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Malware Removal Instructions
From network security to phishing and malicious software. Whatever problem you have, we're here to help you solve it!...

by Admin, Mountain View (geolocate), published: Tue 29 Jul 2014 08:28:00 PM CEST.

Favicon Remove Astromenda Search Virus (Uninstall Guide)
29 Jul 2014, 8:28 pm
Astromenda Search (astromenda.com) is a potentially unwanted search engine that comes bundled with freeware downloads. Astromenda Search virus is what most users usually say when they get infected with this potentially unwanted program. Most users think that it wants them to use it as a default search engine so it can phish for information. Another thing that allows us to think it's a potentially unwanted application - it might be very difficult to get rid of it. I'm not sure if they are doing this on purpose or not but there might be very difficult to restore some changes made to your web browser. I hope it's just a bug rather than a clever technique made to protect this browser hijacker from being removed. Once installed, it hijacks your web browser, changes default search engine and home page to astromenda.com. There's no logo but the whole interface is very similar to Google Search, so most people thing it's basically the same Google search except that cyber crooks use their own domain in order to gather information about browsing habits and search terms. In fact it redirects users to Yahoo search engine page. So, it's just a pseudo search engine. There's also a browser extension called Astromenda New Tab that is used to achieve these goals. Please use this guide to remove Astromenda Search virus and any associated malware.


Astromenda Search comes bundled with legitmate software and adware. It's also promoted in various other ways, for example through the use of pay-per-install networks and even shady online streaming and download websites. Some of those website are completely fake while others could be even well known websites but with a poor ad management. The problem is, in part, that no matter how much investigation we might do into the subject, we will probably never know exactly what the intentions of these online parasites and annoyances actually are. Let's imagine you've decided to download a piece of software – a common occurrence - but you suspect that the third party website that it's available on is less than legit. However you know that millions of people the world over use this particular software on a daily basis. So how do you discern whether or not you should download your software? Firstly you should only download from the publisher's own site.

Secondly, if like me, you can vividly remember not knowing too much at all about IT, you may also remember that the people you asked for help and advice when downloading something, would tell you to simply start the download and then click all the 'OK' boxes until the download was done. Well, I'm sorry to say that if you're still in the habit of doing this, then those people have a lot to answer for! It is precisely this bad habit that will see you winding up with a Potentially Unwanted Program (or worse – malware) on your PC. Please be very careful when installing downloading software, even from the official websites because nowadays many software developers allow their programs to be bundled with other software. Otherwise, you may simply end up with Astromenda Search or some other PUP on your computer. It could be even a browser hijacker or a fake registry cleaner.

Trust me, I hear you - End User License Agreements are boring! But the point is that less than scrupulous software programs have more often than not been created to make someone some money. And these guys know that many of us don't pay any attention when we're downloading - and they're capitalizing on it.

No, you're right, it would be a lax malware publisher who advertised his intentions like that, but what you may not know is that the producers of Potentially Unwanted Programs quite often do. And that is why you should always read License Agreements!

Those responsible for foisting Astromenda Search virus onto us know that in the majority of cases we won't want their program (hence the fact that PUPs are usually bundled with legitimate software or tempting downloads such as torrents, free games, mp3s, movies and wallpapers) but they are often referred to in download agreements. This way the publishers cannot claim to be doing anything wrong.

The problem is that this referral or acknowledgement may not be terribly clear or obvious, and you may find that the wording is ambiguous or that you have to carefully check or uncheck any number of boxes in order to get the right combination that stops the PUP download. And that is why when you download something you should always check the agreement carefully and read between the lines. It's time to stop clicking 'OK, OK, OK' and to start protecting your computer from potentially unwanted programs. To remove Astromenda Search 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


Astromenda Search Removal Guide:


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





2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

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

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



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



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



4. 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 programs:
  • Astromenda Search
  • Astromenda New Tab extension


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 Astromenda Search from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Astromenda New Tab, BookmarkTube extensions.



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


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


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!

Remove Astromenda Search from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Remove Astromenda New Tab, BookmarkTube browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.




