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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What is ProtectWindowsManager.exe and how to remove it?

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What is ProtectWindowsManager.exe?


ProtectWindowsManager.exe is a part of WindowsMangerProtect program. The file is not digitally signed. Multiple anti-virus scanners have detected malware in ProtectWindowsManager.exe file (scan results), for example: Adware.Win32.ELEX.BAM, a variant of Win32/ELEX.AM, not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.eqwb, TROJ_GEN.R0E2H07I414. TrendMicro detects this program as a Generic Trojan. Other antivirus programs detect it as adware or PUP. Detection names and classifications are different but it's not a virus or spyware which is a good thing to know. Of course, it's still a threat. It has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. Very often, this program comes bundled with a browser hijacker called WebsSearches. This browser hijacker modifies browser settings and redirects users to unwanted web pages. ProtectWindowsManager.exe runs as a service named 'WindowsMangerProtect Service'. It changes Windows registry so that the service runs automatically every time Windows starts. It goes without saying that this program is not essential for Windows. It may also cause Windows errors and slow down your computer. I recommend you to remove ProtectWindowsManager.exe and related malware from your computer. It can be removed manually but it would be better to use an anti-malware program because if it's installed on your computer then there might be other potentially harmful software installed as well.







File name: ProtectWindowsManager.exe
Publisher: WindowsMangerProtect
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\WindowsMangerProtect\
File Location Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\WindowsMangerProtect\
Startup file: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services 'WindowsMangerProtect service'

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Remove "Please install Online Media Player" ad pop-up (Uninstall Guide)

There are so many different varieties of malware and computer viruses doing the rounds that it can feel like we're under constant attack the moment we go online. From unwanted programs, rogue anti-virus software, "Please install Online Media Player" pop-up adverts and new tool bars; the amount of nuisances and downright dangerous programs that are out to do us harm is mind boggling. But the question is, how do these enemies get installed on our computers in the first place, how can we protect ourselves against them, and even more importantly how to remove them. Please use this guide to remove"Please install Online Media Player" ads and any associated malware from your computer.

Sadly there is no one solve all solution because no two malware programs are identical. There is a very big difference between malware that's been created to steal your personal data and potentially unwanted program that display misleading and very annoying pop-up ads claiming that you need to install Online Media Player in order to watch HD movies online, support full screen mode and etc. The latter are classified as Potentially Unwanted Programs and whilst not as deadly as something like spyware, can still cause you problems and headaches. Therefore it's important that you protect yourself, not just from the better known and nastier types of malware but from Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs, as well.


Unfortunately many Potentially Unwanted Programs are not easily picked up by even the best anti-virus programs, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't bother with one. Install reputable anti-malware software on your PC and you'll have a far better chance of being protected from online attacks. A good program should be able to spot and delete most harmful malware and pop-up ads like "Please install Online Media Player".

There are a few reasons why Potentially Unwanted Programs are a nuisance. A number of them will install adware on your computer which will display numerous pop up adverts for websites you may, or may not, have little interest in. This is annoying in itself but PUPs almost always hijack your browser and install a new tool bar. Chances are, you're already happy with the tool bar you're using at the moment and aren't on the market for a new one. In addition to this, a tool bar that installs itself without asking you is unlikely to be of much use and usually has an ulterior motive.

Apart from being confusing and unnecessary, these tool bars can install further software on your PC which has the capability to redirect your web searches to websites that the developer of the Potentially Unwanted Program has a vested interest in you visiting.

To be honest, chances are it was your fault! PUPs that display "Please install Online Media Player" ads are, for the most part, bundled with another piece of software. And that means that if you're downloading something, some music, a movie, a software upgrade etc, you may also be installing a Potentially Unwanted Program with it. So how do you avoid doing so?

First and foremost, you need to pay attention when you're downloading something. If you have misgivings about the reputability of a certain website, go with your gut instinct and go elsewhere. You also need to read license agreements carefully because most of them actually make reference to the PUP in them.

To remove PUPs and other malware 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



"Please install Online Media Player" 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 "Please install Online Media Player" 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:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • 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 "Please install Online Media Player" related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, 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 "Please install Online Media Player" related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove "Please install Online Media Player" 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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Remove MalSign.Generic.DE7 (Uninstall Guide)

MalSign.Generic.DE7 is a generic detection for malicious programs that features or behaviors indicative of trojans, spyware, worms or even viruses. MalSig means malicious signature. Generic stands for specific characteristic that is unique for this malware family. And DE7 is a particular piece of malware that belongs to the MalSign.Generic malware family. There are thousands of malware threats that fall under this category, to find out more, please read MalSign.Generic post. This particular variant is distributed mostly via pay-per-install networks. It also comes bundled with freeware and other software installers. If the installer contains this malware, your anti-virus will notify you. Here's an example of a notification you may get:


In this case, it was bundled with BackupSetup.exe file. This was an installer file for rather popular free backup software. It can be distributed in other ways as well, for example via social networks and spam.

