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Jan 21, 2014

How to Remove PriceSparrow Virus

PriceSparrow on your computer? How can this virus infect your PC since you have installed anti-virus program? Will this virus attack other browser on the same machine? What is the best way to get rid of this redirect virus completely? Learn more from this post.

What is PriceSparrow Redirect Virus :

PriceSparrow is a dangerous website which is created by the cyber criminals to collect information from the infected PC, all the browsers like Internet Explore, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome can be infected by this nasty browser hijack redirect virus. This redirect virus is able to make chaos on the infected browser, some add-ons will be added as well. What is more, each time when the PC users open the infected browser, they will be redirected to some malicious webpages with Trojan horse, Worm and other threats. Infected PC may face other virus infection when the time goes by. PriceSparrow needs to be removed completely from the infected PC to protect the machine.

In general, PriceSparrow can make chaos on the infected PC like slow down the Internet speed and browser crashing,PC users have to spend a long time opening a new tab or view E-mail on the infected browser, sometimes the infected browser will be closed suddenly which makes them annoyed. However,PC user can not get rid of it by uninstalling on the control panel, anti-virus program can not work neither because it can escape the tracking of the security tools. Anyway, since the anti-virus program is not a perfect tool to remove the virus, manual removal is the best choice to remove it.

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

The Screen Shot of the PriceSparrow Redirect Virus

PriceSparrow

Symptoms of Infection:

Once the infected computer is infected by the browser hijack redirect virus, it will cause terrible virus infection. The infected computer will run much slower than before, PC users will have to spend more time opening a webpage or watching a video. Sometimes the browser can crash frequently which makes PC users annoyed, the browser hijack virus is able to redirect the infected PC to visit other malicious website with different viruses and threats on it, and lots of the popping-up webpage will appear while surfing on the Internet. In a word, the browser hijack redirect virus can cause chaos and problems on the infected computer.

How Can This Virus Attack the Computer?

How did you get PriceSparrow 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 webpages.

Manual Removal Guides:

The browser hijack redirect virus is an extremely dangerous threat on the infected computer. Registry and other system settings can be modified by it completely, that is the reason the nasty redirect virus can escape the tracking of the security tools like anti-virus program or firewall. It is strongly suggested that PC user should get rid of this redirect virus in a manual way to uninstall it. Learn more from the manual removal guide below.

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-on and disable all the suspicious add-on.

* Firefox:

(1). Click the Firefox menu and click Add-on

(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-on 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 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.

4. 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.

Run

regitry editor

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

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe

%Temp%\random.exe

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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus.

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Summary

PriceSparrow is a malicious site which is created by the cyber criminals to collect data from PC user’s computer. This site acts as a useful site to collect data and other information, once it has been installed to the infected browser completely, it is able to modify settings on the browser like homepage, default search engine and other key items. Cyber criminals have the ability to invade the infected PC via its back process, if PriceSparrow virus keeps staying on the infected PC, data and personal details will be sent to the serve and published to the public, PC users should remove this browser hijack redirect as soon as possible to keep the infected PC safe.

If you are not sure which files are related to malware, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on January 21, 2014 1:19 pm

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