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Oct 13, 2014

How to Remove ADW_BROWFOX Virus?

I need help to remove a nasty virus called ADW_BROWFOX. My computer was running slow these days and whenever I was online, I got tons of ads that keep interrupting my online activities. I have tried many security programs but none of them worked. I searched on the web and it says this virus should be removed manually. I am not good at computers, is there anyone that can help me get rid of this virus? Any help will be highly appreciated.

Learn More About ADW_BROWFOX Virus:

ADW_BROWFOX is categozied as Trojan horse or adware that will spread through known software and security vulnerabilities and proliferate via suspicious websites, removable media or infected email messages. Once inside, it can perform lots of dangerous activities that will mess up your computer system. The first thing it will do is to add its own registry entry to change your computer settings and drop harmful files to your machine without your knowledge and content. As a consequence, your computer will run slowly and it may take more than 5 minutes for you to boot up the computer or open a certain web page. Afterwards, this Trojan will apply an advance technique that aims to conceal itself, evade anti-virus detection, and even block antivirus from running properly. It may also turn off your firewall automatically, making your computer vulnerable for further attacks.

ADW_BROWFOX virus helps unwanted adware install on the target computer. It can add malicious add-on or extension to your browser without your permission, therefore you will get endless pop-up ads and a lot of other computer problems. Typically speaking, it is commonly known to offer various coupon deals or saving offers through shopping sites on the internet. So when you are on those popular shopping website like eBay or Amazon, pup-up ads window about coupon, deals or other misleading information will be shown on your browser everywhere. This virus mainly targets on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome right now. Once it hijacks your browser, it also downloads potentially unwanted programs in the background that will display more and more ads on your computer and probably collect your information or track your cookies. It may also redirect your web browser to shady websites against your will. How does this virus come to your computer in the first place? Most likely you get this type of threat after you downloaded some free software like video player, fake adobe flash player etc. ADW_BROWFOX virus will be bundled with these software which allow them to sneak onto your PC. To avoid this type of attack, you should pay more attention to your downloads. Never allow any additional programs or unwanted add-ons and toolbars to invade your machine. It is urgent to remove ADW_BROWFOX virus from the compromised computer once upon detection.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure how to delete this nasty Trojan, please live chat with YooCare experts now.

Major Characteristics of This Nasty Trojan Include:

Slow down your PC speed notably.
Add other dangerous Trojan or Spyware to your system secretly.
Allow the hacker to access your entire system.
Collect all your personal information and transfer to a remote hacker.
Destroy critical system files and make PC unstable.

How Does This Virus Get On Your Computer?

From malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
Through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
When clicking suspicious pop-ups or malicious links.
Open unknown email or download media files that contain the activation code of the virus.

Note: No matter how the virus accesses your PC, users should know that there are no tools can remove this pesky Trojan automatically at this moment, it is suggested users not spend much time in downloading or paying any security software which claims can delete this stubborn virus. It is totally useless. To completely get rid of ADW_BROWFOX, professional manual guide is needed.

About Trojan Virus Removal:

Currently many computer users had the same experience that this virus couldn’t be removed by any anti-virus applications. So the manual approach is always required to combat this virus. And here is the step-by-step removal guide for all computer users.

1. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once ADW_BROWFOX virus is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window:

task manager

2. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

Folder Options

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

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

a. Press Windows key + R to open Run box. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.

Run

Then a Registry Editor window will pop up as the following picture shows:

registry editor

b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:

%AllUsersProfile%\[random]
%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\[random]
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\[random]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Temp

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

ADW_BROWFOX is a malicious threat that can install on a compromised PC without any knowledge and load up random ads pop-ups or banners whenever you browse online. Once it is installed, it can disrupt your Internet browsing and perform malicious activities on your machine. Also it will drop several malicious files and creates a couple of folders under Application Data folder, making users get confused about how to distinguish and find out from all the legal system files. Thus, the removal of ADW_BROWFOX becomes so complicated. Considering this virus comes bundled with unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars, users should pay more attention when they are going to download programs from the Internet. It might seem like a nuisance but reading the end user license agreement carefully when you’re downloading or installing something is an absolute must. Simultaneously, you have to get rid of ADW_BROWFOX virus without any delay to avoid further damages.

Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from Yoocare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on October 13, 2014 8:45 am

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