ProtectedSurf is yet another application that often misleads users into thinking that it is actually a useful program. The dubious application is marketed as a helpful tool that will block potentially malicious websites while you browse the web. In a way, it does what it promises as it can block certain websites but ironically it will present you with various ads and pop-ups that could contain potentially harmful links to suspicious websites that ProtectedSurf does not block. It is advised to remove ProtectedSurf if it, unfortunately, has already infiltrated your operating system. In reality, no good can come from having an application like ProtectedSurf on your system. Often these applications are underestimated because users do not realize that adware applications are often used as a backdoor so other infections could enter your system more easily.
ProtectedSurf is not available on the official website. If you try to click the download button, you are presented with a message telling you that the application is under maintenance. Strangely enough, reports show that quite a few users are getting infected by this adware application. Therefore, it is safe to assume that ProtectedSurf is distributed via bundled software. More often than not, applications like ProtectedSurf are bundled with installers from suspicious third-party hosting websites. These websites should be avoided if you wish to avoid any potentially malicious applications entering your operating system. Installing a professional malware detection and removal tool is a good idea as it will detect and remove questionable installers way before you could, even if you are an experienced user. It also will identify dubious websites and warn you about them; thus, reducing the risk of getting infected significantly.
As soon as ProtectedSurf infiltrates your operating system it installs extensions to all the popular web browsers on the market (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox). In addition to that it creates two additional processes that run in the background. These processes are mostly responsible for displaying numerous third-party commercial adverts. Processes are named bservice.exe and bservice64.exe and can be seen via Task Manager. Even if you kill them manually they will start up again at the next Windows startup; thus, you need to remove the infection entirely if you want to stop the potentially malicious activity that is promoted by these processes.
It is possible to remove ProtectedSurf via Control Panel, and that will delete the extensions from your browser and will also kill the dubious processes on your system. But the removal via Control Panel does not always remove all the traces of the infection. Often the leftovers should be removed manually, but first you have to find and identify the leftovers, and if you are not an experienced user or a malware expert it could be a hard task to perform. Sometimes the best way to go is to implement a licensed malware detection and removal tool that could do these tasks for you and it will certainly remove ProtectedSurf or any other infection in a timely and efficient manner.
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