How to Uninstall Identity Protector (PUP)

Nov 8th 2017 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog Tips | 0 Comment

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What is Identity Protector and how does it function?

Identity Protector is advertised as a security utility tool which is created by Pcvark Software Pvt. Ltd. as a trial program which you can download and install as well as run it with very limited functionality. This program claims to protect your passwords and identity by establishing some sort of vault where you can store your credentials for several services like social media, banking portals, as well as IM platforms. It has a trial version which can be downloaded at identityprotector.co and it can also be obtained as a part of a software bundle.

Developers of Identity Protector describe the program as “a tool to find and secure your personal information on your computer, as well as organize your passwords in one vault across browsers and lock them securely with a Master Key. Your identity is always protected and you’ll never forget your password again.” It may sound pretty convincing, especially for users who tend to forget their passwords and other credentials, however, it is classified as a potentially unwanted program which could harm your computer as well as the information you stored on the program’s so-called vault.

One of the worrisome things about this app is that it tends to give incorrect detections and then ask users to purchase the product before it can fix the detected privacy issues. The subscription for the premium services of the program costs $39.95 a month at the time of the research. This amount is definitely too huge considering the fact that it is not even proven to be effective – the only thing for sure is that it is an unwanted program that could bring potential harm to your computer and important information.

How is Identity Protector distributed online?

Currently, Identity Protector is being promoted through advertisements which prompt users to download and install the program in order to protect their identity. This program has to be uninstalled manually, to do so, follow the removal instructions given below.

Step 1: Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc to pull up the Task Manager.

Step 2: Go to the Processes tab and look for Identity Protector’s process, right click on it and select End Process or End Task.

Step 3: Close the Task Manager.

Step 4: Open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.

Step 5: Look for Identity Protector and then Uninstall it.

Step 6: Tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer.

Step 7: Go to the directories listed below and delete everything in it. Or other directories you might have saved the file related to Identity Protector.

  • %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%
  • %PROGRAMFILES%
  • %APPDATA%
  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  • %TEMP%

Step 8: Look for Identity Protector’s installer or the software bundle it came with.

Step 9: Right-click on them and click Delete.

The next step below is not recommended for you if you don’t know how to navigate the Registry Editor. Making registry changes can highly impact your computer. So it is highly advised to use PC Cleaner Pro instead to get rid of the entries that the PUP created. Unlike Identity Protector, PC Cleaner Pro is a trusted program that helps in improving your computer’s overall performance by repairing any registry issues as well as optimizes your system. If you are not familiar with the Windows Registry skip to Step 14 onwards. However, if you are well-versed in making registry adjustments, then you can proceed to step 10.

Step 10: Open the Registry Editor, to do so, tap Win + R and type in regedit and then press enter.

Step 11: Navigate to the following paths:

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\

Step 12: Look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by the unwanted program and then delete them.

Step 13: Close the Registry Editor.

Step 14: Empty your Recycle Bin.

After uninstalling Identity Protector, follow the advanced guide below to get rid of the files it has created.

Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
  2. After that, the BIOSscreen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

  1. To navigate the Advanced Optionuse the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
  2. Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
  3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

  1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Boxwill show up.
  2. Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro

A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.

  1. A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. Installation will start automatically once download is done.

  1. Click OK to launch it.
  2. Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.

  1. After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.

  1. Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.

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