This page aims to help you remove Adware.Elex.Shhkrst. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Adware.Elex.Shhkrst is the name of an Adware-based program, which could cause some browsing disturbance to your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser that you are using as default. In this article, we will explain you all the basic behavioral traits of this program, its distribution, and infection methods, as well as all the potential issues it may cause. If you landed on this page because you are facing a frequent generation of ads, pop-ups, banners and other intrusive commercial messages every time you open your browser, you should know that Adware-based programs are typically the main source of such intrusive content and the best way to remove the nagging pop-ups is to uninstall their source. In your case this is Adware.Elex.Shhkrst and in the next lines, we are going to show you exactly how to eliminate it. For optimal results, we highly recommend you read the information that follows and then carefully proceed to the instructions in the removal guide at the end of the page. Should you need any help, do not hesitate to leave us a comment and we will do our best to assist you.
What is Adware.Elex.Shhkrst and why might you not want it in your system?
Pieces of software that usually generate various types of advertisements on your screen (pop-ups, banners, blinking boxes, notifications, links, new tabs and so on) are normally referred to as viruses by most users. However, these pieces of software are categorized by security experts as Adware, which is a type of software that has nothing in common with viruses or any other type of malware such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty computer threats. Adware.Elex.Shhkrst is a program of the Adware type, which has the ability to spam your default browser with popping messages and interrupt your browsing sessions with various nagging commercials every time you open it. Such activity can be very annoying and can often lead to irritation and general browsing disturbance, but fortunately, nothing more harmful than that. The aggressive ads usually aim one thing – to make you click on them and land you on certain web pages with the idea to generate traffic and visits to certain sponsored sites and their products. This is an invasive online advertising method, which is often related to some profit generation methods like Pay-Per-Click or other similar sponsored ads positioning.
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove Adware.Elex.Shhkrst from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Adware.Elex.Shhkrst from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Adware.Elex.Shhkrst from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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—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!
Such advertising methods basically bring the adware developers some money for each and every click that their adware piece manages to collect, but you as a user may often end up with a stream of nagging ads and banners on your screen, which may be a real struggle to close. That’s why it is usually advisable to permanently remove them by uninstalling the ad-generating software that delivers them on your screen. What is more, the aggressive potentially unwanted ads may eventually expose your system to certain security risks if you click on them. What we refer to here is the possibility of clicking on a compromised link, fake ad or an infected website, which can easily be inserted by some hackers with malicious intentions among the flow of commercials on your screen. It is not said that such a thing is bound to happen, but it is possible that you may catch a nasty virus or even a worse infection such a as Ransomware-Trojan combo if you interact with web content that is not familiar to you or is potentially unwanted. For this reason, it is really not worth it to risk your safety by keeping Adware.Elex.Shhkrst in your system and is far safer to remove it before you bump into something that you may regret clicking on.
How can you protect your PC from Adware like Adware.Elex.Shhkrst?
Adware is not considered a harmful type of software, but rather an advertising tool, therefore Adware.Elex.Shhkrst and similar programs are usually widely distributed on the web. The developers of these programs commonly spread them via free downloads, shareware platforms, torrent sites, email messages, and attachments or some attractive software packages. This way, when the users download and install given software pack, they may get also the installer of the adware by default. Pieces like Adware.Elex.Shhkrst are normally included as “recommended” or “additional” inside the main setup pack, and if the users don’t customize it (via Advanced/Custom options in the menu) they may allow it to become part of their system automatically. For this reason, we always advise our readers to carefully check every new setup that they intend to install on their PC and examine all the customization options before allowing the wizard to continue with its installation.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A stream of nagging potentially unwanted ads, pop-ups, banners and commercial messages may frequently cover your browser’s screen.|
|Distribution Method||Spam, emails with attachments, free download links, torrents, shareware platforms, freeware sites, software bundles.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|