Protected Search or Protected Toolbar – Toolbar Removal Instructions

Protected Search Toolbar is another prospective malware or spyware that offers web search services. This malware can automatically download itself to the computer without the user’s permission. It latches itself to widely used internet browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. It even poses as a browser extension or add on. Once added, the browsers get hijacked causing alteration in the internet configuration. Because of this, Protected Search virus is also referred to as browser hijacker. This malware is also annoying since it will automatically take you to Protected Search every time you access search engines such as Google. Even when you open legitimate websites, it may still bring you to Protected Search pages.

Once installed, the Protected Toolbar can access and gather user’s personal information such as name, contact numbers and even address. It can also capture keywords and the user’s browser history. Expect to see more unwelcome advertisements once this malware is installed too. Spam is also being promoted by this malware as it brings you to unsafe domains. Similarly, users are enticed to download suspicious third party software that may be related to Protected Search. What is alarming is that it may install further corrupt or malicious software with or without the users consent. As a spyware, the users are at risk to identity theft and other related cyber crimes making this a high level risk.

The Protected Search Toolbar may be an unwanted addition to your web browser. The Protected Search Toolbar can be removed if you follow the removal instructions that we have provided on this page. Removal instructions are at the end of the article.

Full removal of the Protected Search Toolbar can be accomplished with our removal instructions. The benefits of scanning your computer is not only to remove the Protected Search toolbar but also detect any viruses or other malware that may exist.

It is not uncommon for users that install freeware to also have viruses on their computer. This is because many freeware programs are actually malicious installations in disguise. It is a well known fact that freeware can contain undesirable programs that are installed without the user permission. Protected Search Toolbar is an example.

Full removal of the Protected Search Toolbar and removing the entire Protected Search installation can be accomplished with our removal instructions.

Many internet users are unaware of the dangers that come with installing freeware. People that install freeware on their computer are susceptible to a host of other problems. Freeware is sometimes free as a money making utility. Users install it thinking that it is free, unfortunately there are cases where installing something free comes at a heavy cost.

If you see the Protected Search Toolbar on your computer then we highly recommend you scan your computer to not only remove it but to also check for other problems that may be present. Having this toolbar on a computer can be indicative of having other issues, specifically other forms of malware.

Viruses, Spyware and other types of malware are commonly found when there is a toolbar present. This is because toolbars are associated with the user behavior of downloading anything that is free, exposing your computer to harmful software. We are not saying that the Protected Search toolbar is a virus, what we are saying is that you can remove it and check for other problems at the same time. We highly recommend that you follow the steps below to uninstall Protected Search from your computer.

Protected Search Toolbar

Virus Removal Instructions

Success Rate: 100%
Lab Tests: 5
OS’s Tested: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Protected Search toolbar samples tested: 5
Removal Tool: Spyhunter

* Is the Protected Search toolbar on a Windows 8 computer? See the Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions

The toolbar removal instructions we have outlined below has been proven remove the Protected Search toolbar. You must be on the infected computer when performing these steps.

1 To begin, go ahead and reboot the infected computer. If the infected computer is turned off, go ahead and turn it on.

2 Immediately as the computer begins to boot, press F8 many times. Pressing F8 allows you to access the Advanced Options Menu.

3 Once you are in the Advanced Options Menu, use your arrow keys and select the Safe Mode with Networking option. Press enter when you have selected that option.

Selection the option Safe Mode with Networking

4 Windows will now boot into Safe Mode with Networking. Safe Mode with Networking will allow you to remove the Protected Search toolbar.

5Now it is time to begin the Protected Search removal procedure. On your keyboard, click and hold the Windows key, then press the R key. See keyboard diagram below.

Keyboard Shortcut Diagram

6 After you have pressed the Windows and R key, the Windows Run Box will open. Type exactly the following into the run box and click OK:


Windows Run Box

After clicking OK, your computer will connect to the internet and download our recommended toolbar removal program called Spyhunter.

7 When you see the Spyhunter download box, click the Run button. The picture of the download box is below. After you click the “Run” button, Spyhunter will launch. If your computer asks if you are sure you want to run Spyhunter, click OK. The Spyhunter installation will begin. After fully installing Spyhunter the toolbar scan will automatically begin.

Spyhunter Download Box Click Run

8 After Spyhunter has scanned your computer you will see various infections in the results which will include the Protected Search toolbar. Simply click “Fix Threats” to remove the toolbar.

9 After you click “Fix Threats” you are going to need to register Spyhunter to remove Protected Search. Please register Spyhunter and the Protected Search toolbar will be removed.

Registering Spyhunter offers superior benefits including real-time constant protection against any potential threats. Spyhunter will detect and remove any future threats that may occur including viruses, toolbars, spyware, trojans, registry infections and more. It is a great all-in-one solution for your computer security needs and that is why we recommend it.

10 After you have registered Spyhunter, and the Protected Search toolbar was removed, you can safely reboot into Normal Mode. Protected Search will be completely gone.

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