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Malware Removal Instructions
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by Admin, Mountain View (geolocate), published: Tue 22 Jul 2014 07:19:00 PM CEST.

Favicon "App of the Day" Ads Removal Guide
22 Jul 2014, 7:19 pm
"App of the Day" ad text will be displayed at the bottom of each web page you visit:

App of the Day is a feature of Pet Match and uses visual search technology to find you relevant and related content from thousands of sites across the web. Just click on or hover over the orange InSite icon to open this window and discover related content. To disable this feature, click here. If you wish to share any feedback on this feature, contact us at feedback@similarproducts.net App of the Day

"App of the Day" ad. Click on image to enlarge.
The ad is usually displayed by a potentially unwanted program called PUP.Optional.Superfish.A or a web browser extension but there are many of them named differently so in your case it might be different as given in the removal guide below. Please use this guide to remove "App of the day" ads and any associated malware.

Needles to say, there are so many different types of viruses and malicious software out there that it is increasingly difficult to tell the difference and to know what each and every one does, and why it exists. From adware and spyware to Trojan horses and worms and from rogue anti-virus software to Potentially Unwanted Programs; it's a crowded market place out there in the world of malware - that much is certain. Injected ads are also being used by scammers. I'm sure you've already seen green underlined words that redirect to dodgy websites, etc. This is a new for of adware and PUP as well as the "App of the day" ads.

But let's take a closer look at just one of these online pests and parasites: Potentially Unwanted Programs – or PUPs to give them their abbreviated name. So what is a PUP and why is it merely 'potentially' unwanted and not out and out 'definitely' unwanted like the rest of its malware cousins?

As we've seen, PUP stands for Potentially Unwanted Program. The term was coined by the security technology experts, McAfee, as a way of describing undesired software. A Potentially Unwanted Program is not unlike malicious software in that it can, and often will, cause you issues once it has been installed on your PC. However the big difference with malware is that you give your consent to a PUP to be installed as opposed to it installing itself without your knowledge – like most malware.

The majority of Potentially Unwanted Programs are spyware or adware, including the "App of the day" adware. These programs definitely cause problems for you and will result in unwanted behavior on your machine. "App of the day" might simply display annoying pop-up adverts although others may be running processes in the background of your PC that result in it running sluggishly and slowly. The reason PUPs are 'Potentially Unwanted Programs' is an apt description for these very specific programs because you normally only realize that they have installed themselves on your computer and unleashed their irritating behavior upon you after the event.

So what made McAfee actually come up with the expression 'Potentially Unwanted Program'? The name was created so that any PUP style programs were not labeled as malware. This is because we, the users, actually give our consent to download and install them. Granted we usually don't know that we're installing a PUP but the fact is most License Agreements tell us when we are about to download one – however ambiguously that warning may be worded.

Generally though, most people view the term Potentially Unwanted Program as just another, rather vaguer world for malicious software because the majority of users – i.e. you and me – would rather remove "App of the day" as soon as we discover it on our PC. The problem is that PUPs are frequently installed at the same time because they are often bundled with genuine software that we do want meaning you need to watch out and be very careful when you’re downloading something. Check the End User License Agreement carefully and make sure you’re not agreeing to install additional programs if you don't know what they are. It might be frustrating, and you no doubt just want to get to the end result and download what you’re really after as quickly as possible, but if you want to avoid a PUP, it pays to take a minute or two more.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


"App of the day" Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove "App of the day" related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • LyricsSay
  • Video Download Helper
  • SavingsBull
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove "App of the day" ad text from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove LyricsSay, Video Download Helper, SavingsBull, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove "App of the day" ad text from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove LyricsSay, Video Download Helper, SavingsBull, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove "App of the day" ad text from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Www.lpmxp2040.com Virus Removal Guide
22 Jul 2014, 6:38 pm
Lpmxp2040.com is a potentially dangerous website that may distribute adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). The file player_setup.exe has been seen being distributed by the following URL http://www.lpmxp2040.com/.../Player_Setup.exe. It has been detected as malware by multiple anti-virus engines, for example Generic.94A, TR/Dropper.Gen, PUA.DigiPlug, DomainIQ pay-per install. Please note that some anti-virus engines detect it as a Trojan dropper. I am willing to make a bet that if you've had your computer hijacked by lpmxp2040.com virus you're probably worried, annoyed, stressed or uncertain. Or all of those things. With so many different types of malware out there it can be tricky to know what will happen to your computer, your operating system, your bank account or even your identity. Viruses and malware affect millions of people worldwide and most of us have been affected by them at some time. Protection is paramount, especially in this increasingly sophisticated era of malware and that's exactly why you need a reputable anti-malware software program. The single best safety guard against, not only malware and viruses, but against things like adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs that causes lpmxp2040.com pop-ups on your computer too.

Here's an example of a www.lpmxp2040.com pop-up claiming that your Video Player might be outdated. The web page then automatically downloads file Player_Setup.exe on your computer. If you keep getting a similar pop-up as well then your computer is infected with adware.


But installing any old anti-malware won't do. You should make sure it's not only a decent one from one of the big brands but that it is always up-to-date too. Having said that it's always good to get into the habit of knowing exactly what you do and don't want on your PC. That way if you get the feeling that your PC is running sluggishly or acting 'weird' you can check it out sooner rather than later before it causes more problems than are necessary.

Lpmxp2040.com virus installs itself in a number of ways although the most popular method deployed is via free software downloads. Many viruses leave you vulnerable to attack from annoying adware and they all love the good old unwanted pop-up ads! If you've been infected by this adware virus you'll know just how enraging those endless pop-up windows are, while your unwanted extension will have dispensed with your original one and will keep redirecting you to websites of its own choice.

Lpmxp2040.com comes bundled with PUPs. Technically speaking, PUPs are not actually viruses but they are very likely something you don't want on your computer and will want to delete it as soon as possible. As well as hijacking your browser, a PUP may make using your laptop a slow and tedious process.

So it's probably fair to say that you don't want a Potentially Unwanted Program on your computer so how do you stop it from happening? Because PUPs are normally installed when you download programs, software or videos you should ensure that you only download what you actually need and not some 'special offer' that has been stealth bundled with it.

All of us need or want to download programs, software and applications on a pretty regular basis and so the trick is to take a few moments to carefully read the EULA – the end user license agreement and not just click 'OK' when you're downloading something. Any check boxes relating to a PUP might have been pre-checked so make sure that you uncheck them if you don't want the add-on.

As I mentioned above, it can't be overstated how important it is not only pay attention but to also have a good anti-malware software running on your PC. Install it, run it and make sure there is nothing unwanted hiding on your computer. To remove lpmxp2040.com virus from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Lpmxp2040.com Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove lpmxp2040.com related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove lpmxp2040.com related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove lpmxp2040.com related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove lpmxp2040.com related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Lpmxp2031.com Removal Guide
17 Jul 2014, 7:41 pm
Lpmxp2031.com is a potentially dangerous website that may distribute adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). The file player_setup.exe has been seen being distributed by the following URL http://www.lpmxp2031.com/.../Player_Setup.exe. It has been detected as malware by multiple anti-virus engines, for example Generic.94A, TR/Dropper.Gen, PUA.DigiPlug, DomainIQ pay-per install. Please note that some anti-virus engines detect it as a Trojan dropper. I am willing to make a bet that if you've had your computer hijacked by lpmxp2031.com virus you're probably worried, annoyed, stressed or uncertain. Or all of those things. With so many different types of malware out there it can be tricky to know what will happen to your computer, your operating system, your bank account or even your identity. Viruses and malware affect millions of people worldwide and most of us have been affected by them at some time. Protection is paramount, especially in this increasingly sophisticated era of malware and that's exactly why you need a reputable anti-malware software program. The single best safety guard against, not only malware and viruses, but against things like adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs that causes lpmxp2031.com pop-ups on your computer too.

