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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Remove TheTorntv V10 Ads (Uninstall Guide)

With so many different viruses and Internet parasites to contend with, it's no wonder it can be a little confusing trying to work out what everything is – and more importantly, what sort of damage they can inflict on you. I've found a few websites saying that TheTorntv V10 is a virus but actually is not. Let's get down to it: what is it? What affect can it have on your computer? How does it get there in the first place? How you can avoid installing it? And, crucially, how do you get rid of it? Please use this guide to remove "Ads by TheTorntv V10" and any associated malware.

Here's an example of Ads by TheTorntv V10.


If you've ever wondered what the difference between adware, greyware, spyware, viruses and malware is, you're in the right place. Furthermore if you've heard of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and are not sure what the deal is with those either, read on as we will hopefully be able to enlighten you. Most DLL file of this program are detected as ADWARE/CrossRider.Gen2, a variant of Win64/Toolbar.Crossrider.F, PUP.Optional.TornTV.A by multiple anti-virus engines. It's pretty obvious that it's an unwanted program. Most AVs say it's adware. While others say it's a PUP. However, none of them detect it as virus, malware or spyware. it's very important to understand the difference because some sites will try to scare you into thinking that TheTorntv V10 adware and the ads you get are very dangerous. Yes, they might be but they can not steal your passwords, etc.

Are viruses, adware, spyware, malware and greyware the same thing? It's a good question but while there are some similarities between the five; they are all threats to your computer being the main one, spyware, viruses, greyware, malware and adware do have fundamental differences. But does that really matter? If these are the online bad guys, that's all we need to know surely? Well, actually it's not quite as simple as all that just a little bit of knowledge about each one will help you stay safer and defend yourself from attack.

Starting with the most obvious one: computer viruses. It can be tempting to lump everything 'bad' on the Internet as a virus, but as noted, there are differences. In the simplest terms, a virus is a self-replicating computer program. TheTorntv V10 adware cannot replicate itself, so it's clearly not a virus. In fact, viruses don't even have to be malicious – but the fact is that many are. Most computer viruses worm their way onto your PC by attaching themselves to a genuine program. A good anti-virus program should spot most viruses but as always, you should stay vigilant when downloading from the Internet.

Malware, short for 'malicious software' is an umbrella term that refers to anything and everything that has the ability to infect your computer. It encompasses adware, viruses and spyware, although Potentially Unwanted Programs are not considered to be malware as they usually announce their presence in the License Agreement or T's & C's when you're downloading from the Internet. We could say that TheTorntv V10 adware is party malware.

Unlike a virus, spyware is not self-replicating but make no mistake, this is a truly nasty piece of work! Spyware monitors your web browsing habits and can gather this information for use by a third party. You should also be aware of something called a key logger which records the keys you hit – i.e. what you type – so your usage can be monitored that way – and that includes your passwords and log in details. While TheTorntv V10 may gather some information about your browsing habits, like websites visited, etc., it's not a spyware program.

The difference between adware and other malware is that, like a PUP, you often will have consented to the adware being installed on your PC. Usually TheTorntv V10 is bundled with free software and once installed will inundate you pop-up and banner ads. In fact many Potentially Unwanted Programs are closely linked with adware.

This covers online nuisances that might be annoying but are not necessarily malicious. PUPs fall into this category. Because some people find Potentially Unwanted Programs useful the lines tend to be blurred. However if you want to stay completely safe online, you should do your best to avoid installing a PUP. And that means checking download T's & C's carefully, and not clicking on links or opening attachments in emails from unknown senders.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


TheTorntv V10 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 TheTorntv V10 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:
  • TheTorntv
  • 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 TheTorntv V10 related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove TheTorntv V10, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, 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 TheTorntv V10 related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove TheTorntv V10, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove TheTorntv V10 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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Friday, July 25, 2014

Remove Cosstminn Ad Virus (Uninstall Guide)

Let's get down to it: what is Cosstminn? What affect can it have on your computer? How does it get there in the first place? How you can avoid installing it? And, crucially, how do you get rid of it? Please use this guide to remove Cosstminn ads and any associated malware.

What exactly is Cosstminn?

Cosstminn is a software program created to show you adverts when you're browsing or working online. And whilst that in itself doesn't sound too bad – after all, we're exposed to advertising pretty much constantly in our daily lives – adware isn't just a form of Internet marketing, it can actually make your user experience a real pain in the behind when you're using your computer. Not only that but it could be causing you real harm too. We'll see how shortly.

