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The PROXYCHECK.EXE process is not essential for your OS. Quite the opposite. It is bad for your system. This mysterious process is started by a nasty adware parasite. Unfortunately, it is true. Your device is infected. You have the PROXYCHECK.EXE adware on board. The good news is, this pest is not a full-fledged virus. It is relatively easy to tackle, too. Provided you act promptly of course. If you neglect the adware, hell will rise. The parasite scans your computer and infects all installed browsers. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer. There is no immune utility. The adware adds its malicious extension to them and takes full control. The main goal of the parasite is to generate ad revenue. It injects various advertisements on every website you open. Don’t imagine an advert or two. The adware will drown you in a sea of advertisements. Banners, sliding panels, pop-ups, in-text ads. You name it. Websites that used to be ad-free are now heavy on ads. Your browser may fail to display some pages correctly. It may start to freeze and crash frequently. The PROXYCHECK.EXE adware will ruin your browsing experience. The more time it spends on your device, the more aggressive will it become. It will start to redirect your browser to sponsored pages. It will even interrupt your online videos with commercial breaks. Your device will underperform. Even your Internet Connection would seem slower than usual. Do not put up with this parasite. The PROXYCHECK.EXE adware is removable. We have provided a manual removal guide below this article. You can also use a trustworthy anti-virus app. You have options. Choose your removal method and act!
How did I get infected with?
The PROXYCHECK.EXE adware did not appear by magic. This parasite is not an ingenious virus either. No! It is a simple PC program. As any other program, it needs your approval to be installed. What it doesn’t need is to be straightforward. The adware uses a lot of trickery to lure its victims into installing it. It usually hitches a ride with other software. If you don’t pay attention to the setup process, you may install it unintentionally. The solution is quite simple. Do not rush. If you are offered an Advanced/Custom installation option, by all means, select it. Under it, you will be presented with a list of the “bonus” software that is about to be installed. You can deselect the extras and still install the program you originally planned to set up. If you use the Standard/Fast installation, however, all extras will be installed without your explicit approval. Do not allow this. This is your computer, after all. You decide what to be installed on it. Don’t let others decide for you. Moreover, such third-party software, more often than not, is malicious. Make sure you know what you are giving your approval to. The Advanced option is not complicated. Don’t be afraid to use it.
Why is this dangerous?
The PROXYCHECK.EXE adware is extremely intrusive. It bombards you with adverts, redirects your traffic and pauses your videos. It is a pain in the neck that is hard to be tolerated. And it shouldn’t. All these inconveniences are more than simple annoyances. All adverts displayed by the adware are potential threats. This utility is not secure. Anyone willing to pay can use it to promote. All sorts of crooks take advantage. They use the adware to spread misleading and deceptive adverts. If you have the misfortune to click on a malicious ad, you may end up on an infected website. Think twice before you click on the next “great deal.” It might as well be malicious. With the PROXYCHECK.EXE adware on board, you are far more likely to be redirected to scam websites than to legitimate ones. You have no reason to keep this utility on board. You’ll be far better without it. So, do yourself a huge favor. Clean your computer now!
How to Remove PROXYCHECK.EXE virus
The PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.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.
STEP 1: Track down PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.EXE traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.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 PROXYCHECK.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.