Here's an example of a www.lpmxp2031.com pop-up claiming that your Video Player might be outdated. The web page then automatically downloads file Player_Setup.exe on your computer. If you keep getting a similar pop-up as well then your computer is infected with adware.


But installing any old anti-malware won't do. You should make sure it's not only a decent one from one of the big brands but that it is always up-to-date too. Having said that it's always good to get into the habit of knowing exactly what you do and don't want on your PC. That way if you get the feeling that your PC is running sluggishly or acting 'weird' you can check it out sooner rather than later before it causes more problems than are necessary.

Lpmxp2031.com virus installs itself in a number of ways although the most popular method deployed is via free software downloads. Many viruses leave you vulnerable to attack from annoying adware and they all love the good old unwanted pop-up ads! If you've been infected by this adware virus you'll know just how enraging those endless pop-up windows are, while your unwanted extension will have dispensed with your original one and will keep redirecting you to websites of its own choice.

Lpmxp2031.com comes bundled with PUPs. Technically speaking, PUPs are not actually viruses but they are very likely something you don't want on your computer and will want to delete it as soon as possible. As well as hijacking your browser, a PUP may make using your laptop a slow and tedious process.

So it's probably fair to say that you don't want a Potentially Unwanted Program on your computer so how do you stop it from happening? Because PUPs are normally installed when you download programs, software or videos you should ensure that you only download what you actually need and not some 'special offer' that has been stealth bundled with it.

All of us need or want to download programs, software and applications on a pretty regular basis and so the trick is to take a few moments to carefully read the EULA – the end user license agreement and not just click 'OK' when you're downloading something. Any check boxes relating to a PUP might have been pre-checked so make sure that you uncheck them if you don't want the add-on.

As I mentioned above, it can't be overstated how important it is not only pay attention but to also have a good anti-malware software running on your PC. Install it, run it and make sure there is nothing unwanted hiding on your computer. To remove lpmxp2031.com virus from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Lpmxp2031.com Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove lpmxp2031.com related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove lpmxp2031.com related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove lpmxp2031.com related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove lpmxp2031.com related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Remove cdn.cloudwm.com pop-up (Uninstall Guide)
16 Jul 2014, 8:54 pm
Cdn.cloudwm.com pop-up ads usually show up on computers infected with potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and adware. If you keep getting these annoying pop ups then I'm afraid your computer is very likely infected as well. Please use this guide to remove cdn.cloudwm.com pop-ups and any associated malware.

Sometimes it can feel like you've only just got to grips with the latest Internet lingo and then along comes another acronym or some more 'geek speak'. And now, we're going to introduce you to PUPs – or Potentially Unwanted Programs to give them their proper title. Don't have the faintest idea what a PUP is? Don't worry – that's what we're about to explain. Read on as we tell you what Potentially Unwanted Programs are, and what they mean for you and your computer.


PUPs – the Internet sneak

By their very nature, Potentially Unwanted Programs that display cdn.cloudwm.com pop-up windows are incredibly sneaky. They manage to fall through the net of most antivirus programs because they are always mentioned in the End User License Agreements or the Terms and Conditions you agree to when you download genuine new software or programs. And because this mention is often hidden in ambiguous wording or involves a lot of checking and unchecking of boxes, this means that you are actually agreeing to the downloading of the PUP, even if you don't realize it.

The developers of Potentially Unwanted Programs are clearly taking advantage of the fact that when most of us download files or install new software we either don't read – or don't spend much time reading - the License Agreements. It is thanks to our lack of attention to detail that developers can slightly amend these T's & C's – we don't notice – and the result is we wind up with a bunch of programs that we probably have no use for on our machine.

Marketing of PUPs

Basically by downloading a Potentially Unwanted Program, you've been suckered in by a form of marketing. That in itself doesn't sound too bad but the problem is that many PUPs leave us vulnerable to holes in our computer's security, can target us with annoying cdn.cloudwm.com pop-up adverts or can download further software on to our operating systems.

Some people find that they grow to like using the PUP – after all, who can complain about getting some free - and possibly useful – software? And that is why PUPs are only potentially unwanted. However if something seems too good to be true, it generally is.

The fact is that a Potentially Unwanted Program has not been created to benefit you; it's been developed to benefit its creator.

After reading that, we're sure no one wants to be affected by cdn.cloudwm.com pop-ups and PUPs that display them. So, stay safe and read that license agreement – yes we know it's boring, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Cdn.cloudwm.com Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove cdn.cloudwm.com related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • LyricsSay
  • Websteroids
  • SavingsBull
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove cdn.cloudwm.com pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove LyricsSay, Websteroids, SavingsBull, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove cdn.cloudwm.com pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove LyricsSay, Websteroids, SavingsBull, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove cdn.cloudwm.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon "BlockAndSurf" Ads Removal Guide
16 Jul 2014, 8:24 pm
If you've ever wondered what BlockAndSurf adware is, what it can do, how it infiltrates your PC, what affect it can have on you - and crucially how you can stop yourself from being infected by it read on as we take a closer look. Please use this guide to remove BlockAndSurf ads and any associated malware.

There are numerous types of malware – or malicious software – out there and adware installs itself on your computer in the same way as many of its cousins. Generally speaking, most variants of this adware are installed when:
  • You share files with other Internet users
  • You download videos or music from websites or peer to peer sites
  • You visit a website that has adware embedded into it
  • You download a free games and other freeware software
  • You download free wallpapers or emoticons

Of course not everything you download has something malicious attached but that's not to say you shouldn't be careful if you want to limit the possibility of being infected. And because BlockAndSurf isn't perceived as being as harmful as say, Trojan horses, it can be tempting to disregard it as merely an annoyance: as you probably know, and as the name suggests, adware is advertising and it will inundate you with endless pop up and banner adverts.

Why do people create adware?

BlockAndSurf is created primarily to recoup the money they have spent on programming other often software. They justify their usage of adware by saying that it is through advertising that they are able to provide you with the online freebies that you enjoy using: games, wallpapers, emoticons etc. However, some variants are also designed to simply display "Ads by BlockAndSurf" without thinking any further for example, users experience in mind and efficiency. It usually displays ads not worrying about quality which means users can be redirected to dodgy websites and services.

When adware meets spyware

While BlockAndSurf might be annoying, the fact remains that it's still an invasion of your privacy – after all you've had a program installed on your PC without giving your permission. And that's not all, because as it gets increasingly sophisticated it is really starting to cross the boundaries between being a pest and being a threat. This is because the people who create adverts know they are only going to be clicked on if they are relevant to the user. And this is where spyware comes in. Spyware is employed so the adware programmer can customize adverts that align with your Internet usage. How they do this is by monitoring the websites you visit.