3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



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



In the search filter at the top, type: astromenda

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

Remove Astromenda Search from Internet Explorer:

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



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

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

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Favicon Remove TheTorntv V10 Ads (Uninstall Guide)
26 Jul 2014, 9:13 pm
With so many different viruses and Internet parasites to contend with, it's no wonder it can be a little confusing trying to work out what everything is – and more importantly, what sort of damage they can inflict on you. I've found a few websites saying that TheTorntv V10 is a virus but actually is not. Let's get down to it: what is it? What affect can it have on your computer? How does it get there in the first place? How you can avoid installing it? And, crucially, how do you get rid of it? Please use this guide to remove "Ads by TheTorntv V10" and any associated malware.

Here's an example of Ads by TheTorntv V10.


If you've ever wondered what the difference between adware, greyware, spyware, viruses and malware is, you're in the right place. Furthermore if you've heard of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and are not sure what the deal is with those either, read on as we will hopefully be able to enlighten you. Most DLL file of this program are detected as ADWARE/CrossRider.Gen2, a variant of Win64/Toolbar.Crossrider.F, PUP.Optional.TornTV.A by multiple anti-virus engines. It's pretty obvious that it's an unwanted program. Most AVs say it's adware. While others say it's a PUP. However, none of them detect it as virus, malware or spyware. it's very important to understand the difference because some sites will try to scare you into thinking that TheTorntv V10 adware and the ads you get are very dangerous. Yes, they might be but they can not steal your passwords, etc.

Are viruses, adware, spyware, malware and greyware the same thing? It's a good question but while there are some similarities between the five; they are all threats to your computer being the main one, spyware, viruses, greyware, malware and adware do have fundamental differences. But does that really matter? If these are the online bad guys, that's all we need to know surely? Well, actually it's not quite as simple as all that just a little bit of knowledge about each one will help you stay safer and defend yourself from attack.

Starting with the most obvious one: computer viruses. It can be tempting to lump everything 'bad' on the Internet as a virus, but as noted, there are differences. In the simplest terms, a virus is a self-replicating computer program. TheTorntv V10 adware cannot replicate itself, so it's clearly not a virus. In fact, viruses don't even have to be malicious – but the fact is that many are. Most computer viruses worm their way onto your PC by attaching themselves to a genuine program. A good anti-virus program should spot most viruses but as always, you should stay vigilant when downloading from the Internet.

Malware, short for 'malicious software' is an umbrella term that refers to anything and everything that has the ability to infect your computer. It encompasses adware, viruses and spyware, although Potentially Unwanted Programs are not considered to be malware as they usually announce their presence in the License Agreement or T's & C's when you're downloading from the Internet. We could say that TheTorntv V10 adware is party malware.

Unlike a virus, spyware is not self-replicating but make no mistake, this is a truly nasty piece of work! Spyware monitors your web browsing habits and can gather this information for use by a third party. You should also be aware of something called a key logger which records the keys you hit – i.e. what you type – so your usage can be monitored that way – and that includes your passwords and log in details. While TheTorntv V10 may gather some information about your browsing habits, like websites visited, etc., it's not a spyware program.

The difference between adware and other malware is that, like a PUP, you often will have consented to the adware being installed on your PC. Usually TheTorntv V10 is bundled with free software and once installed will inundate you pop-up and banner ads. In fact many Potentially Unwanted Programs are closely linked with adware.

This covers online nuisances that might be annoying but are not necessarily malicious. PUPs fall into this category. Because some people find Potentially Unwanted Programs useful the lines tend to be blurred. However if you want to stay completely safe online, you should do your best to avoid installing a PUP. And that means checking download T's & C's carefully, and not clicking on links or opening attachments in emails from unknown senders.

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

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


TheTorntv V10 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 TheTorntv V10 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:
  • TheTorntv
  • 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 TheTorntv V10 related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove TheTorntv V10, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



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




Remove TheTorntv V10 related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove TheTorntv V10, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove TheTorntv V10 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 Cosstminn Ad Virus (Uninstall Guide)
25 Jul 2014, 5:59 pm
Let's get down to it: what is Cosstminn? What affect can it have on your computer? How does it get there in the first place? How you can avoid installing it? And, crucially, how do you get rid of it? Please use this guide to remove Cosstminn ads and any associated malware.

What exactly is Cosstminn?

Cosstminn is a software program created to show you adverts when you're browsing or working online. And whilst that in itself doesn't sound too bad – after all, we're exposed to advertising pretty much constantly in our daily lives – adware isn't just a form of Internet marketing, it can actually make your user experience a real pain in the behind when you're using your computer. Not only that but it could be causing you real harm too. We'll see how shortly.

