Fapmeth.com “Virus” Removal (Sept. 2018 Update)


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

Browser hijackers are an annoyance that most of you have probably already encountered at a certain point. This software category is notorious for its ability to silently enter one’s system and begin to irritate the user through a number of activities that are mostly related to the user’s browsing activities. Some of the more common characteristics of most hijackers is that they seek to introduce different changes to the browsers that are installed onto the targeted PC (IE, Chrome, Firefox or any other). Here are some examples:

  • Changed homepage and new-tab page
  • Replaced default search engine with some obscure and unknown new one (usually less functional/of lower quality)
  • The addition of a new toolbar to the browser

Aside from those changes, it is also highly likely that a hijacker application would also attempt to redirect the user to random pages/sites as well as display a variety of online ads that can be extremely irritating and obstructive. This is also one of the reasons why oftentimes, such applications are also referred to as page/browser redirects. In today’s article, we will give you some more specific information with regards to a newly discovered hijacker/browser redirect that is called Fapmeth.com. Below you will learn what the real purpose of this redirect is, what problems it might lead to and how you can successfully deal with this irritation in just a matter of minutes.

Hijackers and online advertising

The sole reason behind all the different changes that Fapmeth.com might introduce to your browsing programs and all the various advertising content that it might display on your screen is, of course, none other than financial gain. Hijackers are actually nothing more than revenue-generating tools that utilize certain web-advertising techniques to profit their creators. A page redirect/hijacker can be used to advertise and promote different sites, services, products, online stores, software or anything else really. It is the ultimate advertising tool which is also what makes this type of potentially unwanted software so widely-spread and popular among both hackers and legitimate software devs. However, bear in mind that although some such applications might seem to actually provide the user with some useful and functional feature, most of the time there’s pretty much nothing beneficial or helpful that you can get from a hijacker. Most of the time the only people who gain anything from such an application is its creators and the developers that have their products promoted by the hijacker.

 

Fapmeth.com “Virus” 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).

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.

DNS

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 Fapmeth.com 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 Fapmeth.com from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Fapmeth.com 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!

Dangers

Despite the fact that a lot of people see page-redirects like Fapmeth.com as malicious malware, it should actually be said that in terms of potential for harming your system, hijackers/redirects like this one aren’t all that hazardous. If you have ever encountered an actual virus such as a Trojan or Ransomware, you’d know that a mere browser-redirect the likes of Fapmeth.com isn’t something to be overly worried about. Know that applications like this one are in fact legal most of the time and aren’t typically used to cause any sort of harm to the end user. The main reason why they are considered unwanted is because they do not really offer any actual use and are also highly intrusive and irritating.

However, here it is important to note that, despite their relative harmlessness, some hijackers might still represent a certain security risk for those who aren’t careful enough around them. Due to the unverified nature of the ads displayed by most page-redirects/hijackers, one could never be certain if the banners and pop-ups displayed by the app aren’t coming from some shady or illegal source that might also be used for malware distribution. Therefore, if you don’t want to land yourself some nasty virus like a Trojan, a Worm or a Ransomware make sure to avoid interacting with anything that Fapmeth.com or any other hijacker tries to place inside your browser.

Do not allow the installation of hijackers!

User interaction/approval is typically required for a hijacker like Fapmeth.com to get installed inside one’s system. This is actually good news as it means that you can, with enough awareness and caution, avoid the installation of such unwanted software. Some of the most important rules to achieve that level of security is to avoid going to unreliable sites with low-reputation, to not open e-mails and other messages that you think might be spam and also to always make sure to customize the installation of new programs. Know that file bundling is commonly used for distributing unwanted software like page-redirecting applications which means that they could be added as optional installs to other programs. To avoid installing the whole bundle, always look for settings in the setup menu that allow you to leave out any optional installs that might have been added. Only after you do so it would be safe to initiate the actual installation process.

SUMMARY:

Name Fapmeth.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If certain changes have been made to your browser without your approval, then you probably have a hijacker on your PC.
Distribution Method Various forms of malvertising, spam messages, software bundling, sites with low reputation, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.


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