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Malware Removal Instructions
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by Admin, Mountain View (geolocate), published: Thu 18 Dec 2014 09:26:00 PM CET.

Favicon Remove freedealsapp ads (Virus Removal Guide)
18 Dec 2014, 9:26 pm
If you don't know where to turn when it comes to computer viruses, online phishing scams, malicious software and unwanted programs, we really can't blame you – there are so many potential online threats lurking in the dark corners of the World Wide Web that it can feel like we're constantly under attack. From software that has been developed to steal our credit card details and ransack our bank accounts to programs that shut down our operating systems and corrupt our files, to yet others which persistently change our tool bars and browsers. If we stop to think about it, simply logging on to the Internet could be causing us untold distress.


One of these Internet annoyances is adware that displays 'Ad by freedealsapp' or simply freedealsapp adware, short for advertising supported software. Adware and its nastier older brother spyware are one of the most commonly found forms of malware and they can both do innocent Internet users, like you and me, a not inconsiderable amount of harm.

At its simplest form, adware is advertising, or online marketing. It manifests itself in the banner adverts that you see at the top or sides of web pages, or as pop up or pop under windows. (Pop under windows are windows that display behind the page you have open.) At its best freedealsapp is annoying and at its worst it can leave your computer vulnerable to other malware.

Freedealsapp is often mentioned in the same breath as spyware, and this is because both programs have a few things in common, most specifically the ability to track your Internet browsing habits and record which websites you are visiting. This data is then relayed back to the adware developer who can then send you advertising that is geared towards the products or services that you appear to be most interested in. What is more, scammers install malicious extensions on your computer so that you can't see them. For example, when I was testing this adware, all the ads were coming from an extension called joynshop. It was hidden. There was no way to see it other than using Chrome built-in task manager. It shows that joynshop extension is running but it is not listed in Chrome extensions page were you would normally look for suspicious extensions.

So far that doesn't seem too much of a problem but there are types of freedealsapp adware which have been designed to hijack your browser and install bogus hidden extensions. This type of malware may change change your home page or search engine too. All three new installations have the unwanted function of redirecting your Internet searches to websites that they want you to visit – as opposed to the site you wanted to browse. Needless to say, that their websites are full of ads by freedealsapp.

In addition to this, because freedealsapp is constantly monitoring your activity and feeding it back to a third party your computer may start running more slowly than before. If this is the case you'll probably notice that it keeps crashing and web pages are slow to load too. That's because it has installed a component on your machine which may be adversely interacting with other installed programs and is overloading your computer's processor with work.

The upshot is if you want to avoid both freedealsapp adware and spyware, you cannot afford to be without an up-to-date and reputable anti-malware program running on your computer.

To remove this adware and stop annoying freedealsapp ads, 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



Freedealsapp Ads 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 freedealsapp 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:
  • freedealsapp
  • joynshop
  • Crimewatch
  • 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 freedealsapp related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove freedealsapp, joynshop, 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 freedealsapp related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove freedealsapp 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 How to Remove CloudScout Malware (Uninstall Guide)
18 Dec 2014, 8:50 pm
What is CloudScout and how do you know if you've been infected by it? Well, CloudScout is adawre and it can be accused of being many things but luckily for you and me, being subtle is not one of its strong points! Unlike many types of malware, it makes itself pretty visible by displaying "Ads by CloudScout" so luckily it is actually not difficult at all to know if you've been a target.

Apart from the fact that you'll now be seeing numerous pop up windows, banners, pop under windows and other types of online advertising brought by CloudScout, there are a few other tell tale signs that you have this adware installed on your PC or laptop. These are a few of them:
  • If you've noticed that your computer seems to be running a lot less efficiently than normal, this is often a sign that you have CloudScout or similar adware - or something more disturbing - installed on your machine. Malware can have a real knock on effect on your operating system's resources causing both your processor and your Internet connection to slow right down. It can also adversely interact with the other programs you have installed which in turn can cause websites or programs to crash and pages to load far more slowly.
  • CloudScout can also sap your memory so if you've noticed a big drop in the available space on your drives, this could also be highlighting an internal problem.
Here's an example of "Ads by CloudScout" when it comes to banner ads. As you can see, it can sometimes display blank ads.


So we know why your computer is suddenly acting like it was manufactured in the year 2000 but how did the CloudScout adware get on to your system in the first place? If you think back to the actions you performed just prior to this strange behavior, then you may well remember that you downloaded some music, installed a free app or program, or perhaps simply visited a website that uses cookies. Such adware more often than not is bundled with free programs and downloads, so chances are you've picked it up when downloading and installing something else.

The million dollar question is, how do you stop these nasty infections from attacking your computer in the future? Here are a few suggestion that will help to keep you safe from advertising supported software like CloudScout:
  • Install a good make of anti-virus software on your computer as well as a specific anti-malware program as this will provide you with a solid defense. It is a good idea to run your security programs on a regular basis manually so you can be sure of maintaining an adware and malware free machine.
  • You should also be careful when you are browsing the Internet as some websites can be infected, and without the site's owner knowing too. Websites that are the worst offenders for infection are adult content sites, sites that let you download programs for free, and even some sites dedicated to streaming or downloading music.
To remove this CloudScout and stop annoying ads, 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



CloudScout 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 CloudScout 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:
  • CloudScout
  • 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 CloudScout related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove CloudScout, 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 CloudScout related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove CloudScout 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 How to Remove CrimeWatch Malware (Uninstall Guide)
16 Dec 2014, 9:10 pm
If you've ever been the victim of the CrimeWatch malware attack, you'll no doubt appreciate just how annoying it can be, once you've identified the problem, to then have to remove it from your PC. Some types of this malware that displays ads can be relatively simple to uninstall whilst more obstinate versions can cause endless frustration and leave you tearing your hair out! Ads by CrimeWatch ca be very intrusive and misleading. Some of the adverts are highly targeted based on your browsing history while others are ransom and promote products or services that look sketchy to say the least.


But don't panic just yet because the good news is that there are things you can do to ensure that the whole process is quicker and easier. If you have a lot of ads, or even pop-ups and other types of nuisance delivered by CrimeWatch on your machine you are going to need a reliable anti-malware program and maybe even some Windows registry editing knowledge. Some variants of this malware can be installed on computers under different names and files. So, search for "CrimeWatch" or "Crime Watch" won't help you. If you're not entirely sure what you need, speak to someone techy and ask them to find a removal program and burn it onto a CD or DVD for you. If you have a helpful IT guy at work, he will be the best person to ask. And if you don't then please follow the steps in the removal guide below. I'll try to explain everything simply, without any complicated tech jargon.

There are some basic steps to follow to remove adware from your Windows desktop or laptop computer that might just work for CrimeWatch as well. First of all, you need to close any programs and applications that you have open, including all web pages and browsers. Go to your computer's Control Panel and then to Add/Remove Programs. If you recognize a program in the list as being an imposter you will be able to delete it here. Look for CrimeWatch or list programs by "Install Date". Just click on the program then on Remove. You will now need to reboot your machine. Next, scan your computer with your (up to date and reputable brand of) anti-malware software. If possible (some security software won't let you do this but it's advisable), do this in Safe Mode - access this by holding down the F8 key during the reboot.