But when spyware really shows its bad side is when it's used to oversee other ways that you use your PC. This can be by taking screen shots or using something called a keylogger which records the keys you're pressing and sends a record of what you've typed back to the programmer. They may keep this for their own nefarious use or sell the information to an unscrupulous third party. And of course this data will include your passwords, credit card details and log in information. BlocknSurf, of course, doesn't go that far and doesn't spy on you in terms of credit card details and passwords. However, it still an invasion of your privacy.

How do I protect myself from BlockAndSurf?

  • Install an up to date and reputable anti-malware on your machine and run it regularly
  • Also install an anti-adware program
  • Check the security settings on your PC are minimum medium setting
  • Try to resist downloading freebies from the internet
  • When you download software always read license agreements carefully
We all love us some free software but if you're spending the majority of your online life closing pop-up windows, battling a sluggishly running system and worrying if your security is being compromised, suddenly it doesn't seem that much of a bargain. The answer? Read License Agreements and Terms and Conditions carefully when you're downloading software and make sure you're not also installing any unwanted extras in conjunction with them.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


BlockAndSurf Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove BlockAndSurf related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • BlockAndSurf
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove BlockAndSurf related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlockAndSurf, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.





Remove BlockAndSurf related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlockAndSurf, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.


Remove BlockAndSurf related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon What is vmhost.exe and how to remove it?
9 Jul 2014, 8:46 pm

vmhost.exe - by Square Network Tech Co.,LTD.


What is vmhost.exe?


Vmhost.exe is adware that plays audio ads in the background and may also display pop-up ads. The program doesn't start immediately when you turn on your computer. It starts 3-5 minutes later in Program Data\Update Task folder and may be also listed as VM file module. I takes up at least 100k memory and may crash your web browser. Multiple anti-virus engines have detected malware in this file, here are a few of the most frequently detection: Riskware.Agent!, Adware.Downware.4176, Win32/SquareNet.B and PUP.OPTIONAL.VMHOST.A. It's distributed mainly in the United States using various pay-per-install networks which means that there's a great chance that some other adware and PUP could have been installed with vmhost.exe on your computer. You can remove the file manually but I it would be a good idea to run a full system scan with recommended anti-malware software too. Needles to say, it's not essential for Windows and may cause lots of problems including annoying audio ads and system crashes.







File name: vmhost.exe
Publisher: Square Network Tech Co.,LTD.
File Location Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\UpdateTask\
File Location Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\UpdateTask\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → vmhost.exe

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Favicon What is SupraSavingsService64.exe and how to remove it?
9 Jul 2014, 7:18 pm

SupraSavingsService64.exe - by Opiniads


What is SupraSavingsService64.exe?


SupraSavingsService64.exe belongs to the adware called SupraSavings. The file is installed on 64-bit versions of Windows. Avast and some other anti-virus programs detect it as adware and PUP, Win64:Adware-C [Adw], for instance. Once installed, it will display pop-up ads and redirect your web browser to dodgy websites. In order to avoid detection and manual removal it is usually installed as a Windows service. Less computer savvy users may not know how to find and remove Windows services therefore the longer lifespan of this installation is almost guaranteed. It has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software, mostly other adware and potentially unwanted programs. Almost half of the installs come from the United States. It is also distributed in the UK, Germany and some other countries. It has no valid digital signatures. My advice would be to remove SupraSavingsService64.exe and associated adware from your computer. It's not essential for Windows and may cause problems, for example slow down your internet speed and make your web browser crash. And of course, don't forget extremely intrusive and misleading ads.







File name: SupraSavingsService64.exe
Publisher: Opiniads
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\6e6b36eb-9156-411b-b951-c735f4747dcf\
File Location Windows 7:C:\Program Files (x86)\6E6B36EB-9156-411B-B951-C735F4747DCF\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → SupraSavingsService64.exe

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Favicon What is SystemkService.exe and how to remove it?
8 Jul 2014, 8:04 pm

SystemkService.exe - by Aztec Media Inc.


What is SystemkService.exe?


SystemkService.exe is a part of Systemk Service application which is detected by many anti-virus engines either as a browser hijacker or a Trojan horse, for example Trojan.Semnager, Toolbar.SearchSuite, Adware.SearchSuite.A. This browser hijacker modifies your web browser and Windows registry. Usually, it redirects users to default-search.net website. It also creates a Windows service named Systemk Service. This service is configured to run automatically when Windows starts. It has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software, mostly adware and in some cases even spyware. It has a valid digital signature which was issued to Aztec Media Inc. Please note that a valid digital signature doesn't guarantee that the application is not malicious or potentially unwanted. SystemkService.exe is a great example how an application can get one and still be a part of malicious program. This application was mainly designed to protect hijacked browser settings making automatic detection and removal as difficult as possible. It constantly runs in the background, checks for updates, uses system resources. It may also make some websites load slower than usual. Without a doubt, this application is not essential for Windows and may cause problems. I recommend you to remove SystemkService.exe and associated malware from your computer. Run a full system scan with recommend anti-malware program to detect and remove this infection.







File name: SystemkService.exe
Publisher: Aztec Media Inc.
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Settings Manager\systemk\SystemkService.exe
File Location Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Settings Manager\systemk\SystemkService.exe
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → SystemkService.exe

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Favicon "NetCrawl" Ads Removal Guide
7 Jul 2014, 9:06 pm
NetCrawl is adware (sometimes detected as a PUP - Potentially Unwanted Program) that will display ads and pop-ups on your computer. Adware and PUPs are annoying and presumptuous pieces of software that install themselves without your knowledge. What is more, such programs can install additional spyware modules and track your browsing habits and entered keywords. Please use this guide to remove NetCrawl and any associated malware.

Here's an example of an advertisement displayed by the NetCrawl adware. Ads are usually labeled as Ads by NetCrawl.


The Internet is positively riddled with programs that have been specifically designed to do you harm, cause you distress, hijack your PC, empty your bank account, assume your identity, and sometimes just drive you plain nuts. Most of these programs – termed malware, which is short for malicious software - come bundled with free, or even paid for, software. And NetCrawl is no different. Adware, or Advertising Supported Software, is an annoying and potentially dangerous form of malware that inundates your computer screen with pop-up windows and banner adverts.

Adware and spyware are often talked about in conjunction with each other and this is because adware employs certain spy-like tactics. NetCrawl monitors your computer usage and records which websites you visit, subsequently sending this data back to its developer. This allows them to then show you targeted adverts based on your browsing history.

So what exactly is adware?

In the broadest terms, adware is a program which displays pop-up or banner adverts to you when you're connected to the Internet. It does this by installing an added component on your computer when you install the software that it is bundled with. This component is responsible for showing you the adverts and in some instances can install a new toolbar in your browser.

Apart from the annoyance of endless adverts, some adware hijacks your browser or your search engine page so that it can redirect you to websites of the developer's choosing. So, not only do you have to contend with constantly clicking to get rid of pop-up windows, you might also find your computer is running slowly or crashing frequently – this is because the component that displays the NetCrawl ads can interact with other programs on your machine and cause operating issues.

And what exactly is spyware?

