Crazy ads keep popping up on your web browser and harassing you? Cannot get rid of PUP/Win32.BetterSoft virus because it can pop up again and again on the next scan? How did you get infected by this threat? What is the best way to remove this annoying PUP from the computer?
PUP/Win32.BetterSoft is a dangerous virus that closely associated with potentially unwanted programs which give users tons of pop-up ads and keep redirecting victims to various harmful websites. Those potentially unwanted program include malicious add-ons and extensions, unwanted toolbar or other adware which can be downloaded without any consent. Once installed, the computer will become a mess. Every time you attempt to browse the web, no matter you are using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or other web browsers, you will be greeted by lots of pop-up ads that may ask you to pay something or give you misleading information claiming your computer is at risk and you need to download a specific program. Don’t be tricked by any of these ads, or you will end up installing malicious infections like Trojans or Worms immediately.
PUP/Win32.BetterSoft can also lead to frequent system crashes and slower PC performance. Once infected, it takes much longer than before to start up or shut down the computer. CPU usage will be rather high even though you only have few programs opened. When you go online, instead of opening your default homepage, you will be shown by a blank web pages or other unwanted ads sites. The virus may interrupt the Internet connection as well so you may be kicked off when you are watching video on Youtube or playing games. Besides, pop-up ads occur continuously on your web browser that you have no way to stop them. Most of time the virus can be downloaded from spam email attachments, corrupted links, and corrupted websites. Once detected, an immediate removal is needed.
1. It can compromise your system and may introduce additional infections like rogue software.
2. It forces you to visit websites and advertisements which are not trusted and may lead you to pay money wrongly for worthless products.
3. It takes up high resources and strikingly slows down your computer speed and even causes your computer stuck frequently.
4. It may allow cyber criminals to track your computer and steal your personal information.
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.
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 PUP/Win32.BetterSoft 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：
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.
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.
Then a Registry Editor window will pop up as the following picture shows:
b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:
PUP/Win32.BetterSoft virus is a dangerous Trojan that gets into the system without users’ knowledge and it affects everybody who uses a compromised computer running in Windows 32-bit operating system. As similar as other Trojan viruses, it focuses on computer data destruction on the infected computers or it can steal important information in your computer, such as passwords, account ID, bank information, online payment password, etc. Potentially Unwanted Programs, (termed PUP’s for short) like this one are often bundled with software such as PDF document creators or with the videos, TV shows, movies and music that are you are downloading. Most users seem to think that no harm will come to their computers if they skip reading the terms and conditions, and just agree to everything in haste. But that is the critical reason they got infected by this virus. In a word, in order to keep computer run good, it is necessary to remove PUP/Win32.BetterSoft from the PC instantly.
Published by & last updated on February 2, 2015 7:59 am