aMuleC 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
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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

37 Comments

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

  • 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?

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

  • 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.

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

      • 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.

        • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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