My computer is being hacked by this vicious pixel.cpm2track.com popup. Every time I begin to browse, it pops up ugly in front of me. It is so annoying! As a matter of fact, my AVG is unable to get rid of it. And when I follow the manual removal guide, I have no idea where to start. Now the virus is still bringing many problems to my computer. Who can help me? Any suggestion will be highly appreciated!
pixel.cpm2track.com popup is classified as a risky browser hijacker which is able to bring many troubles to millions of computers. Once it enters in your computer, it can easily redirect you to some questionable websites by adding many malicious extensions to the browser. Its goal is to gain money by promoting commercial activities like posting loads of pop-ups ads, flash picture or videos unstoppably to increase sales by attracting you to click on them. After that, you will suffer from constant redirection during your web browsing activities. For instance, you would get some unsafe websites and commercial ads instead of the intended websites. You will be flooded with some precise ads when you are browsing shopping websites. It really makes users feel frustrated as it constantly causes an annoying distraction. Thus it can really be a headache infection for many computer users.
pixel.cpm2track.com popup is often automatically installed through free downloads, getting a browser helper object, visiting infected web pages and etc. It would change the default settings of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome in order to run automatically each time the system starts up. You will sadly find countless advertisements and sponsored websites pop up wildly since the adware can add tool bars to your browser to conduct particular tasks. What is worse, it will promote platform for potentially unwanted program and malicious threats like Trojan, malware to the system to make the target computer get more trouble. With help of those threats, it keeps spying on user’s computer and collecting useful data to transfer them to the cyber criminal for misuse. The virus is surely a dangerous threat to your computer, thus you should clean it away as soon as possible. To completely uninstall it, manual removal is your first choice since antivirus software cannot pick up it timely or remove it permanently.
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
pixel.cpm2track.com popup 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 virus completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
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.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
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
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once pixel.cpm2track.com popup 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：
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.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to this hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Due to the ad-deliver mechanism of pixel.cpm2track.com popup, it has the ability to change the browser settings or default toolbar to generate tons of pop-ups. And when it runs at the background, it eats up most of the system resource by dropping its malicious files to your system and result in many unwanted problems like the system degradation, blue screen, registry corrupted, programs disabled and etc. As a matter of fact, antivirus programs are unable to deal with it since it can hide so well to avoid being detected by various means. Therefore, the manual removal process is a more effective way to delete the virus completely.
Published by & last updated on December 23, 2014 6:02 am