DTools.exe or ProtectWindowsManager qualifies as a malicious application, but it is hidden and you can not find it in the list of software that is already functioning on your computer. The purpose of this program to protect different browser hijackers, when you try to remove them from your computer.
DTools.exe, like many viruses, installed along with other malware. In the above privacy DTools.exe comes to your PC with iStartsurf.com, MyStartSearch, Оursurfing, Omniboxes.com and other programs of the same type. To track malicious process DTools.exe or ProtectWindowsManager is possible with the help of the Task Manager. Finding the virus in the folder “XTab” in the “Program Files” directory on your computer. If you try to remove programs that undercover DTools.exe then you are wasting your time and effort to no purpose. Since DTools.exe will restore the settings of these programs.
DTools.exe and his browser hijackers often installed on your PC with a free application, that you want to install on your computer. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you carefully read the conditions installation mode, before you make any additions on your computer.
There are two ways to remove annoying DTools.exe completely and effectively. If you are an advanced user and strongly believe in yourself, you can try to follow our manual removal guide. It is much harder and takes your time, but you will be proud of feeling yourself a real security buddy. But to be honest it is not a trivial task, so if you don’t want to waste this beautiful day racking your brain, please take advantage of the automatic removal tool which we recommend for this adware effectively elimination.
DTools.exe adware manual removal steps:
Step 1. Delete DTools.exe from the system.
To delete DTools.exe application from your PC, you should use “Uninstall the program” tool depending on your operation system.
Windows XP: Start —> Control Panel ––> Add/Remove Programs. Choose the “DTools.exe” in the list of installed programs by a right-click and press “Remove”.
Windows 7: Start ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Just the same actions: right-click on the “DTools.exe” in a software list and press “Uninstall”.
Windows 8/8.1: Right-click on Start ––> Quick Access Menu ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Choose a “DTools.exe” among a listed here programs, right-click on it and then press “Uninstall”.
Step 2. Reset your browser settings.
It is necessary to reset browser settings after the deletion of the program from the list of software installed on your PC. For this, use the following tips depending on what browser are you currently using:
- Google Chrome Browser: Settings —> Show advanced settings. Click on “Reset settings” in the bottom of the page.
- Mozilla Firefox: press “Refresh Firefox” button in the right top corner.
- Opera: delete “Operapref.ini file” in folder “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\” on your computer.
- Internet Explorer: Tools —> Internet options —> click on the “Advanced” button and then press “Reset”.
DTools.exe automatic removal guide
If something went wrong or you just want to see the fast result, please use the help of professional malware eliminator – GridinSoft Trojan Killer. Moreover, even you have managed to remove DTools.exe from your computer and browser, we recommend you to download this tool and use it as a free antimalware scanner to see whether any other malicious program has penetrated into your system.
Download free antimalware scanner:
After downloading is completed, please install it and run the full scan. Yeah, it will take a time, but security experts always recommend to choose a full scan as your first scan, especially if you suspect that your PC could be infected. Take a look at the screenshots below: it will help you understand what’s going on.
Step 1. Run a full scan of your system
…and go drink coffee until the end of it! 🙂
At the end of the scan, the program will offer you to move all malicious items to the quarantine. Just do it clicking on the “Apply” button and set your system free from the DTools.exe infection!
Step 2. Reset your browser settings using an appropriate tool:
Check all browser boxes, which might be infected with the DTools.exe, on a settings tab:
Then just press the “Reset” button. Voila! It is a good idea to restart your computer after all this manipulation and check if these annoying DTools.exe ads leave you in peace:
Don’t hesitate to contact GridinSoft Trojan Killer developers if you have any problem regarding your system security – you can always reach them submitting a ticket.
Step 3. Celebrate your victory!
Either you choose the manual or the automatic removal solution, congratulations! You won this battle with unfair malware developers. Your computer is clean now, so you should be proud and do something nice for yourself as a gift. Foam bath or tickets for the game? It’s up to you! 😉