Here's an example of an "Powered by Cosstminn" ad displayed on a web page:


Things Cosstminn can do:
  • It is able to change your browser, your home page and your search engine so it can redirect your web searches to sites that the adware publisher wants you to visit. Often these are simply websites that are illegal or X rated.
  • It may be packaged with spyware, which is just as nasty as it sounds. Spyware monitors your Internet usage so that it can a) customize the adverts it shows you to appeal to you, and b) in a worst case scenario it will install something called a keylogger on your machine which will monitor and record everything you type. Naturally many of our online interactions are personal – from emails to friends, colleagues or loved ones to bank information, passwords and log in details.
  • In addition to this, all the extra components that Cosstminn adware (and possibly spyware) have installed on your machine, mean you may well find that your computer is running a whole lot slower than usual as the malware is ticking away behind the scenes and rigorously dialing home to tell the publisher what it has found out about you.
How did Cosstminn get on my PC?

In the majority of cases Costmin is packaged with freeware or shareware – for example, a TV show, some music or a game. This is how adware creators generate revenue that enables them to pay for the future development or distribution of their free programs. You may also be attacked by adware if you accidently visit a website that's been infected by it.

I want to protect myself against adware!

The best thing you can do to defend yourself against Cosstminn is to install decent anti-adware and anti-virus programs on your computer. You should also be selective about what you download and don’t get suckered in by dubious looking websites or programs that appear to be too good to be true!

Removing Cosstminn

Unfortunately Cosstminn is usually difficult to remove but if you have been targeted you need to run your anti-virus and anti-malware and they should spot and remove the adware. Run them twice or even three times to be sure however. If after rebooting your computer the adware is still appearing you will probably need to take your PC to a computer store or repair center and get it professionally cleaned by an IT expert.

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

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


Cosstminn 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. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove Cosstminn 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.



4. 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:
  • Cosstminn
  • 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 Cosstminn related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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




Remove Cosstminn related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Cosstminn 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 iReview Ads Removal Guide
24 Jul 2014, 9:15 pm
If you want to find out a little more about iReview adware and you're wondering how these ads gets on to your computer, read on as we take a look. Please use this guide to remove iReview ads and any associated malware.

Most adware, including iReview – and other forms of malware - end up on your PC thanks to our habit of downloading freebies from the Internet. This is because adware is frequently bundled with freeware and shareware – i.e. the things that most of us like to download: TV series, music, videos and games etc. You may have even noticed in the past that after downloading free software you suddenly started seeing pop up adverts, banner ads or pop under windows – the ads that run behind the page you're looking at.

Here's an example of an ad by iReview adware. As you can see, it's completely misleading. The ad text:

"Media content may not display properly. Install Browser Updater Now."



iReview is also sometimes installed if you visit a website with lax security that has been targeted by adware producers.

Why does adware exist?

Adware exists because we can't resist free stuff! The people that create programs and software and don't charge for it need a way of recouping their programming costs, or even making a profit. How do they do that - by packaging adware with regular software.

Another way of generating money is to keep the iReview adware hidden for later. You've downloaded a program and are enjoying using it but once the free trial expires the adware will appear – and you'll have to pay to get an upgraded adware-free version.

Finding and deleting iReview

Whilst it's pretty easy to spot adware on your PC (hello pop up adverts!) unfortunately it can be trickier to find it and delete it. This is because the people that make adware don't want you to remove it – naturally – so they will create it so that it installs itself deep within your operating system. Luckily, however, there are programs that you can use to find and delete the adware. A quick online search will help but do bear in mind that a generous proportion of the search results are links that have been created by malware programmers who want to deceive you into downloading something even worse than adware.

