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Apple Panda Adware “Virus” Removal (Nov. 2018 Update)

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

In the event that your machine has recently been invaded by an adware program better known as Apple Panda, then you have most certainly come to the right place, where we will be able to offer you the help you need in dealing with this unpleasant situation. Nobody likes to have their Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or other favorite browser filled with annoying online ads, such as popups, banners, box messages, in-text links and others by some strange program. And we fully understand if that’s exactly how you feel, as well. That is precisely why we have created the current article: to explain what adware programs like Apple Panda really represent and offer you a working solution on how to remove them from your system, together with all the nagging ads that they tend to generate. You will find all the relevant instructions in our removal guide, but before heading down to it, spend a couple of minutes to read the info presented herein.

The purpose of Apple Panda and other programs like it

Adware is known to be among the most annoying types of software out there and you have surely by now come to realize why that is. But what is the point behind the countless ads and the never ending streams of popups and page redirects? To put it simply, the adware developers earn revenue from all those ads. In fact, they make a profit every time a user clicks on one of the many banners and links. This is most times made possible thanks to a remuneration model called Pay Per Click – the name speaks for itself. In turn, the vendors of the advertised products and services are just as interested in the whole process, as the said products and services gain more exposure and, therefore, the vendors can potentially gain more customers.

And it all sounds fine and dandy, if not for the irritation that those ads tend to cause. But hey, it’s only just some ads, right? Wrong. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. What’s often buried under the surface, however, are the data-tracking activities that programs like Apple Panda tend to perform. That’s right, dear users, your browsing history and latest search requests can be closely monitored and recorded right this very minute, as you are reading these lines. Furthermore, the content that you like and share on social media much also be watched just as closely. And it all boils down to personalizing and optimizing the flow of online ads for each separate computer that the adware is installed on. You see, you will be far more likely to interact with an ad that’s promoting something that’s relevant to you, as opposed to some random ad displaying something you care nothing about.

Apple Panda Adware “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 


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. 


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:

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:

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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.



  • 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).


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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Apple Panda 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 Apple Panda from Firefox:

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

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


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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 doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

You can see now that adware programs may actually be more of a nuisance than you perhaps first thought. In fact, the above is actually what oftentimes puts them in the potentially unwanted programs category. But that is by no means to say that these programs are viruses or belong to any malware category. In that sense, you’re relatively safe – but only relatively, because despite not being harmful themselves, adware programs like Apple Panda can still potentially expose you to various online threats like Trojans and ransomware. The thing is that nowadays hackers often resort to making fake ads or compromising existing ones by injecting them with the malicious script of whatever virus they seek to distribute. After that it becomes only a matter of time before an unsuspecting user comes along and clicks on it, at which point they will probably instantly become infected with the virus in question.

Staying safe

With all that said, it’s important that you cleanse your machine and maintain its safety by following a few very basic tips. For one, be sure to limit the websites you visit and especially download content from to only trustworthy addresses. Furthermore, as adware programs are usually bundled with other software, be sure to manually customize the installation of new programs you download. That way you will be able to see any added content, if there is any, and you will be able to remove it from the setup before it even has the chance to get installed on your machine.


Name Apple Panda
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The most apparent symptoms include the large quantities of generated ads within your browser. 
Distribution Method Usually via program bundles found on various file-sharing websites.
Detection Tool

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.

1 Comment

  • Is this a suspicious IP host?

    # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
    # For example:
    # # source server
    # # x client host

    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
    # localhost
    # ::1 localhost

    # unchecky_begin
    # These rules were added by the Unchecky program in order to block advertising software modules # fix for traceroute and netstat display anomaly
    # unchecky_end

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