Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Remove, removal instructions

If has constantly been popping up with advertising and asking you to complete surveys or download fake Flash Player updates then your computer is infected with potentially unwanted software, adware or even malware. If this has happened, or is even happening to you now, it is very likely that your browser was hijacked by adware or malicious web browser add-ons. If this is the case you’re no doubt wondering how on earth you can get back your regular browser and visit the websites that you want to visit instead of being sent to some advert-filled or rogue websites. Read on as we take a closer look at the annoyance – and potential danger – of virus.

Browser hijacking is the act of a third party taking over – hijacking! - your browser using malicious software that changes your browser's settings. Not only will your search engine and home page be changed without your permission but you will also very likely be inundated with advertising pop-ups which will try and convince you that you really want to visit their shady websites.

It may surprise you to learn that the majority of times you will have inadvertently downloaded and installed the hijacking software that displays pop ups and the redirects to misleading websites yourself. Maybe you downloaded a TV series via shareware or installed a software update; a hijacker could have been bundled with any number of programs that are something you want or need. Other times though, the hijacker installs itself without you actually having done anything – this is known as a ‘drive-by download’.

Yet other browser hijackers are imbedded in toolbars, toolbar add-ons and – shockingly even rogue anti-virus software.

It has to be said that not all hijacks are malicious, but the majority of them are annoying regardless. Let’s face it, you were perfectly happy with the search engine and tool bar you were using and resent the intrusion of being told to use another – whether you want to or not! I’ll be the first to admit that if I was downloading something I used to simply click ‘OK’ or ‘Next’ in User Agreements without reading what I was actually agreeing to but I’m a lot more careful now.

The key is, when installing something, to read the Agreement carefully. Yes it’s boring and often trickily worded but it’s far better to spend a few minutes reading the small print than hours or even days of frustrating and futile internet usage. If you look you’ll often see a pre-ticked check box which will ask if you want to also install another (unrelated) program to the one you are installing. If you don’t want that program or toolbar – uncheck it. For example, if you installed WebCake adware, there's a good change that will pop up in a new tab. There are more apps that may do the same, so please read the User Agreement very carefully.

If you already have anti-virus software on your computer it seems that it didn’t do its job properly so you might want to think about upgrading. If you don’t have anti-virus software installed at all, that should be the very next thing you do when you finish reading this. To remove from your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, removal instructions:

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

2. Remove 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:
  • WebCake
  • DownloadTerms
  • LessTabs
  • DefaultTab
  • 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 pop-ups from Google Chrome:

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

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the following extensions:

Remove pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox:

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

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to the following extensions. If you can't find the Remove button, then simply click on the Disable button.

Remove 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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