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Saturday, April 18, 2015

How to Remove "Reset Search" App on Mac

Reset Search app is part of the Install Mac adware that can display adverts and pop-ups on your computer. Were you aware that even when you're doing the most normal and mundane things that you do virtually every day you are putting you, and your computer, at serious risk of being infected by this adware?


When you're online, no matter what you're doing, you are in peril. You might be eagerly browsing vacation locations, killing time by reading celebrity gossip, updating your Facebook status or – who knows, even working! – but indulging in all these simple activities can wind up with your computer being infected. No longer are dodgy adult content websites, flashing wallpapers and illegal downloads the only places that can result in an infection, the most innocent of websites or downloads can too. And that's something we all need to be aware of.

What exactly is "Reset Search" app?

It's adware. Adware, as you may already know, is an amalgamation of the words 'advertising supported software' and although it is not the most deadly horse in the stable, it definitely is still very much a type of malware. In its simplest terms, Reset Search adware is a computer software program that displays adverts on your screen or monitor whenever you are connected to the internet. Some of these adverts are fairly easy to ignore yet others will be nightmarish pop-up adverts that won't go away no matter how many times you close them.


Reset Search is more than just an annoyance

Adware at its most aggressive form is annoying, there is no doubt about that, however many people have a problem with the fact that it also spies on you by monitoring which websites you visit. It then collects this data and sends it to the Reset Search's programmer or other third party. They are then able to customize the adverts that are being shown to you so that they more closely represent your interests. Obviously, this means you are more likely to then click on them, driving traffic – and potentially sales – to a website that is paying to use adware.

Adware is cunning!

For the most part, you won't know if Reset Search app is installing itself on your machine, so how does it get there if you are not knowingly downloading it? It (and many other types of malware) are normally downloaded and installed in conjunction with another program. What that means is that if you have just installed an upgrade to your messenger app or downloaded some audio or video files, you may well have also downloaded some adware.

Adware can also infect you in a 'drive by installation' which occurs when you visit an infected website. So you see, as mentioned above, you really can be doing almost anything online and be putting yourself in harm's way.

How do you prevent Reset Search installation?

Reference is often made to adware in software license agreements, so make sure you read those carefully when you're downloading. You should also install a good anti-adware program. Reset Search app is annoying, an invasion of your privacy and can leave your security in tatters, increasing the chance of something even worse infecting you. Protect yourself, your Mac and your sanity before it's too late.

If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to remove Reset Search app, 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



Reset Search App Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-adware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this adware from your Mac. 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. Quit the Reset Search, Genieo, Install Mac apps, if they are running. To do so, open Activity Monitor then click the CPU tab, then click Process Name at the top of that column to sort the list alphabetically.

Look for processes InstallMac', Reset Search, Genieo. Select them, then click the Force Quit button. Quit Activity Monitor.

3. In the Finder, select Applicationsinstall.mac and put it into trash.

4. Move the following items to the trash as well. Some of them, including the Genieo application, may not be present; remove the ones that you do find.

/Applications/Genieo
/Applications/InstallMac
/Applications/Uninstall Genieo
/Applications/Uninstall IM Completer.app
~/Library/Application Support/com.genieoinnovation.Installer/
~/Library/Application Support/Genieo/
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.genieo.completer.download.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.genieo.completer.update.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.genieo.completer.ltvbit.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.installer.completer.download.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.installer.completer.update.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.installer.completer.ltvbit.plist
/Library/LaunchAgents/com.genieoinnovation.macextension.plist
/Library/LaunchAgents/com.genieoinnovation.macextension.client.plist
/Library/LaunchAgents/com.genieo.engine.plist
/Library/LaunchAgents/com.genieo.completer.update.plist
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.genieoinnovation.macextension.client.plist
/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.genieoinnovation.macextension.client
/usr/lib/libgenkit.dylib
/usr/lib/libgenkitsa.dylib
/usr/lib/libimckit.dylib
/usr/lib/libimckitsa.dylib

5. Restart your Mac.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

How to Remove HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt Virus and Restore Encrypted Files

It's no great secret only known to tech boffins or IT experts that the more time we spend online, the more chances we have of being infected by HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt ransom virus (ransomware) which is very similar to the CryptoLocker ransomware. As anti-virus software gets increasingly sophisticated, so to do the yin to their yang: ransomware. It's an endless cat and mouse game between good and evil – with us poor unfortunate internet uses stuck in the middle as unwilling pawns. What that really means for us is that we need to increasingly be on our guard if we are to prevent ourselves from falling victim to an infection or attack.