If you have found that the CrimeWatch, or traces of it, are still infesting your computer you may want to seek the advice of a professional or someone who has dealt with malware issues before. Ringing your computer manufacturer's help line is also an option.

Naturally once you do have your clean, CrimeWatch free computer back, you will no doubt want to know how you can prevent adware from infecting you again in the future, after all dealing with endless pop up adverts and a slow system are a pain. Factor in the possibility of adware causing security vulnerabilities by interacting strangely with other installed programs and you'll want to make sure you're protected going forward.

The key pointers to remember are to exercise restraint when visiting websites that offer free downloads, as well as sites that contain adult or dubious content. Also ensure that you have a good anti-malware program installed on your PC and always read License Agreements when you're downloading programs and apps so that you know exactly what you are downloading.

To remove this adware and stop annoying CrimeWatch ads, 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



CrimeWatch 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 CrimeWatch 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:
  • CrimeWatch
  • 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 CrimeWatch related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove CrimeWatch, 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 CrimeWatch related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove CrimeWatch 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 Proxy Settings 127.0.0.1 Hijack Virus (Uninstall Guide)
13 Dec 2014, 8:44 pm
If you've just found that you have a Trojan Horse installed on your computer that creates a proxy server and changes proxy settings to 127.0.0.1:8800 or 127.0.0.1:8000, there is one thing that we can probably agree on and that is that you are desperate to remove it from your device as quickly as possible. It's a rather persistent infection that reverts back hijacked proxy server settings in case you want to remove a proxy server entirely or modify settings. In other words, it's a browser hijacker. Left unchecked, it can do real damage to your computer but there's no need to panic as we have an easy to follow step by step guide to removing proxy settings 127.0.0.1 hijack virus. Read on and you should be able to return your computer to its normal, functioning self.


This proxy settings hijack Trojan comes bundled with other malware and adware. Even if a program doesn't look like it could modify Windows registry and install malicious files on your computer it doesn't mean it won't. I've seen numerous adware and potentially unwanted programs not just malware that create a proxy server and modify Windows registry so that it can not be removed using Control Panel and LAN settings. Remember, it's called a proxy settings 127.0.0.1 hijack virus for a good reason. The good news is that most adware and PUPs uninstall proxy servers once you remove them from your computer. But if you get the feeling, or can see that there is still something not quite right with your computer, you may still have traces of the malware left. A large proportion of Trojan Horses leave components on your machine, even after deletion.

If your machine is still exhibiting problems and worrying proxy settings 127.0.0.1 behavior however, you may want to scan your computer with anti-malware software and follow the steps in the removal guide below. Once your computer is clean, the next thing you'll want to do is to make sure you don't get re-infected. To lower the chances of this there are a few things that you need to do. First of all do not run .exe file extensions in Windows unless you're really sure they are safe. Do not open emails from unknown senders - and definitely don't click on links or open attachments in emails if you're not sure where they lead to or what they are. Finally install a good anti-malware program on your computer, run it manually on a regular basis and also ensure you have the latest version of it. 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



Proxy Settings 127.0.0.1 Hijack 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. Restart your computer. Then hit the F8 key to place your computer in Safe Mode.

3. Open Windows registry editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings.

4. Look for Windows registry keys ProxyEnable and ProxyServer.



5. Now, you need to double-click ProxyEnable and change Value Data from 1 to 0. Click OK to save changes.



6. Last step, select ProxyServer and delete it. That's it! Restart your computer back to Normal Mode.

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Favicon How to Remove FlexibleShopper Malware (Uninstall Guide)
12 Dec 2014, 9:20 pm
FlexibleShopper has been designed to display adverts on your PC. I'm sure you already noticed that "Ad by FlexibleShopper" adverts appear on every web page you visit. They are injected by malicious web browser extensions called FlexibleShopper. While some people do refer to FlexibleShopper as a virus or as malware, there are a number of differences. First of all, it can't delete or corrupt your files. And secondly, it can't replicated itself. It simply displays quite intrusive and annoying ads on your computer. In some rare cases, it may track your browsing habits and that's a really good reason to get rid of it. But let's be honest, removing FlexibleShopper and other types of malware from your computer can be a real pain in the backside. It can be particularly frustrating too because you know you have no control over the infiltration and in fact you are a victim of someone who is up to suspicious or malicious activity. The good news is, however, that if you do get infected by this adware there are steps that you can take to remove from your computer at home.


One thing you do need to keep in mind is that if your computer has an especially virulent strain of this adware on it you will need an additional laptop so that you can download a malware removal program on to it. You can then use a USB stick or hard drive to copy the software over on to your PC - don't forget to disable autorun first before transferring it over.

There are two routes you can take to uninstalling FlexibleShopper by yourself: an easy one, and a slightly more time consuming one. We'll take a look at both - fingers crossed you luck out and get the easier one!

Here are the steps to follow to remove it from your laptop or desktop and get rid of "Ad by FlexibleShopper" ads:
  1. Close everything you have open on your computer - including files, programs, websites, your email inbox - everything!
  2. Go to the Windows Control Panel and the Add/Remove Programs function. If you're lucky the FlexibleShopper program will be listed here and you can simply choose to uninstall it. Then simply reboot your computer.
  3. Run, or install and run, your anti-malware program to make sure that there are no components of the software still lurking on your computer anywhere. You should now be free of this adware.
The slightly longer version:
  1. If it isn't giving you the option to uninstall it you will now need to scan your computer. Start by backing up your files and your registry.
  2. Next install the malware removal software you previously downloaded on to your computer.
  3. As per step 1 above, again close everything you have open on your computer.
  4. Reboot your PC while holding down the F8 key - this puts your computer into its Safe Mode.
  5. Now run the malware removal tool. It may ask you which drives you want to scan. Unless you're 100% sure which drive is infected, it is best to scan them all, be aware that the more drives you scan, the longer the process will take. However, don't interrupt the scan - let the removal software do its work, however long it takes!
  6. After the software has finished running it will tell you which of the programs you had installed were adware.
  7. Delete the FlexibleShopper! Reboot your computer. To be on the safe side you may want to run another scan just to ensure there are no adware or malware components left on your machine.
For detailed guide on how to remove FlexibleShopper and stop annoying ads, 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



FlexibleShopper Ads 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 FlexibleShopper 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:
  • FlexibleShopper
  • 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 FlexibleShopper related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove FlexibleShopper, 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 FlexibleShopper related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove FlexibleShopper 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 How to Remove "Ads by internet program" Adware (Uninstall Guide)
12 Dec 2014, 8:07 pm
Obviously it is in the best interests of the people who deploy "Internet Program" adware to ensure that it stays installed on your computer for the longest time possible, which is why they will go to a not inconsiderable amount of trouble to make sure that their product is not all that easy to uninstall. And because adware - or advertising supported software - can be such a pain to deal with when it's infected your computer, it really does make sense to protect yourself from it and prevent it attacking you in the first place. The silver lining of the "Internet Program" adware cloud is that taking steps to avoid an infestation is not rocket science. And on top of that, it's free too. Can you afford NOT to not protect your computer?