As mentioned, such malware infections are commonly spread via email attachments. The author will attach the file containing the malware to a mail and then spam hundreds or even thousands of people. And if you're unlucky enough that your name is on the list – one of them could be you.

Likewise if you've been sucked in to downloading something less than reputable – i.e. through social engineering – you may also find yourself on the receiving end installing of this malware.

If you do find you've been infected by MalSign.Generic.DE7, please follow the steps in the removal guide below or read how to Remove MalSign.Generic (Uninstall Guide). Scan your computer with anti-malware software and delete the questionable files. If you are unlucky enough, you may have to reinstall your operating system too, which is not fun. Therefore, it makes all the sense in the world to have a decent anti-malware installed and to exercise a little caution when opening emails.

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

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


MalSign.Generic.DE7 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.





2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.



3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.



That's it!

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Remove "Ad by Notification" (Virus Removal Guide)

If you're wondering exactly what computer "Ad by Notification" adware is, read on as we have the answers you are looking for. It is a type of software program that has been created to display pop up adverts on your PC and monitor and track the websites you browse and your Internet usage habits in general. It does this so that it can further customize the adverts that it sends you and tailor them to your specific search queries. This may not sound particularly dangerous, and in fact you may even think it's pretty useful but the fact is that the component that adware installs on your machine to track this data eats up your PC's Internet connection and processor speeds. This adware belongs to the Superfish malware family. It modifies web browser settings and preferences. Please use this guide to remove adware that displays "Ad by Notification" ads and any associated malware from your computer.


Clearly this is not an ideal situation so how do you know if you have adware on your computer?

Luckily this adware is pretty clearly defined and easy to spot on your machine - it is by its very definition designed to make you look at it after all. There are also a number of other symptoms to keep an eye out for:
  • You see ads and pop-ups on pretty much very website you visit and they show up as "Ad by Notification"
  • Your browser's homepage keeps changing
  • You're inundated with audio/video adverts
  • Your tool bar has been replaced by an imposter
  • If you uninstall the tool bar it returns the next time you log in
  • Your PC has started running noticeably more slowly
We're willing to bet you're a little more invested in trying to protect yourself from "Ad by Notification" adware now and if so there are a number of steps you can take to try and avoid it:
  • Be careful when viewing downloading software from sites if you don't trust them 100%
  • Don't download files from people or sources you don't know, both via websites or in email messages
  • Don't download photos, games, and eCards etc if you don't recognize the sender
  • Install pop-up blockers
  • If you are downloading something ensure you recognize the publisher's name beforehand
  • Close dialogue and pop up windows by clicking the red 'x' in the corner as clicking 'OK' or 'Yes' can also signify that you're agreeing to install malware or spyware
  • Read End User License Agreements carefully and make sure you know what you're agreeing to download, especially when programs are free
  • Watch out for ActiveX controls as these are susceptible to not just adware but nastier forms of software such as spyware and other malware. The rule of thumb is if you haven't intentionally requested an ActiveX control definitely make sure you do not give your permission to install
Most crucially you should install and regularly run anti-malware software program to catch and delete anything that may have infected your PC. If your program does find some "Ad by Notification" then restart your computer and run the scan again to make sure all of the adware was caught and removed. Bear in mind that some adware can be tricky to delete so you might need to persevere and give it a couple of tries.

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


"Ad by Notification" 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 "Ad by Notification" 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:
  • PriceChop
  • SuperFish
  • 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 "Ad by Notification" related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove PriceChop, SuperFish, 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 "Ad by Notification" related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove "Ad by Notification" 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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Remove Price Chopper Adware (Uninstall Guide)

Price Chopper is a persistent adware that uses bogus web browser extensions to display ads on infected computers. Once this adware is installed on your computer, certain words on pretty much ever web page you visit will become highlighted and hyper-linked to a advertising site each time. At the bottom of each ad there will be a small text saying "Ads by Price Chopper". This adware can be installed under different names, for example PriceChop, pricechOp 3.9, pRicechop and so on. Very often it comes bundled with another malicious browser extension called Nextcoup or NeXtCuoup. Please note that this adware has nothing to do with Price Chopper supermarkets. I mean they are not distributing this adware, it's just an unpleasant coincidence. Cyber crooks simply want to mislead users by choosing known names, in this case it's Price Chopper, tomorrow it could be any other name. Please use this guide to remove this adware and any associated malware from your computer.


As you probably already know, adware is a type of computer program that has been designed to display adverts on your PC. When clicked upon, these advertisements will then send you to the websites they are promoting, as well as collect data about you - in particular about the sort of websites that you visit so that the creators of the ads can then ensure that adverts which are tailored to your interests or search queries can be displayed.