Points to remember when searching for anti-malware software:
  • Do your research: talk to other computer users, people in your workplace or those who you perceive to be a little more Internet savvy than you may be
  • Read online forums and visit a known reputable IT provider, manufacturer or retailer's website
One thing you can do easily yourself is to check what's installed on your PC. You can do this by following the simple steps below:
  • Reboot your computer
  • Take a look at your start up list and if you see something you don't recognize, conduct a quick Internet search and figure out if you want to keep or delete it. Keep in mind that iReview can be bubdled with a different program and listed under completely different name
  • If you're not sure whether or not you need it and are worried about deleting something you may need once again it's a good idea to ask an expert or someone who knows computers – a friend, acquaintance or someone in your company’s IT department if you have one
If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


iReview 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 iReview 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:
  • iReview
  • 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 iReview related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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




Remove iReview related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove iReview 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 PassWizard Ads Removal Guide
23 Jul 2014, 9:09 pm
It's highly likely you've already heard of PassWizard adware and fairly likely you've been infected by it – I know I have! Perhaps you're concerned you may have it on your PC at the moment and would like to know what it could do. Please use this guide to remove PassWizard ads and any associated malware.

What is PassWizard?

It is a program which installs a component onto your PC or device that sends you adverts without your permission. These Ads by PassWizard may be pop-up windows or banners, and they're not only annoying but they can have repercussions too.


This adware can:
  • Interact and create problems with other programs installed on your computer, possibly disrupting your operating system which makes your CPU and Internet connection slow right down
  • It can also slow you down thanks to it adding websites to your bookmarks folder, thus using up a portion of your memory
  • Redirect you to websites you didn't want to visit – often sites of an adult or illegal nature. This could cause embarrassment or problems depending on your work or home environment
  • As already noted it enables pop-up, banner and pop-under adverts that are extremely irritating to deal with
  • Thanks to its issues and conflicts with other programs and its ability to make your computer run slowly, adware also puts your computer's security at risk as this can cause instability on your machine
One of the problems with PassWizard is that once installed, it hides itself so well that it can be difficult to firstly find, and secondly remove. Some adware is even so sneaky that it prevents you from accessing the places you need to visit so you can delete it!

How do I avoid getting infected by PassWizard?

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting infected by adware. Here are the most important:
  • Install a known and trusted brand of anti-virus on your PC, run it often and keep it up to date – this is your first line of defence against all malware
  • Use pop-up blockers. Some browsers offer you the option of blocking pop-ups and tell you if the website you're visiting is asking you to enable them. You need to determine how much of a risk you think the website is.
  • Never download software from third party websites or sites you don't trust as programs are frequently packaged with adware.
  • When you do install something on your machine stop and think whether or not you really need it. If it's something reputable it should be fine but downloading something 'jokey' can be risky.
  • When closing pop-up window click the red 'X' in the corner and not 'OK' or 'Close' etc as if the pop-up is disreputable it may use the clickable button as a go-ahead to install more adware or even another more serious form of malware.
If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


PassWizard 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 PassWizard 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:
  • PassWizard
  • 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 PassWizard related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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




Remove PassWizard related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove PassWizard 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 "ShopnDrop" Ads Removal Guide
23 Jul 2014, 7:50 pm
If you are not particularly concerned about pop-ups and ads by shopndrop but have more recently heard the term 'spyware' used in the same sentence as adware then you may be wondering exactly what's going on and if you should start showing a little more concern over online adverts. Please use this guide to remove ShopnDrop ads and any associated malware.

ShopnDrop adware winds up on our PCs due to us having downloaded something from the Internet – in the majority of cases this will be something free. Most often Adware is bundled with shareware and freeware so if you're a regular (or even a fairly infrequent) downloader of TV series, music videos, games, wallpapers and emoticons, there is a likelihood of you downloading ShopnDrop too. Indeed, you may have already previously spotted a proliferation of pop-up and banner adverts when you've downloaded some free software.


Let's say you're the creator of a program or some software that you're giving away for free, you want to recoup your costs - or even make a profit. After all, you have to earn a living too, right? And you do this by packaging adware with your original program. The adware program then displays ads on pretty much every website you visit. In other words add a few more ads to those that were placed by website owner and what you have is a hard to navigate and read web page full of ads. It can be really frustrating.

Oftentimes programs will use ShopnDrop as a carrot. You'll be more than happy with your free program (of course – it was free!) but what happens after the inevitable free trial? You will probably be asked to pay to start using it, or an adware free version of it.

To be honest, it's pretty obvious – there's no mistaking all those pop up, banner and even pop under ads. (Pop under ads are the ones that 'appear' behind the screen you're looking at.) But even if you're not sure if what you're experiencing is adware or simply overzealous Internet marketing there are lots of programs you can use to identify and remove adware.