It used to be that cyber criminals and the producers of adware like Internet Program would only target websites that were of an arguably questionable nature however, increasingly, these scourges of the Internet are becoming bolder and are now attacking reputable - even big name - websites via drive-by downloads. These unfortunate websites are embedded with iframes created by the adware developer that are primed to act as a conduit for infected content that comes directly from their own website.


The effects of "Internet Program" on your computer can vary from causing it to run slowly, crash often, hound you with pop-up and banner adverts saying "Ads by internet program", and leave you open to further attack due to the vulnerabilities it can cause within your PC's security system. This adware may also display a huge banner on the left site of your computer screen with "Related Searches" by Internet Program. It's basically a list of products and services that adware authors think you may be interested. So, not only it displays ads on your computer but also gathers information about visited websites and recent web searches.

So, how do you prevent "Ads by internet program" ads from becoming the bane of your online life and threatening the very safety of your computer? The good news is that there are a number of things that you can do.

First of all you need to use your judgment when downloading programs. It is bundled with another - usually free - program and the only way you're going to know about it is by reading the License Agreement properly. You also need to pay attention to the check boxes in the agreement as these are often cunningly checked or unchecked to allow the "Internet Program" adware automatic installation.

Another thing to do is to make sure your PC is not able to install programs automatically when you're online. Likewise, you should make sure that your inbox settings don't allow email attachments to open and install themselves without your say so either.

An additional useful tip is to disengage Windows Messenger. This is a prime target for attack by adware and other types of malware. If you do have Messenger open, don't reply or click on links in messages where you don't know the sender and don't accept friend or contact requests from people you don’t know either.

Finally, make sure your computer is up to date with all the latest security patches, as are the programs you have installed on your machine. If you are not running the latest versions they could be creating gaps in your security. And last but not least - install a great anti-malware or anti-virus program on your PC!

To stop annoying ads by internet program, 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



"Ads by internet program" 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 Internet Program 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:
  • Internet Program
  • 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 Internet Program related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Internet Program, 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 Internet Program related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Internet Program 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 How to Remove KEYHolder Virus and Restore Encrypted Files
11 Dec 2014, 8:44 pm
KEYHolder is an encryption virus (ransomware) that encrypts your files and then asks to pay ~$500 USD ransom in order to get them back. Once installed, this virus scans your computer for images, videos, documents, text and other files that can be encrypted. Encrypted files cannot be opened, for example if you try to open an encrypted image file you will probably get a notification saying that Windows can't open this file because the file appears to be damaged, corrupted, or is too large. KEYHolder adds to files (How_decrypt.html and How_decrypt.gif) with instructions on how to decrypt your files. The message reads:

KEYHolder

YOUR PERSONAL FILES ARE ENCRYPTED

All files including videos, photos and documents on your computer are encrypted.
File Decryption costs ~ $500.
In order to decrypt the files, you need to perform the following steps:

1. You should download and install this browser: http://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
2. After installation, run the browser and enter the address: mwyigd4n52mkbyhe.onion
3. Follow the instructions on the web-site.

We remind you that the sooner you do, the more chances are left to recover the files.

Guaranteed recovery is provided within 10 days.


As you can see, cyber crooks want you to install Tor web browser go to their website and follow the instructions on how to pay the ransom. One thing is for sure, there can't be any guaranteed recovery as they say at the end of the text. They may give you a decryption program and they may not. I wouldn't recommend paying the ransom unless you absolutely must. You don't have backups, you can't run Windows restore and your files are very important. But if that's not a big problem and you can live without those files, then don't send money to cyber crooks. Just remove KEYHolder and related malware from your computer and next time make sure you have backups. KEYHolder is usually installed by Trojans. Trojan Horse malware fools you into thinking it's harmless, gets you to install it yourself, and then causes untold damage to your computer from inside.

KEYHolder is designed for one reason and one reason alone: to do damage and steal money. It will corrupt your files, data and operating system or hard drive, and they can put your computer's security at risk by allowing an unscrupulous third party person to access your computer through the Internet. Please note this this ransom virus often comes bundled with These Trojans that facilitate the opening of a portal on your operating system through which this person will enter and connect to your device. This gives them the frightening ability to watch what you're doing when you're online from behind the scenes. They also have the power to modify your files - and even delete them if they so choose. Some Trojans also install something called a keylogger which monitors which keys you're hitting, thereby giving them access to your personal data, communications, passwords, online banking details and anything else you can think of. So, not only you need to remove this ransom virus but also make sure that there are no other malware installed on your computer.

Normally KEYHolder is spread through email attachments but sometimes it uses instant messaging applications, peer-to-peer file sharing, or pop-up windows that look like legitimate program upgrade reminders to infiltrate your PC. And to do that, the creator of the ransom virus must first con you into thinking that this attachment is something you really want to open or this upgrade or new program is something you really can't afford not to download.

How to protect yourself from KEYHolde? There a few sensible things you can do: install a good antivirus program and run it regularly, don't open emails from sources you don't know, don't download programs without first checking out what they are online, and update Windows often so you know you have the latest security patches installed. What is more, create backups regularly. I know it's boring and time consuming task but it's actually the most effective way of keeping your files safe.

To remove this virus from your computer and restore at least some of encrypted files, please follow the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Last, but not least, if there's anything you think I should add or correct, please let me know. It might be a pain but the issue needs to be dealt with – and the way to do it is by not giving in, not paying up and not letting the attackers win.

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


Step 1: Removing KEYHolder and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure KEYHolder is not running. You have to remove this malware permanently. Thankfully, there are a couple of anti-malware programs that will effectively detect and remove this malware from your computer.

1. First of all, download and install recommended anti-malware scanner. Run a full system scan and remove detected malware.





Important! If you can't download or run it, please restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode and try again.

2. Then, download ESET Online Scanner and run a second scan to make sure there are no other malware running on your computer.

That's it! Your computer should be clean now and you can safely restore your files. Proceed to Step 2.


Step 2: Restoring files encrypted by KEYHolder virus:


Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been regularly performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files.

Method 2: Try to restore previous versions of files using Windows folder tools. To learn more, please read Previous versions of files.

Method 3: Using the Shadow Volume Copies:

1. Download and install Shadow Explorer. Note, this tool is available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

2. Open Shadow Explorer. From the drop down list you can select from one of the available point-in-time Shadow Copies. Select drive and the latest date that you wish to restore from.



3. Righ-click any encrypted file or entire folder and Export it. You will then be prompted as to where you would like to restore the contents of the folder to.



Hopefully, this will help you to restore all encrypted files or at least some of them.

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Favicon Remove malware that adds "trackid" at the end of your search (Uninstall Guide)
10 Dec 2014, 8:17 pm
Trackid parameters might be added at the end of your search results by certain adware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Your web browser may add similar parameters as well, so it's not necessarily a security threat but if you ran into this problem I recommend checking your computer for malware because it might be infected. Potentially Unwanted Programs are computer software programs that normally find their way on to your computer via a bundle. What that means is that they are often packaged with another software program that you are downloading. They're a bit of a double act – despite the developer or owner of the original software quite possibly not knowing that their product is coming with an unwanted added extra! Some PUPs are bundled with adware. There are many adware programs out there. Some of them have spyware modules others don't. The difference is how adware and PUPs authors want to display ads on your computer. If they want to display very targeted ads on your computer they need to know what you are searching for and what kind of websites you are visiting. In order to track such information that add trackid parameter at the end of each and every search query you make. It could be "trackid=sp-006" or something like this.

