How to Identify and Remove Malicious Browser Extensions

Browser extensions are additions to the browser that make it easier for the user to use the internet, such as by providing coupons while making online purchases or by editing and paraphrasing their grammar.

Some browser extensions can also be used to block advertisements and prevent unwanted redirects. However, not all extensions offer the user useful capabilities and benefits.

There are what you may refer to as dangerous browser extensions that are made to do the exact opposite: they display irritating advertisements, steal user information, and engage in other harmful actions that will hurt users.

What can malicious browser extensions do?

These extensions have different adverse effects on the browser and the computer and are known to cause more harm than good. Many of these extensions cover a wide variety of behaviors. The most prevalent types of malicious extensions are shown below:

Change the default homepage of the browser

When a web browser employs a hijacker, the malware’s search engine becomes the default one. This is done so that the search engine they provide will be utilized to search the web.

By doing this, they can collect users’ search information while also forcing them to see forced search results that may contain inaccurate information or unwanted advertisements.

Through their malicious search engine, which they have imposed on the browser, cybercriminals make money by forcing unwanted contents onto users.

If you notice that the default search in your browser has changed, this can be the result of a malicious plugin that has been granted authority to alter the browser.

Track keystrokes on the keyboard

An extension with monitoring permission may be able to track the keystrokes that the user types in the browser, much like keylogger malware.

This is extremely risky because if someone enters their email address and password for a specific account, the malicious extension that is logging and collecting keystroke data would send that information to hackers.

When a malicious extension is present when entering sensitive data, such as bank account and credit card numbers, it can lead to financial losses and possible data breaches. Therefore, you should check for malware first before entering important data online.

Monitoring your online browsing activity

It is an invasion of privacy and may put the user at risk if a third party is watching your online web sessions. When such browser extensions are installed, the browser can read and record your online activities, including the websites you visit and the buttons you click.

Once they have enough information to know the crucial login details, fraudsters can exploit this data to extort money from individuals or enter their accounts.

However, having someone else see your browsing history and other information about your online browser will have a big impact on how slowly pages load and other aspects of your web browsing experience, such as how slowly the browser is using bandwidth.

Cybercriminals may use this data for their own purposes, but they may also sell it to companies that run advertisements so that they can use it to determine which ads to show to users.

Clipboard hijacking

Cybercriminals can access the clipboard, which controls the data you copy and paste, by using the dangerous capability of rogue browser extensions known as “clipboard hijacking“.

In retrospect, it might not seem like a major concern, but in this case, malware operators primarily target cryptocurrency traders and people who own cryptocurrencies and frequently access them on their computers.

They can send the cryptocurrency to themselves instead of the user’s address by hijacking the clipboard, which allows them to replace the recipient’s crypto address’s pasted address with their own address.

This is a sophisticated piece of malware that, in order to avoid detection, will only run when it recognizes that the online user has copied a crypto address and not any other text, into the clipboard.

Show pop-up advertisements

Browser extensions are frequently used as adware, which is designed to show users intrusive pop-up ads while they are browsing the internet.

Through their extension, they might add and automatically authorize malicious pop-ups to the notifications or display ads themselves.

Pop-ups are less harmful than other types of malware, but they still have the ability to cause malware installations, such as when they advertise malware, also known as Malvertising.

A type of malware that targets the browser. Pop-ups are annoying, and even more so when they are generated by unreliable third-party advertising.

Few known malicious extensions

There are many reported cases of malicious browser extensions being installed on a computer. While some of these have already ceased to exist and be active, others are still carrying out their malware campaigns and infecting numerous online users.

Here are a few of the ones we’ve examined and written about in depth, along with instructions on how to uninstall the particular extensions, on our website.

Some of these are distinct variations of the others that do the same functions, for example, if one is deleted, another is installed under a new name.

New Tab homepage extensions

New Tab browser extensions are similar to browser hijackers however they change the homepage rather than the default search engine.

For example, if you start a new tab, the malicious extension’s default homepage will be displayed. This is a completely distinct extension that is designed to generate revenue by forcing users to use the search bar that is provided with the modified new tab homepage.

