Do not trust content promoted by vpn1aprotectplus.com

Also Known As: vpn1aprotectplus.com pop-up
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

vpn1aprotectplus[.]com redirect removal instructions

What is vpn1aprotectplus[.]com?

vpn1aprotectplus[.]com is a deceptive/scam website. At the time of research, this site redirected to a blank page, however, it is also highly likely to redirect to other websites that promote unwanted applications. Web pages such as vpn1aprotectplus[.]com are typically accessed via redirects caused by intrusive ads or Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) already installed on the system. Note that these apps do not need express permission to infiltrate devices. Following successful infiltration, however, they generate redirects, run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers and monitor browsing activity.

vpn1aprotectplus[.]com scam

Visitors to vpn1aprotectplus[.]com first see a pop-up window urging them to download "The VPN App" to continue watching. The background page displays a loading video player - the message within the pop-up encourages visitors to watch it and download/install the promoted application. During research, the "Install" button redirected to an empty web page, however, these deceptive marketing tactics are commonly used to promote nonoperational, untrusted and even malicious content. Therefore, you are strongly advised against trusting vpn1aprotectplus[.]com or similar sites. Note that these scams can lead to serious issues.

PUAs can force-open deceptive/scam (including vpn1aprotectplus[.]com), untrusted, rogue, compromised and malicious websites. These sites have varied capabilities. Some of these applications can deliver intrusive ads (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.), which diminish the browsing experience by limiting browsing speed and website visibility. Additionally, when intrusive advertisements are clicked, they often redirect to harmful web pages and can even execute scrips to download/install unwanted content (e.g. PUAs) without users' permission. Other apps within this classification hijack browsers by modifying them to promote fake search engines and restricting/denying access to settings. Most PUAs (regardless of their specific type) can track data. They monitor users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it for financial gain. To summarize, the presence of PUAs on devices can lead to browser/system infiltration and infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. Therefore, to ensure device and user safety, you are advised to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name vpn1aprotectplus.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Scam claims visitors must download a dubious application to continue watching videos.
Detection Names
Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address
104.27.138.161
Symptoms Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.
Distribution methods Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.
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The internet is full of deceptive websites. Popular scam models include (but are not limited to) alerts that: essential software is outdated/missing (e.g. therightwaytofindplayering.pro, installflash-upgrade.com, etc.); warnings that the system is infected and/or has been compromised (e.g. "Windows Defender Browser Protection", "VIRAL ALARM OF MICROSOFT", etc.); "amazing" offers (e.g. "Get the new iPhone 11 Pro", "Randomly selected to test the new iPhone", etc.); prize giveaways (e.g. "Congratulations Samsung user!", "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!", etc.), and many others. The only purpose of these scams is to generate profit for their designers at users' expense. Therefore, it is crucial to exercise caution when browsing.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs proliferate through the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". When downloading/installing, ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options and similarly rushing these processes increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content onto systems. Certain PUAs have "official" download web pages. Intrusive ads also proliferate unwanted apps - once clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products, prior to download/installation or purchase. Use only official and verified download sources. Do not use free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) or other third party downloaders, as they are untrusted. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline offers to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to rogue web pages associated with pornography, gambling, adult-dating and so on. If you encounter these advertisements/redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all dubious application and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in vpn1aprotectplus[.]com pop-up window:

VPN Update
Please Download The VPN App To Continue Watching

The appearance of vpn1aprotectplus[.]com pop-up (GIF):

vpn1aprotectplus[.]com scam 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.

PUAs uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any 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:

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 vpn1aprotectplus.com pop-up, 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 vpn1aprotectplus.com pop-up, 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 plug-ins 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 vpn1aprotectplus.com pop-up 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the vpn1aprotectplus.com pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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