The problem is that with there being so many different varieties of malware that it can be hard to know what we need to do to stay safe online. Malware is created for different end purposes and has different traits and ways of operating so the best thing you can do to protect yourself is – as well as installing a great anti-virus program – to learn as much as possible about the different types. And in this instance, that is ransomware.


Ransomware is a strange one: one minute it's everywhere, the next no one is talking about it – but one thing is for sure, it will rear its ugly head again at some point in the not too distant future. So, stay safe and learn a little more about ransomware now and give yourself a better chance of avoiding it the next time it's doing the rounds.

A closer look at HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt ransom virus

So what actually is ransomware? No prizes for guessing that it is a type of software program which has been designed to hold you – or more specifically your files or even your computer's operating system – to ransom. Your data will be kidnapped and held hostage until you cough up some of your hard earned cash for its release. HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt and other files have been identified only by a few anti-virus engines as malicious: TROJ_CRYPTESLA.CAG, Win32:Crypt-RXH [Trj], Win32/Filecoder.EM, Trojan.Agent.ED. Once installed, it encrypts your files, changes your desktop image and displays a red encryptor window saying "Your personal files are encrypted". It installs itself for autorun at Windows startup, so you will get this message every time you turn on your computer. It also drops a few text files called HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt with information on how to pay the ransom and restore your files. The text file reads:

All your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted
with strongest encryption RSA-2048 key, generated for this computer.

Private decryption key is stored on a secret Internet server and nobody can
decrypt your files until you pay and obtain the private key.

If you see the main encryptor red window, examine it and follow the instructions.
Otherwise, it seems that you or your antivirus deleted the encryptor program.
Now you have the last chance to decrypt your files.

Open [edited] or [edited] in your browser.
They are public gates to the secret server.
Copy and paste the following Bitcoin address in the input form on server. Avoid misprints.
[edited]
Follow the instructions on the server.

If you have problems with gates, use direct connection:
1. Download Tor Browser from [edited]
2. In the Tor Browser open the [edited]
Note that this server is available via Tor Browser only.
Retry in 1 hour if site is not reachable.
Copy and paste the following Bitcoin address in the input form on server. Avoid misprints.
[edited]
Follow the instructions on the server.

What is more, HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt ransom virus preforms some HTTP requests and connects to TOR hidden services through Tor2Web. It even creates an alternative data stream.

Okay, I definitely want to avoid this happening to me. How do I get infected?

This is something that ransomware does actually have in common with its other malware buddies. You will either become infected by downloading an app or program that has HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt ransomware bundled with it, if you've visited an infected website, or if you open an attachment or click on a link that has been sent via email or in a chat app in a deliberate attempt to infect you.

What will happen if I've been infected by this ransomware?

First of all you'll find that you are not able to open a specific document, program or file; they've been held to ransom. Of course, just like in the story books of our childhoods, the kidnapper will then send you a ransom letter which is just a plain text document HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt. Rather than being written in blood or cut out of a newspaper, this ransom note will be in the form of an email or displayed on your computer's screen.

So what do you do? Try not to panic – and definitely do NOT pay any money unless you don't have a choice and those files are very very important to you. In order to retrieve at least some of your files and remove this ransom virus from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you backup your files regularly then there won't be any difficulties. If you don't have any backups then you can try Windows previous file version tool or Shadow Explorer. 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 ransom virus and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure HELP_RESTORE_FILES.txt 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.




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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 ransom 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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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Remove "Ads by DiscountSmasher" Malware (Uninstall Guide)

If you've heard the word DiscountSmasher or Discount Smasher increasingly being used you might be asking yourself what the big deal is and why it's suddenly the buzzword of the moment. Is it something you should be concerned about? Could this program do you harm or is it simply the next big thing on the internet? Well I'm glad you're asking because it is something that can have a knock on effect on anyone who uses the internet – which, let's face it, is pretty much all of us!

