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Jan 20, 2015

StormCloud Removal

My computer is infected. I get a pop-up while I am researching for my new-year gift online. It is called StormCloud which displays an ad on my computer screen. I can’t get rid of it while I am surfing. It keeps popping up to interrupt my online activities. It is so annoying. I feel so boring about this virus. How can I remove it from my computer? I had tried to use my security tool to remove it, but I failed at the end. What should I do now? Please help!

More Information About This Adware—What Is StormCloud

StormCloud is sorted to be an adware program which belongs to a kind of browser hijacker infection. This virus can infiltrates into your random system by spreading through some illegal methods. Commonly, this infection can sneak into your computer by being bundled by cyber hackers with some free ware program downloads, videos which are suspicious content like porn, spam emails attachments, unwanted emails, suspicious and unsafe link and websites, etc.. By these methods, this virus can dive into your computer system secretly without your knowledge and permission. After it can install on your computer, this virus can disturb your browsing by creating numbers of pesky ads and pop-ups on your system. So, in order to avoid this virus, you need to pay more attention on your online activities. If you find this virus on your system, you should take measures to get rid of this virus as soon as you can.

Once StormCloud installed on your computer, it will not do anything good for you, but generates lots of computer problems for you instead. After its installation, this virus can immediately stop your online action and then readdress you to its web page. The purpose of these ads is to promote the websites which are all attached by sponsors then create more and more computer traffic for you. Otherwise, this virus may offer you various coupons and discounts which you can use them at some certain online stores. However, these are not real as you need to aware that this is a promote means for tricking you to visit the sponsored websites. In this way, hackers can earn illegal money easily if you do as it guides. Furthermore, this virus can track your online history which means that your data will be revealed by being transferred to remote cyber criminals. What’s more, as you know that this virus is categorized as a potentially unwanted program, ads it generated on your computer may decrease your computer performance so severely. It is recommended that to remove this virus from your computer is needed as soon as you detect this infection on your system.

Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of computer literacy. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the computer system, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Basic Symptoms and Potential Risks of StormCloud

1. It can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers without your notification.
2. You are rerouted to some unknown sponsored websites that you have never seen before when you surfing online.
3. You can get a bunch of popup ads show on the webpage which you are browsing.
4. It can be installed on your computer slightly.
5. This browser hijacker can introduce various infections and unwanted programs onto your system,
6. It can investigate your browsing behavior and gather your input information online.
7. It is also responsible for collecting computer user’s private information like IP address and online traces for unethical using of online marketing.

Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by the browser hijacker. Since the browser hijacker is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete the hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!

Manual Removal Guide:

StormCloud hijacks your default browser to redirect your web search results and modifies your default homepage and browser settings. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.

1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options

Tools in IE

(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious add-ons

* Firefox:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons

Tools in Firefox

(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions

Customize and control Google Chrome button

(2). Disable the extensions of this virus

2. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

Windows Task Manager

*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

Win 8 Task Manager

And then click Details tab

Details Tab in Win 8 Task Manager

(2). Find out and end this hijacker’s processes

3. Show Hidden Files

(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel

(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization

(3). Click on Folder Options

(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window

(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window

*For Win 8 Users:

Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options

View in Computer Window

Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

View Tab in Folder Options Window

4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries related to this browser hijacker through Registry Editor Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”

While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Conclusion

To make a conclusion, StormCloud is a dangerous adware virus which will not do any good thing on your computer after its installation. Even though this virus can be downloaded from its official website, most likely, it has been added to your Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome while you were downloading some free software. This virus usually comes along free media players, PDF creators, etc.. In order to prevent this virus getting into your computer again and again, it is not required to stop downloading any free ware from the Internet. But there is something that you should keep in mind before you download things. Firstly, you should keep an eye on the site where you download your software from. You should always choose official and safe websites. Secondly, you should make sure that you read all the terms and agreement carefully and ensure you go with Custom installation mode. As this mode will give you the choice to change installation setting and refuse some unwanted adding optional downloads. To do all these things carefully, you maybe can avoid infecting by the virus. But if your computer is really infected by the virus, please take manual removal method to get rid of it without any delay.

Suggestion: The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.

Published by & last updated on January 20, 2015 12:18 pm

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