You may think that you are immune to downloading a Potentially Unwanted Program – let's say you're not in the habit of downloading candy crushing, fruit collecting game apps and you certainly don't download content from adult websites – but we hate to be the bearers of bad news because in actual fact, it doesn't makes an iota of difference what or where you're downloading. That is because no matter how reputable a developer is even the most widely known programs can come bundled with a PUP and add Trackid at the end of your search results.

This is not an altogether practical situation, for of course, we all need certain software programs in order to work or play, and many of us can't live without games and other applications on our laptops, so what are you meant to do if you need to download something? Especially if even trusting the developer means you could still be left open to the risk of installing a PUP.

Thankfully there are methods of protection that you can put in place, and there are things you can do that mean you can still download and install apps, new software and upgrades – but without leaving yourself vulnerable to the curse of the Potentially Unwanted Program. Here are a few suggestions of how to protect your computer:
  • Always read End User License Agreements when you're downloading anything. PUPs are normally always mentioned in the agreement and you'll be able to check or uncheck boxes accordingly to avoid downloading them with the program that you do actually want.
  • Limit the chances of downloading anything nasty by first opening the program you want to download in a sandbox. This software tells you beforehand what actions the program wants to perform and stops it from making any changes on your computer. You can then decide whether you want to move the program out of the sandbox and onto your PC - or delete it.
  • Make sure you always have the most up to date version of any programs that you are running on your machine. That includes the aforementioned Adobe suite of products, as well as iTunes, Skype and all those other programs many of us use without stopping to consider they could be causing a security lapse by being out of date.
  • Install the latest security patches from Microsoft to further bolster your operating system’s security. This will help to stop PUPs infecting you through a 'drive by' installation.
To remove "Trackid" parameter and related malware from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you're using Chrome make sure your default search engine and home page were not modified. What you should do first is check search engine and Google sync settings. Clearing these might solve the problem. For more information, please read this and this. If you still have "trackid" after browser reset then follow 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



Trackid Adware 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 Trackid adware 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-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 Trackid adware 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, 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 Trackid adware related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove Trackid adware 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 How to Remove Search App by Ask v2 (Uninstall Guide)
9 Dec 2014, 8:53 pm
The more of our waking lives that we spent online browsing or working on the Internet, the more it seems we are under constant threat from attack. And it's not just the gloomy current affairs websites we're looking at with their reports of wars and diseases, but viruses, malware and other undesirable programs can cause us just as much stress or unhappiness. Search App by Ask v2 happens to be exactly the kind of program that is classified as a potentially unwanted. It comes bundled with adware and freeware. Once installed Search App by Ask v2 changes your home page to search.ask.com and it also changes your default search engine provider to Ask Search. What is more, it installs Ask Toolbar.


So what is undesirable, or unwanted, software? Surely if you're in the market for a new software program you simply download it and are good to go. How on earth could software that you don't actually want wind up being installed on your computer? Welcome to the wonderful (or should that say annoying!) world of unwanted – and potentially unwanted - software.

Potentially Unwanted Programs like Search App by Ask v2 – or to call them by their slightly less of a mouthful acronym, PUPs - are versions of the things we use every day when we're online: browsers, toolbars and home pages. However, unlike the ones that you're currently using to conduct your online searches, these will suddenly appear without warning on your PC.

Search App by Ask v2 can be extremely irritating to deal with and whichever guise it comes in, it's probably a fairly safe bet to say that you don't want to replace your current home page, search engine or toolbar with this new variant. So how are such PUPs installed on your computer in the first place, how do you uninstall them, and how do you make sure you don't get targeted in the future?

You might be wondering what all the fuss is about and are thinking to yourself 'surely a new toolbar can't be all THAT bad' but the thing to remember is that Search App by Ask v2, despite appearances, have been created to serve a purpose for the software developer who created. So while at first glance your new, albeit it un-asked for, browser may seem fairly innocuous, it won't take long before you start noticing it exhibits some rather undesirable behavior, slower internet speed and instant web browser crashes, for instance.

The very fact that it exists on your computer means that it has already hijacked your PC and swapped out your old browser or toolbar for its own – but why? Enter something into the search box and you'll soon see why: it will direct you not to the website you wanted to visit, but to one of its own choosing. In this case, it's search.ask.com.

Search App by Ask v2 also loves pop-up adverts and you may find yourself inundated with adware too. Some variants of this program also install additional software on your computer, which has the knock on effect of destabilizing your PC's security. And if that wasn't enough, because they are running on your computer, they'll also slow your operating speeds down.

Search App by Ask v2 is normally downloaded along with a free software program so to protect yourself in the future you really need to read License Agreements properly and check what else is included. If you spot wording related to a PUP, think twice about downloading the program. And if you have been infected, can simply uninstall the PUP by going to your Windows Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall Programs.

Don't take the risk: uninstall Search App by Ask v2 from your computer. To do so, 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



Search App by Ask v2 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 App by Ask v2 pop-ups 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:
  • Search App by Ask
  • 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 Search App by Ask v2 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, Search App by Ask, 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 Search App by Ask v2 related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Search App by Ask v2, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



Remove Search App by Ask v2 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 How to Remove InnoApp Malware (Uninstall Guide)
8 Dec 2014, 8:58 pm
InnoApp has been designed to display adverts on your PC. InnoApp Ads or "Ads by InnoApp" appear on every web page you visit. They are injected by malicious web browser extensions called InnoApp. While some people do refer to InnoApp as a virus or as malware, there are a number of differences. Unlike the latter two, InnoApp is not always harmful and is frequently used in legitimate circumstances. It seems that adware really is an unavoidable aspect of our daily lives these days, especially as so many of us spend so many hours of the day connected to the Internet. Whether you're surfing the web and reading the news on your tablet, playing Candy Crush on your smartphone, or - hey even actually doing some work - on your laptop or desktop, chances are you're also able to catch some online advertising out of the corner of your eye.

Did you know that in 2014 companies and organizations across multiple industries, lay down more dollars on online advertising than they did on TV ads? Business online is booming - thanks in part to the meteoric rise of the smartphone and e-retailers are helping themselves to an increasingly large chunk of our shopping budgets. Therefore it stands to reason that adware, or advertising supported software, is big business. And InnoApp is a great example of a typical adware that displays ads and opens to tabs without your permission.


So while the companies who use adware are only standing to cash in, and the people who actually develop the InnoApp are finding an ever increasing customer base for their product, and we, the consumer, are being shown advertising that is tailored to our needs or wants, why are so many people still complaining about adware?

The problem is that InnoApp is not just annoying and intrusive, thanks to its ubiquitous appearance on virtually every web page you look at, but it can have an effect on the way your computer works; it can slow down Internet connections speeds, cause programs to crash, change your tool bar and cause your processor to run slowly. And in a worst case scenario it can be downright dangerous too. Banner ads by InnoApp and pop up windows are now common tools used by hackers, fraudsters and cyber criminals to redirect your web searches, not to the advertised product, but to an undesirable or even infected website. They are also a tactic employed to allow these unscrupulous people to install truly malicious software on your computer.

