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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What is AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard and how to remove it?

Before I tell you how to best protect yourself from being infected by AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard, we are first going to take a look at what it actually is. As they say, to be forewarned is to be forearmed and if you want to know how to adequately defend yourself against this pest of the internet, knowing your enemy is a very good step in the right direction.

AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that surreptitiously installs itself on your PC or laptop. It's not a virus as some people would call it. Usually without you suspecting a thing about it! So why it is only 'potentially unwanted' and not 'definitely unwanted' as you may assume? Does that mean that you might actually want a AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard installed on your computer? Well, no, not really, because PUPs are generally not only useless, but they can have a real negative effect on your user experience too. The only reason these programs are potentially unwanted is because they come in the shape of tools and extensions that might actually be useful, at least some users may think so. The fact is though, that not only do they have way less usability than the ones you already had installed but they have a very annoying habit of redirecting your internet searches to websites of their own choice.


And the way in which they do this gives cause for concern too, for when AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard is installed on your PC it will hijack your browser, remove your old tool bar etc and replace it with their own. You have no say in this whatsoever! It must be noted that most PUPs are not dangerous - they won't steal your data or lock your files and hold them to ransom like some ransomware, but they can be extremely annoying. Besides, they can install adware and browser hijackers on your computer which isn't a good thing either.

How is AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard installed?

In the majority of cases it is packaged with another app or program. Sometimes this occurs when an established company decides to do an emerging company a good deed by allowing the AnyWhere Access Setup Wizard to piggy back on their product, thereby helping them to drive traffic to their website. However, it is actually more likely that programs or tools on offer from totally legit companies are being packaged with PUPs – completely unbeknown to them.

How do I bypass the AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard trap?

A good place to start is by checking what programs you actually have installed on your computer. That way, if something odd pops up, you'll be able to identify the culprit and delete it as quickly as possible – as soon as you notice that new pop-up window at startup for example. And let's face it- it's hard NOT to notice a new pop-up! What is more, you may notice a new Desktop shortcut called "Continue live installation.lnk". C:\Users\[User Name]\Desktop\Continue Live Installation.lnk. It's also a sing on adware/PUP infection. It can also modify Windows registry and create schedule tasks that display AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard window each time Windows starts.

Secondly, what you really need to be doing is to pay greater attention when you are downloading something. Because Any Where Access Setup Wizard is only 'potentially' unwanted, it does usually get a name check in End User License Agreements, so read these carefully – and avoid getting bitten by it!

If it's already too late and you keep getting AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard pop-up window when you turn on your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download 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 AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard 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:
  • AnyWhereAccess
  • GoSave
  • SalePlus
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove AnyWhereAccess, SalePlus, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove AnyWhereAccess, SalePlus, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove AnyWhereAccess Setup Wizard related add-ons 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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How to Remove Crypt0L0cker Virus and Restore Encrypted Files

Here we're going to take a look at one type of malware that doesn't seem to get as much attention as some of its better known cousins TorrentLocker and CryptoLocker, and that is Crypt0L0cker ransomware. The only noticeable difference is that Os are replaced with 0 (zeros). Other than that I would say it's very similar to TorrentLocker ransom virus except that it adds ".encrypted" to the end of affected file names and drops a few ransom notes DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.txt and DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.html. This is a particularly unpleasant program and just because it's not given as much press as spyware or adware, for example, that doesn't mean you can dismiss it as something that you don't need to be too concerned about. On the contrary in fact!


Crypt0L0cker and its aliases

If you've heard of a cryptoworm, cryptoware, a cryptovirus, or a cryprotrojan then you've heard of ransomware as these are all names variously given to the same type of program. But just what exactly is cryptoware, or as we will refer to it, ransomware? As with most types of malicious software, the clue is in the name. Crypt0L0cker, as you may have already guessed, holds your computer, data or files to ransom and then attempts to extort money from you by promising to release them (or decrypt, decode, or unlock them) upon receiving payment which is at least $400.

How does Crypt0L0cker get on to your computer?

There are a couple of different ways that Crypt0L0cker is spread. You may be infected by it having paid a visit to a website that has been compromised by it, or alternatively it can hijack you through an email attachment, a link in a chat application message, or via a computer program. One thing is clear about the murky world of malware – we are at increasing risk every time we log onto our computers and onto the internet.

The ransomware Modus Operandi

As mentioned Crypt0L0cker’s MO is to kidnap your files (PDF, xml, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, just the name a few) or parts of your PC's operating system, demand payment for their release and then – maybe return them to you. And yes, we did say maybe. Let's not forget that we are dealing with an unscrupulous attacker here – chances of them bothering to send you a code to unlock your data once payment has been received are not really all that likely.

