Monday, 30 September 2013

How can I get rid of malware? is the URL of a web server that delivers in text advertisements. If you've been getting intext ads that come from this Nav-Links then your computer is infected by malware. The good news is that it's not a Trojan or spyware. It won't download or install more malware directly but it may display very misleading ads that usually redirects users to dodgy sites. Not to mention that it randomly shows up links on certain words which makes your experience on the Web considerably slow and rather annoying. Additional http requests will certainly slow down your web browser. This malware comes bundled with freeware and fake software installers, so it may suddenly appear without warning on your computer or laptop leaving you probably confused as to how it got there – and perhaps just a little bit scarred by it too! There are countless unwanted software programs out there but here we’re going to take a look at Nav-links adware/PUP which is a form of detection that is used by many anti-malware programs.

But what exactly is and what does it do to your computer? It is actually a program that has been created with the intent of spamming your PC with adware or unwanted toolbars. It may have other motives too which may be slightly more sinister so put simply a PUP is not something you want on your operating system. The is not actually considered a virus in the technical sense of the word but to you and me it might as well be for it has some nasty characteristics.

It is also capable of browser hijacking – which is how you’ll find that annoying. It can affect the ease of which you use your computer too - after all this is not something that has been created to enhance your browsing experience!

The Nav-Links adware/PUP which serves ads from was created to increase advertising revenue for its creators. The reason it is part of the PUP is so that the creators can use unethical techniques to give their advertising network a boost in the search engines’ results pages. What it means for you however, is that you’ll be plagued by dozens of irritating pop up windows advertising products and websites you probably have no interest in.

So how did the get on your computer in the first place? It would most likely have been when you installed some freeware software – perhaps a video, TV show or even a PDF document creator. The malware will have been bundled into the installation thus sneaking its way on to your PC.

It is often also packaged inside the custom installer on many download websites meaning that if you have downloaded a program from one of these types of sites you may well have a PUP such as the installed upon your system too.

How can you avoid installing the Nav-links malware then? The number one rule is to pay attention when you’re downloading software and make sure you uncheck any boxes in the agreement window that say ‘optional’ downloads are included with whatever it is you do want to install. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Also, use a reliable anti-malware product. In order to get rid of ads you might have to remove some extensions in Google Chrome, Firefox, IE or any other web browser you are using. You can also go to and opt-out from the Na-links advertising network. However, the first you should do is scan your computer with anti-malware software, because most of the time, this application comes bundled with adware and even spyware. The removal guide below explains how to remove the malware. 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 infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove Nav-Links 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:
  • Nav-Links
  • LyricsSay
  • LyricXeeker
  • DownloadTerms
  • HD-Plus
  • 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 on Google Chrome:

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

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove LyricsSay, DownloadTerms, LyricXeeker, HD-Plus and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove on Mozilla Firefox:

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

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove LyricsSay, DownloadTerms, LyricXeeker, HD-Plus and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove on 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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