If the any of the above sounds distinctly unappealing, as no doubt it does, it's time to regain control and start viewing InnoApp less as a necessary evil that is part and parcel of a free download or upgrade, and instead as something which can have an extremely undesirable knock on effect on your PC or other device.

Therefore if you are looking for ways to ensure your PC doesn't get infected by adware you need to stop downloading software from third party or dubious looking websites. You also need to stop installing programs without reading the license agreement: read the T's & C's carefully before hitting 'OK'.

Things you do need to do are to install - and run regularly - a reputable brand of anti-malware program. Make sure this program is up to date and has the latest patches installed too as this will give it the best possible fighting chance of defending your computer against the newer strains of adware - and by proxy, even nastier malware.

To remove InnoApp and stop annoying ads, 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



InnoApp Ads 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 InnoApp 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:
  • InnoApp
  • 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 InnoApp related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove InnoApp, 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 InnoApp related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove InnoApp 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 How to Remove Storm Alert Malware (Uninstall Guide)
8 Dec 2014, 8:35 pm
Storm Alert has been designed to display adverts on your PC. Storm Alert Ads or "Ads by Storm Alert" appear on every web page you visit. They are injected by malicious web browser extensions called Storm Alert. While some people do refer to Storm Alert as a virus or as malware, there are a number of differences. Unlike the latter two, Storm Alert is not always harmful and is frequently used in legitimate circumstances. In these days of increasing online threats it is crucial that you take as many steps as possible to protect yourself, your computer hard drive, your data, your passwords and even your identity from the numerous types of malware that are prowling the Internet looking for trouble to cause and security loopholes to exploit. Even though pop-up ads and adware like this are not considered serious threats, they can cause more harm than you actually think.


And although seen as one of the stable of malicious software's more innocent residents, Storm Alert is actually rather more corrupt than many people give it credit for. And in fact, so many adware developers or companies have such a vested interest in you NOT removing it from your computer thanks to its money spinning properties, it can actually be quite a lot harder to remove than you may think.

Therefore, it stands to good reason that, as well as knowing how to remove Storm Alert, should you get infected by it, knowing how to protect yourself from it is paramount if you want to keep yourself safe while connected to the Internet. The silver lining of the adware cloud is that defending yourself against it is easy and - even better news - free.

Gone are the days when adware and malware like Storm Alert only attacked visitors of dubious websites - for example gambling sites and X rated adult content sites. These days many reputable and authentic companies are finding themselves victim of attack. Cyber criminals target popular websites and embed them with an HTML document hidden inside another HTML document (otherwise known as an iframe) that will insert content from the fraudster's own website into the site in question. And in the case of adware, spyware and other malware, this content will malicious. But you'd guessed that already anyway, hadn't you?

So what happens is that you visit a well-known website to read the news, catch up on the latest celebrity gossip, book a vacation or buy a new pair of sneakers and should that site have been compromised by malicious adware, the domino effect will trigger Storm Alert to install itself onto your computer. This is commonly known as a drive-by download.

And far from being innocent Storm Alert can cause real problems for your computer: it can make it run slowly, hijack your browser, have a detrimental effect on your Internet connection and cause websites and installed programs to crash. Not only that but it can cause problems with your PC's security and leave you wide open to further attack by even more virulent enemies.

Therefore, I strongly suggest that when you're done reading this, your next action should be to make sure your PC is safe and secure. Ensure you have a renowned anti-malware program installed on your machine and that it is up to date. You also need to make sure that you are staying on top of patches for your browser, Windows, and other programs you have installed such as Skype, Flash, Adobe Reader etc. If your patches are out of date you could be extremely vulnerable to security issues.

To remove Storm Alert and stop annoying ads, 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



Storm Alert Ads 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 Storm Alert 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:
  • Storm Alert
  • 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 Storm Alert related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Storm Alert, 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 Storm Alert related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Storm Alert 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 primtwv.com pop-up ads (Virus Removal Guide)
7 Dec 2014, 9:46 pm
If you're getting a lot of new primtwv.com pop-up tabs then your computer is infected with adware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Not only these pop-up ads are very annoying but they can also take control of your entire web browser and as a result you have to use task manager to close the browser. We all know that there are things out there that wish to harm us. The Internet is a veritable cornucopia of cyber criminals, viruses, scams, spam emails, spyware, adware, Trojan Horses and various other nasties all waiting to steal our identities, empty our bank accounts, corrupt our files, use our computers to hijack other PCs - and more. It's pretty scary stuff and I bet that if we stopped to think about it in much detail, some of us would be extremely hesitant to even log on to the Internet again! But there's no point being paranoid, the one thing you must do is not let the fear take over but instead take control of your own life online and instead learn how to defend yourself against the Internet bullies. Primtwv.com pop-up ads won't steal your passwords or delete your files but they can redirect you to sketchy and misleading websites created by scam artists.


The problem is knowing where to start and with so many dangers out there, and all of them growing increasingly sophisticated by the day, it can be hard to know which malware can do what and how. And sometimes it can be tempting to dismiss certain types of malicious software as 'not as bad' as the others - take adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs that create primtwv.com pop-up ads for example. The fact is that cyber criminals, spammers, software developers, call them what you will are always on the look out for more sophisticated ways to fool us. Therefore how can we really know what a particular program will do to us. And of course, to compound that problem is the fact that having one rogue installation on your computer can open up a portal to allow others to infect you too.

So what of the aforementioned Potentially Unwanted Programs? These are not technically classed as malware as they are downloadable and, although you may not knowing you're downloading one, you actually will have been given a (reasonably) fair warning. Also known as PUPs for short, or sometimes foistware, these programs are usually bundled with other software. Meaning that when you download Program A - if it has a PUP packaged with it, you'll also be downloading Potentially Unwanted Program B. And most of the time, program B has misleading EULA or doesn't have it at all. Very often users don't even understand where these primtwv.com pop-ups are coming from. Most of the time, they are displayed by potentially unwanted programs that came bundled with other applications, mostly adware.

So how do you know? The trick is to read the End User License Agreement carefully. You know - that boring box of text that so many of us flippantly click through without paying any attention in order to download our software more quickly. If you took the time to read the EULA a little more carefully you may just find that your desired Program A also comes bundled with a little added extra that the agreement will 'suggest' you also download. This may be a toolbar, a browser, a home page or adverts like primtwv.com. It's true that the wording might be a little ambiguous and it will try to make the PUP look as officially affiliated with the original program as possible and it may check or uncheck boxes in advance that give the PUP the go-ahead to install, but by exercising a little due care and attention, you should be able to avoid it.

