Friday, 21 June 2013

Remove OtShot, removal instructions

Every once in a while I get emails from my readers saying that their computers have acquired a bunch of malware, including OtShot. I wouldn't even have written about it since it's a photo editing application, not a virus or malware. However, it seems that sometimes this application comes bundled with adware and PUPs. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it's not surprising at all that most of them assume that OtShot is a virus. Besides, this application may cause problems, for example, it may display pop-ups saying "Unable to load skin" and "Would you like to import your contacts from Outlook" every tome you turn on your computer. What is more, users can't find OtShot using Control Panel to uninstall it because it's not listed there.

If you didn't install OtShot then there's a good chance that your computer is infected with adware. It is tempting to dismiss adware as just an annoyance and whilst it certainly is fair to say that adware is a lot of a lesser threat to your computer and your data than spyware or Trojan Horse viruses are, it is still irritating and it can have a knock on effect. If you have been infected with adware it will bombard you with an endless stream of pop up adverts and banners which will appear on your computer no matter what website you are visiting or what program you might be using at any given time. The authors and users of adware justify their infiltration of your computer by stating that by advertising via adware, it helps them to recoup their programming costs; which in turn then allows them to offer you the games, wallpapers, videos and music for free.

As noted, adware is not as dangerous as other forms of malware but it is still an invasion of your privacy and you have had something installed on your system without your knowledge. Not to mention those annoying OtShot popups. When adware starts to turn nasty is when it is also packaged with spyware, which is used so that the creators of the adverts can tailor make adverts that coordinate with your browsing habits, thus making it more likely that you’ll click on the pop ups and visit the websites of their choosing. Well, see the bright side, if it wasn't OtShot, you probably wouldn't even notice that your computer is infected. To remove OtShot from your computer, you will have to manually delete all the files related to it. 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,

OtShot removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this related adware and spyware 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. Look for OtShot icon (with the heart), right-click it and hit Exit. If you can't find the icon then open Task Manger and end OtShot.exe process.

3. Find OtShot folder in Program Files or Program Files (x86) and delete it.

4. It may also create a startup entry. From the Start menu, type msconfig.exe in the Open edit box, and click OK. Click the Startup tab. Select the check box next to the OtShot program so there is NO check mark in the box. That's about it!

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