Spyware is a type of malware that monitors your computer and Internet use – without your knowledge. As seen, adware deploys spyware methods to enable its developers to target their adverts to you, but some spyware takes this one step further by using something called a keylogger which will record which keys you press and even take screenshots. This data is normally sent to an unscrupulous third party who will be able to discern your passwords, user IDs, online banking details, credit card numbers and other extremely private information. The good news is that NetCrawl is not a typical spyware and it can not steal your personal information, passwords and credit card numbers. It simply gathers information about your browsing habits, visited websites and searched terms.

Having said that, the NetCrawl is not quite as harmful although it's still definitely an invader of your privacy. As with the tactics used by adware, spyware not only records which websites you've visited but can also see which adverts you clicked upon as well as monitoring the amount of time you spent on certain websites.

How to protect yourself

We all love us some free software but if you're spending the majority of your online life closing pop-up windows, battling a sluggishly running system and worrying if your security is being compromised, suddenly it doesn't seem that much of a bargain. The answer? Read License Agreements and Terms and Conditions carefully when you're downloading software and make sure you're not also installing any unwanted extras in conjunction with them.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


NetCrawl Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove NetCrawl related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • NetCrawl
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove NetCrawl related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove NetCrawl, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.





Remove NetCrawl related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove NetCrawl, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.


Remove NetCrawl related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon What is PUP.Optional.Superfish.A and how to remove it?
7 Jul 2014, 8:20 pm
PUP.Optional.Superfish.A is a potentially unwanted program that may display ads, hijack your web browser and secretly download additional malware, including spyware, to your computer. It belongs to the Superfish visual search adware that displays ads based on images found a web page. As the detection name suggest, it's only potentially unwanted and there should be an option to not install it. However, that's not always the case because such programs are very often bundled with freeware and adware. As you can imagine scammers sometimes use silent installers to increase the number of infected computers and expend their networks. In other words, there's no option to decline the download, it starts automatically in the background without your knowledge and permission. Please use this guide to remove PUP.Optional.Superfish.A and any associated malware.


It can seem like a real mystery: you do something as innocent as updating your browser and suddenly you have programs that you did not consciously download and as far as you were aware you didn't give permission to be installed. So how were these mysterious programs downloaded and how did they install themselves without your say-so? And how do you make sure this doesn't happen in the future?

PUP.Optional.Superfish.A usually comes bundled in with a download that you did actually want – sneaky! However some PUPs can be installed by 'drive by'downloads – when you've visited an infected website and it's then infected YOU with a PUP. For the most part these drive bys are enabled thanks to a weakness in your PCs security. Currently Oracle Java is the most vulnerable, followed by Flash player. Besides, scammers often use fake Flash player update web pages and similar fake Java update web pages to trick users into installing adware and PUPs.

So what do you do if you want to see if you have the PUP.Optional.Superfish.A on your computer? This is a simple process which you can check in the Windows Control Panel. Simply choose 'Programs' and then hit 'Uninstall or Change a Program'. Any program you installed yourself should be registered with the Windows Add/Remove Programs function so here you'll see the names of the programs, their publishers and the date you installed them. If you see something you don't recognize you should be able to uninstall it here. Then, scan your computer with anti-malware software because very often PUPs come bundled with adware and spyware.

You might also want to take it one step further by clicking on the 'Installed On' header in the uninstaller as this allows you to sort the list of programs by date. If one of the programs that you did install intentionally has the same date and time stamp as your unwanted program this is a good indication that it installed your PUP too.

Even if you think you're downloading a reputable program, it is possible that it has been repackaged by another website to include PUP.Optional.Superfish.A that the original publisher knows nothing about. Bear this in mind and make sure you only download programs from their original websites or from a site that you know to be a trustworthy and reputable one. Also exercise judgment when clicking on search engine links and adverts in Google - there no shortage of unscrupulous people out there that are more than willing to take your money for programs that are supposed to be free and/or abuse them by packaging them with programs that you didn't ask for and probably don't want.

5 features of a Potentially Unwanted Program:
  • PUPs can be adware – bombarding you with irritating pop-up adverts (applies to PUP.Optional.Superfish.A)
  • PUPs can be spyware. They gather your personal data and send information to a third party without your knowledge (also applies to SuperFish)
  • PUPs can be browser hijackers. These hijack your Internet access and redirect you to sites of their own choosing, in this case www.superfish.com
  • PUPs can be Remote Administration Tools – this means a third party can seize control of your PC remotely
  • PUPs can be jokes – created purely to frustrate and annoy you. Not funny!
So, in short, the message is clear – be vigilant when you're online and only download programs if you trust them and you trust the site that you are downloading from. PUPs may sound cute but cluttering up your computer with Potentially Unwanted Programs is not!

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


PUP.Optional.Superfish.A Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove potentially unwanted extensions from your web browser.

Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon and remove the extensions that might be causing pop ups. Basically, remove all extensions that you didn't install. It's perfectly OK to remove all extensions since by default Google Chrome comes without any extensions.

Mozilla Firefox:
1. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Remove all extensions that you didn't install. Please note, by default Firefox comes without any extensions.

Internet Explorer:
1. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Remove all add-ons that you didn't install or you believe may cause those annoying pop-ups to show up.

3. Download CCleaner and tidy up your computer, remove temp files, etc.

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Favicon "MediaAds" Ads Removal Guide
6 Jul 2014, 8:52 pm
MediaAds is an adware program (sometimes detected as a PUP - Potentially Unwanted Program) that will display ads and pop-ups on your computer. Adware and PUPs are annoying and presumptuous pieces of software that install themselves without your knowledge. What is more, such programs can install additional spyware modules and track your browsing habits and entered keywords. Please use this guide to remove MediaAds and any associated malware.

Adware is a nuisance and can leave your computer open to security vulnerabilities so if you suspect that you've been infected and have an adware program installed on your machine, you'd be well advised to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Whilst it's true that adware is not as malicious as some forms of malware it can still have a negative effect on both your device and your user experience.

Here's an example of an advertisement displayed by the MediaAds adware. Ads are usually labeled as "Ads by MediaAds".


Whether you or your antivirus program has picked up on downloaded adware, and you didn't give your permission to the installation and don't know where the program originated from, it's time to take steps to protect yourself, especially if you spotted the adware before your antivirus did. If that's the case you might want to think about upgrading your security software to something a little more current or reliable.

What is MediaAds?

It is a type of program that has been created with the intent of displaying adverts on your computer, ether injecting them into a web page or displaying pop-ups. It can also redirect your search when you're trying to visit a website and send your request to a website of its own choice. Furthermore, it invades your privacy by monitoring the websites you visit, collecting data about your browsing habits and then customizing the type of adverts that you see to suit your tastes.

How does it affect me?

You will probably know if you have MediaAds on your computer just by the un-ignorable presence of all the pop-up and banner adverts you're now seeing. Other than that, adware is fairly low-key and there probably won't be any indication in your list of programs that it installed its files on your PC.

How did it get on my computer in the first place?

MediaAds is normally bundled with freeware or shareware programs. These are used by developers to generate income and recoup the development costs of more legitimate software programs. However, it can also infect you if you visit an infected website and vulnerable browsers may be hijacked by Trojan horse malware.