Image of New Tab Extension Malware set the default homepage tab to a different page
New Tab Extension Malware set the default home tab to a different page

Some of the known new tab browser extensions that we have discovered on the web are:

The browser extensions mentioned above are only a few of the notable ones we have found. The image above also shows what the extension looks like when it is installed. Pop-ups and redirection from unknown third-party advertising distribute these malicious browser extensions on the computer.

These extensions are not fully dangerous because it is possible to remove them via the extension page. Some of these extensions also have a Web shop page, proving that Chrome does not totally view them as malicious add-ons that just serve to force users to utilize their search bar in order to generate revenue.

Even if this is the case, some of these don’t look pleasant, having your search query utilized by hackers is undesirable, and the search results won’t even be as good as your usual search engine, so you should get rid of it.

Rogue Security/Utility Extensions

Users are duped into installing these malicious browser extensions by the misleading advertising of a number of security and utility software. Even if they are not dangerous, the installation process for them in the browser is unwelcome and deceptive.

Image of the CleanBlocker Extension Webpage
Example of browser extension tricking users to get the plugin installed

These extensions frequently show users that they are infected then proceed to show a download button for the extension. Some of these extensions that we have discovered are GuardWeb, Site Saver, and Clean Blocker. Please note that the following are not malicious extensions but are being marketed in the wrong way.

While most users do not require it because the Google search engine is already a decent one, some of these browser extensions alter settings like the homepage and search engine to ensure users have a secure search engine.

If you receive such notifications or warnings to install a particular browser extension, but you know you wouldn’t need it, then you shouldn’t install it at all because it will most likely never be used and the changes it makes on the browser is unneeded.

ChromeLoader extension malware

One of the most harmful browser extension virus is called ChromeLoader. It takes control of the user’s browser and adds undesirable extensions.

Additionally, it could cause the browser to perform harmful actions, primarily changing the search engine, and despite being frustrating, the extension installed is difficult to delete.

It has a cog wheel icon and appears as a web plugin. Each time this threat is updated, it changes and takes on a variety of names. The aforementioned extension has been used in numerous different ways.

Some of the most recent versions of the harmful ChromeLoader virus, which noticeably modifies the extension’s name are: Ring, Book, Blanket, Couch, and Drag. With such browser extension names, they are typically concealed in the browser.

Once the malware extension is installed, the search engine will be changed to,, and The interface of these domains would be the same as the rest.

Image of the Browser Hijacker
Image of the browser hijacker search interface

These extensions are the reason why the search engine has changed, but you can’t just fix it because you can’t get rid of the extension. When you open the browser again after trying to delete it, it will eventually reappear.

In addition to the extension names, one of the symptoms of the newer versions were a CMD popping up with a domain popping up such as,, and

One of the dangerous plugins that has ever been present on the browser is the ChromeLoader extension, which gets its source from drive-by downloads and pirated/torrent applications.

Malware obfuscating legitimate extensions

Cybercriminals also tend to hide their malicious extensions by using the names of the legitimate browser plugins so that users will not know what extension is causing the malicious behaviors on the computer.

This is the same that can be said for some of the few malware extensions that belongs to the ChromeLoader extensions malware.

At some point, they used the names Google Translate and Google Docs for their malicious browser hijacking extensions so that users would not know which extensions to remove.

Image of the Google Docs is Controlling This Setting
Malware extension controlling the search engine setting

When the browser plugin is installed, it may also show that the said extension is controlling the search engine setting.

By doing this, it is ensured that the user cannot alter the default search engine that the extension has set up for the browser.

In addition, the extension’s permissions guarantee that it won’t be taken from the web browser and uninstalled. And when the extension name is concealed by utilizing such extension names, it ensures that this is difficult for the user to notice the malware.

Ways to identify if a browser extension is malware

After covering the impacts of malware extensions, we will now be looking into how to identify harmful browser extensions on a web browser because they may conceal themselves by using a genuine extension’s name or by hiding their true identity.

Since we have covered numerous malicious browser extensions, here are some methods for identifying and finding harmful extensions on the web browser.

