Aforepayoffstutter Virus


Aforepayoffstutter is a potentially unwanted app (a.k.a. PUA) that is capable of transforming browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge into ad-displaying platforms. Aforepayoffstutter makes money through the display of paid adverts and the promotion of sites that pay commissions to get popularized.


If Aforepayoffstutter or another similar app like Main Captcha Now Top, iStart Search Bar has entered your browser and now you are forced to put up with sudden page redirects to unknown sites and generation of obstructive ads during each browsing session, then we advise you to read on in order to learn more about this type of app and to find out how you can uninstall it.

In addition to the frequent redirects and ad pop-ups, other common symptoms that may come from Aforepayoffstutter are the change of the main browser’s homepage and/or Omnibox search engine. These changes allow the browser-hijacking app to put more ads on your screen and to automatically open the sites of its sponsors without requiring your permission. Usually, once the hijacker introduces changes to the targeted browser, those changes cannot be reversed as long as the unwanted app stays attached to the browser. Therefore, the only way to bring back your browser to its normal state and remove the elements that Aforepayoffstutter has added is to uninstall this undesirable app. If you have already made an attempt to remove the hijacker, you have likely found out that it cannot be removed in the same way you’d uninstall a regular program or browser add-on.


Type Browser Hijacker
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Aforepayoffstutter!

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

How to remove Aforepayoffstutter

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Aforepayoffstutter in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Aforepayoffstutter from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Aforepayoffstutter.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Aforepayoffstutter.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Aforepayoffstutter from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Aforepayoffstutter extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Aforepayoffstutter and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Aforepayoffstutter on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Aforepayoffstutter extension
  4. Get rid of Aforepayoffstutter by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Aforepayoffstutter” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Aforepayoffstutter

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Aforepayoffstutter process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Aforepayoffstutter
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Aforepayoffstutter” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Aforepayoffstutter

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Aforepayoffstutter in there
    4. Uninstall Aforepayoffstutter from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Aforepayoffstutter-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Aforepayoffstutter in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    Is Aforepayoffstutter a virus?

    The reason for this is mainly that the developers of hijackers like this one earn more money the longer their apps are able to stay on the users’ computers because that would increase the number of popups and banners displayed by the hijackers. The bigger the number of displayed ads and page redirects, the more clicks/visits those ads and sites would get. The hijacker ads and site redirects generate income based on how many people interact with them so it makes sense for the developers of software such as Aforepayoffstutter to make their apps as difficult to uninstall as possible. Due to the tricky uninstallation process of most hijackers, people oftentimes think that their computers have been hit by some highly infectious virus program or a dangerous malware such as Ransomware or Spyware. The browser hijackers, however, are primarily focused on making money through their ads and site promotions, which means that they are unlikely to try to cause any damage to the computers where they are installed.

    Why you must still be cautious around apps like Aforepayoffstutter?

    It is not advisable to allow this hijacker to stay on the computer for long due to the increased chances of ending up on some unsafe page due to the unauthorized ad generation and site promotion occurring in the browser while the hijacker is still in it. Many illegal sites known for spreading Ransomware, Trojans, Worms, and other threats may be promoted by hijackers, so if you have a hijacker in your computer, it may not be safe to use your browser and to click on the ads and pop-ups that get displayed in it. Therefore, we suggest that you try the removal guide from below and uninstall the Aforepayoffstutter hijacker with the help of its instructions.

    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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