How to stop being bugged by adware

A lot of freeware and shareware software gives you the option to upgrade and register for, or purchase, their advert-free version. Others, however, utilize in-built, third party adware capabilities which will sometimes stay on your PC even if you have upgraded. The problem that you might face here is that by removing the adware component in this situation, you might be violating the End User Licensing Agreement whereby the original downloaded program will develop problems or refuse to work at all. For this reason, you should always read the T's & C's when you're downloading something and make sure you know what you're downloading, and what exactly you're signing up for. Most adware is bundled with free (and sometimes paid-for) software so you really should check so you know exactly what you're downloading.

Help – I've been infected by MediaAds!

If you suspect your PC of having this adware downloaded onto it you should run recommended anti-malware software. If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


MediaAds Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove MediaAds related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Network System Driver
  • MediaBuzzV11
  • MediaPlayerV1
  • WebenexpV1
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove MediaAds related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove MediaAds, MediaBuzzV11, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.





Remove MediaAds related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove MediaAds, MediaBuzzV11, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.


Remove MediaAds related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Vidx Ads Removal Guide
6 Jul 2014, 7:18 pm
Vidx is a video plugin that may install browser extensions in Safari, Firefox and Chrome and then display pop-up ads. It isn't much different from other adware and PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) that are installed on Macs and PCs. If you've ever had adware installed on your computer you'll know just how annoying it is. A bombardment of pop-up windows, constant inundation of banner adverts – it's a never ending cycle of clicking boxes to close these ads only to have them pop right back up again seconds later. And if you've ever wondered just how it is that Ads by Vidx always seem to match the subject matter or products that you've recently been browsing, trust us, it's no coincidence. Please use this guide to remove Vidx and any associated malware.

How does adware know which adverts to show me?

Adware software installs a component on your Mac when downloaded. This component monitors the websites that you visit, records this data and sends it back to the developer - who will then tailor which advertisements you see. Although this is an aggressive marketing tactic, you may still think that this is all fairly innocuous however the constant irritation of pop-ups aside, adware will adversely affect your CPU's performance and slow down your Internet connection speed. What is more, this adware uses very tricky methods to avoid anti-virus detection by giving extension a name that is a slight variation on the Vidx name, for example ViddX 4, Viddxx 4, Vidox and so on. Please note that even though it comes bundled with other adware and potentially unwanted applications the malicious browser extensions are usually downloaded in the background and installed without your permission. The installer requires no license agreements and obviously doesn't inform you about third-party software that will be installed afterwards. That's rather unethical to say the least.

How do I know if I have Vidx on my Mac?

Being spammed by pop-up adverts is a pretty clear sign that you have adware installed on your machine but there are a few more distinct indicators that you could, and should, look out for too. These are the main ones:
  • You're seeing an unprecedented amount of pop-up and banner adverts, in this case they are all labeled "Ads by Vidx".
  • You have a new and unfamiliar browser extension in your web browser all of a sudden
  • You uninstall this extension but it keeps popping back up and won't take no for an answer!
  • Your Mac is running a lot more slowly or is crashing more frequently than before
  • Your browser home page or default search engine has changed or keeps changing

How do I protect myself against Vidx?

Don't ever click on a link and download something if you don't recognize the publisher. If you don't know or trust the source, don't download it – simple as that! Similarly, don't download files from either your email, or from websites if you don't know the sender or source. And don't download email attachments unless you know and trust the sender. Make sure you have pop-up blockers installed on your machine. Be wary and watch the types of websites that you visit – particularly if they are of an adult or illegal nature.

If you have fallen for this adware infection, you should remove it immediately. Remove any browser extensions named anything similar to Vidx, and if you have it an app in your Applications folder, throw it in the trash.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Vidx Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this adware from your Mac. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Vidx related applications from your Applications folder. Here's a typical file path: /Applications/Vidx.app.

3. Delete any browser extensions having a name similar to Vidx.

  • Safari – choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon, near the right side of the row of icons along the top of the window.
  • Chrome – choose Preferences from the Chrome menu, then click the Extensions item in the list on the left side of the window.
  • Firefox – choose Add-ons from the Tools menu, then look at both the Extensions and Plugins lists in the window that opens.

You will also see all the other extensions you have, and unintsall any other ones you deem unnecessary.


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Favicon "Rocket Search" Removal Guide
5 Jul 2014, 9:47 pm
Rocket Search is a browser hijacker that hijacks your homepage (http://rocket-find.com), changes default search engine provider and tracks your web searches. Very often, it comes bundle with adware, PUPs and even spyware. For the most part, browser hijackers are not malicious however they are annoying and, more worryingly, they can leave you open to attack by more virulent types of malicious software. Please use this guide to remove Rocket Search and any associated malware.

Here's an example how Rocket Search hijacks Chrome browser and changes default home page to http://rocket-find.com. It returns exactly the same search results as Google which means it copies result from Google and doesn't have its won database.


Unwanted software might seem like a slightly weird concept – after all, if you want some software, you download it, right? Therefore how can it be unwanted? How could you possibly end up with software on your computer that you didn't want? Well, we're sorry to say that in addition to all the other nuisances that life can throw at us, unwanted software programs are a very real threat.

What is Rocket Search?

Most anti-virus engines detect it as a PUP or a browser hijacker. Either way is correct. Unwanted software – or to be more accurate - potentially unwanted software is actually known as a PUP – a Potentially Unwanted Program. These are browser hijackers, toolbars and home pages which appear without prior warning on your computer.

Browser hijackers and other PUPs many shapes and forms but they all fall under the same banner and the one thing to keep in mind is that you probably don't want them. What you need to know is how it is installed on your PC in the first place, how you can get rid of it, and what you can do to protect yourself against this threat.

Getting down to the facts

So what effect does this browser hijacker have on your computer? The thing to keep at the forefront of your mind is that Rocket Search has been designed to benefit its developer – not you, the end user. It will hijack your computer and replace your existing toolbar, browser or home page – all with the intention of directing you to websites of its own choice. It can also spam you with countless pop-up adverts. Other PUPs have the ability to install additional software on your PC which can leave you exposed to security threats. In this case, you will notice that along with this browser hijacker WSE Rocket and Rocket programs were installed. Those programs are designed to protect modified browser settings in case you want to change your home page and search engine back to Google or Bing. Sometimes, it may even hijack your browser shortcut file by adding an additional parameter to target field.

Is Rocket Search a virus?

Technically speaking, Rocket Search is not classified as virus although to the casual observer it really doesn't make that much difference. All you and I need to know is that PUPs and browser hijackers have a number of undesirable and irritating features. Along with the ability to hijack your browser – as covered above - a PUP might also adversely affect the way your computer performs as it will run programs in the background, slowing down your operating system and making your PC run more sluggishly than usual. Added to that, your overall user experience will be less than stellar thanks to the constant bombardment of pop-up adverts and the repetitive re-direction when you conduct a search.

How is a browser hijacker installed – and uninstalled?

In the majority of cases Rocket Search will be downloaded when you're installing free software. It will be bundled in with the installation and thus able to sneak its way on to your machine. Once you've spotted it, uninstall it in Windows > Control Panel > Programs (Uninstall). Look for WSE Rocket and Rocket programs and uninstall them. Then reset your browser settings and run a full system scan with anti-malware software.