1. Installed extensions that you do not recognize

The easiest way to find a harmful extension is by trial and error, removing unwanted extensions that are installed on your web browser that you do not use or recognize at all.

More importantly, you should delete any extensions you aren’t even using anymore because some of them may be devoid of malware when you install them but turn malicious after an update.

Find the extensions you no longer use by visiting your web browser’s extensions page. After doing so, you may see that the browser anomaly is gone since the malicious extension has been removed.

2. Utility and tools extensions are commonly used to hide malware

Since users typically install extensions, ones with names like YouTube Downloader, MP4 to MP3 Converters, Audio Enhancer, and many more could become infested with malware.

The names of these utility applications are frequently used by cybercriminals to mask their malware. If you perform a search for a specific extension, you will come across hundreds or even thousands of the same ones with various names and icons, and the majority of them will already be infected with malware or will become infected in the future.

If you have extensions installed with names like Volume Booster or similar ones and they did not come from a reputable source, you should uninstall them since they might be malware disguised as a utility plugin.

3. Plugin does not have a Browser Web Store page

Browser extensions that do not have a Web Store page from the Browser’s extension store will most likely be malware since they were installed from an unknown source or were removed by the web browser from the extension page due to violations as the extension was known to be malware.

Image of View in Chrome Web Store

To check if the browser extension has a web store page, simply go to the extension details from the extensions tab, click the link, and see if one exists or if it states that there is none. Additionally, you can also check it manually via the extensions store.

4. Installation of the extension came from an unknown source

Malware extensions are most frequently loaded via a drive-by download directly onto the browser or by an external loader or injector, such as a malicious program running on the computer.

Although malware can also inadvertently be loaded through the extension store, the likelihood is low because most web browsers forbid these virus extensions.

Image of Extension Source in Chrome

Check the source of each of your extensions to see whether they were downloaded from a third party or from a location other than the extension store that provides them. You may read the information about the extension you installed by going to the extensions tab.

5. Browser extension does not have a logo

Developers of browser extensions make sure to have their plugins presentable to users, and the browser extension store takes great care when determining whether or not these extensions should be made available to online users.

Without a logo, extensions are very unlikely to ever be published in the web store and will look too basic because nobody will likely install them.

Image of Extension with Default Logo (Puzzle Logo)
Extension with Default Logo (Puzzle Logo)

Due to the absence of a logo or the use of the default extension picture for imageless extensions, there is a significant likelihood that these extensions contain malware.

If you encounter a plugin without a logo that you are unfamiliar with, it can be malware if the name also has no connection to the plugin’s purpose.

6. Hides itself by using the same name as a trusted extension

Malware browser extensions frequently use legitimate and reputable extension names of well-known brands to disguise themselves or prevent uninstallation, deceiving the user into believing they have the original extension installed and that they would not consider removing it because it appears to be trustworthy.

This is what has happened with the widely used extension Google Translate. The name of the malicious application created by cybercriminals is the same as the well-known Chrome translation tool.

Image of the fake Google Translate Extension
Screenshot of the fake Google Translate Extension

How can you tell if the extension is fake?

In contrast to the one above, which has a completely different one, the official Google Translate extension’s id is aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb. In addition, it has a different version number and requests a surprising amount of permissions for a translator plugin.

Image of the legitimate Google Translate Extension below:

Image of the real Google Translate Extension
Image of the legitimate Google Translate Extension

Such extensions might already be installed on your browser; therefore, to make sure, you’ll need to cross-reference the extension ID of the malicious extension with the actual extension ID of the legitimate extension via the web store.

7. The extension has too many browser permissions

Extensions for the browser are just functional tools that enhance the web browsing experience. To make things work and ensure that they do so properly, the browser will only need to grant a few permissions.

An indicator that a certain extension might be malware is when it has too many permissions. You should be on the lookout for permissions that allow you to follow people and access site data, among many other things.

By clicking on each extension’s details in your browser’s extension management, check the permissions for your extensions.

Remove those that ask for too many permissions, as they might be obfuscating, tracking, or performing malicious acts covertly all along.

8. Little to no description about the plugin

The objective of extensions must be made clear in order for users to understand what they are downloading and how it works.