WARNING we have encrypted your files with Crypt0L0cker virus

Your important files (including those on the networks disks, USB, etc): photos, videos, documents, etc. were encrypted by Crypt0L0cker virus. The only way to get your files back is to pay us. Otherwise, your files will be lost. 

How the Crypt0L0cker demands payment is via – of course – a ransom note. This will either be a text file DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.txt or a HTML pop-up window DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.html, or even an aggressive full screen notification. To make matters worse these ransom notes often portray the kidnapper not as a random third party but as a national, or even international, law enforcement agency. For example, the FBI if your IP address is in the United States or Scotland Yard if you are in the United Kingdom.

The 'note' state that your important files were encrypted – and that you can avoid legal consequences by paying the fine. That's complete rubbish of course. No national law enforcement agency would send such a demand, so if you receive one – whatever you do, DON'T pay it!

 Now, the most important part, how to get your files back. The best method is obviously to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files. If you don't have backups then you can try restoring your files with a program called Shadow Explorer. It may work and or may not. I know some users managed to get at least some of their files back using this program. You can try it too. There's really nothing to lose after all. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Step 1: Removing Crypt0L0cker and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure Crypt0L0cker virus is not running. You have to remove this malware permanently. Thankfully, there are a couple of anti-malware programs that will effectively detect and remove this malware from your computer.

1. First of all, download and install recommended anti-malware scanner. Run a full system scan and remove detected malware.





2. Then, download ESET Online Scanner and run a second scan to make sure there are no other malware running on your computer.

That's it! Your computer should be clean now and you can safely restore your files. Proceed to Step 2.


Step 2: Restoring files encrypted by Crypt0L0cker virus:


Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been regularly performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files.

Method 2: Try to restore previous versions of files using Windows folder tools. To learn more, please read Previous versions of files.

Method 3: Using the Shadow Volume Copies:

1. Download and install Shadow Explorer. Note, this tool is available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

2. Open Shadow Explorer. From the drop down list you can select from one of the available point-in-time Shadow Copies. Select drive and the latest date that you wish to restore from.



3. Righ-click any encrypted file or entire folder and Export it. You will then be prompted as to where you would like to restore the contents of the folder to.



Hopefully, this will help you to restore all encrypted files or at least some of them.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Remove "Ads by compareItApplication" Malware (Uninstall Guide)

What is compareItApplication or compare It Application? At its most benign it is possible to ignore it, moving up the scale you might find it to be a nuisance, and when it's at its very worst it displays true malware traits and is something that spies on you, causes your computer to run into operating issues and may leave you vulnerable to infection by even more serious malicious software such as spyware.

So just what is this thing and exactly what will happen to your computer if you get infected by it? It's adware and once it's installed you are going to see lots of "Ads by compareItApplication" adverts on your computer. Adware is short for advertising supported software, and in the same way that print adverts or TV advertising are designed to catch our attentions and convince us to part with our hard earned cash, so too does online advertising. The difference is, however, that online marketing can have a distinctly negative downside. Adware is mainly a way for its programmer to recoup their costs and generate a source of income after having produced the free software or shareware which adware is often distributed with – albeit rather sneakily.


Does compareItApplication have a good side?

Good question and obviously it is a big positive for the people who create or use adware. And there are people who will argue that the silver lining of the advertising supported software cloud is that it is only by its very existence that free programs and apps are able to exist.

However, there are probably more people who find that adware is simply distracting or irritating. And of course there is that little issue of it spying on you.

Why does compareItApplication spy on me?

The majority of adware collects your personal data by monitoring which websites you browse. The program installs a component on your laptop or PC which tracks this information and sends it back to the programmer or advertiser. They can then show you "Ads by compareItApplication" that have been tailored to appeal to you by showing you advertising for products or services that you have recently been looking at whilst online.

How does it find its way on to my PC?

As briefly mentioned above, compareItApplication is usually distributed with other, often free, programs or files. When you download something of this nature from the internet, chances are it will be surreptitiously bundled with the adware. And as you're installing this program, you will also be installing some good old adware too.

This type of bundled adware is the worst sort as it often installs spyware on your computer too – again this takes us back to the monitoring your browsing habits issue. Spyware is adware that is installed without you really being made aware of it. The people that create adware/spyware will try to argue that it is legitimate due to the fact that license agreement mentioned that the program you were downloading intentionally also came with an 'add on'.