The key is to do your research when looking for anti-malware programs as some of the search results you see will be from disreputable programmers who will be trying to get you to click their links and visit websites which may have even more adware – or something more serious – embedded in them.

ShopnDrop can often be dismissed as annoying but ultimately harmless. Spyware however, possibly due to its scarier sounding name, is usually taken far more seriously. But the fact is that increasingly, adware comes packaged with spyware. If it didn't, how would the adware programmers know how to tailor make those adverts that pop-up on your computer screen? After all – you didn't think it was a coincidence that after browsing for vacations in South America earlier today, you’re now seeing adverts for hotel and flight websites.

Okay, so that could be deemed helpful on some levels. But it's not quite as innocent as it seems when you take into account that some spyware can log your key strokes and monitor what you're typing on your computer: and yes that does include your passwords, log in information and online banking details. Suddenly ShopnDrop adware doesn't seem quite so innocent does it?

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

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


ShopnDrop 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 ShopnDrop 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:
  • ShopnDrop
  • 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 ShopnDrop related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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




Remove ShopnDrop related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove ShopnDrop related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

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



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

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Favicon What is PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A and how to remove it?
23 Jul 2014, 6:32 pm
Some Common Questions about PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A

If you want to know a little more about PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A then read on as this article attempts to answer some of those tricky questions you might have.

How do I know if a program on my computer is a Potentially Unwanted Program?

If you've logged on to your computer only to find that you have a new tool bar or your browser keeps trying to redirect you to websites that you don't want to go to, the chances are you have been infected with a Potentially Unwanted Program.


How can I remove the PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A?

The good news is that unlike some harsher strains of malware, PUPs like PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A are actually fairly simple to remove and you can do this quickly and easily in Window's Control Panel by choosing the Programs > Uninstall Programs option. Look for any programs you don't recognize and uninstall them if you do not want them.

How do I remove a Potentially Unwanted Program that keeps coming back?

Dealing with the PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A that refuses to leave you alone can be tricky. You might wind up needing professional help but there are a couple of things you can do even if you're not technically minded. The first and easiest thing to try is to restart your PC in Safe Mode and then run your anti-malware software. To start Safe Mode, press the F8 key when Windows starts – as soon as you hear your computer beep when you reboot it. If you detect a virus when in Safe Mode simply remove it like a normal virus before restarting your computer.

After that, run your anti-malware scan again in normal mode. If the infection was picked up on and deleted it should show as clean. However if the PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A still returns this could mean that it's accompanied by an undetected root kit or infected system file. Under these circumstances it is recommended that you seek professional advice – perhaps a local PC store, a trusted computer tech forum or other online expert.

How can I fully protect myself from PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A and other forms of malware?

There are a number of measures you can take to protect yourself from PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A, as well as from other forms of malware and viruses. The most important is having an up to date anti-malware program installed on your machine and running it regularly. You should also make sure that all software you have installed on your device is current with the latest patches as these will help stop malware and PUPs slipping through security loopholes. Crucially, protect yourself by never opening files or attachments or clicking on links from unknown and therefore, untrustworthy, sources.

So, in short, the message is clear – be vigilant when you're online and only download programs if you trust them and you trust the site that you are downloading from. PUPs may sound cute but cluttering up your computer with Potentially Unwanted Programs is not!

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

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


PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A Removal Guide:


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





2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove potentially unwanted extensions from your web browser.

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

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

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

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

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Favicon Remove Deal Keeper Ads (Uninstall Guide)
23 Jul 2014, 6:14 pm
What is Deal Keeper?

Deal Keeper is an advertising-supported software, or adware for short, that displays online advertisements with the purpose of generating revenue for the developer. Whilst potentially a nice little money spinner for the programmer, adware generally only serves to be an annoyance for anyone who has been infected by it. It's from the same family as Yontoo adware. Please use this guide to remove Deal Keeper ads and any associated malware.

Here's an example of an "Ads by Deal Keeper" ad displayed on a web page.


How does Deal Keeper work?

Deal Keeper adverts work in one of two ways: they will either be in the format of a screen which you will be shown during installation, or they will be in the software's user interface. Adverts are both pop-up windows and banner ads. They also have the capability to monitor which websites you visit so that they can target the type of advertising they show you to what they perceive as your interests or tastes, depending on your browsing habits.

