Dec 18, 2013

How to Remove PUP.Optional.FastAdressBar.A Completely

How did you remove the PUP.Optional.FastAdressBar.A virus? I unfortunately got this virus on my laptop when I was trying to install a game copied from a friend of mine. My antivirus software detected it out after I ran a full scan. It said that some of my files have been infected with this virus. I tried to remove it by myself but it finally turned out with no luck. I want it off from my computer immediately because  I don’t want my computer be ruined by it. Anyone can help? Any suggestion?

Brief Instruction on PUP.Optional.FastAdressBar.A Virus:

PUP.Optional.FastAdressBar.A is a new member of the PUP (potentially unwanted program) family. It is regarded as another potentially unwanted program and is categorized in Trojan virus infection field. It is a specific detection used by many antivirus products to indicate and detect a Potentially Unwanted Program. The general character of PUP viruses is that they always contains adware, install tool-bars or have other unclear objectives. They often get into a target computer via freeware, back links, or some sites that are not safe. Computer users who are newbies can be easily trapped in. As soon as it get access to the infected machine the virus may not begin to reach its scam. It may hide for some time first. It will spread its files secretly on the infected computer. After it successfully infects come system files it may begin to work more rampantly and thus it will be caught by antivirus. The antivirus program will send out warnings of infection and let users know it. However, that is somehow late because the virus has spread all over the hard drive.

The effect PUP.Optional.FastAdressBar.A could bring to a computer is beyond your imagination. After the infection, you will realize your computer is working like a snail. It never takes such long time to open up the browser or get any regular programs run. You will keep getting error messages when you are working with the computer. In fact, this PUP virus is not a virus technically, but it does have the character of a virus by exhibiting plenty of malicious traits. For example, it will exhibit rookit capabilities to hook deep into the system, hijacking your browser, and interfering with the user experience generally. It is used by hackers to boost advertising revenue to inflate the page ranking of a site in search results.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

How Can This Virus Attack the Computer?

How did you get PUP.Optional.FastAdressBar.A virus on your computer? Usually these kinds of the viruses will be planted to some programs especially free programs, .exe, .bat or other executable processes and unsafe links. The computer will get the virus infection when the PC users install, open or click on these infected files. Sometimes the virus can even attack the computer by the files on the USB stick as well. Most of the unsafe website and forum will contain the virus infection; the computer can be infected while visiting these web pages.

What Damage Will be Caused by the Virus :

Generally speaking, this virus can cause terrible virus infection on the infected computer like running slowly and even computer crashing. Once this virus has been installed to the computer, PC users will have to spend a long time opening programs or turning on the infected machine. It keeps taking over the high resource of the CPU and attacking the anti-virus program, other threats can be downloaded automatically from the unsafe website as well. What is worst, the cyber criminals have ability to remote control the infected PC due to this dangerous virus, all the information is in a high-risk of being stolen, the whole computer won’t be safe anymore.

Best way to handle with the Trojan virus completely?

Malicious as the Trojan horse is, it takes your computer at great risk by damaging your system, files and programs. Also, this malicious Trojan corrupts your computer along with other types of threats like malware and spyware. Moreover, you will come across many unexpected troubles when surf the web, for example, the Trojan can redirect your web search results to hazardous contents. Even the best anti-virus software is also disabled and difficult to take effective to delete any type of viruses entirely. If you haven’t sufficient skills of handling with system files, please don’t delete anything that you are not sure. In this situation, manual removal is appreciated. Also, PC professionals online will help you delete the Trojan completely at a quick time.

Step-by-Step Manual Removal Guide :

Manual removal is a complicated and risky process, so please back up all important data before making any changes on your computer. Here are some instructions to handle with the Trojan horse manually, and be cautious when going through the following steps.

1. Press Ctrl+Shift+ESC keys together and stop virus process in the Windows Task Manager.

(The name of the virus process can be random)

2. Show hidden files and folders.
a. For XP: Press Win+E together, click on Tools, then choose Folder Options

For Vista, 7 and 8: Press Win+E together, click on Organize, then choose Folder and search options.
b. Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries of the virus and then delete all.

Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

a. Press Win+R to get the Run window. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.

b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:




HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

4. Reboot the computer normally to take effective, when the above steps are done.

This Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor :

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Since this PUP.Optional.FastAdressBar.A is always found by antivirus programs by popping up the infection warnings, its removal is often similar to that of a Trojan virus. Though antivirus programs are able to detect the infection they may not able to delete or remove this threat. Because it has spread all over the hard drive and you need to remove all its infective files to prevent it from coming back. That’s why many users succeed to deleting it temporarily and the alert pops up again after they proceed a reboot to activate what they have done. Manual removal though has been the most efficient way to get rid of the virus requires quite level of computer literate.  If you cannot make sure which file you need to delete you had better turn to someone else for help.

If you have no idea how to do with that, please to contact experts from Yoocare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on December 18, 2013 12:22 pm

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