Adware Helpers Removal
What is Adware Helpers:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Adware Helpers or Adware Helper Browser Companion is considered as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and/or adware program which display pop-up boxes when browsing on the internet, advertisements and sponsored links. Adware Helpers load unwanted advertisements on a random webpage that you visit. The PUP will show ads into all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Adware Helpers are files or part of adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and other applications. Adware Helpers` files are named after legitimate programs, and even create folders mimicking legit software. The majority of those Helpers are either dynamic link library (.dll) or executable (.exe) files representing browser add-ons like SearchProtect or BrowserProtect. The experts many third-party browser toolbars have are related with the Adware Helpers family. For example, Conduit toolbars may hijack the homepage and/or search engine settings of your web browser. Uninstalling them would not delete the associated Adware Helpers` files, and your browser settings may remain hijacked.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see different pop-ups, banners, search suggestions, sponsored link advertisements displayed on popular pages. You might also see a little button referring you to similar products which will be offered by the PUP. The search results can also be altered, displaying information loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
Adware Helpers is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of Adware Helpers varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note that you run the risk to break legitimate software as these threats disguise as such. We at MalwareKillers.com strongly advise the use of legitimate anti-malware software like SpyHunter to remove Adware Helpers. These infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate them.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for regular or novice users) using a Professional Malware Removal Software.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Adware Helpers Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Adware Helpers and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find Install Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase the full version to perform an automatic removal and also to receive free professional help with any malware related queries by their technical support department.
Manual Adware Helpers Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Adware Helpers PUP manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. Remove Adware Helpers Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Adware Helpers/ SearchProtect, BrowserProtect or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
From Control Panel go to -> Administrative Tools -> Services and try to locate any entries related to “Adware Helpers, flashEnhancer.dll, DProtectSvc.exe, dlprotect.exe, PCProtect.exe, monitorsvc.exe, UpdateTask.exe, uninstaller.exe, mngr.exe, NCdownloader.exe, psupport.dll”. Kill or disable the service.
Then you can delete the registry keys associated with the service:
Open Registry Editor by typing in “regedit” under the search pane (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Run command (Windows XP). Locate and remove the following entries or similar:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Browser Updater
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Level Quality Watcher
This will prevent Adware Helpers to come back after a system reboot.
2. Remove Adware Helpers from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower left portion of the screen.
2. Choose “Run”. 3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower left portion of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-left corner), click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to Adware Helpers by checking the following locations:
Search for these files or similar:
flashEnhancer.dll, DProtectSvc.exe, dlprotect.exe, PCProtect.exe, monitorsvc.exe, UpdateTask.exe, uninstaller.exe, mngr.exe, NCdownloader.exe, psupport.dll
C:\PROGRAM FILES\Adware Helpers\Adware Helpers.dll
C:\PROGRAM FILES\Adware Helpers\SuptlePluginServiceUpdate.exe
C:\PROGRAM FILES\Adware Helpers\BHOEnabler.exe