Acinster.info Virus Popup Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)


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This page aims to help you remove the Acinster.info Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have recently had a browser hijacker application such as Acinster.info Virus installed on your machine then you might actually be currently looking for a way to get rid of this software. Although hijackers like this one are not typically regarded as highly-dangerous system threats, most users tend to get annoyed by them due to certain unpleasant and irritating traits that these applications normally possess. For instance, Acinster.info Virus might attempt to alter some of your browser’s settings – it might try to replace the default search engine, redirect you to sites other than the ones you wanted to visit or add a new toolbar to the browsing program that you normally use. It doesn’t matter which you normally use – Chrome, Opera, IE, Firefox or any other, they could all get affected by this intrusive software. In addition to what was already mentioned, the frontpage and new-tab page of the browser might also get replaced and you could also start experiencing browsing disturbance cause by the generation of dozens of irritating adverts on your screen every time you try to start a browsing session. While most of those activities do not directly threaten the security of your computer, it is still understandable if you’d prefer to get rid of the Acinster.info Virus app. It could be really frustrating and unpleasant to have your browser modified like that. Note that the changes introduced by the hijacker might be rather difficult to revert – even If you manage to remove them and restore your browser to the way it used to be, it is highly likely that the next time you start a new browsing session or restart your PC the hijacker would have re-introduced its unwanted modifications. In most cases, it’s best if you simply get rid of the cause for all this intrusiveness, namely, the hijacker application. To successfully uninstall Acinster.info Virus, we advise you to take a look at the instructional manual guide at the bottom of the current article – the instructions presented there will guide you through the steps that need to be taken in order to fully eliminate the browser hijacker. Know that a simple uninstallation from your Control Panel might not always be enough to eradicate Acinster.info Virus which is why we believe that using our guide manual is the advisable way to go. Inside the guide, you can also find a recommended program for removing unwanted and potentially dangerous software – this program could also assist you with removing the hijacker so you might want to give it a go case you need the extra help.

Acinster.info 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.

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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 Acinster.info Virus 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 Acinster.info Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Acinster.info Virus 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!

More about the hijacker applications

On first sight, most browser hijackers look like regular extensions for your browser. In some instances they might even be promoted as useful and helpful software tools that could expand the functionality of your browser or make it safer or faster. However, if ti is indeed a hijacker that you are dealing it, it is likely that you won’t really get anything useful or beneficial out of this software. Hijackers are primarily designed to serve their creators by displaying ads and promoting different products through which the developers of such software are able to gain revenue. The most common models used for income generation when talking about browser hijackers are Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View. Through those models the creators of hijacker applications like Acinster.info Virus are able to generate revenue for each click on an advert and each visit to a promoted page that a user makes. This is basically the whole purpose of such applications and in the majority of cases there’s little to nothing useful that one could get from them.

On a brighter note, the good news is that hijackers aren’t typically dangerous or harmful in themselves. Such an application shouldn’t be able to harm your system or mess with your privacy since they aren’t some sort of dangerous malware viruses like Worms, Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware. However, we strongly advise you to stay away from the page redirects and the banners and ads displayed by Acinster.info Virus and also abstain from using the imposed search engine or toolbar. Although most of the time there should be no danger, there is a certain chance that you might land on some hazardous malware-infested web address if you interact with the hijacker-generated content.

Distribution of browser hijacker software

Applications like Acinster.info Virus normally get on users PCs by getting distributed through sketchy web ads, spam messages, pirated content, unreliable sites, etc. Bundles are also a common way of spreading such software – the hijacker is added to another program’s installer file and enabled by default under the Quick installation configuration. We advise you to never go for that Quick installation option to avoid landing any unwanted hijackers. Instead, use the Advanced setup option and uncheck all any added software that doesn’t look reliable or wanted.

Name Acinster.info
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijackers tend to impose alterations on the user’s browser which is also their main symptom.
Distribution Method Mostly through web ads and file bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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