However this wording is often extremely ambiguous which is why you should really read license agreements carefully, so you know exactly what you're installing. Now, to remove ads by compareItApplication from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Ads by compareItApplication Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download 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 compareItApplication 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:
  • compareItApplication
  • GoSave
  • Active Discount
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 compareItApplication related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove compareItApplication, Active Discount, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove compareItApplication related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove compareItApplication, Active Discount, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove compareItApplication related add-ons 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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How to Remove TremendousCoupon Ads Malware (Uninstall Guide)

The TremendousCoupon adware is a computer program that has been created with the specific intention of creating a revenue stream for the programmer who developed it by displaying "Ad by TremendousCoupon" adverts and pop-ups. And like most forms of advertising, it can use some pretty intense marketing tactics. After all, when money is involved, no one in advertising is going to be shy and retiring. So who is the target for these adverts? It's you and me, of course!

You'll have noticed these adverts – these days so many websites are littered with them. From side bars in our email inboxes to banner ads on shopping or travel agency sites to horrible pop up adverts that infiltrate your screen, there's no getting away from the fact that adware is here to stay.


What do TremendousCoupon adverts show?

This is precisely the reason why so many people label TremendousCoupon as a type of malware. It can be detected as a PUP as well, for example PUP.Optional.ShoppingGate.A. Have you noticed that so many of the adverts you are on your screen are very similar to products or services that you've been browsing for online in the last few days? That's because adware installs a component on your computer that monitors which websites you are looking at. The information is sent back to the programmer so that they can ensure that they show you adverts that have a higher chance of you clicking on them. This is a win win for programmers and websites who pay for advertising as not only are they increasing the possibility of you buying something but they're also driving traffic to their site, helping to increase its popularity in the search engine rankings.

How does adware install this component?

TremendousCoupon is packaged or bundled with another program in the majority of cases - often one that the programmer has also developed, but not always. On the plus side, that means that adware is giving us access to free files or programs, however when you weigh that up against the unpleasant fact that you are being spied upon every time you are online it doesn't look quite so appealing.

Add to this fact that adware destabilizes other programs you have installed and you will also find that your PC's security is put at greater risk of a breach – meaning that the likelihood of you downloading something even more malicious is now greater.

TremendousCoupon: annoying or malware – or both?

I'm going to go with the 'both' factor here. This adware IS indeed an irritant – especially the pop up advert by TremendousCoupon variety but the fact that is sneaks its way on to your PC without making it clear definitely doesn't work in its favor. And as for causing your device to operate with an increased possibility of you being infected and we think that this is definitely one type of marketing you want to try and avoid.

Adware: is it just a nuisance or something that could genuinely put you at risk? We'll let you decide.

If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to stop ads by TremendousCoupon and remove this adware from the system, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



TremendousCoupon Ads Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download 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 TremendousCoupon 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:
  • TremendousCoupon
  • GoSave
  • ShoppingGate
  • Active Discount
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 TremendousCoupon related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove TremendousCoupon, Active Discount, ShoppingGate, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove TremendousCoupon related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove TremendousCoupon, Active Discount, Gosave, ShoppingGate, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove TremendousCoupon related add-ons 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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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dregol.com Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

Dregol.com is a browser hijacker that is bundled with freeware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). You might not know the complete story about browser hijackers and Potentially Unwanted Programs, it is quite likely that you know that they are not something you want on your PC. But why is that and are browser hijackers really worth a whole article to themselves? I think they are and I'm going to explain just what browser hijackers are and how you prevent one from infecting your computer.

What is dregol.com?

Let's start with the basics; a browser hijacker is something that has been designed to hijack your browser. And by that I mean dregol.com takes over your computer, removes home page, search engine or tool bar and swaps all or one of them with its own brand replacements, in this case Dregol Search.


The reason it does this is so that it can redirect the searches you make on the internet, meaning instead of you ending up on that cheap flight booking or automobile price comparison website, you'll be sent elsewhere – somewhere the dregol.com's programmer wants you to visit – and very likely somewhere where you have absolutely zero interest in being. And it really doesn't matter whether you type in keywords, search terms or a complete URL; if your browser has been hijacked by Dregol Search, it will take you exactly where it wants to.

How is dregol.com installed?

Normally browser hijackers are installed as a bundle – i.e. they are cunningly packaged with another app or program. And they are not too open about the fact that they are billing themselves as an add-on program either – but more of that later. Your problem is you need to download a program or tool but chances are, if you're unlucky enough, you'll also be downloading the dregol.com browser hijacker. And if you think you're safe because you don't download pirated software or illegal TV shows or music, we hate to break it to you, but you're not. Anything is fair game for a browser hijacker.

