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The Aswrd.exe virus is a typical weary parasite. It annoys you constantly, exposes you to malware and brings along nothing but trouble. This program has been classified as an adware-type application or a PUP (potentially unwanted program). Trust us when we say, aswrd.exe is unwanted indeed. If the virus manages to spend enough time on your machine, things will get messy. That is why you should do yourself a favor and uninstall the parasite ASAP. Adware/PUPs allows hackers to use the pay-per-click mechanism. Are you familiar with it? The scheme is quite simple, actually. As soon as the virus lands on your computer, it adds an extension or a plugin to your browsers. By doing so, aswrd.exe takes over. It begins to generate pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and interstitials. None of these advertisements is even close to being harmless so watch out. The commercials displayed by this infection are sponsored which means they are unsafe. Ask yourself the question, why would crooks want to enhance your online experience? That is correct; they don’t. Cyber criminals are only interested in gaining dubious profit. This is where the never-ending pop-up ads come in handy. Aswrd.exe covers your PC screen with deceptive, extremely unreliable commercials. The problem is, these pop-ups might be leading you straight to more infections. You could be absolutely positive some of the aswrd.exe commercials are corrupted. There might also be some safe pop-ups that provide real deals. Is clicking really a risk worth taking, though? If you choose the wrong commercial, you will significantly worsen your already unpleasant situation. The only way to find out whether a certain ad is safe or not is by clicking it open. That exposes you to serious threats because the Web is filled with malware. Thanks to aswrd.exe, you’re currently one click away from more infections. This pest also redirects you to unknown websites and could even generate some fake program updates. Stay away from anything brought to you by the parasite and don’t be gullible. This is a nasty cyber infection; its intentions were never to help you out. The virus is also able to spy on your sensitive information such as browsing history, IP addresses and usernames/passwords. Make sure you get rid of the intruder for good before it causes you harm.
How did I get infected with?
Even though you didn’t download a virus, it found a way to sneak itself on board. How did that happen? First of all, you should know that adware/PUPs rely on stealthy techniques. Instead of asking for your permission, these programs rely on your haste. That means every single time you don’t pay attention online, your machine is exposed to threats. Remember, prevention is a lot less problematic than deleting some vicious piece of malware. It is definitely in your best interest to be cautious while surfing the Web. The most popular tactic is considered to be freeware/shareware bundling. There’s a very simple explanation why crooks prefer this method. It’s both secretive and super efficient. Most PC users download bundled programs off of the Internet. However, many people prefer to rush the installation process thus remaining oblivious to what they end up downloading. In order to prevent malware infiltration, watch out for parasites. You might notice some highly undesirable “bonus” added to a seemingly safe bundle. Unless you deselect it on time, you compromise your machine. Opt for the Custom or Advanced option in the Setup Wizard and deselect any program you don’t trust. You may save yourself quite the headache that way. In addition to that, avoid spam messages and email-attachments. Those are usually harmful too.
Why is this dangerous?
The aswrd.exe pop-ups stubbornly cover your PC screen. There is no getting rid of random ads until you get rid of the parasite. Note that aswrd.exe might install additional toolbars or modify your browsers further. It’s compatible with some of the famous browsers out there (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer). As mentioned, the virus adds a plugin to them and brings along its endless pile of commercials. Restrain yourself from clicking these sponsored (and also potentially dangerous)ads. Those serve hackers’ malicious purposes and will certainly not help you save money. Aswrd.exe is super irritating and must be immediately uninstalled. Please follow our detailed manual removal guide down below.
How to Remove Aswrd.exe virus
The Aswrd.exe infection is specifically designed to make money to its creators one way or another. The specialists from various antivirus companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, ESET, etc. advise that there is no harmless virus.
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Aswrd.exe infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
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STEP 1: Track down Aswrd.exe in the computer memory
- Open your Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
- Carefully review all processes and stop the suspicious ones.
- Write down the file location for later reference.
Step 2: Locate Aswrd.exe startup location
Reveal Hidden Files
- Open any folder
- Click on “Organize” button
- Choose “Folder and Search Options”
- Select the “View” tab
- Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
- Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
- Click “Apply” and “OK” button
Clean Aswrd.exe virus from the windows registry
- Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.
- A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”
- WARNING! be very careful when editing the Microsoft Windows Registry as this may render the system broken.
Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:
- and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]
- Then open your explorer and navigate to: %appdata% folder and delete the malicious executable.
Clean your HOSTS file to avoid unwanted browser redirection
Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host
If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:
STEP 3 : Clean Aswrd.exe traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Aswrd.exe by clicking on the little recycle bin
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
Open Mozilla Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable the unwanted Extension
- Go to Help
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Open Internet Explorer
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Click on Internet options
- go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset
- Restart Internet Explorer
Step 4: Undo the damage done by Aswrd.exe
This particular Virus may alter your DNS settings.
Attention! this can break your internet connection. Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS for Aswrd.exe, be sure to write down the current server addresses on a piece of paper.
To fix the damage done by the virus you need to do the following.
- Click the Windows Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results displayed above.
- go to Network and Internet
- then Network and Sharing Center
- then Change Adapter Settings
- Right-click on your active internet connection and click properties. Under the Networking tab, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Left click on it and then click on properties. Both options should be automatic! By default it should be set to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and the second one to “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” If they are not just change them, however if you are part of a domain network you should contact your Domain Administrator to set these settings, otherwise the internet connection will break!!!
You must clean all your browser shortcuts as well. To do that you need to
- Right click on the shortcut of your favorite browser and then select properties.
- in the target field remove Aswrd.exe argument and then apply the changes.
- Repeat that with the shortcuts of your other browsers.
- Check your scheduled tasks to make sure the virus will not download itself again.
How to Permanently Remove Aswrd.exe Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
Please, have in mind that once you are infected with a single virus, it compromises your system and let all doors wide open for many other infections. To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.