARE/bProtect.D, asides from monitoring your browsing habits and being really annoying is that it will affect the performance of your computer, slowing it down and causing websites to take ages to load, or even crash. This is because your PC now has the components of the program running on it and because the adware is using your own internet connection to relay information about what sites you are visiting back to its server. What is more, this application protects browser settings that were changed by browser hijackers. bProtect is just a short version of browser protect (browserprotect.exe). The main goal is to block any attempt to uninstall associated software from your computer and make sure that other browser hijackers won't change those settings.
So how does ADWARE/bProtect.D get on to your computer in the first place? Well apart from being bundled with freeware and shareware it can also be hidden in fake video streaming and download sites. If a website is asking you to download and install specific media player or Flash player update, please be very careful.
If you have been infected with ADWARE/bProtect.D the first step to getting rid of it is scanning your computer with anti-malware software. To do this please follow the removal instructions below. Even though, you may uninstall most of the files manually, you can never know what other adware or even spyware came with this application.
Restart your computer and you should find the adware has disappeared. It is highly recommended however to always run your anti-virus or anti-adware software too incase there are any components of the adware still lurking on your PC.
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
ADWARE/bProtect.D removal instructions:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.
2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.
3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.