If you use Internet Explorer to surf the Internet, you might notice that Search.protectedio.com has replaced your homepage without your permission. We suggest that you remove search engines that do not ask for you permission to make the changes because they are usually unreliable. You should delete Search.protectedio.com as well if you decide to change your homepage or simply do not want to cause harm to your system. It is not very easy to remove this search engine because it is impossible to do that via Control Panel; however, you should not worry too much because we will explain what to do in this article.
Search.protectedio.com looks like a normal search engine because it allows users to search for the information on the web. Even though it provides computer users with Google search results, there is still a slight possibility that you will be provided with sponsored links. If you click on them, you might end up on the websites full of malicious software. As you have probably understood, it is smart to remove Search.protectedio.com and start using a more reliable search engine. In addition, it has been found out that Search.protectedio.com promotes ProtectediO software. If you have already installed this software on your PC, you should remove it as soon as possible because it is unclear whether it can be trusted.
Browser hijackers might record your search queries and perform other suspicious activities behind your back, so we think that you should remove them straightaway if they manage to enter your system. Of course, you should take care of your system’s security in advance if you do not want to encounter them. The easiest way to do that is to install an antimalware tool on the system. In fact, it is worth investing in a reliable antimalware tool because it might be very difficult to remove malware from the system. In addition, there are much more serious infections if compared to Search.protectedio.com browser hijacker; they might not even let you use your PC freely.
Search.protectedio.com is not a very aggressive browser hijacker, so it is not very difficult to remove it. Of course, people might not know how to delete it, so we have prepared the manual removal instructions. You will find them below this article. If you cannot remove Search.protectedio.com manually, you should know that it is also possible to get rid of this browser hijacker automatically. You have to acquire a reliable tool, install it on the system, and perform a system scan. If you install SpyHunter, it will remove other existing infections as well. In addition, it will not allow similar threats to enter your system in the future. Of course, you should not forget to keep it enabled.