What is DiscountSmasher?

DiscountSmasher or Discount Smasher is a computer software program that has been created with the intention of displaying advertising on your computer's screen with a little "Ads by DiscountSmasher" caption. Actually, scratch that as it's not just desktops and laptops that are affected by this adware; tablets and smartphones are also in the firing line too. The type of DiscountSmasher adverts you see vary from pop-up windows or banners to smaller, less intrusive ads that nestle in among the other content on a website.


How does DiscountSmasher affect you? Does it cause problems?

Although most people agree that DiscountSmasher is not the worst thing to have installed upon your computer, it is still malware. And that's because simply displaying online adverts is not the only thing it does. If you've been infected with a nasty strain of adware you will be driven nuts by the amount of Discount Smasher pop-up adverts that you are bombarded with. Even closing them has no effect - click that little 'x' in the corner of the window and they'll simply pop right back up again.

Worse still, these pop-ups are rarely for something useful – in fact many people would label them downright offensive. For example if you are unlucky enough to be infected by the same adware that I was you'll be subjected to X rated manga cartoon images!

And that's not all; Adware also slows your CPU and your internet connection down. That's because your computer is now struggling to cope with the additional amount of energy it must expend while the adware is running on your machine and loading malicious executable files from C:\Program Files (x86)\DiscountSmasher folder. Your internet, meanwhile, is being used by the adware to constantly relay data that it collects about your browsing habits. This is so that the adware's programmer can customize the ads by DiscountSmasher you see and send you ads for products or services that you have recently been looking at. Yes, adware spies on you too!

Anything else you ask? Well, yes, in fact there is. It can also negatively interact with other programs or apps you have installed on your computer or phone. This can cause these programs to crash when you try and open them and may disable some of their functionality. And if the adware is interacting in this manner with your anti-virus software, then you could be in big trouble.

Finally (yes, there's more!) DiscountSmasher can even install a new tool bar, browser or home page and will redirect all of your searches to websites that the programmer wants you to visit. Adware: it's not turning out to be an innocent marketing tool after all, is it?

If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to stop ads by DiscountSmasher and remove this aggressive malware 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



Ads by DiscountSmasher 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 DiscountSmasher 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:
  • DiscountSmasher
  • 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 DiscountSmasher related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove DiscountSmasher, 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 DiscountSmasher related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove DiscountSmasher 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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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Remove "Ads by GreatDeals" Malware (Uninstall Guide)

Let's not beat around the bush here, I would bet my bottom dollar that you have heard of "Ads by GreatDeals" malware – in fact it's highly likely that you've been infected with it as well. But what actually is GreatDeals, and how does it affect your computer? I always say that the best way to protect yourself from an enemy is to know exactly how they operate.

What is GreatDeals or Great Deals?

It's commonly known as adware which is a computer program which falls under the malware (or malicious software) label. It installs a tracking component on your PC or laptop. As we spend more time online on different devices, adware that targets handheld devices is becoming increasingly common. The tracking component monitors which websites you have been browsing and the products that you look at within the website's pages. It sends this information back to the programmer who can then make the decision about which ads by GreatDeals to show you based on your perceived recent interests. So that's the first thing we know about adware – that it is quite an aggressive marketing tactic, but that's not all because this adware can cause you some problems too.


The problems caused by GreatDeals

As mentioned above, it can cause quite a few issues for you – and for your computer. One of the most noticeable ones is caused by the tracking component. Because it is constantly working away behind the scenes, it is eating up your computer or laptop’s resources. Resources that are best put to use while you work or spend your hard earned leisure time online. Using up resources will cause your device to run more slowly than usual. The component may interact unfavourably with other programs that you have installed and can stop them from performing to their full capability or keep crashing. Creating conflicts between the programs you have on your machine can also result in an instable IT environment and leave you vulnerable to breaches of security. Finally, because this nasty component uses your own Internet connection to send the data it has collected about you back to the programmer, you will probably find that websites are frustratingly slow to load. You might not even be able to use the Internet at all as it might simply crash every time you try and open it.

