Actarpluctess Virus

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Actarpluctess is a Browser hijacking software that may irritate you with pop-ups, advertisements, and auto-redirects while you browse the Internet. Aside from exposing you to different promotional content, Actarpluctess also may change the default homepage, the main search engine, and use the browser to promote specific sponsored sites on the screen.

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The Actarpluctess virus begins to bombard the user’s screen with advertisements and pop-ups

In the minds of many, this program is a virus that may damage the computer. In reality, however, a computer’s operating system or data aren’t in any danger from Actarpluctess. When a computer becomes infected with this browser hijacker, the main purpose of the program is to make it an advertising platform for third parties. Oftentimes, hijackers are included as freebies in genuine software installs. Software bundling refers to the practice of integrating third-party applications into popular software.

When a browser hijacker is installed on a computer, it often ties itself to the default online browser. This might be Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or another. As a result, the invasive software begins to bombard the user’s screen with advertisements and pop-ups that promote different online services and programs. A hijacker may also redirect a user to a specific sponsored website while they are using their web browser to surf the web. Affected users may want to uninstall the potentially unwanted software as soon as possible in order to avoid further inconvenience.

The virus

The virus is relatively dangerous because its changes in your browser and its constant ads and page redirects could make you an easier target for hackers and scammers. Another aspect of the virus that could be dangerous is its ability to gather personal data from your browser.

The information that this rogue software may collect from your browser is typically not very important and is mainly used for the goal of making the ads that are shown to you more relevant and in line with your personal preferences. This, in turn, increases the chance of you interacting with the promoted content, thus generating more Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View revenue for the creators of the browser hijacker. However, it’s possible that your data gets sold to third parties – ones that may have other uses for your data. Eventually, the information from your browser could reach online hackers and scammers, who can use it to target you with malware, phishing content, or other threats.

Browser hijacking may begin by changing your browser’s default search engine to the Actarpluctess website. Additionally, your browser’s settings may be altered without your knowledge or direct approval. Another type of browser interruption is the appearance of intrusive pop-up advertisements that appear on your screen and disturb your browsing experience, as well as fake alerts about computer problems that try to sell you software that promises to solve problems that you don’t have. These are all examples of browser interruptions that you may encounter.

A typical hijacker like Actarpluctess or McAfee virus popup follows this pattern, and it is not an exception. For this reason, the best course of action is to remove Actarpluctess and uninstall any hijacker components it may have installed on your system. Step-by-step uninstallation instructions may be found just below this article if you’ve never dealt with this kind of program before.

Stay protected.

Even if you don’t believe the hijacker is a big deal and don’t mind the inconvenience it causes, it’s still a good idea to remove Actarpluctess because even though the program itself isn’t a virus, it may still be exploited as a doorway to other, much more dangerous malware.

To remain on the safe side, steer clear of clickbait advertisements and pop-ups on the internet. Criminals often utilize this type of web content to spread viruses and malware such as Trojan horses, ransomware, and spyware. In addition to facing you with the Ransomware cryptoviruses and spyware apps we just discussed, a hijacker like Actarpluctess may also redirect you to questionable URLs or websites, which may be used to distribute more malicious software. That’s why, if your computer has the Actarpluctess browser hijacker, you should uninstall it as soon as possible by following the steps on this page.


Type Browser Hijacker
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Actarpluctess Removal

To try and remove Actarpluctess quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Actarpluctess extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Actarpluctess by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Actarpluctess and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Actarpluctess removal guide below.

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


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).



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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. 


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. 


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


    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:


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


    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.

    • 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).


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

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Actarpluctess 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 Actarpluctess from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Actarpluctess 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.


    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!

    What is is a potentially unwanted software component that gets installed in the browser without permission, makes unwanted changes in its settings, and forces it to automatically page-redirect the user. Typical symptoms include replaced browser starting page and search engine and aggressive ad generation.
    If you’ve noticed anything unusual, such as the aforementioned symptoms, in your browser, then it’s likely that you have a browser hijacker on your computer. Unlike stealthy malware programs like Trojans, Spyware, and Ransomware, a browser-hijacking component like doesn’t try to hide its presence in the system. Quite the contrary – it constantly spams ads in the browser, causes sudden page redirects, and uses other forms of aggressive online marketing in order to promote certain websites, products, and services.
    The changes that this undesirable software introduces in the browser are there to further help the hijacker with its promoting activities, which is why you may find it difficult to revoke any of those changes until you get rid of

    How to remove actarpluctess?

    To remove actarpluctess, you can try manually deleting everything related to it from your computer or use the help of a specialized removal program. Our recommendation if you want to successfully remove actarpluctess is to combine both the manual and the automatic method.
    The manual steps that you’d need to complete in order to delete the actarpluctess hijacker are shown below. For more detailed instructions about each of them, see the removal guide on this page.
    Start by going to the folder of the hijacker app and running its uninstaller or, alternatively, uninstalling the app from Control Panel > Uninstall a Program if you find its entry there.
    Ensure that any still-running hijacker processes are stopped by using the Task Manager.
    Ensure that any changes made by the hijacker in the System Registry, the Hosts file, the Task Scheduler, the DNS settings, or the Startup items configuration are revoked.
    Delete any unwanted extensions from all your browsers and then clear the cached data and cookies of those browsers.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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