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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Remove Vaudix Adware (Uninstall Guide)

Vaudix is adware that has been running rampant lately. It uses a web browser extension to display ads "provided by Vaudix" on your computer. Most of us are more than aware of adware – after all, it's pretty hard to get away from these days, especially now that so many of us spend seemingly endless hours every day connected to the Internet on our laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets. However, the one thing you may not be so sure of is how Vaudix adware knows which adverts to show you – after all, you can't have failed to notice that adware is almost scarily accurate when it comes to the ads it displays. But no, Advertising Supported Software, to give it its full name, is no mind reader. It's far more scientific than that. After all – it's after your money!


What actually is Vaudix?

Adware is the name given to a type of software or program that has been designed to display or download adverts on your PC or other device when you're online. Some of these adverts are banners, some of them are links, some of them are boxes displayed at the edges of the web page, and some of them – the most infuriating ones – are pop-up (or pop-under) windows. More often than not, and increasingly, these adverts have a spooky similarity to products or services that that you've recently been looking at on the Internet. While it might be tempting at first to brush this off as a coincidence, it's no such thing. After all, once you've run across the umpteenth ad for men's winter coats, running shoes or diamond encrusted dog collars (depending on your tastes!) you're probably starting to realize that just maybe, Vaudix is a little cleverer than you previously gave it credit for. Multiple anti-virus engines detect malware in Vaudix. Most anti-virus programs detect it as adware but there are a few others that detect it as Trojan.Crossrider.3, MultiPlug, and suspicious generic Trojan. And there's a good reason for that. It not only displays ads but also gather information about visited websites, search queries, etc. It's obvious that Vaudix is more than just adware.

How does Vaudix infect my device?

Vaudix is normally bundled with another program that you are installing. Oftentimes this will be some free software, or shareware, however freeware is not the exclusive domain of adware and it can also come packaged with more reputable software, including programs you may have to pay for. So who creates adware, and why? Programmers develop adware for a couple of different reasons. A lot of the time it is so that they can recoup the cost of developing a piece of free software. Other reasons are to enable them to generate revenue through the adverts, or maybe they simply want to drive traffic to another website – regardless of whether it is connected to the goods or services shown in the advert or not!

Let's get down to the nitty gritty: how does Vaudix know which adverts I'm interested in?

It is programmed to monitor your Internet habits; it logs which websites you have visited and takes particular note of which services – i.e. return flights from London to New York – or products – that new fitted kitchen – you have looked at. This data is recorded and relayed back to the adware programmer, who is then able to see what you’re most interested in at any given time – allowing them to then customize your adverts based on your searches. Sort of an invasion of your privacy, isn't it?

I suggest you to remove Vaudix adware and any related malware from your computer as soon as possible. To do so, 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



Vaudix 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 Vaudix 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:
  • Vaudix
  • 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 Vaudix related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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

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



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

Remove Vaudix 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, January 27, 2015

How to Remove "Ads by Rocket Deal" Malware (Uninstall Guide)

There are many threats we need to keep an out for when we're using our computers or other devices, particularly when we're online. And Rocket Deal malware is just one of them. While it may be tempting to dismiss it as 'the least of our worries' and merely a nuisance because it only displays Ads by Rocket Deal, it can cause you more harm than many people give it credit for.

Rocket Deal is not only an irritant but it can also have a detrimental effect on the way your computer operates, as well as potentially leaving your device's operating system wide open to security breaches. Therefore, if you think there is even the smallest chance that you might have been infected by this malware, you should take steps to either remove it yourself or take your computer to a professional IT expert as soon as possible. Okay, it is fair to say that this program (technically adware) is not quite as dangerous as some of the other types of malware, but it is still something that you do not want to have installed – after all, how can you trust something which installs itself without your knowledge?


What is adware?

Adware is a computer program that has been created for the express purpose of displaying adverts on your computer or handheld device's screen. However, it’s not just a form of online marketing; it can also manipulate your Internet searches by redirecting you to a website of its own choice. Some types of adware also install new toolbars or search pages which will also divert your search. You can imagine how frustrating that is after just the second attempt!

And that's not all because Rocket Deal is also a real invasion of your privacy as it monitors the websites that you visit and compiles data about the goods or services that you are viewing on those sites. That's why I say that it's malware rather than adware. Because adware simply displays adverts on your computer.

Why does Rocket Deal collect data about my browsing habits?

The programmers behind it have a vested interest in collecting your data which is why they include a tracking component in the program. The component collates the data and sends it back to the programmer. This then enables them to customize the sorts of adverts that they choose to display on your screen. Of course, by tailoring adverts to match your interests, they are increasing the chances that you will click on the ad – thus generating income for them. At least they clearly separate web page ads from ads displayed by Rocket Deal. You can then identify a problem and take further steps to remove it from the system.

