I accidentally clicked on a malicious like and then my AVG keeps detecting Adware Generic_r.AEF virus, but it won’t let me remove it! AVG just sends to virus vault and even as I delete it, the same threat alert keeps popping up. I then downloaded and scanned with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program for a second opinion but it doesn’t detect anything harmful in my computer. The AVG “Threat Detected!” window keeps popping up several times a minute. Any idea?
Adware Generic_r.AEF is a specific detection used by AVG Antivirus that can hijack your home page and take you to sites you are not interested in, allow pop up ads that are disruptive to your system and track users’s internet browsing. Once inside, the virus roots deep in the system and mutates fast. In order to protect itself and further attack PC users, the virus generates malicious items to system folders which add the difficulties for antivirus software to completely remove all its harmful files. It is able to hijack all kind of web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari so you had better get rid of it as soon as possible.
Adware Generic_r.AEF virus is designed for promoting potentially unwanted programs or distributing malware and spyware. It gets installed after you have installed a freeware software such as video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators. Also clicking malicious codes and unsafe advertising pop-ups, visiting pornographic website and downloading attachments from spam emails are possible reasons that you may get your system infected. Once installed, it will display various advertisements in all kinds of forms, such as pop-up, pop-under, in-text, banner or contextual advertisements. New tab or even window with advertisement on it can be opened on your web browser at any time as well. These advertisements will be shown as boxes containing various coupons that are available, as underlined keywords, pop-up ads or advertising banners. They not only interrupt your browser activities but also may install other viruses onto your machine without your permission. If you don’t want to suffer money loss and even identity theft unexpectedly, please immediately remove Adware Generic_r.AEF Trojan virus from your computer.
1. This virus slows down your computer speed which make you in a trouble while opening program and surfing Internet. It takes forever to open a program or website.
2. Antivirus you have installed keeps popping up messages while you are surfing on the internet and showing you computer is at risk but you can’t get rid of it all.
3. This virus will shut down your other anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. And it will also infect and corrupt your registry, leaving your computer totally unsafe.
4. This virus will disable the proper running of many different programs or even disable some functions of your computer.
5. System restore can’t help to remove this Trojan completely.
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 Adware Generic_r.AEF, professional manual guide is needed.
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 Adware Generic_r.AEF 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:
Adware Generic_r.AEF refers to an illegal and unwanted adware program that could collect your information like your history and cookies, track your Internet surfing habits and display floods of commercial advertisements pop-up ads and sponsored links to interrupt your online activities. Once it is running, your computer performance will be reduced notably. The virus installs additional programs and add-ons to change your browser settings, harm system files and it is able to track your computer’s web usage as well in order to feed you undesired ad pop-ups. In some cases, the virus even hijacks your browser homepage or search pages, redirecting users to a different site or spam search agains their wills. It is necessary to delete Adware Generic_r.AEF virus from the computer.
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 April 30, 2015 1:06 am