Remove popup virus pushing fraudulent downloads

The malicious code which leads to popping up with questionable software update suggestions is examined in this tutorial in the removal context.

Adware stands for a cluster of potentially unwanted utilities that advertise other software, web services or products in an intrusive way. This category is fairly broad as it encompasses browser add-ons replacing user preferences such as homepage or default search, and the ones that embed coupons, sponsored links and other commercial data directly into the structure of visited sites. As different as the tactics appear, the common thing is a disregard of user discretion and authorization. The malicious app behind the campaign, in its turn, is a rather rare sample. It triggers popup windows and new browser tabs which recommend installing an update to Media Player 12.2 or some other software. The message says: “This content requires Media Player 12.2 Update. Would you like to install it now?” Obviously, that’s social engineering in action – the bad kind of it. Appbusy has probably made it into your system with some freeware that was recently installed. By coalescing with functionally unrelated third-party downloads, this adware can easily get in without you knowing. promoting bogus software update promoting bogus software update

In the meantime, you don’t really need the promoted update. The popup is displayed in order to spread apps other than the stated media player update, quite likely malware that will further affect the computer in an unpredictable way. So clicking the “Yes” button on the dialog can get a worthless application installed onto your computer, but that’s the best case scenario. Things can get a lot worse than that because there might be pretty much anything sheltered behind this popup, for instance ransomware, banking Trojans, keyloggers, spyware and the like. Therefore, whereas itself is not generally considered harmful, chances are it causes a severe virus problem at the end of the day.

The indisputably correct course of action, in case the Appbusy virus is deploying its fraudulent advertising plan on your PC, is to efficiently eradicate the respective code. To do this, you need to go somewhat beyond the conventional program uninstall techniques – see below for details. Also, if you happen to have clicked “Yes” on the deceptive popup (knowingly or accidentally), be sure to have your machine scanned for malware.

Automatic removal of the virus

When it comes to handling infections like this one, using a reputable cleaning tool is the place to start. Sticking to this workflow ensures that every component of the adware gets found and eradicated from the affected computer.

1. Download and install the cleaning tool and click the Start Computer Scan button Download removal tool

2. The wait is worth it. Once the scan completes, you will see a report listing all malicious or potentially unwanted objects detected on your PC. Go ahead and click the Fix Threats option in order to get popup automatically uninstalled from your machine along with all of its modules. This being done, you should be good to go.

Uninstall through Control Panel

  • From your Windows menu, go to Control Panel. Select Add or Remove Programs (for Windows XP / Windows 8) or Uninstall a program (Windows Vista / Windows 7) Uninstall a program
  • Find on the list. If it’s nowhere to be found, look for multimedia related programs (e.g. Flash Enhancer) or other odd-looking apps you remember to have installed lately. Select the suspicious one and click Uninstall/Change Uninstall related software

Remove popup virus from web browsers manually

The workflow covered below is intended to undo all changes that the virus made to Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. The fix includes several steps: removing the malicious extension; and (if the previous action turned out inefficient) resetting the browser. Be advised there’s some collateral inconvenience you will encounter in the latter case, namely the loss of all installed add-ons and personalized information (saved passwords, cached data, bookmarks and other content).

Remove in Chrome

1. Uninstall the extension
  • Click the Chrome menu icon and select More tools > Extensions Access Chrome Extensions interface
  • Find the add-on associated with and click the trash bin next to the bad entry Trash the add-on
2. Restore homepage defaults
  • Go back to Chrome menu and select Settings Go to Settings screen
  • Go to On startup sub-section and activate the Open a specific page or set of pages option. Also, click Set pages Set pages button
  • Locate the entry under Startup pages and hit X button next to it Remove from Startup pages
3. Restore correct search preferences
  • Proceed to Manage search engines and select the service you prefer to use Eliminate malicious search provider and select preferred one in Chrome
4. Restart Google Chrome

Remove in Firefox

1. Eliminate the respective add-on
  • In Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons Go to Firefox Add-ons screen
  • Hit the Extensions tab and locate on the list. Click Remove to get rid of it
2. Fix the homepage settings
  • Go to Tools > Options Open up Firefox Options
  • Hit the General tab and click Restore to Default (see image below) Restore home page in Firefox
3. Set the preferred search provider
  • Click the magnifying glass icon in Firefox search box and select Change Search Settings Select the Change Search Settings option
  • Select the search engine to use by default and hit OK to save the changes Select default search engine in Firefox
4. Restart Mozilla Firefox

removal from Internet Explorer

  • Open IE. Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons Manage Add-ons entry in IE
  • Select Toolbars and Extensions in the navigation pane, locate the items related to, including the API, right-click each one select Remove in the context menu Remove  from IE Toolbars and Extensions list
  • Restart IE and check for symptoms of the infection. If the ads are not appearing anymore, then no further action is required. If the adware is still there, proceed to the steps below
  • Go to Tools > Internet Options Reset Internet Explorer 1
  • Hit the Advanced tab and click Reset Reset Internet Explorer 2
  • Make sure the Delete personal settings option on the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog is ticked and click Reset Reset Internet Explorer 3
  • Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect

Did the problem go away? Check and see

Computer threats like the virus can be stealthier than you can imagine, skillfully obfuscating their components inside a compromised computer to evade removal. Therefore, by running an additional security scan you will dot the i’s and cross the t’s in terms of the cleanup.

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