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“Waiting for,” “Transferring data from,” “Connected to” Every time these messages pop up in your browser’s status bar, you get redirected to a questionable website, aren’t you? The news is bad! This unusual browser behavior indicates that your PC is no longer free of infections. Adware lurks in the shadows of your operating system and wreaks advertising havoc. Brace yourself! The invader is an aggressive, ad-generating menace. It follows programming to drown you in a sea of ads. The parasite inserts various banners on every website you visit. It also opens pop-ups and plays commercials. No ad-blocking app is powerful enough to shield you from the ads. Coupons and discounts cover even web pages that used to be ad-free. You can’t get a simple task done without encountering an ad of some kind. The numerous ads, of course, overload your browser. They make your poor program prone to freezing and crashes. You face an avalanche of errors. Do not put up with this situation. The longer you tolerate the adware, the worse your predicament gets. Your best course of action is the immediate removal of the intruder. Don’t waste time in debates. As soon as the redirects start, take action. Find where the adware hides and delete it upon detection!


How did I get infected with?

Adware triggers the redirects. This parasite corrupts your browser and throws you into a whirlwind of “Ads by” Don’t imagine ingenious cyber attacks, though. The adware can’t “hack” your PC. No! This parasite is not a virus. It is a simple application. And as such, it needs you, the user, to approve its access. No permission, no admission. The adware is bound to seek your consent. And it does. It always asks. But it does so in the sneakiest way possible. The parasite steals your approval through trickery. It gets installed as a bonus to third-party software. The menace infects your PC when you “forget” to deselect it. Don’t make that mistake! The adware preys on your naivety. Your vigilance, on the other hand, prevents infections. So, don’t throw caution to the wind. Always take the time to do your due diligence. Don’t visit dodgy websites. Download software and updates from reliable, preferably official, sources only. And forget about the “Next-Next-Finish” setup strategy. More often than not, the apps we download off the Web come bundled with bonus software. If you don’t pay attention to the red flags, you are very likely to install parasites. Don’t rely on luck! Choose caution over carelessness. If available, use the advanced/custom setup option. Deselect the unwanted extras. And before you hit that “Accept” button, go through the terms and conditions. If you can’t read the whole document, scan it with an online EULA analyzer. Don’t hesitate to opt out of the installation if you notice anything suspicious!

Why is this dangerous?

The redirects are the beginning of an ad invasion. An adware menace lurks in the shadows of your OS and wreaks advertising havoc. This intruder uses every opportunity to interrupt you. Whether you watch a video or browse your favorite websites, ads pop up out of the blue. Click nothing! Adware provides these ads. You can’t expect them to be safe. Everything “Powered by” is unreliable. These ads arise unwarranted expectations at best. At worst, they redirect web traffic to scam and malicious websites. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg! You can notice the full extent of the adware infection only if you examine the ads closely. They are related to your online activities, isn’t it? That’s because you are under surveillance! The adware spies on you from day one. It bases its ads on the websites you visit, the links you follow, the videos you watch. When the parasite gathers enough information, though, it proceeds to sell everything. Do you think that ends well? Some pieces of data, your search queries, for example, may leak confidential details. Do not take unnecessary risks! Protect yourself and your privacy. Remove the adware ASAP!

How to Remove virus

The 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 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.

STEP 1: Track down in the computer memory

STEP 2: Locate startup location

STEP 3: Delete traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

STEP 4: Undo the damage done by the virus

STEP 1: Track down 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 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 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”


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]

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  • 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 traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

  • Open Google Chrome

  • In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
  • Remove the by clicking on the little recycle bin
  • Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind

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  • Open Mozilla Firefox

  • Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Disable the unwanted Extension
  • Go to Help
  • Then Troubleshoot information
  • Click on Reset Firefox

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  • 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

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

Step 4: Undo the damage done by

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, 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 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 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.

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