How Appbusy.com Works
Appbusy.com is a virus whose pop-ups are specifically tailored to bring other malware inside your system. While this removal guide will help prevent any (and hopefully – all) damage to your computer, my aim here is to also recommend several things that would help you educate yourself enough on adware and other such threats. My train of thought is that the more you know about malware, the more you’ll be able to avoid them and react faster if your PC is infected.
Lest’s start with how exactly Appbusy.com does what it does. Once it got aboard, the first thing you noticed was probably the hyperlinks – underlined words that provided you with sudden pop-up advertisements “powered” by Appbusy.com. I assume that’s how you ended searching for this guide. Banners were probably also changed from what the respective website endorses, to other “powered” ones.
I’m finished with the obvious. Now let me tell you what else the virus does.
All the the ads you view are there so the malware can try and sneak on your system one of its colleagues. Do not, I repeat, NOT update any programs until you’re finished removing Appbusy.com. Most likely it’s a ruse. The virus will try to imitate a legitimate program, and trick you into allowing it to download an executable file filled with a malicious malware (most likely other adware). If you update such programs regularly, your PC may end up in quite the bad shape.
There are several other known issues and negative effects associated with Appbusy.com and basically all adware. They are as follows:
- Users may experience freezing every 10-15 minutes
- General slowing down of the system, browsers open websites much more sluggishly
- Windows may start displaying random glitches
If you’re not experiencing any of these at the moment, consider yourself lucky – but don’t wait and remove the virus immediately.
How Appbusy.com Entered My Computer
Appbusy.com is what I call a hitchhiker. It’s a program that tagged along and snuck on your system unnoticed. It’s the guy you don’t remember inviting to your home party, but who was brought by someone else. Now, how did this malware manage to do that, though? There are quite a few known ways. Among them are (going from rarest to most frequent) entering misleading links, like one of those annoying post links ALA “I made X amount of money last month doing this.” If for some reason you decided to check out links or attachments from spam email – that’s another good example of how Appbusy.com regularly sneaks in, as is opening ads on seedy websites/reported attack sites.
The most frequent path of the bunch though is through being installed via another program. That’s why I call it a hitchhiker. If you remember downloading something that seemed useful and innocent, a free program (aka freeware/shareware) then it’s unfortunate, but I gotta inform you those are a well known tool for spyware. Whenever it thought you weren’t looking – typically the final steps – the setup must have asked you if you want to also install Appbusy.com. That’s one hell of bonus, isn’t it?
Here’s what I want you to consider: don’t download any of that crap anymore. I know it seems useful, but there are some pretty heavy hitting viruses out there. You’d be kicking yourself in the head if you contracted any of those. Freeware distributors are generally known to accept monetary compensation to include adware in their products. This is done for two main reasons:
- So that whoever made it can promote their affiliate websites – the ones the ads lead to
- Or the the malware creators work for someone who wants to advertise the websites, and the creators are achieving this by making you click on the ads to generate some pay per click.
In either case you’re in the receiving end of something unpleasant, since you can only get rid of Appbusy.com by removing the extension completely. You just can’t turn it off.
How Harmful is Appbusy.com
Basically the longer you let it run in your system, the more damage it’ll cause. There’s no “may” here. It’s a fact. As I already mentioned, it will try to get more viruses on the inside. And THEY could cause a lot of trouble. A lot of them are reportedly able to monitor your browsing activities, record your cookies and passwords. If that happened and your credit card accounts were suddenly compromised I’m sure you’d want to go back in time, right? For that reason, sit tight, and remove Appbusy.com fast.
How to Remove Appbusy.com
You are now inside the Control Panel.
Here, keep an eye out for Appbusy.com plus any and all programs that look like a virus to you. Occasionally they may go with other names – so definitely be wary. Highlight them, then Uninstall.
Appbusy.com has infected ALL of the browsers you use. Removing it from just one will not help you.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Start the browser, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
When the new menu appears, there should Appbusy.com . Also look around for other malware – extension you’re not sure of. Hit Disable to get rid of them.
In case your Home page was moved, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, put in the page you want, then click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open the browser, click on at the top, go to Add-ons.
>>>> then Extensions.
Appbusy.com should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
When you’ve reached Extensions, Appbusy.com should be lurking around with its buddies ——-> select .
Now click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), —–> Manage Search Engines.There leave only the search engines you use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions
Find Appbusy.com then Uninstall.
Go to STEP 3.
STEP 3 (Optional)
This step to remove Appbusy.com is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:
- You are now clear of the virus. Please consider following us on our channels on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. It will be immensely appreciated, because it will help us grow and in turn – that way we will help more people.
- If you were not successful, then continue reading.