My Malwarebyte keeps telling me that my computer is infected with PUP.FCTPlugin. As far as I can tell my computer seems to have been getting progressively slower and not exactly sure what I did but it has updated and infected files in my computer. Do you know if it is the reason that adds my ping rate from average 70 to 190? Is it safe for me to delete them without causing any problem in my computer? Can I remove it without corrupting normal programs in my computer that may needed? If you are still not sure of how to deal with this adware, read the post below to learn manual removal.
PUP.FCTPlugin is reported as a potentially unwanted adware that quietly installs via different ways, for instance, some are intruded from other malware, attachment from spam mail, free media, social networking sites, some unsafe P2P sharing files, and the most common way to get this adware is by visiting malicious domain on a vulnerable machine. Some JPEG pop-up in unsafe site are being used by hackers to download adware to leaky laptop. Your desktop background, Internet Explorer default settings and other important settings is reluctantly forced to change and apparently most of the credit is attribute to this nasty unwanted software. When you do a complete scan, you will get a host of infected files listed in the scan result and system registries are even being hijacked.
Malware, or Unwanted Code refers to those malicious program which is useless but dangerous to the infected machine and its main function is to corrupt or destroy PC system and network function without authorization. This plug-in can count as malware on account of the changes it brings to victim PC. The most famous characteristic of the notorious adware is that it can lead to system performance degradation with no exception. Due to many other problems may result in system performance degradation which brought by the malware, therefore, I suggest removing the virus first and taking measures to deal with the issue of system performance degradation.
1. Your computer performs slower and slower.
2. You need to wait for a long time while opening a webpage and your browser runs much slower than before.
3. You are always redirected to some malicious websites.
4. The harmful redirect also causes poor Internet connection and system crash frequently.
5. You will get many advertisement windows when you are using the Internet.
PUP.FCTPlugin is a high-risk browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
1. Clean cookies
* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.
* Firefox:Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.
* Opera:Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.
2. Clean add-ons and extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-ons and disable all the suspicious add-ons.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on the Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on the Folder Options link
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose the Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4. Delete Virus Files
(1). Delete the related registry entries through Registry Edit
Guides to open registry editor: Click “Start” menu, hit “Run”, then type “regedit”, click “OK”
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus.
PUP.FCTPlugin is an unwanted program which you will know that it is useless and you don’t need it at all. It is spreading through one system to another system by Internet connection or junk mail. Your computer is frozen or crash time to time and the system settings are changed to allow further actions. This annoying adware starts to implement other malwares such as browser hijackers or the other Trojan horse viruses into the infected computer, replace computer settings to let its creator remotely monitor the infected computer and steal bank account information and sensitive files in the infected computer. You will find that the infected laptop really takes more long time to run programs than usual. Not to mention browser settings it changes to to make itself more difficult to be removed.
Published by & last updated on October 6, 2013 5:54 am