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What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #136
United States Rank #223
Reach 3.4899%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.05 days
650.56 days >
Average installed length: 341.82 days


1.4 0.31%
1.3 10.98%
1.2 44.37%
1.0 44.35%

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Surfing Protection

What is Surfing Protection?  (from IObit)

Advanced SystemCare Free (formerly Advanced WindowsCare Personal) has a one-click approach to help protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. With over 100 MILLION downloads since 2006, this fantastic, award-winning, free PC repair software is a "must-have" tool for your computer. 100% safe with no adware, spyware, ...  Read more


Surfing Protection is a software program developed by IObit. The most common release is 1.2, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named unins002.exe. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 11.84 MB (12,415,234 bytes). The installed file SPUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 40% of users of Surfing Protection come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.iobit.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\IObit\Surfing Protection\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\IObit\Surfing Protection\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 11.84 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Surfing Protection

Program executable:unins002.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\IObit\Surfing Protection\unins002.exe
Additional files:
  • OFCommon.dll - Advanced SystemCare Ultimate (IObit Library)
  • FFNativeMessage.exe - Advanced SystemCare 10
  • SPUpdate.exe - Advanced SystemCare 7 (Advanced SystemCare 7 SP Update)
  • FFPluginCleaner.exe - Surfing Protection (Surfing Protection FF Cleaner)
  • PluginInstall.exe
  • SPInit.exe
  • FixPlugin.exe
  • FWRules.exe
  • ASCUrlScanner.dll - Advanced SystemCare Surfing Protection (Surfing Protection Dynamic Library)
  • np_Asc_plugin.dll - Advanced SystemCare 7 Opera Plugin (Advanced SystemCare 7 Opera Plugin DLL)
  • ASCPlugin_Protection.dll - Advanced SystemCare 7 ASCPlugin_Protection
  • NativeMsg.json
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • ASCPlugin_Protection.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Advanced SystemCare Browser Protection' with the class of {BA0C978D-D909-49B6-AFE2-8BDE245DC7E6}.
Scheduled Task
  • SPUpdate.exe is scheduled as a task named 'IOBit Surfprotct update' (runs weekly on Saturdays at 9:24 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • PluginInstall.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named IOBit Surfprotct.

How do I remove Surfing Protection?

You can uninstall Surfing Protection from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Surfing Protection, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Surfing Protection.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Surfing Protection you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.91%
Windows 10 40.47%
Windows XP 4.66%
Windows Vista 3.95%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.39%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.47%
Windows 8.1 11.95%
Windows 7 Professional 8.46%
Windows 10 Home 8.02%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.01% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.01%
  Germany 7.72%
  United Kingdom 5.68%
  Italy 4.46%
  Brazil 3.16%
  Canada 2.93%
  France 2.69%
  Netherlands 1.84%
  Australia 1.76%
  Sweden 1.56%
  Russia 1.42%
  DZ 1.33%
  Egypt 1.18%
  Czech Republic 1.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.38%
Acer 19.72%
Dell 17.98%
ASUS 10.28%
Toshiba 7.14%
Lenovo 4.83%
Samsung 4.01%
Intel 1.19%
Medion 0.97%
American Megatrends 0.92%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.12%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.92%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.23%
ASUS All Series 4.18%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.13%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.98%

About (from IObit)

Founded in 2004 by two creative and enthusiastic programmers, IObit is focused on providing consumers with innovative and comprehensive system utilities and security software for superior PC performance and security.
Publisher URL: www.iobit.com


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