How can you avoid installing a browser hijacker?

The most important rule is to pay attention when downloading software and ensure you uncheck any boxes in the license agreement that says optional or added extras are included with the installation.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Rocket Search Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Rocket Search related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • WSE Rocket
  • Rocket
  • Extended Protection


If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove Rocket Search from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove WSE Rocket, Rocket, LyricsSay-1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.

6. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

7. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://rocket-find.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Chrome executable file.


Remove Rocket Search from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: rocket search

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by Rocket Search. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

4. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://rocket-find.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Firefox executable file.


Remove Rocket Search from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select Rocket Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

4. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://rocket-find.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.

6. Finally, go to ToolsInternet Options and restore your home page to default. That's it!

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Favicon How to Remove Adware from Chrome (Uninstall Guide)
5 Jul 2014, 6:11 pm
I get many emails from my readers asking for help on how to remove adware from Chrome browser. I decided it's time to address this issue and make a step-by-step self-help guide. Hopefully, it will help you solve your problems or at least put you on the right track. So, if you keep getting pop-ups and ads on Google Chrome or you've heard the term adware but you're not entirely sure what it is and how it can infect your web browser, carry on reading as we take a look at the definition of the word, and examine what it means for you as a computer and Internet user. Please note that there are hundreds of different variants of adware. If you know the name of the adware, please search this blog for more detailed removal guide or see the complete adware list here. And if you don't then use the removal guide below.

What is adware?

Adware is a shortened term for Advertising Supported Software – a phrase that is used to describe software programs that either download or display advertisements on your computer when you're connected to the Internet. These adverts can take the form of pop-up windows or banner adverts and are very often tailored to match your specific needs or interests. At first it might seem like a coincidence but after a while, when you see your 10th advert on Chrome that is showing you cheap flight or hotel booking websites, when you've recently been searching online for vacation options, you might start wondering if there is a little more to adware than meets the eye. We'll explain more in a moment.

How does adware end up on my computer and Chrome?

In the majority of cases adware will be bundled with a program or software that you are downloading. This may be free software, or you may have paid for it; it doesn't matter – no one program can be guaranteed to be free of adware (or any other type of Potentially Unwanted Program for that matter). An adware developer creates their ads for a number of reasons; it may be to recoup the costs of developing the original software, or it might be so they can generate income via the adverts and therefore offer their main product for free, or for a lower cost. Some variants of adware are specifically designed to display ads on Chrome. Such adware programs usually install malicious browser extensions that can gather certain information about your browsing habits and then use it to display more relevant ads. It might be very difficult to remove malicious chrome extensions as they are often installed with developer rights or otherwise protected. Chrome team is aware of this issue and recently started disabling developer mode extensions but scammers find other ways to infect Chrome with adware extensions. Besides, some adware do not even install extensions, they simply inject ads on Chrome.

How does adware know what pop-up or banner ads to show me?

No, it's not a coincidence and there is no magic all-seeing eye who just happens to know that, when you should be working, you're actually looking online at the latest must-have gadgets, or shoes and purses. That's because adware has been designed to monitor your Chrome and internet usage, track which websites you visit, and collect that data. This information is then sent to the developer or a scammer who will then show you targeted advertising based on your browsing habits. Very often scammer display every possible advertisement they can to increase revenue. Some of the ads on Chrome may lead you to rogue programs or services. Be very careful!

Though this might seem somewhat helpful at first, most PC users quickly find targeted adverts (especially the pop-up variety) annoying and distracting. Think about it for a moment more and you'll very likely come to the conclusion that adware is actually an invasion of your privacy.

The adware method

If you're using free software that has adware included you may well have noticed that you'll be given the option of purchasing a licensed version that doesn't display adverts. Sometimes this upgraded version may also have additional functions. Again, this is another nice little income source for its developer.

How dangerous is Chrome adware?

Adware developers often protest that they are not invading your privacy however their spying tactics scream otherwise to many computer users – and let's face it, how do you really know what is and isn't true? Protect yourself with reputable anti-malware software and don't fall prey to the annoyance and potential danger of adware.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Remove Adware from Chrome:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove adware from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of adware and Chrome extensions. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove adware programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. Uninstall recently installed programs or the ones that you do not recognize. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

4. Open Google Chrome. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



5. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.



6. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


7. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


8. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.

9. Use CCleaner to remove unnecessary system/temp files and browser cache. It’s always a good idea to get rid of unnecessary internet/system files or corrupter Windows registry values that may cause various problems to your computer.

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Favicon "Omiga Plus" Removal Guide
3 Jul 2014, 9:41 pm
Omiga Plus is a browser hijacker that hijacks your homepage (http://isearch.omiga-plus.com), changes default search engine provider and tracks your web searches. Very often, it comes bundle with adware, PUPs and even spyware. Let's get one thing straight; we're not talking about fluffy puppies with wagging tails here; we're talking about something far more dangerous and far less cuter. Such browser hijackers are usually instaleld by PUPs. A PUP in the Information Technology world is an acronym for a Potentially Unwanted Program. These PUPs most commonly take the form of tool bars, home pages, browsers and search engines that are installed on your computer without your permission or knowledge. For the most part, they are not malicious however they are annoying and, more worryingly, they can leave you open to attack by more virulent types of malicious software. Please use this guide to remove Omiga Plus and any associated malware.

Here's an example how Omiga Plus hijacks Chrome browser and changes default home page to http://isearch.omiga-plus.com.


How is Omiga Plus installed on my PC?

Most often, it's discreetly bundled with another piece of software. This software may be perfectly reputable – or it could be something that comes from a dubious source. This means that you could be infected by Omiga Plus browser hijacker that has attached itself to the latest upgrade of Flash, or one that came packaged with a must have desktop wallpaper. Adobe, the creators of other programs, may be aware of this 'leg-up' although in the majority of cases they probably won't be. Scammers create fake web pages to trick users into installing their malware. Fake Flash and Java update web pages are the best examples of this scam.

What does a browser hijacker do to my computer? Browser hijacker – many PUPs install a new tool bar or browser page and redirect your searches to websites that they want you to visit.

How do I know if I'm about to install a PUP or a browser hijacker?

The silver lining of the Omiga Plus cloud is that it is normally possible to stop it in its tracks – you just need to pay a little more attention when you're downloading something. It's often mentioned in the License Agreement or Terms and Conditions that you see when you download software. However, as most of us don't bother to read the small print, if a browser hijacker is bundled with our new software, chances are we'll let it slip through the net.

Therefore the key, as you've probably already guessed, is to make sure you read agreements carefully while installing something. Take a minute or two longer and you might spot wording that states something like 'We suggest you also install the Really Helpful Application'. But, and here's where you also need to be careful, the 'yes' box may have already been checked for you.

Why are browser hijackers only 'potentially' unwanted?

Surprisingly there are some browser hijackers, including Omiga Plus, and PUPs which can actually prove to be useful – depending on whether you know how to use them. For example an IT technician might install a Remote Administration Tool so he could fix a client's computer from his office. However, put this tool in the hands of someone less scrupulous and you could be looking at real trouble. And this is why these programs are only 'potentially' unwanted. Chances are you're not an IT expert so the golden rule is to take your time when downloading software and make sure you're not letting any hidden 'extras' infiltrate your computer.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Omiga Plus Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Omiga Plus related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • WPM17.8.0.3159
  • Wsys Control
  • Extended Protection
  • eSave Security Control


If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove Omiga Plus from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Ensure that the Developer mode checkbox in the top right-hand corner is checked. Go to Chrome extensions directory and delete the folder Extended Protection extension is loaded from.