How do you lower the chances of being infected by GreatDeals ads?
  1. Don't panic because thankfully there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from ads by GreatDeals. Below we list a handful of the easiest to implement and things that you should be aware of.
  2. Don't even think about going online without having an anti-malware program on your PC.
  3. Not sure you trust a website 100%? Don't download files or software from it. Use the developer's site wherever possible.
  4. Browser telling you pop-up blockers are available? Use them.
  5. Ensure all software and apps are up to date – that way their security will be too.
If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to stop "Ads by GreatDeals" and remove this aggressive malware 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



Ads by GreatDeals 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 GreatDeals 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:
  • GreatDeals
  • 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 GreatDeals related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove GreatDeals, 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 GreatDeals related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove GreatDeals 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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Monday, April 13, 2015

Ads by ActiveDiscount Removal Guide

Adverts with a little "Ad by ActiveDiscount" caption usually appear on computers infected with adware. If you keep getting them too then I'm afraid your computer is infected with adware as well. The good news is that it's not the most sophisticated malware out there which means that it can be removed from the system quite easily. But on the other hand, it's usually packed with other adware and even malware, so ActiveDiscount is very likely not the only unwanted program installed on your computer. What is more, it tries to hide its presence on the system. That's why I wouldn't recommend deleting it manually because you can miss some files and it will reinstall itself right away. To remove ads by ActiveDiscount and related malware from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below.


As you may know, online advertising is displayed via a computer program known as adware – or advertising supported software to give it its full name. This dware has been designed to displays ads by ActiveDiscount on your computer. And it's not just PCs that can be affected by adware as tablets and even smartphones are not exempt from this powerful form of online marketing.


What does this adware look like?

ActiveDiscount ads come in all shapes and sizes – they may be neatly tucked away at the edges of a web page and are fairly unobtrusive, they might be flashing banners, or – in their worst incarnation they are relentless pop-up windows that just won't go away no matter how many times you click on them.

What is the purpose of this adware?

It is created by programmers in order to create a revenue stream that offsets the expenses incurred when they make free programs, software or files available to the general public on the Internet.

The problem with adware

The main issue that most people have with this adware is that it includes a spyware component that works to collect information about you and the websites that you visit. It tracks the products or services that you look at and then sends this data back to the adware's programmer. They, in turn, use this information to tailor make the adverts that you see. And obviously this increases the chances of you clicking upon them and driving traffic and sales to the website.

On the flip side some people will argue that by creating adware, you are benefitting from having access to files or programs that you would normally have to pay for - for free. Whether or not you are comfortable being spied upon is another matter entirely.

More problems with adware!

So being spied upon and having data about your Internet usage is probably not at the top of everyone's list of favourite things, but the real problems start when ActiveDiscount adware programmers collect your data and then sell this on to third parties.

This particular adware can also cause issues with other programs you have running on your computer and slow your operating system down due to it using your Internet connection to relay the data it is collating on you back to the programmer.

How do I prevent myself from becoming a victim of ads by ActiveDiscount?

There are a number of things you can do to make sure that you lower your chances of becoming an advertising supported software victim. Number one is to make sure you have a reputable anti-malware program installed on your computer, run it regularly, and make sure it's always the latest version. If your computer is already infected with this adware and you don't know how to stop annoying and intrusive ads by ActiveDiscount, 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 ActiveDiscount 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 ActiveDiscount 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:
  • ActiveDiscount
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • 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 ActiveDiscount related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove ActiveDiscount, 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 ActiveDiscount related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove ActiveDiscount 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 12, 2015

Remove "Ads by RespectSale" Malware (Uninstall Guide)

Let's take a closer look at adware that displays "Ads by RespectSale". If you want to find out what it is, how you know if you have it installed on your computer, and how you can get rid of it you've come to the right place.

How do I know if I have adware on my PC?

Adware is no shy and retiring wallflower, so it will be obvious if you have been infected. The nastier types of adware will bombard you with a proliferation of pop up and pop under windows, as well as garish banner ads by RespectSale. However, that's not all as adware can be more than just irritating; it can have a negative effect on your computer as well as your sanity.
  • Is your PC running a lot more slowly than usual? You may well have the RespectSale adware on your machine. Any malicious software will suck your CPU's resources dry, using up power and making your computer battle against the strain of the added work needed to run the adware
  • Noticed that other programs you have installed on your computer seem to be acting strangely? That will be the adware interacting negatively with them.
  • Do websites take ages to load or keep crashing? You have the fact that adware uses your internet connection to relay data about the websites you visit back to the developer so that they can decide which RespectSale ads to display on your screen to thank.
  • Suddenly running out of space on your drives? You guessed it – that will be the adware taking up valuable memory.