If it's already too late on your computer is flooded with annoying and misleading primtwv.com pop-up pop-ups and ads, then 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



Primtwv.com Pop-Up Ads 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 primtwv.com ads 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
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Safer-Surf
  • SpeedCheck
  • 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 primtwv.com pop-up ads 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, BlockAndSurf, Safer-Surf, SpeedCheck, 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 primtwv.com pop-up ads related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove primtwv.com pop-up ads 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 How to Remove BuyNSave Malware (Uninstall Guide)
6 Dec 2014, 10:29 pm
BuyNSave has been designed to display adverts on your PC. BuyNSave Ads or "Ads by BuyNSave" appear on every web page you visit. They are injected by malicious web browser extensions called BuyNSave. While some people do refer to BuyNSave as a virus or as malware, there are a number of differences. Unlike the latter two, BuyNSave is not always harmful and is frequently used in legitimate circumstances. Put simply, it's adware which has been designed to automatically display, download, or play adverts on your computer. These advertisements exhibit themselves in a number of different ways. They may be banner adverts - the usually large and eye catching ads that appear at the top of, or sometimes the side of, your screen. They can also be in the form of pop up adverts - windows that flash up on your screen without warning. They may even be the less immediately noticeable pop under adverts which hide behind the screen you're currently looking at, waiting for you to close the window before they reveal themselves.


It becomes apparent, especially if you have been infected by BuyNSave, that these adverts, whatever size and shape they are, have one thing in common, and that is they very quickly become very annoying.

So who creates this adware - and why? Well, like any form of advertising or marketing, BuyNSave has been created to generate revenue for its author, and sometimes for a third party too. Normally, despite being bothersome, it on its own is technically not dangerous. But that doesn't mean you should dismiss it merely as a distraction for some types of adware will have been designed to include spyware. And that is something you can really do without on your computer. The problem with spyware is that it does exactly what it says on the can, as the saying goes: it spies on you. It will watch which websites you visit, note which products or services you are looking at and then record this data and send it back to the programmer who will then either (best case scenario) send you adverts that are tailored towards your browsing habits, or (worst case scenario) sell your information on to a third party.

Even more scary is the inclusion of keyloggers in some spyware. These have been designed to actually record the keys you are typing on your desktop or laptop's keyboard. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this data is not just going to include the gossipy instant message you sent to a co-worker or the birthday greetings you sent via email to your grandma, but all the other things you type into your computer on a daily basis: your personal details, your passwords, your credit card information and so forth. The good news is however that BuyNSave is not that kind of adware. It cannot steal your passwords and personal details.

Therefore, if you've ever been tempted to dismiss adware as a relatively minor vexation when you're using your computer, you may want to think again. BuyNSave is a pain in the neck, that cannot be denied, but it can also leave you vulnerable to far more serious issues.

Protect yourself from the irritation of having to deal with endless BuyNSave pop up ads and from the extreme stress caused by having to deal with stolen passwords and hacked accounts by installing a reputable anti-malware software program today. Oh, and when we say today - we actually mean as soon as you've finished reading this article!

To remove BuyNSave and stop annoying ads, 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



BuyNSave Ads 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 BuyNSave 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:
  • BuyNSave
  • 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 BuyNSave related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BuyNSave, 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 BuyNSave related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove BuyNSave 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 "deals" pop-up ad (Uninstall Guide)
5 Dec 2014, 9:30 pm
"Deals" pop-up ad appears at the bottom of your screen when you are browsing online shopping website? If so, them I'm afraid your computer is infected by a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) or adware like WebToSave. PUPs are software programs that are installed on your computer without expressly telling you that this is their intention. Hence the 'Potentially Unwanted' part of their name! So if something is using underhand tactics to install itself on your machine, does that mean that it is a virus or a type of malicious software?

To find out whether or not PUPs that display "deals" popup are classed as malware we need to examine their purpose in a little more detail. Because Potentially Unwanted Programs manifest themselves as browsers, toolbars or home pages, it can be tempting to think they are harmless. However surely if something doesn't actually TELL you, or at least tell you explicitly, that it is downloading itself, this must mean that PUPs ARE a variety of malware. So, which side of the fence do PUPs fall on?


In actual fact, most Potentially Unwanted Programs are not dangerous. Unlike real malware, they don't corrupt your files, they won't lock your computer down, they don't monitor which websites you visit and they don't record which keys you're typing with a view to capturing your passwords and online banking details.

But the problem that most people have with PUPs is the way in which they install themselves so sneakily. A PUP really is a program because, as mentioned it is something that has a function: i.e. a toolbar or home page. The difference is, it is 'Potentially Unwanted' because, well, let’'s be honest, you didn't actively seek it out and proactively download it in the first place, so who's to say that you will want it once you do have it on your computer? It's a bit of a gray area that’s for sure.

Funnily enough the people that develop Potentially Unwanted Programs take offense to their software being called malware and will argue until they're blue in the face that their program is potentially WANTED.

And so yet again, we have to ask the question; if PUPs are called potentially unwanted by the majority of us, why is that?

Initially you might not think that a new toolbar, browser, home page or a pop-up called "deals" could cause you that many issues but it won't be too long before you're likely to be tearing your hair out in frustration. The main problem is that Potentially Unwanted Programs hijack your computer and change your default settings, replacing your browser, home page or tool bar to one that the software developer has created. What that means is that every time you try and search for something using them, you will be directed to a website that the developer wants you to visit instead.

Having a PUP that displays "deals" popup on your computer can also slow down your CPU and leave your security open to attack by nastier forms of malware. They are also often associated with adware and will display endless pop-up adverts for goods or services you have little to no interest in. PUPs are not malware – but they are potentially definitely something you don't want on your PC.

To remove PUPs and stop annoying "deals" popup ads, 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



"Deals" Popup 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 "Deals" popup 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:
  • Couponarific
  • 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 "Deals" popup related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove WebToSave, 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 "Deals" popup related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove "Deals" popup 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 WebToSave Ads (Virus Removal Guide)
4 Dec 2014, 8:49 pm
WebToSave is a software program that has been created with the specific purpose of generating a source of revenue for its author. The income is created by displaying advertisements "brought by WebToSave" to the end computer user - i.e., you or me.

These WebToSave ads are normally shown in one of two ways: they are either on a screen that is shown while the software is being installed or they will be embedded in the software's user interface. If you've recently noticed a proliferation of adware popping up on your screen you may have also spotted that the adverts you are seeing are suspiciously similar to products or services you've recently been looking at online. That's because WebToSave software is designed to monitor which websites you are looking at so that they can show you ads that are tailored towards your interests or requirements - thus increasing the chances of you clicking on them. And spending some of your hard earned cash.


Advertising supported software like this is considered to be legitimate when this customization function is packaged or bundled with an existing program. In many cases, a software developer will utilize WebToSave as a means of recouping his or her costs accrued during the development stage. The plus for you and me is that this often encourages the developer to provide the original program either for a reduced rate, or even for free. The other bonus is that by generating income from advertising, the developer will not only maintain the program but continue to offer upgrades too.

Some developers offer two variations of a newly developed program: the original advertising supported model and another version which comes with WebToSave adware but gives you the option of registering with it to upgrade to an advert-free rendition.

So why do so many end users get so upset about WebToSave? This is because WebToSave is often synonymous with spyware. Not only do you have the monitoring aspect of adware to contend with, which many people feel uncomfortable about, but chances of you downloading a more malicious form of adware are unfortunately, all too high.

Spyware is a lot sneakier than adware - which is obviously easy to spot if you have it on your computer - but there is still a fair amount of contention surrounding the whole issue of adware and spyware. Spyware is overwhelmingly downloaded or installed on your PC without your assent but there is somewhat of a gray area when it comes to just exactly what you should be made aware of when you're installing something. For example, adware is usually mentioned in an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) because its authors do not view it as malicious. However because this is not regulated, there are no guidelines governing what does and doesn't need to be disclosed when it comes to installing bundled programs.

