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Dec 16, 2014

CamStudio Adware Removal Guide

Hi there. I was looking to do a teaching tutorial and needed a desktop recording software so I downloaded CamStudio on my laptop yesterday. Then my trouble started. Instead of getting that, I got a bunch of horrible annoying stuff downloaded on my computer. My computer became extremely slow, and overheats after 2 hours of use and lags a lot, when usually, I can have many windows open and not have a lagging problem. In addition, I have a ton of ads on my browser everywhere. How can I remove those popups from appearing? I am using Interest Explorer and Windows 7. Please help!

“CamStudio” Pop-up Ads/Adware Description:

CamStudio is identified as annoying adware for several malicious actions that it performs. This advertising-supported software is tricky as it makes use of harmful software as a way to take over and control your internet browser, then it can display endless ads to interrupt your online activities and promote you various unwanted programs. As similar as browser hijacking malware, adware usually comes bundled with freeware or other potentially unwanted programs. It can be added to all most popular web browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. Although it seems like a useful program which can help you record all screen and audio activity on your computer, in fact it does the opposite because the program can do nothing but display various advertisements, such as pop-up, pop-under, contextual or banner advertisements on your machine.

Most of the users who have been affected by CamStudio Adware complain that it shows up out of nowhere and it causes excessive amount of ads when they surf online. In addition, it is able to redirect users to all kinds of sponsored pages against their will. You will see your homepage has been changed to an odd page and some toolbars got installed on your computer without your knowledge. Every time you go online, it opens a new tab or even a new window on your web browser automatically. The Internet goes slow and your web browser could crash frequently with adware installation. A few people may think that it is just a small problem about the web browser and they don’t have to worry about because technically speaking adware is not a virus. However, CamStudio adware can also violate your privacy because it is responsible for collecting the terms of your search queries, recording your browsing history and monitoring your online activities in order to show you more and more appealing ads. Therefore, to ensure your PC is working correctly, please follow the manual removal instruction below.

Manual removal becomes a technical process that you should only undertake if you have experience with the Windows registry and know how to view and delete system and program files in Windows. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Potential Dangers Caused by A Hijacker Virus:

It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.

How Can “CamStudio” Ads Get On Your PC?

Browser hijacker infection like CamStudio adware pop-up may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.

It May Initiate the Following Symptoms:

1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

CouponEx Pop-up hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

clear browser data

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

delete browsing history

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button

Remove All Cookie

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once CamStudio adware 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 the 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

3. 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.

show-hidden-files

4. Remove all the malicious files related to CamStudio pop-up hijacker manually.

%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

CamStudio is listed as an adware and a PUP (potentially unwanted application) that you should not keep installed on your computer. Usually adware comes bundled with legitimate freeware programs you downloaded or other additional add-ons from the Internet. After you installed this adware, it can not only hijack your web browser, but also collect various information about you, such as your browsing history, search queries, most visited sites, even your IP and email addresses in order to display annoying ads for you. Clicking CamStudio ads can make you end up purchasing something you don’t need or lose your hard earned money, therefore all you have to do is to remove CamStudio adware manually from your machine.
Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on December 16, 2014 3:39 am

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