This page aims to help you remove Askmefast Virus. These Askmefast Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows. Askmefast Virus is a nasty application of the Browser Hijacker variety and it is the reason behind any sudden influx of advertisements you may be seeing while browsing online. These type of applications exist to create money for their distributors by showing you unwanted Ads much in the way TV Ads work.Unfortunately while you can always switch the channel online Ads generated by this malware will follow you to whatever pages and links you open and will very quickly become tiresome to deal with.
These Ads are not only annoying, but they are a burden to your computer. When you try to load a page your PC also has to download the data needed to display the Ads, as well as use part of the system resources to render them on your screen. This can add up to a several seconds delay on opening new pages. If you have the habit of keeping many tabs open then the system drain can quickly build up and slow your computer further, sometimes even to the point of non-responsiveness.
|Danger Level||Medium. Browser Hijackers are never fun so you will be probably wise to uninstall it as soon as possible.|
|Symptoms||Numerous redirects and pop-ups with advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Downloaded infected file, most probably .exe, software bundles.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Askmefast Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
The real danger of the Ads is lurking under the surface
The slowdown may be annoying, but that’s just the seawater in which the sharks are hiding. Browser Hijacker software like Askmefast Virus is known for its nasty surprises in the form of viruses and bloatware scams that are delivered through the Ads.
Basically the virus is able to make the Ads look like anything. Most of the time these will be pop-ups and banners or maybe they will transform certain keywords into hyperlinks containing the Ad. But it could also be much more subtle and create Ads that look exactly like system messages. They might pop warnings even independently from the browser and directly on your desktop. The goal is always to make you download some dangerous executable file. These will usually hide under the guise of some required patch, update or fix OR they will be software applications designed to fix problems and optimize your PC. If at any point while you have this pest installed on your computer you see one of the following you should immediately become alert about the possibility that this is created by the virus and you should never click on it.
- One of your programs needs an urgent update (Flash, Java are usually used as the bait)
- You need to install a missing plug-in or video codec in order to watch some clip or movie
- Your computer has been scanned by “free online scanner” that found a great deal of issues like HDD health warnings, registry problems, virus threats detected and more. You’ll be prompted to download a tool that can fix these “issues”
Be advised that these are simply samples of popular tricks. In general we recommend that you deal with Askmefast Virus first and then repair any problems your system is supposedly suffering from. It is highly likely that this virus is the culprit and there aren’t any actual problems.
Remove Askmefast Virus
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
This threat is closely associated with your internet browser and you should clean it from there first. Askmefast Virus is loaded as an add-on and if you want to get rid of it you need to run the instruction cycles in Step 2 and Step 3 for each and every browser installed. It is likely that all of your browsers are affected, so make sure you clean them all.
Also be aware of any confirmation messages that may pop-up when you try to get rid of it. These may try to send you to a website or download another program for you to install. Avoid any option that will lead to either of these tricks.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove Askmefast Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove Askmefast Virus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
READ THIS SECTION! IT’S IMPORTANT!
The final part of the guide will make sure nothing of Askmefast Virus remains, but be careful and read the instructions with care and also double check before deleting anything. Doing this wrong can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download the professional anti-malware software we trust. Not only will it get rid of Askmefast Virus for you, but it also has a excellent scanner, which can reveal and remove any other viruses that Askmefast Virus may have installer or was installed by. Some of the nastiest viruses can ruin all your data and demand $200-$400 in ransom to get it back!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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