Allowcontent.site “Virus” Removal (September 2018 Update)


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

A hijacker app is a piece of software that functions like most typical add-ons for browsers like Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, Edge and others. However, the main difference between a browser hijacker and any other regular extension is the fact that hijackers are normally seen as unwanted and undesirable because of certain rather unpleasant traits and features that they tend to possess. What we mean by that is the fact that a hijacker application/add-on might have abilities such as altering the settings of your browser or displaying irritating ads and page redirects on your screen during browsing sessions. As far as the potential browser changes are concerned, if such software finds its way inside your PC, you can expect your default search engine and homepage to get changed and maybe a new toolbar could get added to the browser you normally use. Though this might not sound like much to some of you, know that it could actually be extremely unpleasant and irritating especially if you need to use your browsing program on a regular basis. All the ads, pop-ups, banners and page redirects that such an app might put on your screen as well as the modifications imposed on your browser can heavily obstruct you and prevent you from actually doing what you wanted to do online in the first place. Not only that, but there could also be certain security-related issues that a hijacker might indirectly lead to (more on that later). All things considered, most security researchers advise users to eliminate pesky hijacker apps from their computers in order to have a clean and safe system and a well-functioning browser. We agree with this advice which is why we have made sure to give our readers a reliable method that could help them get rid of Allowcontent.site “Virus”. Allowcontent.site “Virus”  is a browser hijacker example that was recently released and currently a lot of customers out there are struggling with it. If you too need help with removing and uninstalling this rather undesirable app from your computer, just visit the guide provided below. Not only does it contain detailed instructions on how you can quickly and effectively eliminate Allowcontent.site but it also has a suggested removal program in it that you can also use in case you need additional help or if you don’t feel confident enough in your computing skills and would prefer to deal with this issue automatically instead of using the manual method (the one explained in the guide). Of course, the best you can do is combine both suggested methods as this will give you the highest chance of successfully removing every piece of data related to Allowcontent.site “Virus” which is currently inside your PC. 

Allowcontent.site “Virus”

Allowcontent.site “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 Allowcontent.site  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 Allowcontent.site  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Allowcontent.site  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!

Are browser hijackers regarded as malware?

Many users out there seem to deem hijacker apps like Allowcontent.site malware viruses. However, this is not really the most accurate term that can be used when seeking to describe a hijacker. You see, page-redirecting and browser-altering software the likes of Allowcontent.site “Virus” , though irritating and frustrating at times, is not typically a hazardous issue that can harm your computer. There are much more dangerous programs out there such as Spyware, Ransomware and Trojans. Compared to them, a hijacker is relatively safe and harmless. However, the ads it might generate in your browser might not always be something that you’d want to interact with. Not all web ads are safe and there’s a certain chance that some of the ones displayed on your screen by the hijacker might actually be hazardous. That way, though Allowcontent.site “Virus” is not something dangerous on its own, it could still indirectly threaten your system. Just avoid the ads and the redirects as they might sometimes land you on shady pages that could even contain nasty viruses like Trojans and Ransomware. After all, you should put the safety of your PC first or else there could be all sorts of issues coming your way.

Bundling, spam and malvertising

Those three distribution methods are the most commonly used techniques for ensuring that apps like Allowcontent.site “Virus” get installed onto as many PCs as possible. That is why you must never open any spam e-mails or click on sketchy-looking adverts from the Internet, especially if they are coming from obscure and questionable sites. As far as bundling is concerned, we advise you to always use the Custom/Advanced/Expanded setup menus when trying to install a new software program. That way, you will have access to the list of added/bundled apps and you will be able to leave out anything you deem potentially unwanted (or simply unneeded). If you don’t do that and go for the Quick installation settings, you are likely to also get all added applications and if there is a hijacker among them, it will get installed on your PC alongside the main program.

SUMMARY:

Name Allowcontent.site
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most hijackers reveal their presence on the system by replacing the search engine and the homepage of the user’s browser as well as flooding the PC screen with unpleasant adverts.
Distribution Method Program bundling, sketchy web ads, misleading online offers, other software (software bundles), etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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