Protect-now pop-up alerts can appear unexpectedly, covering the post of the website you checked or opening your web browser when you do not need it to be opened.
Clicking the Protect-now advertisement may cause the injection of various malware or unwanted programs. In this guide, you will see the guide of Protect-now popups clearing in several manners, and also inspecting your system for extra viruses existence.
It is better to prevent, than repair and repent!
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What are Protect-now pop-ups?
Protect-now popups are a consequence of adware activity. Adware is a kind of malware that shows you the pay-per-view of pay-per-click promotions, which generates a large amount of profit for adware representatives. These ads might consist of explicit information, or have a web link to harmful content/website, due to the fact that adware maintainers have no purpose to check the goodness of the material they are going to show – their single target is money.
Pop-up promotions itself is a very good, low-priced and extremely productive advertising instrument1. It allows the vendor to link the buyers’ interest to their site, as well as the customers to receive the dynamic updates on the goods they wish to buy. When the person will receive a pop-up alert that the TV set he likes to buy is offered at the online store he/she visited earlier with a 15% price cut, one will certainly use this chance and purchase it. Considering the exceptionally low cost for the popups and their targeting, such an advertising and marketing instrument is a favorite thing among the advertising departments of huge online retailers.
Nonetheless, such a successful plan could not be missed by malware creators. Option to show the popup advertisements by force to the targets of malware invasion is a great basis for evil-minded manipulations with the popup promotions. And Protect-now.com promotions is among hundreds that are “employed” in this scheme.
Here is a summary for the Protect-now
|Hosting||AS15169 Google LLC|
United States, Kansas City
|Infection Type||Adware, Push notifications, Unwanted Ads, Pop-up Ads|
|Symptoms||Annoying pop-up ads in the right corner.|
|Similar behavior||Wholehugewords, News, Ofslakotha|
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How have I got the Protect-now virus?
There are a huge amount of methods of becoming contaminated by the adware that cause the Protect-now popups storm. A lion’s part of this malware instances is after the free software or cracked programs, that are distributed on the peering networks. Free software can likewise be downloaded from the official website, and the adware is delivered as a legitimate bundled program.
There is no need to blame yourself. A huge amount of people regularly use the unreliable programs from untrusted sources: abandonware, various tools that are free, or perhaps hacked programs. Every one of these sorts of programs are dangerous, because it is extremely easy to include a Protect-now malware under the guise of part of the license hacking script, or as a component of the self-made algoritm inside of the Windows optimization tool.
Protect-now popup virus can likewise be concealed in the advertisement somewhere on the strange site. Such websites are typically filled with bright and blinking ads, and their owners generally permit any kind of promotions to be placed on their page. Thus, clicking on such banners is a shot in the dark: only the advertisement provider realizes what will occur when you click this ad. Besides some “light” viruses, like adware or unwanted programs, you may likewise get something much more hazardous, like ransomware or coin miner; the big share of coin miners distribution is exactly after the malicious ads.
Potentially unwanted programs, like Protect-now popup virus may cause a variety of problems on your PC. Distracting is not the single problem – pop-up notifications may display you the advertisements, where you are offered to get one more strange program, or “a perfect anti-malware tool”. Scareware is often spread with the use of the last motto. Potentially undesirable applications, in turn, can have spyware functions. And it is very hard to distinguish the undesirable app from a good one, if you don’t know the exact names. Besides the PUPs and pseudo antiviruses, popup-related advertisements are also chosen as a distribution method by different trojan viruses, for instance – coin miners. The consequences of activity of such malware is 100% unpleasant, and can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. And even if you are not clicking these banners, they can be clicked by whoever who also uses your personal computer – parents, children, spouse, etc. So the situation may become much more serious, and it will be much harder to deal with it without data and money loss. It is recommended to remove the viruses with antivirus programs as soon as possible.
How can I get rid of Protect-now pop-up advertisements?
The tutorial of Protect-now adware clearing includes 2 sections. First, we need to exterminate the malware, and afterwards deal with the results of its activity. The elimination process is pretty simple, since it may be done even with making use of Microsoft Defender – security software that is available on all computers with Windows 8/10. Nonetheless, due to its large resources consumption, as well as some errors that can be critical for some groups of users, Defender is often disabled by the users, so its usage is most likely impossible. What’s more, a wide range of trojan viruses have the ability to turn off the embedded antivirus. It is much better to make use of the separated program that will not have such weakness.
I’d advise you to utilize Gridinsoft Anti-Malware2 – a well-proven security device that will certainly eliminate the malware from your computer and also make an impenetrable cover with a Proactive protection function. However, let’s deal with Protect-now adware first.
Removing Protect-now popup virus with GridinSoft Anti-Malware
- Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware. After the installation, you will be offered to perform the Standard Scan. Approve this action.
- Standard scan checks the logical disk where the system files are stored, together with the files of programs you have already installed. The scan lasts up to 6 minutes.
- When the scan is over, you may choose the action for each detected virus. For all files of Protect-now malware the default option is “Delete”. Press “Apply” to finish the malware removal.
Now, when the computer is clean of viruses, we can proceed to the browser reset. You can do this step manually, as well as with the use of GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
Reset browser settings to default
Manual method of browser reset
To reset Edge, do the following steps :
- Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option :
- After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original :
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions :
- Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information” :
- In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option :
After choosing this option, you will see the next message :
If you use Google Chrome
- Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button :
- In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” :
- Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default :
Opera can be reset in the next way
- Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option :
- After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown :
When the web browsers are reset, you need to ensure that your browser will definitely connect the accurate DNS while connecting to the site you want. Make a text file titled “hosts” on your pc’s desktop, then open it and fill it with the following lines3:
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
# For example:
# 220.127.116.11 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 18.104.22.168 x.acme.com # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
Find the hosts.txt file in C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc directory. Rename this file to “hosts.old.txt” (to distinguish it from the new one), and then move the file you created on the desktop to this folder. Remove the hosts.old from this folder. Now you have your hosts file as good as new.
Nevertheless, there is one trouble that makes things much harder to restore, especially without the anti-malware program. Most of adware variations that are used to show you the Protect-now pop-up ads are changing the deep browser setups, disabling an access to the settings tab. So, if you try to fix your browser settings after your computer was penetrated by pop-up-related malware, your browser will crash quickly. In some cases, you will see no crash, but huge lag spike after pressing the “settings” key. Browser will stop reacting for ~ 30 seconds, and after that it will be back to the normal, up until you attempt to open settings once again.
Reset your browser settings with GridinSoft Anti-Malware
To reset your browser with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, open the Tools tab, and click the “Reset browser settings” button.
You can see the list of the options for each browser. By default, they are set up in the manner which fits the majority of users. Press the “Reset” button (lower right corner). In a minute your browser will be as good as new.
The browser reset is recommended to perform through the antivirus tool by GridinSoft, because last is also able to reset the HOSTS file without any additional commands.
How to Remove Protect-now Pop-ups?
Description: Protect-now - a lot of users became a target for the pop-up advertisements. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove Protect-now.com push notifications?” or “why do Protect-now.com pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Protect-now pop-ups, which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Adware
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- More about pop-up ads on Wikipedia.
- GridinSoft Anti-Malware overview and the reasons why I recommend it for malware elimination.
- Official Microsoft guide for hosts file reset.