8Balls Setup “Virus” Removal


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This page aims to help you remove 8Balls Setup “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

We all want to be able to surf the internet with ease and speed without getting constantly interrupted by intrusive ads, random page redirects and unpleasant pop-ups. Unfortunately, this has been becoming an increasingly difficult task throughout the past several years with online advertising campaigns getting more and more aggressive and invasive. One possible way of stopping all this intrusiveness is getting an ad-blocked – this is a good and reliable way of making your browsing experience better optimized and less obstructed by random ads. However, even an ad-blocker doesn’t always solve the problem as some Internet advertisers have found around this using a type of software tools called PUPs. Such applications can make changes to your browser (Chrome, Edge, Opera, Firefox or any other) like replacing its default search engine, homepage and new-tab page and they could also automatically trigger redirects to random promoted pages, open new-tabs and generate various forms of advertising content on your screen regardless of whether you have an ad-blocker or not. This can be indeed incredibly annoying and irritating since it could greatly reduce the overall quality of your time spent online. Aside from that, there could be a number of other issues that might come from such intrusive software behavior – we will elaborate upon this down below.

There are thousands of PUPs out there but in this article, we will focus our attention on one particular page-redirecting hijacker called 8Balls Setup. It has been recently released and many users have already complained that it has started to modify their browser and Internet setting, making their online experience unpleasant and obstructed. If any of this article’s readers are currently dealing with this same type of issue, we can help them overcome it with our in-depth removal guide added down below. The instructions and provided screenshots from the guide’s steps should be enough to enable you to quickly and effectively get rid of the irritating 8Balls Setup and also make sure that your browser is no longer under its influence.

 

8Balls Setup “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove 8Balls Setup from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove 8Balls Setup from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 8Balls Setup from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

It’s all about the ads

Everything a hijacker does is typically conducted with the sole purpose of generating revenue for its creators. Each ad you see and each page you get redirected to by this browser-redirecting software translate into currency through models such as Pay-Per-View and Pay-Per-Click. The imposed new search engine, new-tab-page and homepage are also there as a form of advertisement. Furthermore, if you use the hijacker’s search engine, the search results would likely be modified in order to push different sites that the hijacker is trying to promote. Overall, none of this is in any way beneficial to you and even if there’s some useful function that the otherwise intrusive browser extension has to offer you, it will likely not be enough to make up for the obstructive behavior of the hijacker.

Other possible issues

Some PUPs have the ability to gather telemetry information from your browser – this includes recent searches, visited pages, liked content and maybe even bookmarks. The purpose of the collection of such data is to enable the hijacker to optimize the advertising content it generates in your browser by making it more relevant to your supposed interests and preferences. Though most of the time such practice isn’t considered illegal, it is still practically a privacy invasion which is yet another good reason why you should uninstall the pesky software as soon as possible.

The good news is that PUPs are typically not dangerous or malicious – advertising is what they do and this usually doesn’t include harming your PC or your virtual life. That said, due to the unknown origin of a lot of the ads and promotional materials that such applications can generate in your browser, it is advisable you stay away from anything displayed by 8Balls Setup or else you risk getting your computer targeted by hackers and getting infected by nasty malware programs like Spyware, Worms, Trojans, Ransomware, etc.

Stay away from shady content and be careful when installing new programs

The most common distribution methods used to spread PUPs are the spam-emails, the misleading online ads from questionable web addresses and the so-called file bundles. In order to stay away from the first two, be careful with your online activities and avoid interaction with any content on the Internet that doesn’t seem to be reliable. As for the file bundles, make sure to always take a careful look at the setup menu of new programs that you want to install as there might be some added optional applications that have been bundled with the main software. If the installer offers an Advanced/Custom installation option, go for it – using that should allow you to see all bundled applications and choose which ones to leave out by unchecking the. Opt-out of any optional installs that do not look reliable or needed before you move on with the installation.

SUMMARY:

Name 8Balls Setup
Type  PUP
Danger Level Low (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Unwanted browser changes and frequent display of intrusive online ads.
Distribution Method Through file bundles, torrents, spam messages, misleading ads, etc.
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