It is a strong indication that an extension is malicious if it contains few to no details about it on the extension website or in the extension details.

Due to the fact that cybercriminals often do not provide specifics on their extensions or they may do so insufficiently to be considered professional or they may merely include a few phrases.

If this is the case, try deleting the extension to check if the problem was really with the specific browser plugin all along.

9. The browser extension is unable to be removed

Since practically every extension can be deleted as easily as it was downloaded, it is a clear sign that a browser add-on is malware when it cannot be deleted from the browser.

It is malware that refuses to be removed when you click the Remove button and continues to exist even after closing and reopening the browser, or it cannot be removed at all because the browser is being managed by an organization or there are other issues.

You can use the malware removal instructions provided below to remove malicious extensions from the web browser.

10. Extension version is set at 1.0

The likelihood is that malicious browser extensions won’t be updated and will remain in the state in which they were when they were made by cybercriminals.

As a sign that a browser extension is new, it is given the version 1.0 designation and is updated as the developer makes changes to the extension.

Image of Browser Extension With Version 1.0

Malware extensions, on the other hand, frequently don’t receive updates and are left in their current state.

Therefore, if you have an extension that is still in version 1.0 and was not developed by reputable developers, you should uninstall it, especially if you do not use it.

Malicious Browser Extension Removal Procedure

After having found the culprit on your browser, the methods provided below are intended to help you remove the malicious extensions if you were unable to remove them.

Removing malware from the browser should be thorough and carefully executed; therefore, please follow every step provided.

Step 1: Remove the malicious browser extension manually

Please follow the steps below to remove the malicious browser extension from your web browser and stop the suspicious and harmful behaviors that may endanger the user’s data and privacy.

The browser may be controlled by an organization, making it impossible to remove the browser extension when you try to do so. It indicates that the virus has set up a specific configuration to prevent removal. If that’s the case, please use the steps in this article to fix the problem.

Note: The extension used in this step is not malicious and is simply being used as a demonstration of how to get rid of browser extensions.

1. Open the browser and click on the three horizontal lines at the upper-right corner of the window screen. Once the drop-down menu opens, hover over Extensions and select Manage Extensions on the submenu. On the other hand, you may also type chrome://extensions on the URL bar to directly access the browser extension page.Image of Google Chrome Manage Extensions Drop Down Menu2. The extensions page will then open in a new tab, showing all installed plugins on the browser. Once you have found it, deactivate the browser extension by toggling the blue switch below its name and description (We will be using AdBlock as an example). After which, you may now click the remove button to get rid of the extension virus from the Chrome browser.Image of Google Extensions Tab3. If the switch is disabled, then you will need to remove it directly from the extensions folder of the browser. To do this, first you have to select the plugin and look at its ID as shown in the URL bar. (See the image below for an example.)Image of Extension ID in URL4. Open File Explorer and go to the folder where Chrome stores the browser extension you have downloaded and installed. The default location will be at:

C:\Users\YOUR NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

Image of Extensions in Google Chrome Folder5. You will see a list of folders, each with different hashes. Find the folder matching the ID of the malicious extension, then right-click and delete it. Make sure the browser is closed before proceeding to delete the folder.

Image of Deleting Extensions With The Same IDThe next time you open the Google Chrome browser, you will see that the extension has been removed.

1. Launch the Firefox browser and open the menu by clicking the three horizontal lines, which can be located in the upper-right corner of the program. Once the drop-down menu opens, click on Add-ons and Themes. On the other hand, you may also type about:addons on the browser URL bar to enter the Add-ons Manager.Image of Firefox Drop-down Menu2. From the left-side menu, go to the Extensions page and view all of your browser extensions installed on Firefox. Toggle the blue switch to deactivate the plugin, then click the three horizontal dots beside the toggle and select Remove to get rid of it from the browser (We will be using Adblock Plus as an example).Image of Firefox Remove Extension3. If the toggle is locked or unable to be removed, then you will have to manually remove the extension from the browser’s extension file directory. Open File Explorer and go to the following directory where Mozilla Firefox keeps its browser extensions; this can be located via:

C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

Image of Firefox Profiles in File Explorer4. You will be seeing Mozilla Firefox profiles, and depending on how many browser profiles you have, go to the default ones you have, such as default-release in some cases, and click on the extensions folder inside the profile.Image of Firefox Extensions Folder5. It will be difficult to determine the extensions of the folders you see because they have generated IDs. In order to make things simple, you should delete every .xpi extension file and make sure the Microsoft Edge browser is closed when doing so.Image of Firefox Remove XPI Extension FilesWhen you open the browser, every extension you have will have been removed. After the virus has been wiped out, install the extensions that you frequently use again.

