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Malware Removal Instructions
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by Admin, Mountain View (geolocate), published: Fri 25 Jul 2014 05:59:00 PM CEST.

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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