Here's an example of an "Powered by Cosstminn" ad displayed on a web page:


Things Cosstminn can do:
  • It is able to change your browser, your home page and your search engine so it can redirect your web searches to sites that the adware publisher wants you to visit. Often these are simply websites that are illegal or X rated.
  • It may be packaged with spyware, which is just as nasty as it sounds. Spyware monitors your Internet usage so that it can a) customize the adverts it shows you to appeal to you, and b) in a worst case scenario it will install something called a keylogger on your machine which will monitor and record everything you type. Naturally many of our online interactions are personal – from emails to friends, colleagues or loved ones to bank information, passwords and log in details.
  • In addition to this, all the extra components that Cosstminn adware (and possibly spyware) have installed on your machine, mean you may well find that your computer is running a whole lot slower than usual as the malware is ticking away behind the scenes and rigorously dialing home to tell the publisher what it has found out about you.
How did Cosstminn get on my PC?

In the majority of cases Costmin is packaged with freeware or shareware – for example, a TV show, some music or a game. This is how adware creators generate revenue that enables them to pay for the future development or distribution of their free programs. You may also be attacked by adware if you accidently visit a website that's been infected by it.

I want to protect myself against adware!

The best thing you can do to defend yourself against Cosstminn is to install decent anti-adware and anti-virus programs on your computer. You should also be selective about what you download and don’t get suckered in by dubious looking websites or programs that appear to be too good to be true!

Removing Cosstminn

Unfortunately Cosstminn is usually difficult to remove but if you have been targeted you need to run your anti-virus and anti-malware and they should spot and remove the adware. Run them twice or even three times to be sure however. If after rebooting your computer the adware is still appearing you will probably need to take your PC to a computer store or repair center and get it professionally cleaned by an IT expert.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


Cosstminn 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 Cosstminn 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:
  • Cosstminn
  • 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 Cosstminn related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Cosstminn, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, 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 Cosstminn related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Cosstminn, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Cosstminn 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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Thursday, July 24, 2014

iReview Ads Removal Guide

If you want to find out a little more about iReview adware and you're wondering how these ads gets on to your computer, read on as we take a look. Please use this guide to remove iReview ads and any associated malware.

Most adware, including iReview – and other forms of malware - end up on your PC thanks to our habit of downloading freebies from the Internet. This is because adware is frequently bundled with freeware and shareware – i.e. the things that most of us like to download: TV series, music, videos and games etc. You may have even noticed in the past that after downloading free software you suddenly started seeing pop up adverts, banner ads or pop under windows – the ads that run behind the page you're looking at.

Here's an example of an ad by iReview adware. As you can see, it's completely misleading. The ad text:

"Media content may not display properly. Install Browser Updater Now."



iReview is also sometimes installed if you visit a website with lax security that has been targeted by adware producers.

Why does adware exist?

Adware exists because we can't resist free stuff! The people that create programs and software and don't charge for it need a way of recouping their programming costs, or even making a profit. How do they do that - by packaging adware with regular software.

Another way of generating money is to keep the iReview adware hidden for later. You've downloaded a program and are enjoying using it but once the free trial expires the adware will appear – and you'll have to pay to get an upgraded adware-free version.

Finding and deleting iReview

Whilst it's pretty easy to spot adware on your PC (hello pop up adverts!) unfortunately it can be trickier to find it and delete it. This is because the people that make adware don't want you to remove it – naturally – so they will create it so that it installs itself deep within your operating system. Luckily, however, there are programs that you can use to find and delete the adware. A quick online search will help but do bear in mind that a generous proportion of the search results are links that have been created by malware programmers who want to deceive you into downloading something even worse than adware.

Points to remember when searching for anti-malware software:
  • Do your research: talk to other computer users, people in your workplace or those who you perceive to be a little more Internet savvy than you may be
  • Read online forums and visit a known reputable IT provider, manufacturer or retailer's website
One thing you can do easily yourself is to check what's installed on your PC. You can do this by following the simple steps below:
  • Reboot your computer
  • Take a look at your start up list and if you see something you don't recognize, conduct a quick Internet search and figure out if you want to keep or delete it. Keep in mind that iReview can be bubdled with a different program and listed under completely different name
  • If you're not sure whether or not you need it and are worried about deleting something you may need once again it's a good idea to ask an expert or someone who knows computers – a friend, acquaintance or someone in your company’s IT department if you have one
If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


iReview 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 iReview 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:
  • iReview
  • 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 iReview related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove iReview, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, 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 iReview related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove iReview, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove iReview 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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PassWizard Ads Removal Guide

It's highly likely you've already heard of PassWizard adware and fairly likely you've been infected by it – I know I have! Perhaps you're concerned you may have it on your PC at the moment and would like to know what it could do. Please use this guide to remove PassWizard ads and any associated malware.

What is PassWizard?

