Well, I find it’s hard to completely remove this Search.protectedio.com and it keeps coming back again and again. My mom usually use this computer to supervise her online cloth store, now the computer can’t work normally especially when she browsed online, many pop-ups will show on and disturb her work a lot. There should be something wrong with the web browser, but after when I uninstall and reinstall it, this webpage is still there. I don’t know how to do with it now.

Description of Search.protectedio.com Hijacker

Search.protectedio.com has been assorted to be a browser hijacker and cannot be detected and deleted by any antivirus programs. This browser hijacker is created by cyber hacker to target many computer and control user’s web browser and then spy on user’s online activities to steal something important and valuable for illegal profits. Cyber hackers would put this Search.protectedio.com hijacker into malicious websites actually controlled by hackers. Then when innocent user visits those nasty websites, the browser hijacker or other malware infection will soon drop onto computer without any notice. And meanwhile, some fake message banner or popup ads will show on and attract you to click on it. But please don’t click on those pop-ups, because it would contain malware infection. And one clicking on it, the virus or malware infection will also soon log into system. And also you should choose advanced installation to install the software you need. Cyber hackers would also bundle this Search.protectedio.com hijacker or other malware infection into free software to let user download. Anyway, when you surf on the Internet, you should pay attention to what you perform online.

Search.protectedio.com hijacker will create many harmful actions to computer. It will change the default settings of web browser, you will find homepage and search engine are both changed to be this webpage. When you try to change it back, it doesn’t allow. What will drive you to be crazy is that it shows many popups on the webpage you’re viewing. You can’t finish any tasks on the computer. And while many pop-up ads are showing, the internet speed becomes slow. It’ll be hard to load many webpages at the same time. Or the web browser will be frozen and then crash down. And those popups just want to redirect you to hacked webpages to infiltrate other virus or malware into computer. Search.protectedio.com hijacker also would open backdoor to bring other infections to mess up system. With coming of this browser hijacker, other infection will easily get into computer. Once many infections infiltrate computer, computer performance will slow down and the security state will be degraded. Even worse, this hijacker together with other malware would be a big threat to your personal info safety. With help of malware, hacker could access your info stored on computer. Therefore, once you find this hijacker on computer, you’re strongly advised to clean it completely soon.

Main Traits of Search.protectedio.com Hijacker

-Can change your homepage or the default search engine and it totally prevents you from changing them back

-Can always redirect you to other websites

-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities

-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive

-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.

-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.

-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of browser hijacker.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Search.protectedio.com hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.

The Screenshot of Search.protectedio.com Hijacker


Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of Search.protectedio.com hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this Search.protectedio.com hijacker, the name of the process of it is random.

XP task manager

Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.


Step 3: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel


Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs


Then try to find the program which relates to Search.protectedio.com hijacker, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.


Step4: Change your homepage in your browser (Take Internet Explorer as an Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options.

IE tools

Then type the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK


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Search.protectedio.com hijacker is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Don’t think this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms, since this Search.protectedio.com redirect can also bring those harmful viruses to infect the computer, which will greatly slow down PC and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of Search.protectedio.com hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on January 30, 2016 3:37 pm

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