However, before you start to panic, it is important to establish the difference between adware and spyware. The difference is that adware like Price Chopper is collecting data with your permission whereas spyware is not. A reputable, or legitimate, adware program will inform you that it is collecting information about your browsing habits - and if it doesn't then it falls into the 'malware' - or malicious software - category. Certain installers, that install Price Chopper do not provide full information what programs are being installed. In such case, this adware installed without user's permission.

It's fairly easy to tell if you are being targeted by Price Chopper, after all the ads are usually not so subtle and you will probably notice that if you've searched for, let's say, hotels in Australia, you will start seeing adverts for cheap flights to Sydney and so forth. However, apart from this you will probably not be any the wiser that you have adware on your computer as it normally doesn't announce its presence. For example, there will probably not be any sign of the Price Chopper on your PC's system or in its menu and nothing to indicate that the program has installed the data collecting function on your machine.

How does Price Chopper get onto my computer?

Generally speaking there are two ways that this adware installs itself. One is by freeware or shareware as adware is often bundled with freebie programs as this is a legitimate way of generating advertising revenue which enables creators of shareware to develop and distribute it for free.

The other way is if you've paid a visit to an infected website which will exploit any weakness in your browser to enable it to install adware on your PC - without your approval. You may come across the term 'browser hijackers' to describe adware that works in this way.

How do I protect my PC from Price Chopper and how do I get rid of it?

A large number of shareware and freeware programs are only programmed to display adverts while you're using their free or trial version. After a certain amount of usage or period of time after installation you'll be asked to pay to upgrade to the full version or register it. Once you've done so the adverts will stop appearing, however if you can feel you can live with the ads then it might not be worth doing this. Plus even if you do upgrade, some adware has already installed its components on your machine and even paying to use them won't eliminate the ads. Other programs will cease to work properly if and when you've uninstalled the Price Chopper adware component.

In short, protect yourself by being very careful what you download and which websites you visit and install a well known anti-malware which will help detect and guard against threats.

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


Price Chopper 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 Price Chopper 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:
  • PriceChopper
  • YouTUbeAdBlocke
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Uninstall. 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 Price Chopper related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove PriceChop, Price Chopper, YouTUbeAdBlocke, 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.


3. Go to C:\Users\YourName]\Appdata\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\ directory and delete Preferences file. Restart Chrome.

Remove Price Chopper related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Price Chopper, PriceoChop, YouTUbeAdBlocke, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Price Chopper 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, September 16, 2014

Remove "Astro Arcade" Ads (Virus Removal Guide)

You've no doubt heard of "Astro Arcade" adware and there's little doubt that you've encountered it whilst you've been online but just what is adware, how does it get onto your PC, how do you protect yourself against it and most importantly, how to remove Astro Arcade ads from your computer. Please follow the steps in the removal guide below.

Astro Arcade is a type of adware that gets installed onto your computer if you've clicked on a link, visited a website or downloaded some software that has been infected or bundled with it. It's from the same adware family as Websteroids. Its main reason for existing is to show you lots of adverts – usually ones that are tailor made to correspond with your personal needs. It says "Ad by Astro Arcade" underneath each ad on the bottom right hand side. But how does an advert know what you're interested in? Because this adware tracks the websites you're visiting and then sends that very data back to its developer so that they can send you more targeted adverts.


As you know, Internet adverts come in many different guises: they may be simple banner ads that have something in common with the website you are looking at, but they can also be horrendously annoying pop-up or pop-under windows that display on your screen regardless of what site you're browsing on at the time. Astro Arcade ads belong to the second group and it's highly annoying. What is more, this adware installs browser extensions that can access all data regarding visited websites and recent searches. Of course, it doesn't use this data to steal your personal information and it can't log the keys you're hitting – thus it can't capture your login details, passwords and credit card details. However, it's still a threat.

Besides, you probably didn't even notice how it was installed on your machine. Astro Arcade adware is usually installed with freeware.

We're all in agreement that this is annoying, right? I think we are but the problem is that while we might be inclined to shrug adware off as an irritation, the fact is a lot of the developers of online adverts have a more malicious reason for creating them.

How do I prevent Astro Arcade from being installed? When you download software you will see the End User License Agreement or the EULA. This will normally tell you if Astro Arcade adware is bundled with the software in the small print. The problem is that because most of us don't actually read this text by clicking 'Yes' or 'OK' we’re also agreeing to download it in conjunction with the software we do want.

You also need to be a lot more cautious about the type of websites you visit and of course abide by the golden rule of never opening emails from senders you don't know or of clicking on links in emails or websites and social media if you don't trust or know the source.

It is not just annoying and if you don't want to fall victim to a criminal who may potentially steal your personal data – and let's face it, who does? – then you need to take steps to adequately protect yourself.

Therefore you should make sure that you always read the small print in End User License Agreements, be careful who you trust when browsing online – and oh – did we mention that you should download a reputable anti-malware program ASAP? And by ASAP we mean right now!

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


Astro Arcade 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 Astro Arcade 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:
  • Astro Arcade
  • 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 Astro Arcade related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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

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



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

Remove Astro Arcade 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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