Thursday, 25 March 2010

How to remove "Online Protection Tool" fake pop-up (Free removal)

"Online Protection Tool" is a fake pop-up that looks like a legit Windows warning but actually it's a part of malware infection. If you see a repeated pop-up on your screen that suggests you to install Online Protection Tool, then your computer is probably infected with Trojan virus.

Usually, it appears when users use their web browsers (even if they use Safari and are running Mac OS). Several users said that they can't access the Microsoft Windows Update website and that they are occasionally redirected to other websites with advertisements. Furthermore, it seems like this malware can block already installed antivirus or anti-spyware programs.

"Online Protection Tool" pop-up reads:
Windows Internet Security
Your browser is under the threat of infection. Windows requires your permission to install online protection tool.
Your browser is run in unsafe mode. Running the protection mode will help you to keep your computer safe. Staying at the suspicious website is unsafe mode my lead to the loss of personal data and computer breakage. To run the web browser in protected mode windows requires installing the certified antivirus scanner software and online protection tool.
Name: online protection tool
Publisher: Microsoft windows

If you are reading this article then your computer is probably already infected. Thankfully, there are several free malware removal programs that you can use to remove this infection from your computer for free. You may choose from: (all programs are free)
Please note that you may have to download/run chosen anti-malware program in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking as this virus is able to block anti-malware programs.

Also, if you already have MalwareBytes' Anti-malware installed on your PC but you can't launch it then go to C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and rename the "mbam.exe" file within the folder. Then double-click on the ranamed.exe, in order to run it. You may rename it to test123.exe or anything else. More information here.
The same applies to other programs listed above.

If you have any questions question please don't hesitate and ask or leave a comment. Good luck and be safe!

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