Sad to say, I got victimized by the malware known as SearchProtect. This seems to come from Lavasoft’s Conduit application although I have been careful to never install any unwanted program, I got victimized by SearchProtect because curiously, the DIVX installer that got redirected to me came with unwanted bullsheets.
I was surprised after it happened. The WMV format sucks and I was forced to download the codec because Windows’ Media Player cannot play it. Microsoft could have at least redirected me to some links that are not crap.
Instead, I got redirected to a crap site and installed a very annoying malware.
So how to delete it? Skip applications that say they target malware. SearchProtect will only disappear once you uninstall it but it won’t be in normal Windows boot mode.
You need to go into safe mode in order to uninstall it. It is usually found in c:\Program Files (x86). My variation was under MiuiTab. I had to kill the ProtectSearch.exe first since it was run even in Safe Mode. After that, uninstall went smoothly.
Once you go back to normal boot mode, you can uninstall those other nasty annoying applications and browser extensions.
That should do it. And If you are into movies, avoid WMV! Look for AVI, MVK or MP4 instead!