How did Rocket Deal install itself on my computer?

Rocket Deal usually comes packaged with other software – especially free programs and downloads such as TV shows, music or movies. When a program is given away for free, the developer naturally wants to recoup the cost of developing it – hence the inclusion of income-generating adware.

How to remove and avoid Rocket Deal

There is actually a fairly obvious answer to this: in fact the paragraph above may have given you a clue. Asides from installing a decent anti-malware program, which is an excellent idea, you should also be careful when downloading from the Internet. This means reading the License Agreement that is displayed when you download something. The adware will be mentioned, so ensure you read it carefully – that will give you a fighting chance of avoiding it.

To remove Rocket Deal and stop intrusive 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



Rocket Deal 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 Rocket Deal 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:
  • Rocket Deal
  • 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 Rocket Deal related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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

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



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

Remove Rocket Deal 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, January 26, 2015

How to Remove BrowseStudio Malware (Uninstall Guide)

BrowseStudio is a troublesome piece of malware that will display ads on your computer. Multiple anti-virus engines have detected malware in files installed by this program. It's mostly detected as an adware program but some anti-virus engines may flag it as a potentially unwanted program or even a generic Trojan. However, most user simply call it a virus or malware which of course ins't correct from a technical point of few but since it's clearly unwanted and troublesome we could agree that it's malware. It's obvious that there are so many things that we have to be aware of when we're working, gaming, shopping or browsing online that it can be hard to know what the difference is between the myriad of risks that are lurking in the dark corners of the Internet waiting to do us harm. Some cyber criminals want to steal your bank account details or your identity, some hackers are looking for personal information, and some malicious programmers have created software that does nothing more than corrupt your data and delete your files – just because they can. Take BrowseStudio as an example, this whilst being a form of marketing and therefore not seen as such a threat as some of the other types of malware, can still have a negative effect. And that's why you shouldn't dismiss adware simply as spyware's kid brother.


The difference between adware and spyware

As covered above briefly, BrowseStudio adware is a type of online marketing. In a nutshell it is advertising that, more often than not, has been customized to show you ads by BrowseStudio that will interest you. How does adware – or more precisely, the creators of adware – know what sort of adverts have a higher likelihood of you clicking on them and visiting their website? Well, that's where spyware comes in to the equation. Once infected, you will notice two processes running on your computer: updateBrowseStudio.exe and utilBrowseStudio.exe. You can tell already that these are related to the adware. The first one is responsible for updates. It constantly checks for updates and downloads them if available. It ca install additional modules as well. The second file, may use different things including gathering information about your browsing habits. So, not only these processes use your system resource they are potentially dangerous as well.

Adware and spyware do have certain characteristics in common, namely the ability to monitor which websites you are visiting, and which products or services you are looking at once you are on a particular site. Technically speaking, BrowseStudio is not as harmful or malicious as spyware, but regardless, it is still something that you should avoid where possible.

How does BrowseStudio monitor my Internet usage?

Firstly, to avoid installing BrowseStudio on your computer, it is useful to know how it gets on to your system in the first place. It is installed when you download another program. It is secretly bundled in with this program and will install itself onto your hard drive at the same time as the main installation. But that's not all, for the adware will also install a type of tracking component as well. And it is this which is able to capture data concerning the sites that you are visiting and the content that you are looking at once you are there. This data is then relayed back to the adware developer who uses the knowledge to display adverts that you are likely to be interested in on your PC's screen.

The conclusion

As seen above, BrowseStudio could be considered a type of spyware, thanks to its web monitoring function, but thankfully it doesn't take invasive techniques to a whole new level by recording which keys you type, and some key loggers take screenshots too.

To remove BrowseStudio and stop annoying 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



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

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BrowseStudio, GoSave, deals4me, 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 BrowseStudio related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BrowseStudio, GoSave, deals4me, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove BrowseStudio related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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How to Remove "Positive Finds" Ads Malware (Uninstall Guide)

Being a victim of "Ads by Positive Finds", or Positive Finds adware as it's more commonly called, can be one of the most downright frustrating things that can happen to a computer user. Although this adware is not as dangerous as Trojan horses, spyware or rogue anti-virus software, it is still something that you should take steps to protect yourself from, and try and void at all costs. If you've ever had an adware infestation on your PC then you'll know exactly what we’re talking about.

An endless parade of trashy pop-up adverts by Positive Finds and a myriad of links and banner ads are bad enough, but add to that the fact that adware can make your computer's operating system slow down and your Internet connection run like it's on strike, and it's not looking good. Plus it can also redirect you to websites you didn't want to visit and install new toolbars, browsers or search engines. Our lives are busy enough as it is, without having to deal with the annoyances caused by something as seemingly innocuous as advertising!