It is a program which installs a component onto your PC or device that sends you adverts without your permission. These Ads by PassWizard may be pop-up windows or banners, and they're not only annoying but they can have repercussions too.


This adware can:
  • Interact and create problems with other programs installed on your computer, possibly disrupting your operating system which makes your CPU and Internet connection slow right down
  • It can also slow you down thanks to it adding websites to your bookmarks folder, thus using up a portion of your memory
  • Redirect you to websites you didn't want to visit – often sites of an adult or illegal nature. This could cause embarrassment or problems depending on your work or home environment
  • As already noted it enables pop-up, banner and pop-under adverts that are extremely irritating to deal with
  • Thanks to its issues and conflicts with other programs and its ability to make your computer run slowly, adware also puts your computer's security at risk as this can cause instability on your machine
One of the problems with PassWizard is that once installed, it hides itself so well that it can be difficult to firstly find, and secondly remove. Some adware is even so sneaky that it prevents you from accessing the places you need to visit so you can delete it!

How do I avoid getting infected by PassWizard?

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting infected by adware. Here are the most important:
  • Install a known and trusted brand of anti-virus on your PC, run it often and keep it up to date – this is your first line of defence against all malware
  • Use pop-up blockers. Some browsers offer you the option of blocking pop-ups and tell you if the website you're visiting is asking you to enable them. You need to determine how much of a risk you think the website is.
  • Never download software from third party websites or sites you don't trust as programs are frequently packaged with adware.
  • When you do install something on your machine stop and think whether or not you really need it. If it's something reputable it should be fine but downloading something 'jokey' can be risky.
  • When closing pop-up window click the red 'X' in the corner and not 'OK' or 'Close' etc as if the pop-up is disreputable it may use the clickable button as a go-ahead to install more adware or even another more serious form of malware.
If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


PassWizard 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 PassWizard 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:
  • PassWizard
  • 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 PassWizard related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove PassWizard, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, 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 PassWizard related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove PassWizard, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove PassWizard 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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"ShopnDrop" Ads Removal Guide

If you are not particularly concerned about pop-ups and ads by shopndrop but have more recently heard the term 'spyware' used in the same sentence as adware then you may be wondering exactly what's going on and if you should start showing a little more concern over online adverts. Please use this guide to remove ShopnDrop ads and any associated malware.

ShopnDrop adware winds up on our PCs due to us having downloaded something from the Internet – in the majority of cases this will be something free. Most often Adware is bundled with shareware and freeware so if you're a regular (or even a fairly infrequent) downloader of TV series, music videos, games, wallpapers and emoticons, there is a likelihood of you downloading ShopnDrop too. Indeed, you may have already previously spotted a proliferation of pop-up and banner adverts when you've downloaded some free software.


Let's say you're the creator of a program or some software that you're giving away for free, you want to recoup your costs - or even make a profit. After all, you have to earn a living too, right? And you do this by packaging adware with your original program. The adware program then displays ads on pretty much every website you visit. In other words add a few more ads to those that were placed by website owner and what you have is a hard to navigate and read web page full of ads. It can be really frustrating.

Oftentimes programs will use ShopnDrop as a carrot. You'll be more than happy with your free program (of course – it was free!) but what happens after the inevitable free trial? You will probably be asked to pay to start using it, or an adware free version of it.

To be honest, it's pretty obvious – there's no mistaking all those pop up, banner and even pop under ads. (Pop under ads are the ones that 'appear' behind the screen you're looking at.) But even if you're not sure if what you're experiencing is adware or simply overzealous Internet marketing there are lots of programs you can use to identify and remove adware.

The key is to do your research when looking for anti-malware programs as some of the search results you see will be from disreputable programmers who will be trying to get you to click their links and visit websites which may have even more adware – or something more serious – embedded in them.

ShopnDrop can often be dismissed as annoying but ultimately harmless. Spyware however, possibly due to its scarier sounding name, is usually taken far more seriously. But the fact is that increasingly, adware comes packaged with spyware. If it didn't, how would the adware programmers know how to tailor make those adverts that pop-up on your computer screen? After all – you didn't think it was a coincidence that after browsing for vacations in South America earlier today, you’re now seeing adverts for hotel and flight websites.

Okay, so that could be deemed helpful on some levels. But it's not quite as innocent as it seems when you take into account that some spyware can log your key strokes and monitor what you're typing on your computer: and yes that does include your passwords, log in information and online banking details. Suddenly ShopnDrop adware doesn't seem quite so innocent does it?

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


ShopnDrop 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 ShopnDrop 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:
  • ShopnDrop
  • 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 ShopnDrop related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove ShopnDrop, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, 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 ShopnDrop related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove ShopnDrop, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove ShopnDrop 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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