The problem is that when something is so open to interpretation it really does come down to whether you view WebToSave merely as an annoyance, as something that could possibly do you harm - or as something as potentially as dangerous as a full blown virus. My advice is to remove it from your computer as soon as possible. WebToSave ads are very annoying, they pop up on pretty much every website promoting various products and websites. What is more, it's usually installed as an add-on, so your web browser might crash sometimes or eve slow down.

To remove WebToSave and stop annoying ads, 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



WebToSave Ads 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 WebToSave 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:
  • WebToSave
  • 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 WebToSave related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove WebToSave, 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 WebToSave related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove WebToSave 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 gex.coolpps.com pop-up ads (Uninstall Guide)
3 Dec 2014, 9:14 pm
Gex.coolpps.com pop-ups usually occur on computers infected with adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) Couponarific and Ge-Force. Such adware and pop-ups are not necessarily malicious but they may promote bogus products and services. Sometimes, such adware and PUPs display completely fake messages claiming that your Flash Player is outdated. As a result you may end up installing more adware and even malware on your computer.


A Potentially Unwanted Program, as the name implies, is likely to be a program that you don't really want running on your PC. So what does a PUP look like and how do you know if you have one installed? PUPs are most commonly associated with tool bars although they can also manifest themselves as search engines, home pages or as in this case a malicious browser extension that redirects users to gex.coolpps.com and asks to install software updates. Whatever form they take, they usually have one thing in common with each other and that is to redirect your web searches to websites of their own choice. They can drive you absolutely nuts! After all, if you want to visit your favourite news website, a forum you're a member of, or you fancy buying a new pair of sneakers online, the last thing you want to be battling against is being constantly sent to gex.coolpps.com to download somthing.

With that in mind, let's take a look at how you defend yourself when it comes to gex.coolpps.com pop-ups. To learn how to best protect yourself it helps to have just a little general background and know how a PUP or adware installs itself on your PC. In addition to this, knowing your computer and being aware of which programs you have installed on it is beneficial too. This gives you a far better fighting chance of spotting if your computer is running differently to normal or is displaying any strange behavior or previously unseen browsers or tool bars.

How are Potentially Unwanted Programs installed?

In the majority of cases PUPs come bundled with other software programs. This is either because a successful company has given a less established company a helping hand, or because the newcomer has rather cheekily, packaged their program with another company's, without telling them.

Regardless of how your Potentially Unwanted Program was packaged, all you need to be aware of is that when you're installing an application or program, there might be an unknown quantity hiding in its shadow. To be fair, occasionally you may find this added extra genuinely useful; however, more often than not it will simply be an unwanted nuisance or distraction, gex.coolpps.com pop-ups to name it.

How do I make sure I'm not also installing PUPs and adware?

Potentially Unwanted Programs and adware usually receive a nod to their existence in the End User License Agreement that you'll see displayed when you're installing an item of software. Therefore you should make sure that you read this carefully and make a note of any additional programs that are mentioned. Pay particular attention to check boxes which may need to be checked or unchecked in order to avoid also installing a PUP.

In order to stop gex.coolpps.com pop-ups, 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



Gex.coolpps.com Pop-ups 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 gex.coolpps.com 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:
  • Couponarific
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Ge-Force
  • BlockAndSurf
  • 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 gex.coolpps.com pop-up related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Ge-Force, LyricsSay-1, Couponarific, BlockAndSurf, 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 gex.coolpps.com pop-up related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove gex.coolpps.com pop-up 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 How to Remove Couponarific Malware (Uninstall Guide)
3 Dec 2014, 8:57 pm
Couponarific has been designed to display adverts on your PC. Couponarific Ads or "Ads by Couponarific" appear on every web page you visit. They are injected by malicious web browser extensions called Couponarific. While some people do refer to Couponarific as a virus or as malware, there are a number of differences. Unlike the latter two, Couponarific is not always harmful and is frequently used in legitimate circumstances. For instance, innocuous adware enables you to use free software and applications - games are a good example. Because the software developer uses the adware as a way of generating income, he or she is able to offer the app or program for a very low cost, or, often, for free. You've probably played a game on your smartphone and seen adverts for other games running at the bottom of the screen or flashing up between levels - that's adware.


However Couponarific can also cause problems if it's been created by someone with less than pure intentions. In this scenario, a hijacker or fraudster will attempt to install Couponarific on your computer without you knowing it. At "best" it may show you ads by Couponarific of a nature that you may find offensive (such as pornography or gambling websites or even scams created to dupe you out of your finances). At worst it can be loaded with spyware, keyloggers that monitor your keyboard usage, viruses and other malicious software such as Trojan Horse malware. The differences are huge: innocent adware gives you access to free apps while malicious adware like Couponarific can hijack your browser, redirect you to unsavory websites, monitor your correspondence.

Therefore, if you're downloading freeware or free apps, it really does pay to be careful. If adware has been designed purely as a revenue stream then it should be mentioned in the License Agreement - and you can then choose whether or not you want to continue with the download or not. (Some people find the pop up adverts so commonly used by adware developers extremely detrimental to their user experience). In addition to this, Couponarific can have a disruptive effect on your computer, interacting poorly with other installed programs, making your computer's processor run sluggishly and negatively impacting on your Internet connection speeds.

If you suddenly wind up with Couponarific on your computer and you haven't recently downloaded or installed anything, you may have been the victim of a drive by download. And chances are this is a form of undesirable adware. That's because drive by downloads operate in a stealth-like fashion, fooling you into downloading the adware, often by displaying a dialogue window that tells you that you need to download the latest version of your anti-virus software, or some other such underhand means.

So, what's the best way to protect yourself from malicious Couponarific? Make sure your anti-virus software and security patches are up to date. A good anti-virus or anti-malware program are also able to discern between rogue adware and legitimate adware meaning that you'll be protected from potential threats while still being able to enjoy free games and other apps.

To remove Couponarific and stop annoying ads, 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



Couponarific Ads 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 Couponarific 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:
  • Couponarific
  • 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 Couponarific related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Couponarific, 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 Couponarific related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Couponarific 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 'Powered by Ge-Force' Ads (Virus Removal Guide)
3 Dec 2014, 8:29 pm
In a nutshell, Ge-Force is adware that has been created to display or download advertisements "Powered by Ge-Force" or sometimes "Ads by Ge-Force" either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone's screen, or within the actual program itself. You can simply jump to the Ge-Force removal guide below if you think that you already know what this adware is and what it does.

The problem with advertising is that because we are all confronted with it in a myriad of forms all day, every day, it can be tempting to see computer generated advertising - i.e. adware, or to give it its full name advertising supported software - as part of the furniture. Something that is merely there and, unlike other forms of malware, something that won't do us any harm. However this is not the case and simply by virtue of being Ge-Force adware, it doesn't mean that a program is, or isn't, malicious in nature.


It's true that Ge-Force is definitely not the worst of the bunch: you can point the finger at Trojan Horses and spyware and their ilk for that. But having said that it can have a detrimental affect on your user experience as a whole and even cause you serious damage by making your computer susceptible to attack by other types of more serious malware.

