aMuleC “Virus” Removal (July 2017 Update)


How irritating is this virus?

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

The article below is all about a very common online annoyance these days – the appearance of many online ads like banners and pop-ups inside your browsers whenever you try to surf the Internet. The cause of this behavior within your browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Explorer) is an infection with an Shareware-like program called aMuleC. Below we have shared all the necessary details that you need to know about such infections and this kind of programs, as well as a removal guide that will help you quickly and safely remove this annoying program.

What is AmuleC?

The programs classified as Adware are known to generate a lot of online advertisements inside all sorts and versions of browsers. Such software can only affect your browsers, no other component of your PC will be compromised by its activities. In fact, apart from the possible irritation that you might become a victim of, Adware has not been reported to cause any damagingly negative consequences to your system. You need to understand that no Adware program is the equivalent of a virus. Malware and the known versions of Adware are very different in nature and shouldn’t be confused with one another. Below we have pointed out the main differences between the ad-producing programs and the virus-like ones.

So, is AmuleC a “Virus” ?

No, the program in itself is not a “virus”. For instance, let’s compare aMuleC and a typical type of malware as a given Ransomware-based program. What aMuleC might do to your system is nothing really bothering. Its activities are mainly the distribution of pop-ups, because it has been programmed to promote services and products efficiently. However, most programs from this group are legitimate. The marketing of services and goods has always been a successful branch of the industry as a whole and is legal activity. What else an ad-broadcasting program might perform, while it is installed on your computer, is to review your browsing history records. Keep calm, no other data that you enter on your PC is really available to such programs. These products are usually programmed to keep track of your searches because in this way they show you only the ads that are similar to your requests. That is it. What a Ransomware-type virus might do to your machine is secretly sneak inside and begin a search process for the data that you use most. Then all that data is made inaccessible to you by being encrypted with a very difficult-to-crack encryption key. After that the hackers demand a ransom from you in order to give you access to your encrypted files. This is a typical malicious activity, not what aMuleC might do.

If Adware doesn’t equal malware, how has the infection happened?

aMuleC is certainly not a malicious program, however, some experts have identified it as potentially unwanted as any other version of Adware, mainly because of its quite unclear ways of being distributed. First of all, let’s clarify the possible sources of such ad-generating software. Adware might be hiding inside torrents, pop-up ads, shareware web pages, streaming websites, other infected pages. Most commonly, though, programs like aMuleC could be found as components of a free bundle. Such bundles are available everywhere on the web. They represent free mixtures of programs like useful and not so useful apps and sometimes even games. What’s more, they are distributed for free and you pay nothing to download and try such a bundle. The problem doesn’t really come with simply downloading a program bundle, though. The real issue is the way you could install such a software mixture. Basically, the installation wizards have two types of options – the detailed ones (Custom/Advanced), which allow the manual customization of setup; and the basic ones, which are automatically set to install everything from a program or a bundle (the Automatic/ Quick/ Default ones). The secret to staying away from irritating ads is to always go with the options from the first type – the ones that allow you to choose what to leave behind and what to install. If you do that, it is very unlikely that you will be bothered by ad-producing software.

Some basic prevention tips

As you already know, you should first wisely install all the software you download from the Internet. Then what we recommend is to invest in a good anti-virus program as they sometimes detect ad sources and block them. Also, just try to minimize the time you spend browsing around suspicious websites and you should be fine.

SUMMARY:

Name aMuleC
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Many appearing pop-up and other various ads might be disturbing your online experience.
Distribution Method Software bundles in the most common case. Also, torrents, spam, shareware could contain it.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

 

aMuleC “Virus” Removal


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!

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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.

DNS

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove aMuleC 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 aMuleC from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove aMuleC 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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyRemoverPro - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You’d better send us a screenshot of the results from your search or you might end up deleting something important.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You should probbly deleto those entries, since they indeed appear to be coming directly from the unwanted software. However, one last thing before you remov them – can you make a wider screenshot that shows the path to this registry or type the path where those entries are located (for example HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software— …) and write to us in the comments?

     
    • Lars

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ae05f3b1b91673763ae62c73b08e2bd1a975a9a391e5c01f8ff105fa338f87d8.jpg
      It looks like It’s in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. But I can delete everything ,right?

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        It seems that those are indeed coming from the virus. Delete the registry entries that come up when you search for amuleC and see if this helps. Once you do this, you can write to us in the comments to tell us if this helped or you need furhter support.

         
        • Lars

          I hope it worked, but there is a site that I need to use for school, and I cant enter this since the virus showed up… and I still can’t enter it. How do I fix that?

           
          • HowToRemove.Guide Team

            Can you provide us with a screenshot of what happens when you attempt to enter the site? This will help us provide you with the appropriate fix method.

             
  • Yasuo-

    yep i had my dns poisoned !! ty for the guide ! THese were the Ips
    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com
    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com
    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You are welcome. Now, make sure to remove those IP addresses and save the changes to the Hosts file.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi, there. Those IP’s seem to be coming from aMuleC and should therefore be removed. Be sure to delete them and then save the changes to the Hosts file.

     
  • Nuraldine Esam

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com

    i cant save the file because t says that i don’t have permission to save on this location what should I do

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Does the account you’re using on your PC have Administrator privileges?

       
  • Alan

    127.0.0.1 v1.ff.avast. com
    127.0.0.1 vlcproxy.ff.avast. com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Those IP’s seem to be coming from the undesirable software. Be sure to remove them and then save the changes!

       
      • Alan

        I have two accounts on my PC – both are Administrator accounts but it still says I don’t have permission to save the changes to this location. It just asks if I want to save to Documents folder instead.

         
        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Here’s what I want you to do then. First, pen your Start menu and copy-paste the following location in the search bar: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Next, right-click on the first result and select Run as Administrator. Now, once again try deleting the IP’s and saving the changes. Tell us in the comments if that worked or if you need additional support.

           
  • Samuel

    I found the same IP addresses, now how do I remove them?

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      All you have to do is delete them like you would delete text from any other regular text file. Just remember to save the changes to the Hosts file afterwards.

       
  • Andrej Dimitrijoski

    Can you exit out of safemode after removing the virus

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Of course! All you’d need to do is restart your PC and it will automatically boot into regular mode.

       
      • Andrej Dimitrijoski

        Ok thanks!

         
  • Moteeb Mirza

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com
    127.0.0.1 clients2 .google. com
    127.0.0.1 v1.ff.avast. com
    127.0.0.1 vlcproxy.ff.avast. com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Those IP’s should be removed from your Hosts file so make sure to delete them and save the changes afterwards.

       
  • Vibin Vijayakumar

    unable to turn on windows defender in my pc..its showing there is some pblm in group policy..

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Can you send us a screenshot?

       
  • Pedro Felipe

    To edit host file unmark “read only” at properties

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    If this a key from your Registry Editor, it sure looks suspicious and you should probably delete it.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    What happens when you try to delete th IP address?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Do you have Administrator privileges on the account you are using on the PC?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Well, then, here’s what you should do: Open the Start Menu and copy-paste in the search box this line: “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts”. Now right-click on the first result and click on Run as Administrator. Doing this should enable you to administer changes to the Hosts file and delete the pesky IP’s.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    When does this message appear?

     
    • ammar abulawi

      when i click on run as administrator

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Then go to: My Computer > C: > Windows > System32 and find the hosts file there. Try running it as Administrator from that folder.

         
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Did this fix the issue for you?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Have you checked the Registry Editor for any suspicious keys? Also, did you try using the program from the banners on this page?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Did you try using the guide posted on this page?