1. Open Microsoft Edge and enter the following URL to enter the extensions manager page of the browser: edge://extensions on the other hand, you may click the horizontal three-dot menu and click Extensions from the multiple options shown. Then a small window of extensions will show; click on the Manage extensions to enter the same page.Image of Edge Manage Extension2. The page will then show all of your installed extensions within the Microsoft Edge browser. Find the one you think may be infected with a virus or is a malicious plugin and disable it by toggling the blue switch (We will be using the AdBlock extension as an example). Then proceed to uninstall it by clicking the remove button right next to Details.Image of Edge Remove Extension3. If you were unable to remove the malware plugin, then you will have to head over to the browser’s extension files via File Explorer to remove it manually. To do so, please head over to the extensions tab first, and now click the details next to the remove option.Image of Extension ID in Edge4. Open File Explorer and head over to the following directory where all browser plugins within Microsoft Edge are stored:

C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Default\Extensions

Image of Edge Extension File Directory5. Now find the folder with the same extension ID as the plugin we want removed. It indicates that the following folder contains the files for the particular virus extension: Right-click it and delete it.

Image of Edge Remove Matching Extension IDsWhen you open the browser again, the malware-infected extension has now been completely removed.

Step 2: Uninstall unwanted programs from the computer

Malicious browser extensions are also installed on computers by adware and malware applications. You should locate and get rid of the harmful software on the computer to make sure it does not resurface.

Remove Software via Control Panel

The most common way to remove malware from your computer is to uninstall the program through the Control Panel. You may view all of your installed apps as well as the developer’s name in the list of applications.

You can eventually remove the cause of malware extensions and other virus-related browser troubles by uninstalling the programs you do not recognize.

1. From the Windows search bar at the bottom of your screen, search for Control Panel and click the result that matches the same application.

Image of Windows Searching Control Panel

2. You will see different options, such as System and Security, as well as User Accounts. But what you want to click is the Uninstall a program under the Programs section. Depending on your Windows version, hovering over the uninstall section will be relatively the same.

Image of Control Panel3. Now that you are on the Programs and Features page, it will show you all the installed programs. There will be filters you may want to use, such as viewing them in lists with details such as the publisher, version number, and when they were installed.Image of Control Panel Programs and Features4. Right-click the suspected virus program and click Uninstall to get rid of it (We will be using Adaware as an example). It will then proceed to remove the application, or you will be presented with an uninstaller that will guide you to remove it; either way, it will be removed.Image of Control Panel UninstallThere is a chance that the program may not be uninstalled successfully, and when that happens, it is important to use the power of an uninstaller program such as Revo Uninstaller.

It is widely known to be enough to remove malicious programs that are evading uninstallation. If you encounter such an issue when proceeding to uninstall the app, you may utilize the uninstaller to do the job for you.

Remove Malicious Program via Revo Uninstaller

For computer users who are not sure of what to do. You may resort to using Revo Uninstaller since it is much more effective and easy to use. Revo Uninstaller is a very useful tool for Windows users.

This uninstaller not only removes programs from the computer but also deletes their changes from the Windows Registry, Host File, etc. Following the steps below will guide you on how to install and use Revo Uninstaller to get rid of the source of the unwanted browser extensions.

1. Click the button below to proceed with installing Revo Uninstaller on your computer since we have made an in-depth guide on how to use it on the following page. On the other hand, you can also head over to and download it from there.

Download Revo Uninstaller

2. After the setup file (revosetup.exe) has finished downloading, run the installation wizard, read the license agreement, and click agree to proceed to the next step of the installation. Follow the procedure and wait until the installation of the software is complete.