3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.

6. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

7. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://isearch.omiga-plus.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Chrome executable file.




Remove Omiga Plus from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: omiga plus

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by Omiga Plus. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

4. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://isearch.omiga-plus.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Firefox executable file.




Remove Omiga Plus from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select Omiga Plus and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

4. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://isearch.omiga-plus.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.



6. Finally, go to ToolsInternet Options and restore your home page to default. That's it!

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Favicon "Search with Bing" Bar Removal Guide
2 Jul 2014, 10:02 pm
"Search with Bing" bar usually comes bundled with the OffersWizard adware. It's a potentially unwanted program that adds a new bar at the top of almost every website you visit. It's not a typical toolbar, so there's not easy way to remove it. If you're unfortunate enough to have your computer overtaken by this PUP and adware it's probably fair to say that you're wondering what on earth could happen to your data and whether or not you're now at risk of identity theft or fraud. Put simply – it's stressful. Please use this guide to remove Bing search bar and any associated malware.

Here's an example of a new bar "Search with Bing" installed on Chrome web browser.


There's one important thing you should know about this infection - Microsoft has nothing to do with it. So if you are blaming Microsoft or Bing for installing a new bar on your Chrome or Firefox without your permission then you are wrong. Scammers simply use well known names to mask their dodgy services. And the problem is compounded by the fact that there are so many different strains of adware and PUPs it's difficult to know what just what could happen to your PC, operating system or even your bank account. Unfortunately malware is not something that's going to go away any time soon, and millions of us are affected by it on a daily basis. Therefore protecting ourselves is of premium importance – especially as the developers of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs), malware and viruses become increasingly innovative in their attempts to defraud us, or simply attack us for their own amusement.

How do Potentially Unwanted Programs install themselves?

Potentially Unwanted Programs are installed in a few different ways. They may already be on your computer when you buy it but more commonly they will be bundled with free software. Because of this you should make sure that you only download what you want and not any 'added extras' that have been packaged with it. Therefore check the license agreement or Terms and Conditions when yo're downloading something as well as making sure that any tick boxes relating to PUPs are not pre-checked too. The same thing can be said about adware.

What happens if I've been hijacked by "Search with Bing" bar?

Most Potentially Unwanted Programs render you open to attack from pop-up and banner adverts (adware) and the vast majority of them will also install a new toolbar in your browser. If you've ever been hijacked by Search with Bing or adware you'll appreciate how infuriating these unwanted adverts are. Not to mention the new bar which has magically taken the place of your previously existing one and now keeps redirecting you to websites of its own choice. What is more, this particular variant also changes Chrome's and other browsers' context menus. When you use the right click function on your mouse in your browser an option to search using Bing appears. There's usually a new option that says Search for [keyword] with Bing. There might be also a new option for quick wikipedia and dictionary search.


"Search with Bing" bar is not a computer virus, which is self-replicating, but it is an annoyance and very likely to be something you don't want on your PC. As well as hijacking your browser PUPs often make your computer run sluggishly and frequently crash due to their practice of running programs in the background of your operating system.

How do I protect myself from "Search with Bing" bar and other PUPs?

The first line of defense against "Search with Bing" bar and malicious software is a good anti-malware software program. But not only should your anti-malware be a reputable one but you need to make sure you're always running the latest version of it too. It is also always a good idea to know just what should and shouldn't be installed on your computer. This means that should you notice if your device is running a little more slowly than usual or programs keep crashing and you should be able to check it out and pinpoint the problem and detect where it may be coming from.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


"Search with Bing" Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove "Search with Bing" related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Network System Driver
  • MediaBuzzV11
  • MediaPlayerV1
  • WebenexpV1
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove "Search with Bing" bar related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove MediaBuzzV11, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.





Remove "Search with Bing" bar related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove MediaBuzzV11, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.


Remove "Search with Bing" bar related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon What is pennybee.exe and how to remove it?
30 Jun 2014, 9:29 pm

pennybee.exe - by Pay By Ads LTD.


What is pennybee.exe?


Pennybee.exe is a potentially unwanted program that may display ads on pop-ups on your computer. The file is also related with playnowradio adware. Some variants may come bundled with spyware. However, it usually comes bundled with PUPs and adware. Very often, this program is distributed through the use of pay-per-install networks and software download websites. Pennybee.exe runs automatically when Windows starts. Furthermore, it's scheduled as a task named 'PennyBee'. The main executable is digitally signed by Jambo Digital Ltd. The digital signature is issued by COMODO and still valid. Some anti-virus engines detect it as adware or even malware. This program is not essential for Windows and may cause problems. It runs in the background and periodically checks for updates which means it uses your internet connections therefore some websites may load slower than usual. Web browser may crash because this program or third-party programs that come bundled with it may install browser extensions that are not listed in official extensions stores. I recommend you to remove pennybee.exe from your computer and run a full system scan with recommend anti-malware program.







File name: pennybee.exe
Publisher: Pay By Ads LTD.
File Location Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\pennybee\pennybee\1.3.8.3\
File Location Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\pennybee\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → pennybee.exe

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Favicon 1(855)-207-5505 Warning! Your Computer May be Infected Scam
30 Jun 2014, 8:37 pm
1(855)-207-5505 phone number is being used by fraudulent websites, errormessagenumber.com for instance, claiming to have detected two viruses on your computer and offering to remove them. The two supposedly detected viruses are Browser.Hijacker.Spy and Trojan.FakeAV-Download. DO NOT fall for this tech support scam! Your computer is not infected with the viruses mentioned in the fake warning. If you got this pop-up, please close the tab or browser and do not follow the on screen instructions. If you keep constantly getting this fake warning then your computer might be infected with adware, a PUP or a malicious browser extension. Please use this guide to remove 1(855)-207-5505 tech support scam and any associated malware.

WARNING!
Your Computer May be Infected:
1(855)-207-5505
For emergency Tech Support call immediately


Keep in mind that errormessagenumber.com is just one of many websites that may display fake warnings saying that your computer is infected or that your personal and financial information may not be secured. Usually, such websites are not malicious. However, it might be difficult to close them. They are coded so that when you try to close a tab a message pops up to "confirm navigation". If you are using Chrome you can open a Chrome task manager by pressing and holding SHIFT +ESC keys. Then just close the tab that displays 1(855)-207-5505 scam. Or you could fire up the Windows Task Manager and force close your web browser. Both methods should work just fine.

Fraudulent tech support sites promote bogus malware and system scanners. What is more, scammers may install spyware on your computer and a remote control program allowing full access to your computer. Needles to say, you should be very careful and check every phone number or website claiming that your computer is infected or has other serious problems. Very often a simple Google search reveals the truth and unmasks scammers.

If your computer is infected with adware or PUPs that display fake virus warning or tech support scams then you should run a full system scan with recommend anti-malware software. Generally, adware and PUPs arent usually malicious, but watch out because they might well leave you open to attacks from something far nastier. That aside, they're also a pain in the behind! When you're downloading something, read the End User License Agreement carefully and check or uncheck boxes relating to bundled software and you'll be far more likely to remain clear of Zap Tilla and similar threats!