The problem with most adware programs is their sheer tenacity. There is no closing of a pop-up window and being done with it, or uninstalling a toolbar to never have to see it again. When you have a full blown adware problem you will be locked into an endless nightmare of clicking delete only to see the same issues manifest themselves over and over – even if you shut down your computer and log back on.

How does Positive Finds cause my computer to run slowly?

It is surreptitiously downloaded alongside another program – legitimate or not – when you install it on your computer or tablet. However, the Positive Finds also installs an additional component which enables it to monitor which websites you visit. It spies on you, noting which products or services you click on, recording this information and then sending it back to the adware's programmer or owner. They will then analyze this data and choose which adverts they want to display on your screen.

Obviously this is so they can tailor the type of adverts you see, increasing the chances of you clicking on them and spending money on the website they've directed you to. This also has the added advantage of driving more traffic to this website, thus increasing its chances of being found in the search engines.

How do I stop Positive Finds from installing itself on my computer?

It's probably not realistic to say that you will be able to avoid Positive Finds 100%, but there are things you can do to lessen the likelihood of being attacked by it.

First rule is to never download files or programs if you don't recognize the publisher. In a similar vein, do not open or download attachments sent by email if you don't know the sender. And even when you do know who sent the message, you should still exercise caution – who knows if they've been hacked?

It's also a good idea to install pop-up blockers on your PC - and a firewall and anti-malware program too, while you're at it!

To remove Positive Finds and stop annoying 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



Positive Finds 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 Positive Finds 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:
  • Positive Finds
  • 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 Positive Finds related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



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

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



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

Remove Positive Finds 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, January 25, 2015

How to Remove ads.ads-ki.com Redirect (Uninstall Guide)

Ads.ads-ki.com is a part of adware that hijacks your web browser in order to display ads on your computer and redirect you to dodgy websites. You are probably more than well aware of what adware actually is, but if you've ever been infected by one of the more malicious forms of it then you'll know just exactly what a complete pain in the neck it can be to deal with. Adware, or Advertising Supported Software, might not be as dangerous as some other types of malicious software but it can certainly be one of the most irritating ones. Some online advertising is a little bit easier to ignore than others. For example, adverts in boxes displayed at the side of the screen, links and banner ads are not quite as intrusive as pop-up or pop-under windows which promise to have you tearing your hair out in frustration. If you've fallen victim to an adware infection like ads.ads-ki.com and have redirects on your computer you'll find that you're constantly clicking on the tabs and adverts to close them - only to see them pop right back up again almost instantly when you open your web browser again. The trick is that this adware hijacks your web browser by modifying all shortcuts so that ads.ads-ki.com shows up on a startup for a short period of time and then redirects to a certain website.


This adware takes online marketing to the extreme though, for not only does it display adverts and causes browser redirects, but it also tailors those adverts towards your interests. How does it know what you're interested in? It does this by monitoring the websites you visit and the goods, products or services that you look at on those websites. This data is then collated and sent back to the adware's programmer who uses it to ensure that the adverts you see displayed on your screen are related to your recent searches. Naturally this increases the chances of you clicking on the ad, thus generating revenue for the advertiser, and/or traffic to their website.

Ads.ads-ki.com adware/browser hijacker is usually packaged with another program, a download, or something such as an online game. These things are usually free, but not exclusively; you may even find yourself infected by adware even if you've paid for the program. What happens is that when you download your file, program or game the adware is also downloaded onto your PC in conjunction with it. The adware program then installs a component which allows it to track the websites you visit.

As well as being annoying, an ads.ads-ki.com adware infestation can also have a few other not so desirable effects. The tracking component is constantly working while it spies on you, records data, and then relays it back to the programmer. This has the knock on effect of causing your computer to run slowly and make using it really rather painful. It can also cause your Internet to run sluggishly and crash.

Luckily ads.ads-ki.com is pretty obvious and you'll know if you have been infected by it. For a start you will see lots of online advertising - pop-up adverts are dead giveaways and of course you will be redirected to various websites usually filled with adverts. To remove this adware that hijacks your web browser, 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.ads-ki.com Redirect 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 ads.ads-ki.com related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Funshopper
  • 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 ads.ads-ki.com from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button and select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


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


3. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.

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

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://ads.ads-ki.com" from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Chrome executable file.





Remove ads.ads-ki.com from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



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



In the search filter at the top, type: ads-ki

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

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

3. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://ads.ads-ki.com" from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Firefox executable file.


Remove ads.ads-ki.com from Internet Explorer:

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

2. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://ads.ads-ki.com" from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.

3. Finally, go to ToolsInternet Options and restore your home page to default. That's it!
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