Uninstall unwanted program called Shark PC Protector

Also Known As: Shark PC Protector potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Shark PC Protector removal instructions

What is Shark PC Protector?

Shark PC Protector is a software that supposed to provide real-time protection scans computers for various threats in real time, a firewall, browsing protection and on request scan. It may seem like a useful tool to protect a computer from potential dangers, however, Shark PC Protector is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and most people download (and install) programs of this type unintentionally. Developers distribute PUAs by adding them to setups of other software, they do to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted programs through setups of desired ones.

Shark PC Protector unwanted application

Shark PC Protector is advertised as utility that is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, spyware and other unwanted files or programs. However, these features are not free. In order to remove detected threats (or other items) it is required to activate (buy) the Shark PC Protector program. It is worth mentioning that most PUAs provide users with fake results, they detect problems, errors and/or threats that are not real. Simply said, developers often design programs of this type to trick people into believing that their computers are infected, filled up with unnecessary files or programs and so on, and to extract money from users by encouraging them to get rid of detected issues with a paid (activated) version. It is unclear if Shark PC Protector is displaying fraudulent scan results, however, most PUAs certainly do. Either way, it is not recommended to trust programs that are distributed with an intention to trick people into downloading or/and installing them. Furthermore, it is known that developers often distribute more than one PUA at once. To be more precise, it is very likely that Shark PC Protector is distributed together with some browser hijackers or adware. Browser hijackers are apps that are designed to promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and collect user-system information such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries and so on. Adware is designed to feed users with unwanted advertisements like coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and so on. When people click these ads, they get redirected to untrustworthy pages. In some cases displayed ads are designed to run scripts that start downloads or even installations of unwanted, potentially malicious applications. To sum up, we do not recommend to trust Shark PC Protector or any other PUAs. We advise to uninstall them and try to avoid having programs of this type installed in the future.

Threat Summary:
Name Shark PC Protector potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality This program supposed to protect computers from malware, spyware, adware and other threats.
Detection Names (sharkpcprotector.exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), Emsisoft (Application.FakeScan.A (B)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AKick.D Potentially Unwanted), GData (Application.FakeScan.A), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found errors.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Related Domains pc-protector[.]com
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

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Shark PC Protector is not the only PUA on the Internet, other examples are PC SpeedLane, Xtron Optimizer Pro and Xtron Cleanup Pro. Unfortunately, quite often these programs do not function as advertised and are designed to trick people into paying money for their activation. Besides, there are many cases where PUAs of this type are distributed together with other unwanted apps that might cause users problems with safety, privacy, lead to unwanted downloads, installations and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

People can download Shark PC Protector from its website. Nevertheless, more often than not users download and install PUAs inadvertently. Undesired downloads and installations usually happen when they click ads that should not be trusted or carelessly download and install other programs. To be more precise, when they leave "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of various download or installation setups unchanged. These are the settings where developers usually hide information about apps that are additionally included in a setup. This marketing method is known as "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into downloading or installing unwanted apps together with other, desired programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files and programs should be downloaded from official websites. Examples of sources that should not be trusted are third party downloaders (or installers), torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, shady pages and so on. If download or installation setup contains settings like "Advanced", "Custom", they should not be left unchecked. Offers to download or install extra software usually can be dismissed through the aforementioned options. Furthermore, it is not recommended to click ads that are displayed on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other shady sites. Ads of this kind lead to potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. In order to stop unwanted ads from showing up or unwanted redirects from happening, it is recommended to uninstall all unwanted or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that might be installed on a browser. If there are any programs of this kind installed on the operating system, they should be removed too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Download website of Shark PC Protector:

Shark PC Protector download website

Shark PC Protector installation setup:

Shark PC Protector installation setup

Screenshot of a notification displayed by Shark PC Protector:

Shark PC Protector push notification

Appearance of Shark PC Protector in GIF:

Shark PC Protector appearance in gif

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Shark PC Protector adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Shark PC Protector" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

At the time of research Shark PC Protector did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get unwanted redirects when browsing the Internet continue with the removal guide below.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the shark pc protector potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the shark pc protector potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with shark pc protector potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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