If you get a redirect to a web link beginning with the domain name instanprivacyprotection.info, possiblity is that you’ve been exposed to a tech support scamming site. Such sites may represent threats to your private information and calling the toll-free numbers on them might result in financial losses for the user. Security experts highly recommend if you have experienced such redirects on your computer to immediately scan it with a reputable anti-malware scanning tool that will detect any threats.
InstantPrivacyProtection.info – What Is It?
At first, when we looked into the site, it seemed a legitimate tech support website. Soon after, we realized that the website had only one web page where it advertises the service and the number 1-855-376-4628. There were also some other numbers which came out when we examined the pop-up window. When we researched the main number on the site, we have established that it was connected with other scams, such as rogue antivirus programs, like Antivirus 7 or Antivirus GT. More to this, the number was associated with numerous websites that were either presented to the user via pop-up windows or redirects, using similar tech support promoting tactics. Sites, like privacydefend.info, informationsafety.info, mstechsupport.info and informationdefense.info are believed by investigators to promote support by displaying the very same number.
Such tech support sites usually may pop-up on your computer as a result of the accidental installation of a bundled program. Such programs come in combination in the installers of free programs that users often tend to disregard by fast clicking.
After it has been situated on the computer, the adware program may initiate various scripts, some of which may modify the homepage of the web browser you are using, changing it to something similar to the picture below.
This specific redirect which we discovered on the web even featured a voice message, generated by an automated text-to-speech program, claiming that the computer has malware and outlining these risks to the PC:
→-Credit Card Information.
-Facebook chat logs.
-Chat logs of other messengers.
-Photos and other files on the computer.
-Illegal web camera access and control.
The redirect also comes with a pop-up that cannot be removed. Every time we pressed the ‘Ok’ or ‘X’ buttons the window reappeared. And when we tried to close the browser, the malicious redirect displayed this window:
The consequences for you, the user after falling into the scammers tricks and calling the number can be many. Mainly they might ask for your personal and financial information. However there have been cases where they ask to download and install malware masked as an antivirus program or others. Also, cyber criminals may require you to prepay or charge you for the call. Either way, you should never call such numbers.
Removal Manual for Internetprivacyprotection.Info
In case you have this malicious domain set as your homepage, please follow the removal manuals below to completely remove it from your browser. Also, follow the after mentioned step-by-step guide to remove manually any adware program associated with this domain from the computer. If you are not an expert in manual removal and cannot identify the suspicious program, it is advisable to incorporate a professional anti-malware program that will automatically protect you from any future threats.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info
Step 2: Uninstall InstantPrivacyProtection.info and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by InstantPrivacyProtection.info on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by InstantPrivacyProtection.info there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall InstantPrivacyProtection.info and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as InstantPrivacyProtection.info, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the InstantPrivacyProtection.info will be removed.
Eliminate InstantPrivacyProtection.info from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.