If you have questions, leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


1(855)-207-5505 Tech Support Scam Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove 1(855)-207-5505 scam pop-up related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove scam pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove scam pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove scam pop-ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF Removal Guide
29 Jun 2014, 10:18 pm
MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF is a generic AVG detection for malicious programs that may display ads and pop-ups on your computer. This threat is also detected as PUP.Optional.OpenCandy. MalSig means malicious signature. OpenCandy is the adware family. And 7AF the specific variant of this adware. The funny thing is that AVG detects Avast's file aswRec.dll as malware as well. This will probably be fixed soon. It's a false positive. If you keep getting notifications about this threat in Avast's folder, simply reboot your computer in SAFE MODE, go to Program files folder and remove the malicious file. Full path: Program Files/Avast Software/Avast/aswRec.dll. Or you could just delete the entire Avast software folder. However, other threats that you may get are likely to be real and not false positives. Please note that they start with the same indicator but have different identifier at the end which means that it's either a new variant of the same malware family or slightly modified version that may use additional features for example. Please use this guide to remove MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF and any associated malware.

What is MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF and how does one infect your computer?

Well, firstly it might come as quite a surprise to learn that you actually play a part in the process. This is because for this malware to attack your machine you need to install the server part of the application. Cyber crooks use social engineering to trick users into installing malicious software and adware. The good news is that it won't steel your passwords and credit card details but it's still a threat. Besides, it usually comes bundled with adware malicious programs, including malicious browser extensions, PUPs and sometimes even spyware that may gather information about your browsing habits.

In another scenario, the author might send you the malicious code as a file in an email, hoping that you open the attachment and then execute the malware by running the .exe file to install it. This is because, unlike a virus, it doesn't multiply of its own accord; it needs you to execute and install it instead. Once this has been done the malware server will automatically run every time you log in to your PC. What is more, you may get infected by visiting an infected website.

Why have I been targeted by this malware?

As mentioned, such malware infections are commonly spread via email attachments and infected websites. The author will attach the file containing the malware to a mail and then spam hundreds or even thousands of people. And if you're unlucky enough that your name is on the list – one of them could be you.

Likewise if you've been sucked in to downloading something less than reputable – i.e. through social engineering – you may also find yourself on the receiving end of MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF. As I said, it is being actively promoted using various pay-per-install networks.

Is it a threat?

MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF can be particularly nasty. Although not technically a virus, they are still a very unpleasant strain of malware and they can download and install additional malware on your computer. They can corrupt data on your system and make it inaccessible – and you probably don't need me to tell you how much of a nuisance that will be. Not to mention that such infections usually make computers run slower.

What can I do to protect myself from such threats?

Luckily there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF. Probably the most obvious one being to never open emails from an unknown sender. And if you do open one in error – definitely do NOT open any attachments. All you need to do in this situation is to delete the message. You should, it goes without saying, also install a reputable anti-malware on your system as this will scan any files you download – even those that are sent by someone in your contact list.

If you do find you've been infected by MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF, scan your computer with anti-malware software and delete the questionable files. If you are unlucky enough, you may have to reinstall your operating system too, which is not fun. Therefore, it makes all the sense in the world to have a decent anti-malware installed and to exercise a little caution when opening emails.

If you have questions, leave a down comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


MalSign.OpenCandy.7AF Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.





2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.



3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.



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Favicon "OnlineBrowserAdvertising" Ads Removal Guide
28 Jun 2014, 10:28 pm
OnlineBrowserAdvertising is an adware program (sometimes detected as a PUP - Potentially Unwanted Program) that will display ads and pop-ups on your computer. Adware and PUPs are annoying and presumptuous pieces of software that install themselves without your knowledge. What is more, such programs can install additional spyware modules and track your browsing habits and entered keywords. Please use this guide to remove OnlineBrowserAdvertising and any associated malware.

Here's an example of an Asian brides advertisement (blurred) displayed by the OnlineBrowserAdvertising adware. Ads are usually labeled as "Ads by OnlineBrowserAdvertising".


If you want to stay as safe in your online life as possible there are a few things you need to know about adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs, otherwise known as PUPs. Firstly, despite being only potentially unwanted – and therefore by default, potentially wanted - in the majority of cases, a PUP is normally not much more than an irritant and is more often than not, not particularly useful either. Unless, of course, you don't mind that your web browser is plagued by unwanted ads and pop-ups pushing dodgy services and products. Please note that adware and PUPs also make hundreds of http connections to ad servers therefore making websites load slower.

Having said that, although we think we know everything about defending ourselves and our data from online theft and fraud, the problem is that as hackers and spammers get increasingly inventive, none of us really know when we could be hit by a virus or malware that could really do us some damage. OnlineBrowserAdvertising and similar adware programs are generally seen as less harmful than other types of malicious software, but again, how can we really be sure that unwanted software on your machine is not going to cause any problems?

PUPs benefit the developer – not you

They may not be rogue antivirus software, a Trojan horse, or ransomware but adware and PUPs can still leave you vulnerable to security risks. The very fact that they sneak onto your PC without being massively open or honest about it speaks volumes about their true intent. The fact is, that so-called helpful new tool bar has been created with an agenda in mind – and that's to redirect your web searches to websites that the developer wants you to visit. Sorry to break it to you but they don't really care if they're making your user experience any easier.

What is the OnlineBrowserAdvertising method of installation?

It's probably fair to say that the majority of us don't pay too much attention to license agreements and terms and conditions when we're downloading programs or software from the Internet. We're all guilty of being so eager to download that must have program or software update that we skip through these T's & C's without reading them. And therein lies the problem. OnlineBrowserAdvertising manages to avoid being labeled as malware because it does not technically fall into the malicious software category – believe it or not some people actually find it useful.

The developers of adware argue that they are not malware because they state the presence of the adware in the license agreement. While this cannot be denied, the fact is that any mention of the adware or PUP is usually shrouded in ambiguous wording and/or has the boxes saying that you'd like to install it already pre-checked.

But End User License Agreements are boring!

I'm not going to argue with you about that! But that could be the reason that you're reading this. We agree that reading the small print is tedious – but so then is the frustration of being constantly redirected to websites you don't want to visit and getting rid of annoying pop-ups and ads by OnlineBrowserAdvertising.

So what's the moral of the story? The point is that when you're downloading something (and remember PUPs can be bundled with ANY program – both legitimate and not so) to always read the license agreement careful so you're well informed about exactly what you’re installing.

If you have questions, leave a down comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


OnlineBrowserAdvertising Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove OnlineBrowserAdvertising related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • MediaPlayerplus
  • VideoBuzz
  • TidyNetwork
  • OnlineBrowserAdvertising
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove OnlineBrowserAdvertising related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove MediaPlayerplus, VideoBuzz, TidyNetwork, OnlineBrowserAdvertising and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.





Remove OnlineBrowserAdvertising related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove MediaPlayerplus, VideoBuzz, TidyNetwork, OnlineBrowserAdvertising and other extensions that you do not recognize.


Remove OnlineBrowserAdvertising related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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