Who uses it?

Such adware is often used by software program developers to recoup the costs incurred during the development of a legitimate program. They will bundle, or package, the advertising with their existing program, which often enables them to provide their original software for a low price – or even for free. But adware isn't just the domain of bedroom programmers and these days it is increasingly becoming a popular means of advertising with legitimate businesses.

Is Deal Keeper considered to be spyware?

There is an ongoing debate whether or not Deal Keeper should be considered to be spyware or not. The general consensus is that if software is installed on a PC without the owner's permission or knowledge then it can be considered as spyware. However this remains a grey area with many developers and industry experts disagreeing about exactly what we, as the end users, should be told in relation to software that we're installing on our computers. Particularly in question is the EULA – the End User License Agreement – in which many forms of adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs are mentioned in the small print. But just because there is some, usually ambiguous, wording in this agreement stating that additional software is bundled with the main software, is that really adequate for the average end user to make an informed decision when to comes to deciding what they wish to install on their PC?

Is Deal Keeper considered to be malware?

Whilst Deal Keeper is usually mentioned in the same breath as other forms of malware, this too is a contentious issue with some classifying adware merely as 'irritating' yet others viewing it firmly as an online threat. It is probably fair to say that adware is not nearly as serious as a Trojan horse or a keylogger however if it is installed on your computer you could find that it is leaving you exposed to security risks and issues. This is because, innocuous-seeming adverts aside, the fact is that adware is still observing your online usage and gathering data about you – without your consent.

How do I protect myself from Deal Keeper?

Our advice, as always, is to install a decent anti-virus or specific anti-malware program. There are a number of reputable ones on the market, so find a trustworthy one, install it, and run it frequently. Also, check the End User License Agreement carefully and make sure you're not agreeing to install additional programs if you don't know what they are. It might be frustrating, and you no doubt just want to get to the end result and download what you're really after as quickly as possible, but if you want to avoid a PUP, it pays to take a minute or two more. If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


Deal Keeper 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. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove Deal Keeper 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.



4. 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:
  • Deal Keeper
  • 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 Deal Keeper related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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




Remove Deal Keeper related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"App of the day" Removal Guide:

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





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

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



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



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



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


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


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

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



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




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

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



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




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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lpmxp2040.com Removal Guide:

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





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

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



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



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



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


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


Remove lpmxp2040.com related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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




Remove lpmxp2040.com related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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




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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lpmxp2031.com Removal Guide:

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





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

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



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



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



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


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


Remove lpmxp2031.com related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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




Remove lpmxp2031.com related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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




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

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



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

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

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


PUPs – the Internet sneak

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

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

Marketing of PUPs

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cdn.cloudwm.com Removal Guide:

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





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

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



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



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



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


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


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

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



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




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

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



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




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

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



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

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

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

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

Why do people create adware?

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

When adware meets spyware

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

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

How do I protect myself from BlockAndSurf?

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

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

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


BlockAndSurf Removal Guide:

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





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

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



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



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



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


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


Remove BlockAndSurf related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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





Remove BlockAndSurf related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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


Remove BlockAndSurf related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

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



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

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

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


What is vmhost.exe?


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







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

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

SupraSavingsService64.exe - by Opiniads


What is SupraSavingsService64.exe?


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







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

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

SystemkService.exe - by Aztec Media Inc.


What is SystemkService.exe?


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







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

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

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


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

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

So what exactly is adware?

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

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

And what exactly is spyware?

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

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

How to protect yourself

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

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


NetCrawl Removal Guide:

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





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

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



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



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



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


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


Remove NetCrawl related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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





Remove NetCrawl related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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


Remove NetCrawl related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PUP.Optional.Superfish.A Removal Guide:

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





2. Remove potentially unwanted extensions from your web browser.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

What is MediaAds?

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

How does it affect me?

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

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

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

How to stop being bugged by adware

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

Help – I've been infected by MediaAds!

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

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


MediaAds Removal Guide:

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





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

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



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



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



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


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


Remove MediaAds related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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



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





Remove MediaAds related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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


Remove MediaAds related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

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



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

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

How does adware know which adverts to show me?

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

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

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

How do I protect myself against Vidx?

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

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

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

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


Vidx Removal Guide:

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





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

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

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

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


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