Image of Revo Uninstaller Setup3. Once the software has launched, find the unwanted application that needs to be removed and double-click the program to uninstall it.

Image of Removing Unwanted Program

4. Click on the Continue button and follow the procedure to start uninstalling the program. It is also advised to make sure that a System Restore Point is made before the uninstallation, just in case.

Image of Removing Unwanted Program

5. You will be prompted to choose a scanning mode. From the three options, click the Advanced Mode, then select Scan.Image of Advance Scanning6. A window will pop up and show all of the leftovers and changes made by the program that was uninstalled. Click the Select All button and hit Delete to remove the leftovers found in the Windows Registry.

Image of Removing Leftover Files

Once the window closes, you have successfully removed the browser threat from your system. And we believe with absolute certainty that once the adware has been removed, the browser issue will now be fixed, and you can now continue browsing the web with ease and comfort.

Step 3: Scan with powerful malware removal software

By using an anti-malware application that is specifically designed to eliminate threats like these, malicious browser extensions and other malware hiding on the computer will be immediately recognized.

For these threats, we recommend running a full system malware scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely known and recognized by security experts when it comes to removing viruses from the system.

Remove malware extensions with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

We have also been using this software on our systems ever since, and it has always been successful in detecting viruses. It has blocked the most common browser threats, as shown by our tests with the software, and we assure you that it can remove the unwanted extensions installed on your browser.

Image of Malwarebytes Home screenNot to mention, it is free to use and does not come at any cost to remove the viruses it finds on your computer.

To use Malwarebytes and remove malicious threats from the computer, follow the steps below:

1. Download Malwarebytes by clicking the button below, as we have made an additional and in-depth tutorial on how to use it. Otherwise, you may go to their official website via (Avoid misspelling as it may lead to scams).

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

2. Visit their download section and start a Free Download to begin installing the software on your computer.Image of Malwarebytes Thanks for downloading Webpage3. Once the Malwarebytes setup file (MBsetup.exe) has finished downloading, open the executable file in File Explorer, then right-click the setup and select run as administrator to give the highest system authority and make sure Malwarebytes is installed correctly.Malwarebytes Install File4. Make sure to carefully follow the installation setup wizard’s instructions and provide the relevant information it requires. You will be prompted with questions such as Personal or Business Use, Email Address, and others.Image of Malwarebytes Asking For Email Before Proceeding5. From the application’s home screen, go to the scan tab and begin running a system scan. This will scan the whole computer, including memory, startup items, the registry, and the file system. This is done so that not only the malicious extension but also other trojan viruses hiding in the system can be detected.Malwarebytes Scanning6. Since it can take a while, you should either relax and wait for it to finish or find something else to do. The length of the scan depends on the size of the files you have and the hardware capabilities of your computer. Here are some ways to make scanning faster.

7. Once the scan is finished, Malwarebytes will show the malicious viruses and threats it found on your PC. The malware extension will also show up on the detection results, and it may also be in a different name or threat name such as Adware.ChromeLoader.Generic, and many more.Image of Malwarebytes Detection Results8. Select all the detected files from the report and click the quarantine button to remove the malicious items from the computer into the protected safe quarantine zone of the anti-malware program so that they would not affect and do malicious actions to the PC again.Image of Malwarebytes Threat Quarantined9. After placing the virus files in the program’s quarantine, it may prompt you to restart the computer to finalize the full system scan procedure. Please do restart your computer if prompted, as it is essential. After the restart, Malwarebytes will open and display a message that the scan was complete.

Note: Don’t forget to delete the quarantined files afterwards.

Simply quarantining the malware files is not enough to make sure it is completely removed. This is actually a very common misconception: once you click the quarantine button, it is all good and gone.

But actually, while its effects and harmful activities are halted, the malware is still in the system, only placed in the anti-malware program’s quarantine folders. In order to completely remove it from the computer, go to Detection History from the home screen, select all Quarantined items, and click Delete.

