The FF Protect Tool by protecttoolext.com is a malicious browser add-on from the adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) family. Most often this malicious extension was set on your PC without user consent. The FF Protect Tool virus is created in order to generate a huge number of popup ads or modify the internet browser’s settings to show advertisements on all websites that you’re opening in the web browser, even on those web-pages where before you did not see any ads. We advise you to remove FF Protect Tool extension as soon as possible. It will delete all annoying advertisements and protect your system from more malicious programs and trojans.
While your PC system is affected by the FF Protect Tool virus, the Firefox may be redirected to various ads. Of course, the addon may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may show a huge number of annoying advertisements. These ads will be injected within the content of webpages that are you opening in your internet browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The advertisements will appear on all sites, including webpages where previously you have never seen any advertising links.
We advise to remove the FF Protect Tool malicious plugin that causes a lot of undesired pop-up ads, as soon as you found this problem, as it can reroute your internet browser to web-resources which may load other malicious software on your computer.
How to remove FF Protect Tool malicious addon
In many cases this plugin requires more than a simple uninstall with the help of Microsoft Windows Control panel in order to be fully uninstalled. For that reason, our team made several removal solutions which we have summarized in a detailed guide. Therefore, if you have the intrusive FF Protect Tool addon on your machine and are currently trying to have it deleted then feel free to follow the steps below in order to resolve your problem. Some of the steps will require you to restart your computer or close this website. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove FF Protect Tool, follow the steps below:
- Remove FF Protect Tool extension without any utilities
- Use free malware removal tools to completely remove FF Protect Tool virus
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
Remove FF Protect Tool extension without any utilities
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete FF Protect Tool from the Mozilla Firefox.
Remove suspicious applications using MS Windows Control Panel
It is of primary importance to first identify and remove all PUPs, virus applications and browser hijacker infections through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your MS Windows Control Panel.
Press Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel like below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all apps installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and delete any dubious and unknown programs.
Delete FF Protect Tool from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Firefox web browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring FF settings such as new tab, start page and search provider to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your Mozilla Firefox internet browser settings to its original state.
Use free malware removal tools to completely remove FF Protect Tool virus
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove FF Protect Tool virus that causes a ton of undesired popup advertisements. So, we advise to scan your PC system for any remaining malicious components with free harmful extension removal applications below.
How to automatically remove FF Protect Tool with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to look for and remove FF Protect Tool virus from the Firefox web-browser. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on your system.
Download Zemana Anti-Malware on your computer from the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once downloading is done, close all windows on your machine. Further, launch the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up like below, press the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will allow you install Zemana Anti Malware on the system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana will automatically run and you can see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware program will scan through the whole computer for the FF Protect Tool virus which made to redirect your web-browser to various ad web-pages. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the Zemana Free is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
After Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) has completed scanning, Zemana will open a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. Review the report and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana will delete FF Protect Tool add-on that cause intrusive popup ads to appear. When the procedure is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer.
Scan your personal computer and get rid of FF Protect Tool virus with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a free removal utility. It deletes PUPs, adware, hijackers and unwanted internet browser extensions. It’ll find out and get rid of FF Protect Tool malicious add-on that causes a lot of annoying advertisements. HitmanPro uses very small computer resources and is a portable program. Moreover, HitmanPro does add another layer of malware protection.
- Visit the page linked below to download Hitman Pro. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
- Once the download is done, double click the Hitman Pro icon. Once this tool is started, click “Next” button . Hitman Pro program will scan through the whole system for the FF Protect Tool malicious add-on that causes intrusive ads. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC and the speed of your computer. While the HitmanPro tool is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
- When HitmanPro completes the scan, HitmanPro will show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been detected. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Next” button. Now press the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to delete all malware found.
Scan and clean your computer of virus with Malwarebytes
Delete FF Protect Tool extension manually is difficult and often the malicious extension is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and hijackers that your system can be infected too.
MalwareBytes Free can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
Once downloading is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC. Double-click the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes on your PC system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is complete successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes program will scan through the whole personal computer for the FF Protect Tool harmful extension which cause annoying pop-up advertisements to appear. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. When a malware, ad supported software or potentially unwanted programs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
After MalwareBytes completes the scan, MalwareBytes Anti Malware will show you the results. Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will delete FF Protect Tool virus that created to reroute your web browser to various ad web sites. When disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to remove ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijacker infection and other malicious software.
How to stay safe online
It’s also critical to protect your web browsers from malicious sites and advertisements by using an ad-blocking application like AdGuard. Security experts says that it’ll greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard can also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
- Download AdGuard on your PC by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the setup is done, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop up ads, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon called AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
Now your computer should be free of the FF Protect Tool add-on which made to redirect your web browser to various ad websites. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted harmful web sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows operating system. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious applications and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove FF Protect Tool extension from your internet browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.