Shark PC Protector removal instructions
What is Shark PC Protector?
Shark PC Protector software supposedly scans computers for various threats in real-time, provides real-time protection, a firewall, browsing protection, and an 'on request' scan. This may seem to be a useful tool to protect your 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 the set-ups of other software - they do this to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted programs through set-ups of regular software.
Shark PC Protector is advertised as a utility that detects and removes malware, adware, spyware, and other unwanted files or programs. These features are not free of charge. To remove detected threats (or other items), users are required to activate (purchase) the Shark PC Protector program. Most PUAs provide fake results and detect problems, errors and/or threats that are false. Developers often design these programs to trick people into believing that their computers are infected, filled with unnecessary files/programs, and so on. They are used to extort money from users by encouraging them to remove detected issues with a paid (activated) version. It is unclear whether Shark PC Protector displays false scan results, however, most PUAs have this behavior. In any case, do not trust programs that are distributed to trick people into unwanted software download/installation. Furthermore, developers often distribute more than one PUA at once. So, it is very likely that Shark PC Protector is distributed together with other browser hijackers or adware. Browser hijacking apps promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and collecting user-system information such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Adware feeds users with unwanted advertisements such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. When people click these ads, they are often redirected to untrustworthy web pages. In some cases, the ads run scripts that start download and installation of unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Do not trust Shark PC Protector or other PUAs. We advise you to uninstall PUAs from your system and avoid them in the future.
|Name||Shark PC Protector potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This program supposedly protects 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 do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Shark PC Protector is not the only PUA on the Internet. Other examples include PC SpeedLane, Xtron Optimizer Pro, and Xtron Cleanup Pro. Unfortunately, these programs often do not function as advertised and trick people into paying for activation. In many case, these PUAs are distributed with other unwanted apps that might cause problems with safety, privacy, and lead to unwanted downloads/installations.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
People can download Shark PC Protector from its 'official' website, however, users often download and install PUAs inadvertently. These unwanted downloads and installations usually happen when people click ads that should not be trusted, or when they download and install regular programs leaving the "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, unchanged. Developers usually hide information about additionally-included apps in the setup. This marketing method is known as "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into downloading or installing unwanted apps with other, regular 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, dubious pages, and so on. If a download or installation setup contains settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", ensure that you check them carefully. Dismiss any offers to download or install extra software through the aforementioned options. Do not click ads that are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other dubious sites. These ads can lead to potentially malicious web pages or cause unwanted downloads/installations. To stop unwanted ads and redirects, remove all unwanted or suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins that might be installed on the browser. Also remove any programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Download website of Shark PC Protector:
Shark PC Protector installation setup:
Screenshot of a notification displayed by Shark PC Protector:
Appearance of Shark PC Protector in GIF:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Shark PC Protector?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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 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 experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
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 (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shark pc protector potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove shark pc protector potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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