How does RespectSale get on to your PC?

Are we right in thinking you downloaded some media files, installed an app or upgraded some software just before you noticed these problems with your computer? It's not a coincidence because in the majority of cases, RespectSale will be bundled with freebie files and programs and installs itself in conjunction with something else.

How do you prevent adware from infecting your computer?
  • The main preventive measure is related to the paragraph above: because RespectSale adware comes bundled with another program, you need to read license agreements carefully. These will tell you if the program is trying to install an 'add-on', so make sure you check – or uncheck - relevant boxes so you only install or download the program you do want
  • Install a good anti-malware program to give you an extra line of defense. Make sure you always have the latest version of it installed too. Installing a firewall is also a must.
  • Don't download anything from third party website – go straight the publisher wherever possible
  • Websites that use cookies can sometimes infect you with adware. If in doubt block cookies when you see the warning sign if you don't trust the site 100%
What do you do if you've been infected by RespectSale ads?
  • Close all websites, including your email
  • Download and run your anti-malware program manually
  • Restart your computer then run another scan
You should now be clear but if the adware is still installed on your computer and you still keep getting Ads by RespectSale, 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



RespectSale 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 RespectSale 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:
  • RespectSale
  • 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 RespectSale related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove RespectSale, 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 RespectSale related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove RespectSale 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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Saturday, April 11, 2015

How to Remove EnormouSales Ads Malware (Uninstall Guide)

If you've never really considered EnormouSales adware something to particularly worry about, it's high time you sat up and took notice of this somewhat under estimated malicious software, because trust us, if you've been infected by it you'll know about it! I know that you have heard of adware – after all who hasn't in this day and age? But do you know exactly what it is and why you should be taking steps to protect yourself from being infected by one of the nastier strains of advertising supported software?

Have I got you worried? Well I hate to be the bearers of bad news because you should be! EnormouSales really is a nasty piece of work – read on and we will explain why.

Understanding EnormouSales adware

To know how to protect yourself from Ads by EnormouSales, as with anything threatening, you need to know your enemy. So what exactly is adware? It is a software program that has been designed to display adverts on your screen when you're online. Very often the EnormouSales ads that you see feature products or services that you've been looking at very recently – maybe even that very day. How does adware know what you've been browsing? It installs a tracking component on your PC that monitors which web pages you look at, logs this data and then transmits it back to the adware's programmer or developer. This gives them the info they need to be able to customize which adverts you see. Take a quick look at some of the web pages you have open – see anything that looks familiar?



But not only do many people take umbrage with the fact that they are being spied on, the real problems start when you have been infected by a nasty type of adware which can cause havoc on your PC. Just take a look at this list below and then tell me you're still not concerned about this adware.

The effects of EnormouSales:
  • It can interact with other programs that are installed on your computer or device and cause problems with their operation. This is especially worrying when that program is your anti-virus software
  • It can hijack your tool bar browser, home page or search engine of choice and manipulate your searches so that you are sent to websites that the programmer wants you to visit instead of the one you typed into the search bar
  • EnormouSales ads can slow down your computer because the adware and its component are eating up valuable CPU power, memory and space
  • It can also cause websites to take ages to load and make them instantly crash once you do finally have them open – that's because the adware uses your internet connection to relay its findings about you back to the programmer
  • It can leave your machine open to breaches of security due to the issues it's causing with the other programs and, of course, your security software
As you can see, it's not just about intrusive adverts and pop-up windows that you see. It's a rather sophisticated piece of adware that can cause serious problems. If you don't know how to remove the adware from your computer and stop these annoying EnormouSales ads, 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



EnormouSales 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 EnormouSales 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:
  • EnormouSales
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • 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 EnormouSales related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove EnormouSales, 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 EnormouSales related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove EnormouSales 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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