This page aims to help you remove Apache-iv.com. These Apache-iv.com removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You’re on the right page if you’re looking for a sure way to remove Apache-iv.com from your system. We’re guessing you must have concluded that there’s an infection when you noticed certain changes that had been made to your browser, which you neither authorized nor were aware of. In most cases this would be a change in your browser’s homepage and most times the page would be completely unfamiliar to the user. Additionally, your search queries may also have been redirected to a different search engine. Another symptom of an Apache-iv.com infection could be an added feature to your toolbar (or maybe an added full toolbar of the program). But the worst of it all are the numerous ads that just don’t seem to go away, no matter what you do. No matter what page you visit or how long you’re on it, your screen quickly becomes covered in popups, banners and box messages and if you aren’t careful and happen to land a click on one of them – more new windows appear and you might even be redirected to an entirely new webpage. Well, never fear – our removal guide is here! It will walk you through all the necessary steps to uninstall this annoying software.
What is Apache-iv.com “Virus”, though?
Well first of all lets start by stating that Apache-iv.com is not a virus at all. It’s a browser hijacker – one of the many. Their main purpose is to make money for their developers with the help of the many ads and a business strategy known as the Pay Per Click scheme or PPC. This strategy enables developers to profit every time someone clicks on one of the popups, banners or other advertising materials. However, this practice requires a set of rather shady tactics that are often perceived as malicious or threatening. To name one, browser hijackers are known for gathering various browsing related info on users in order to produce content that would match their latest interests. For example, if you’ve been searching for a certain brand of popular shoes, very soon you’re likely to start seeing ads in your browser featuring that exact same brand. Coincidence? Nope, that’s how this practice works. And it’s all to ensure more and more clicks.
To deepen the outrage of this “intel” gathering, browser hijacker developers often tend to sell this data to third parties. Another rather unsettling thing about programs like Apache-iv.com is the fact that there could on particular (rare) occasions be ads, which aren’t genuine ads. What we have in mind are the infamous malvertisements – a sneaky technique hackers and cybercriminals employ to trick people into downloading harmful viruses, such as ransomware or Trojans. Basically, these are ads that have been contaminated with the malicious payload and once you click on one of them, you either automatically download the virus or get redirected to some dangerous website. With that being said, however, browser hijackers are not considered to be malicious programs themselves. Security experts consider them to be at most potentially unwanted, but mostly harmless in general. Our advice to you is not to interact with the showcased ads, though. You never know whether you would be clicking on a legitimate ad or a fake one and finding out might cost you dearly.
How to prevent Apache-iv.com from getting back on your computer?
Mistakes are made so we can learn from them and avoid making them in the future. The same goes for infections like the current one you’re dealing with. Once you’ve learned how browser hijackers usually get installed on a user’s machine, you can easily dodge them from now on. The most common distribution method that developers use is program bundling, which means that they place their hijacker in the same downloadable package as other original software, mostly freeware or shareware. Once you’ve downloaded the package and proceed to install the desired software, a simple step can be the difference between integrating Apache-iv.com into your system and moving on without it. This step is the custom or advanced settings in the setup wizard. Choose that one as opposed to the default or quick settings and the contents of the bundle will be revealed to you, giving you the option of choosing which of them will get installed and which won’t. Additional distribution methods include spam emails, infected websites and other hijackers or adware. Make sure to be very careful around those and try to stay off sketchy locations on the web as much as possible.
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.