On the flip side of the coin, there are numerous legitimate programs - from useful lifestyle apps to games - that also display adverts either on your device or within the software. In its most innocent incarnation, this adware has been created purely to generate revenue for the programmer or to try and entice you to download an upgrade or another software program that they are actually selling. Often, the income garnered from displaying adverts allows the programmer to further develop, maintain and upgrade the software.

Oftentimes the software developer will give you the option of continuing to use the program, but without being exposed to the (often annoying) ads by Ge-Force and you will be able to pay a registration fee that will upgrade you to an advert free version.

Ge-Force in a more sinister format is normally considered to be malware. This type of adware has usually been snuck onto your computer without your permission and can be a lot more aggressive - besieging you with banner and pop up adverts. Unlike the adware above which will usually have a simple 'uninstall' feature, Ge-Force has been designed to be more difficult to uninstall. Obviously the developer has a financially motivated reason for wanting you to keep the adware on your computer for as long as possible so they can continue raking in the revenue. This sort of adware installs a component on your computer that spies on your Internet browsing habits and relays data back to the programmer so they can customize the adverts that they are showing you.

So as we can see there really are two sides to Ge-Force adware: the adverts that generate income for their developer thus allowing you to download programs and software for free from the Internet (freeware). And the more clandestine version that watches your every online move to be able to market more effectively to you for someone else's gain.

To stop 'Powered by Ge-Force' ads popping up on 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



Ge-Force Adware 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 Ge-Force 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:
  • Ge-Force
  • 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 Ge-Force related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Ge-Force, 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 Ge-Force related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Ge-Force 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 dvl.cooloideas.com pop-up ads (Uninstall Guide)
2 Dec 2014, 9:19 pm
Dvl.cooloideas.com pop-ups usually occur on computers infected with adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). Such adware and pop-ups are not necessarily malicious but they may promote bogus products and services. Sometimes, such adware and PUPs display completely fake messages claiming that your Flash Player is outdated. As a result you may end up installing more adware and even malware on your computer.


A Potentially Unwanted Program, as the name implies, is likely to be a program that you don't really want running on your PC. So what does a PUP look like and how do you know if you have one installed? PUPs are most commonly associated with tool bars although they can also manifest themselves as search engines, home pages or as in this case a malicious browser extension that redirects users to dvl.cooloideas.com and asks to install software updates. Whatever form they take, they usually have one thing in common with each other and that is to redirect your web searches to websites of their own choice. They can drive you absolutely nuts! After all, if you want to visit your favourite news website, a forum you're a member of, or you fancy buying a new pair of sneakers online, the last thing you want to be battling against is being constantly sent to dvl.cooloideas.com to download somthing.

With that in mind, let's take a look at how you defend yourself when it comes to dvl.cooloideas.com pop-ups. To learn how to best protect yourself it helps to have just a little general background and know how a PUP or adware installs itself on your PC. In addition to this, knowing your computer and being aware of which programs you have installed on it is beneficial too. This gives you a far better fighting chance of spotting if your computer is running differently to normal or is displaying any strange behavior or previously unseen browsers or tool bars.

How are Potentially Unwanted Programs installed?

In the majority of cases PUPs come bundled with other software programs. This is either because a successful company has given a less established company a helping hand, or because the newcomer has rather cheekily, packaged their program with another company's, without telling them.

Regardless of how your Potentially Unwanted Program was packaged, all you need to be aware of is that when you're installing an application or program, there might be an unknown quantity hiding in its shadow. To be fair, occasionally you may find this added extra genuinely useful; however, more often than not it will simply be an unwanted nuisance or distraction, dvl.cooloideas.com pop-ups to name it.

How do I make sure I'm not also installing PUPs and adware?

Potentially Unwanted Programs and adware usually receive a nod to their existence in the End User License Agreement that you'll see displayed when you're installing an item of software. Therefore you should make sure that you read this carefully and make a note of any additional programs that are mentioned. Pay particular attention to check boxes which may need to be checked or unchecked in order to avoid also installing a PUP.

In order to stop dvl.cooloideas.com pop-ups, 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



Dvl.cooloideas.com Pop-ups 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 dvl.cooloideas.com 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:
  • SaferSurf
  • LyricsSay-1
  • TinyWallet
  • BlockAndSurf
  • 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 dvl.cooloideas.com pop-up related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove SaferSurf, LyricsSay-1, TinyWallet, BlockAndSurf, 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 dvl.cooloideas.com pop-up related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove dvl.cooloideas.com pop-up 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 GeniusBox Adware (Virus Removal Guide)
2 Dec 2014, 8:55 pm
GeniusBox is adware that displays adverts on websites you visit saying 'Ad by GeniusBox'. It also installs a box called GeniusBox on a search bar, usually above Google search results. As a result, you get ads instead of organic search results which makes this adware extremely intrusive and annoying. We are pretty sure that you've heard of adware – after all it's one of the most commonly known and most widely used forms of malicious software. Chances are that you have also been affected by it too. But if you'd like to know a little bit more about GeniusBox adware and want to know how it gets on to your computer, what it does once it's installed on your system, and how you can protect yourself against it in the future carry on reading. We'll also tell you what to do if you have a strain of this adware on your computer right now!


So how does GeniusBox work? When you're connected to the Internet, the advertising supported software will be displayed on your computer screen – you've no doubt seen it. You have probably also noticed how the adverts are often uncannily tailored towards goods or services that you've recently been looking at on the Internet. Your PC doesn't have some sort of internal mind reader installed (or not quite at least!) In actual fact the GeniusBox installs a component on your computer that spies upon you, monitoring and recording which websites you visit then relaying that information back to the adware developer. That obviously enables them to choose which adverts they subsequently show you. It may be tempting to dismiss this at not a huge problem in the grand scheme of things but it can actually cause you some issues. For example:
  1. Thanks to the GeniusBox adware component working away behind the scenes, it will slow down your computer's internal processor and Internet connection as it records data and sends it back via your connection. Web pages will also be slow to load and crash constantly.
  2. It hijacks your browser, tool bar, home page and/or search engine, diverting your search from the site you wanted to visit to a website of a third party's choice
  3. It may make you vulnerable to security breaches because it will destabilize your computer by adversely interacting with the other programs you have installed
  4. Thanks to this interaction it can also cause programs to repeatedly crash when you try and launch them
So the million dollar question is how do you protect yourself from GeniusBox? One of the crucial things to be aware of is how it installs itself on your PC in the first place. Because it is most often bundled with freeware you need to take extra care when downloading programs from the Internet. Make sure your read License Agreements properly as GeniusBox adware is normally mentioned (although often hidden) in the small print. You'll then have the option of not installing the adware.

Another thing that you can (and should) do is install a decent brand of anti-malware on your computer and make sure you keep it up to date.

Finally if you think you've been infected by adware here are the steps you should take:
  1. Close everything you have open on your computer
  2. Run your anti-malware software then close your computer down
  3. Restart your computer and run the anti-malware again
  4. You should now be free of GeniusBox adware
For more detailed instructions on how to remove GeniusBox and related malware 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



GeniusBox 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 GeniusBox 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:
  • GeniusBox
  • 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 GeniusBox related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove GeniusBox, 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 GeniusBox related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove GeniusBox 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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