Appsquare “Virus” Pop-ups Removal (March 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Appsquare “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Android.

The excessive exposure to different aggressive commercials (such as pop-ups, page-redirects, banners, ads, new tabs, redirect links, etc.) can be very annoying and has the potential to ruin your overall web surfing experience, especially when it is caused by an adware program like Appsquare. This type of software is far less dangerous than real computer threats such as viruses, Trojans and Ransomware but it could still be quite unpleasant having it on your computer. Unfortunately, adware can be encountered all over the Internet, mostly in the form of a bonus or additional component  added to some other free programs or software bundles. Many users end up with it when they perform a careless installation of some games, add-ons, updates or free tools. In case that your web browsing has recently been getting disturbed by “ads generated by Appsquare” and your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser has started to spam your screen with hard-to-remove sponsored messages, then we suggest you remain on this page and read on the information that follows. In the next lines, you will find a special removal guide which contains a set of instructions and screenshots that will explain to you how to uninstall Appsquare and remove its nagging ads from any browser. If you follow the instructions carefully, you should have no trouble eliminating the adware from your system, especially if you combine them with the professional assistance of the suggested removal tool. After you finish with the steps, however, remember to read through the rest of the article to gain a better understanding of the typical traits of the adware applications and their nature as well as the potential issues that they may cause if you let them operate for too long.

Is it really bad if you have adware on your system?

Questioning the nature and the purpose of every new and questionably-looking application that you detect on your computer is a must if you want to prevent nasty viruses and malicious pieces of software (such as Rootkits, Spyware, Ransomware, etc.) from entering your system. That’s why it is perfectly normal to be concerned about the presence of adware apps like Appsquare even if they lack the harmful features of an actual computer threat. In fact, in many cases, the people who face such software may initially mistake it for some virus due to its aggressive ads generation and automatic page-redirects that it may initiate. But this is mostly due to a lack of understanding about the real nature of the adware rather than some actual maliciousness. The main reason Appsquare tries to fill your monitor with ads is that it wants you to click on them and to visit some pre-defined domains which have paid for getting promoted by the adware. Similarly to other ad-generating and page-redirecting applications, the adware generates profits for its developers through the clicks on its ads on a pay-per-click basis. There is nothing illegal in this advertising approach but if you find that your regular browsing has been getting disturbed by it, you can use the removal guide on this page to permanently uninstall its source.

SUMMARY:

Name Appsquare
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Different ads, pop-ups and banners may start spamming your screen during your regular web surfing. 
Distribution Method Software bundling, automatic installers, torrents, spam, ads, freeware, shareware.
Detection Tool

Appsquare “Virus” Pop-ups Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

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).

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Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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.

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Step5

  • 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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Appsquare 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 Appsquare from Firefox:

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

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

Step6

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!


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