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.
|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||parasite may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter - a professional parasite scanner - to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
aMuleC “Virus” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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- Do not skip this – aMuleC may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 aMuleC 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 aMuleC from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove 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 it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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