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Apps 3.5 is a dangerous Trojan Horse virus that rarely causes any symptoms and can infect most computers without users finding out. Once in the system, Apps 3.5 quickly gains Admin rights and begins to execute a number of harmful processes.
Sometimes not even a good antivirus can detect all the threats that can hack into your computer – either because it is not working as it should (because of the malware itself) or because you have encountered a new malware that is powerful enough to overcome its defenses and that can’t be recognized by the malware definitions that the security program has at the moment.
The Apps 3.5 virus
The Apps 3.5 virus – a Trojan Horse virus which comes with advanced malicious abilities that can help it sneak inside any system without being noticed. It is not easy to protect your PC from such a threat because there usually are no symptoms that can raise your attention neither during the infection nor after the Apps 3.5 virus has compromised the machine. The unusual system behavior, if there is any, in most of the, cases may go unnoticed or be mistaken for some regular system instability (we all get occasional computer slow-downs), rather than being seen as a security breach in the machine itself.
It is because of this that the Trojan-based threats are so dreaded and difficult to remove. In this post, however, we will do our best to provide you with some help with identifying those threats as soon as possible and removing them before they have done something bad to your computer.
High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
System errors, higher than usual CPU or RAM usage, or no visible symptoms at all.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Apps 3.5.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Apps 3.5.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Apps 3.5 from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Apps 3.5 extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Apps 3.5 and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Get rid of Apps 3.5 by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Apps 3.5” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Apps 3.5
Open task manager
Look for the Apps 3.5 process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Apps 3.5
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Apps 3.5” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Apps 3.5
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Apps 3.5 in there
Uninstall Apps 3.5 from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Apps 3.5-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Apps 3.5 in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
Apps 3.5 is a virus. some of the possible signs that might potentially help you spot the presence of a Trojan like Apps 3.5 on your system early on, could be related finding out that your Firewall and antivirus have been disabled or do not work as they should. For example, you may try to perform a routine system scan on your computer and notice that your antivirus is simply not turned on or that it gives you an errors when you launch the scan. This could be because there is a malware in the background that is trying to block those programs. In such cases, the purpose of the malware is to make your security software incapable of catching the current infection or to ensure that other malware programs such Ransomware, Spyware or Rootkits do not get spotted. Another thing you should question is if some obscure security program (or another piece of software) that you have never installed and you are sure that you have not downloaded yourself jumps on your screen, telling you that your computer is infected or you need urgent updates. In many cases, Trojans like Apps 3.5, Apps or Apps 3.3 may pretend to be some useful program, an add-on or an application that may prompt you to click on different tempting links with the idea to “help” you optimize, analyze or clean your system, which, in fact, can introduce more malware or activate other harmful activities in the background. If such a thing happens to you, be wary of offers that are too good, avoid accepting those offers and clean up any traces of those programs that exist on your computer. Other possible indications of malicious activity could be sudden site redirects, excessive usage of RAM or CPU resources or of Internet bandwidth without much of interaction from your side, suspicious emails and posts on your social network accounts that you haven’t made yourself as well as others.
How to protect yourself?
Since, oftentimes, you can’t really be certain about the exact symptoms and the outcomes of an infection with a Trojan Horse like Apps 3.5, the best way to catch it is to use reliable security software. A manual removal guide like the one below can also be invaluable if you need assistance in detecting and deleting the harmful files. However, if you are an inexperienced user, we highly recommend that you use the instructions in the guide in a combination with a professional removal tool to prevent accidental system corruption
About the author
Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.