Image of Malwarebytes Deleting Items

You have successfully removed the malicious extension from the browser. Rest assured they would not resurface again since Malwarebytes offers a premium trial for 14 days, so you could take advantage of it for free and prevent malware from infecting your system.

While the detection and removal of malware is free for Malwarebytes, the premium versions include real-time protection that ensures your computer is safe all the time. Although we encourage you to use the premium trial, you are free to purchase the full version if you find it useful.

The program is an anti-malware that removes harmful threats like trojan horses, worms, stealers, miner, keyloggers, and many other forms of malware and computer viruses.

We suggest Malwarebytes if you are looking for a removal tool and as a second opinion scanner, but if you want full-fledged antivirus software, we believe that the built-in Windows Defender is enough for computer security or if you want something with a more sophisticated system and better protection: Kaspersky Free.

If you choose to uninstall Malwarebytes, you may suddenly see that Windows Defender Real Time Protection is turned off. This is a common issue that users may face when uninstalling the software. To fix this issue, you may refer to this article.

Protective measures for better overall security

Removing trojan viruses and malware from the device is one thing; keeping it secure for the future and for a long period of time is a different thing and will require certain things to make sure you are secured, especially if you do not know most of the ins and outs of the device you are using.

Cybercriminals are always stepping up their game to make sure they infect users and extract data and money from them.

We encourage you to take the actions listed below to ensure complete security before leaving this page because we strongly promote web security and having a secure online presence.

Utilize a firewall to prevent data from being sent to cybercriminals

A security firewall is required for every internet connection that is made. It is an essential tool that enhances security and stops online attacks. Through a security mechanism, it controls incoming and outgoing network connections on your system and network and filters the undesirable ones. Consider it a further barrier against malicious assaults and zero-day exploits.

If you want a fully functional firewall utility application that is exclusively focused on securing the network, we recommend these top two firewall solutions for personal computers: Comodo and ZoneAlarm.

Comodo Personal Firewall

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It is simple to use and doesn’t require complicated configuration to set up. It also functions by being aware of your computer usage habits to avoid interfering with your work.

It claims to offer the highest levels of protection provided by Comodo Firewall against both inbound and outbound threats.

Additionally, it secures the ports on your computer from hackers and prevents rogue software from sending your sensitive data over the internet.

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You can also opt for ZoneAlarm Free Firewall as your first line of defense between your device and the internet. The program safeguards your network and blocks any dangers, and you can use the free version of it without paying anything.

It provides a robust two-way protection solution that guards against spyware from disclosing your data online while also hiding your PC from nefarious hackers.

With its cutting-edge anti-bot protection, it also protects your computer from automated cyberattacks in real time.

Safeguard your data by using a VPN application

VPNs, also known as virtual private networks, guarantee your safety and complete anonymity while you browse the internet.

This ensures that your data won’t be leaked because the program hides it. Be aware that visiting infected websites may cause your IP address and location to be disclosed; however, if you use a VPN, this will prevent your true IP address from being revealed to malware actors.

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Since user privacy is the main focus of a virtual private network program, Mullvad VPN excels at putting users’ privacy first. You do not need to enter your email address while registering to download their application because they maintain anonymous accounts.

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They have also been announcing new server locations in order to guarantee users a fast connection anytime they want to connect to various areas throughout the world.


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AirVPN seeks to provide users with access to the real internet, in contrast to Mullvad, which promises to offer users a free internet. Along with masking your IP, they also don’t monitor or log any user data, which is good.

You can use it for a long time without worrying about being disconnected because they don’t impose a traffic or time limit when connecting to their sites. In addition, there are infinite, cost-free server changes with physically fast servers in many different nations.

Additionally, when registering for their program, you are not required to enter your email address. They also offer strong encryption and Perfect Forward Secrecy to ensure that it is difficult to determine the user’s connection.

Bottom Line

The steps for locating harmful browser extensions on the browser and thoroughly removing them from the PC have now been covered.

You may be confident that these browser threats won’t reappear because we also eliminated the adware and malware apps that could have installed them back on the machine.

If you experience another virus attack on your device, please visit our website and find a malware removal solution for your problem, or get in touch with us, and SecuredStatus would be happy to assist you once again.