So how can I stop this from happening?

First things first; if you don't have a decent anti-malware software installed on your computer you are quite simply playing Russian Roulette with your online safety. Not sure you have one or if the one that's installed is up to date? Check it as soon as you finish reading this! Security software MUST be fully up to date to give it the advantage over the latest strains of malware – and that includes PUPs and browser hijackers. In a similar vein, make certain that your computer has all of Microsoft's latest security patches so that you have optimum protection from the ground up. And just as your anti-malware should be up to the minute you should also check that other programs or apps you have installed are the newest versions as well. Last but not least, when you are downloading something make sure you read all the small print. As we mentioned earlier because dregol.com will be mentioned as an add-on app, you'll need to know whether to uncheck boxes or abort the installation altogether. To remove it from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Dregol.com Removal Guide:


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 infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Dregol.com 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 programs:
  • Dregol Search
  • Go_Dregol
  • GoSave


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 Dregol.com from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Go_Dregol 2.0, Dregol Search, BookmarkTube extensions.

3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

6. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

7. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://www.dregol.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. There should be only the path to Chrome executable file.


Remove Dregol.com from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Remove Dregol, Dregol Search, BookmarkTube browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.

3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: dregol

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by www.dregol.com. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

4. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://www.dregol.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. There should be only the path to Firefox executable file.



Remove Dregol.com from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select Dregol Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

4. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://www.dregol.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

How to Remove Kikblaster Ads Malware (Uninstall Guide)

Kikblaster is a potentially unwanted program or adware that displays adverts on your computer. Adverts have a little "Ads by Kikblaster" or Powered by Kikblaster" caption, so it's not difficult to separate them from other ads. It can also display pop-ups and make your computer nearly unusable. I has been detected as adware or malware by multiple anti-virus engines: Generic6.AFKF, Gen:Variant.Graftor.183756, a variant of Win32/Adware.PicColor.X, WS.Reputation.1 and TROJ_GEN.R08NH09DG15. Here's the full report.

The more time we spent on the internet, whether for business, leisure or pleasure, the more we need to know about protecting ourselves from the myriad of unpleasant viruses, scams, malware and other online risks that are out there. Being infected by malware, from the most serious identity-stealing types down to the slightly less viscous like Kikblaster, but still completely undesirable programs, there really are innumerable predators just waiting for their chance to infiltrate our systems and cause us stress, grief, and worry.


While it stands to reason that all malware, or malicious software, is unwanted, there are actually a group of programs which are specifically named just that and Kikblaster is one of them. Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs as they're not so affectionately known, are a type of software that sneak their way onto your computer without you knowing about it. But just how do you end up with a software program that you haven't downloaded on your computer? That's Potentially Unwanted Programs for you!

It hijacks your browser, implements it's own tools, removes yours – and leaves you having to deal with its unfriendly design, limited functionality, and other annoying quirks. Usually, it installs a web browser extension and uses it to display Kikblaster ads. It can also gather your web browsing history or search terms and send this information to advertising companies or other third-parties.

By the way, those 'quirks' may include things like redirecting every single internet search you make to websites that the programmer of the Kikblaster wants you to visit. Every single time! Therefore it goes without saying that it can be incredibly annoying to have to deal with. But that's not the only thing you need to be concerned about because it can also cause your computer's security to slacken, leaving you, your data and your operating system open to further dangers from even more malicious programs and software.

Anything else to report? Just that it also like to harass you with numerous Kikblaster pop-up adverts and they will often also slow your operating speeds down as they're busy working away behind the scenes.

I'm going to stick my neck on the line now and wager that it is a fairly safe bet that you really don't want to have to deal with a browser hijacking and the annoying Kikblaster that comes with it. Therefore let's find out how such programs are installed on your computer so that you can be better prepared to fend off an attack should you need to.

It is most commonly downloaded in conjunction with other software, specifically free programs (freeware) and shared apps or files (shareware). And that's why reading End User License Agreements (EULAs) properly is crucial. These should tell you if something is included with your original download so if you see anything that's talking about add-ons or extra programs, stop and think whether you really need to download that program. If you absolutely must, ensure that you have configured the check boxes correctly so that the Kikblaster won't automatically be installed too. If it's already installed and you don't know how to remove it, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Kikblaster Ads Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download 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 Kikblaster 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:
  • Kikblaster
  • GoSave
  • SalePlus
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Kikblaster related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Kikblaster, SalePlus, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove Kikblaster related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Kikblaster, SalePlus, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Fake Kikblaster related add-ons 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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