Apsolutamente Virus


Apsolutamente

Apsolutamente is an application that can expose you to overly aggressive and continuously appearing advertisements and page redirect prompts. In addition to that, Apsolutamente can hijack your main web browser by replacing its default settings.

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The Apsolutamente virus may start to automatically redirect your searches to specific ad-supported sites

Although it may seem particularly annoying and may redirect you to unfamiliar web sites and random pop-up messages, you should not worry too much about Apsolutamente. In no way can this program harm your machine because Apsolutamente is not a virus but a program that falls under the category of the so-called browser hijackers. Typically, this program can integrate with commonly used browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge and can replace their search engine or homepage with ones that constantly promote specific offers and web links. You will get the whole picture about this browser hijacker if you read the rest of the article. Besides, at the end of the page, you will find a removal guide and a professional tool that can help you uninstall Apsolutamente and remove its ads without giving a sweat.

The Apsolutamente Virus

Programs like the Apsolutamente virus are often criticized for using quite invasive online advertising methods that interrupt your web surfing. However, the Apsolutamente virus is not malicious and should not be confused for viruses or representatives of the Ransomware and the Trojan horse category.

For most browser hijackers it is not possible to auto-replicate, access personal data, or manipulate the computer’s system. Therefore, you can rest assured that programs similar to Apsolutamente do not need your money or your confidential details. They just need your attention and time so that you click on the pop-up messages they try to advertise on your screen. As a matter of fact, the generation of online ads is a totally legitimate and profitable practice and a lot of software developers and online marketers take advantage of it. They use programs like Apsolutamente to display sponsored advertisements and to earn pay-per-click revenue every time that users click on some of the displayed ads. Free software packages are among the usual distribution methods used by the developers of browser hijackers. Programmers may usually add browser hijacker applications in shareware packages in order to generate additional income from the pay-per-click ads.

In many cases, however, software that produces ads can behave extremely annoying once it gets installed in the system. For instance, a program like Apsolutamente or Poshukach may start to automatically redirect your searches to specific ad-supported sites. Or, it may literally flood your screen with hard-to-remove banners, blinking boxes, offers and colorful notifications that prevent you from navigating the page you are in. Unfortunately, no one can guarantee the safety of all these pop-ups and banners created and sometimes, clicking on them can forward you to websites containing dangerous contents such as Ransomware, Spyware, Trojans and other viruses. That’s why the best piece of advice we can give you in case that Apsolutamente has recently hijacked your favorite browser is to use the instructions below and safely uninstall the annoying program. By doing so, you will prevent it from redirecting you to random pages and filling your screen with hard-to-remove ads.

SUMMARY:

Name Apsolutamente
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  There are some typical symptoms that can be observed such as a change in the browser’s homepage or search engine settings and a constant page-redirect to unfamiliar websites.
Distribution Method Users can often land a Browser Hijacker in their system by downloading and installing a free software package where such programs are bundled.
Detection Tool

Remove Apsolutamente Virus

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).

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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Apsolutamente 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 Apsolutamente from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Apsolutamente 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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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