What kind of application is Eye Protection?
After downloading Eye Protection from a shady website and adding it to a browser, we found that it is an extension designed to show unwanted advertisements. Software that generates ads is classified as adware. In addition to showing ads, Eye Protection can read and change all user's data on all websites.
More about Eye Protection adware
Eye Protection is described/promoted as an application that provides a dark mode for websites. However, it is designed to bombard users with annoying banners, pop-ups, surveys, coupons, and other advertisements. If clicked, those ads may open untrustworthy pages (e.g., deceptive pages asking to provide personal information, download questionable software, etc.).
Also, Eye Protection can read and change users' data on websites. It may be used to gather browsing data and even personal information. Thus, having Eye Protection on a browser may cause problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other issues.
|Name||Ads by Eye Protection|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
It is common for adware to be promoted as legitimate, useful software. However, any adware-type app generates advertisements. A big part of adware shows ads designed to open questionable pages. Additionally, software of this type can have the capabilities of a browser-hijacking application - it can change the settings of a web browser to promote a fake search engine.
How did adware install on my computer?
Eye Protection gets added to a web browser after following the instructions on its "official" page. A screenshot of that page is provided below. In other cases, users install adware by clicking untrustworthy ads, using fake installers, or finishing software installations without changing certain settings.
When installers contain adware, they have "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or similar settings. Adware gets installed alongside other software after completing installations without changing those settings (or unticking checkboxes).
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not complete downloads and installations without deselecting unwanted apps. Change "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings provided in installers to avoid unwanted having unwanted apps installed on a computer or added to a browser.
Also, do not click on advertisements appearing on dubious, questionable pages (e.g., illegal movie streaming pages, torrent sites). Never allow shady pages to show notifications. Download apps only from official pages and stores. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Websites promoting Eye Protection adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Eye Protection?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Eye Protection" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by eye protection, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by eye protection 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 ads by eye protection, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Typically, adware makes a computer slower and diminishes the web browsing experience. Sometimes, it manipulates the settings of web browsers and gathers information.
What does adware do?
Adware/advertising-supported software diplays pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and other ads to promote questionable websites and apps.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most adware developers participate in affiliate programs to get paid for promoting various products, websites, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Eye Protection adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove adware from a computer (and a browser). It can be difficult to remove adware manually without leaving anything behind. Pretty often, files and other components belonging to adware remain in the system even after removal.