How to Remove Grave Setup “Virus” (Sept. 2018 Update)


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

If you have recently gotten an Adware program installed on your computer, then you are most likely currently struggling with frequent page-redirects in your browser as well as nagging generation of intrusive banners, pop-ups, box messages and other similar unpleasant promotional materials that get displayed on your screen each and every time you open a new browsing session. This could happen to any PC and browser – if you have a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera or an other popular browsing program, then an adware could get attached to it and could spam it with its ads. Obviously, this could indeed be quite unpleasant and oftentimes rather frustrating. After all, you’d certainly not want to have your time wasted in attempts to get through the wall of ads and page redirects just so that you could finally get to the site or page that you’ve actually been looking for. Unfortunately, there is a quite big number of adware programs out there and it is really easy to get one installed on your machine without even initially knowing it. Unlike viruses such as Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware, adware apps are mostly not technically illegal since they aren’t regarded as real viruses. This significantly helps with their distribution and makes it easier for their developers to bundle them with all kinds of software and distribute them with other programs (more on that, later). This is one of the main reasons why such apps are so widely-spread. A lot of users are struggling with ads in their browsers and unpleasant page-redirects caused by software components that belong to the adware category. However, although this might seem like a significant issue, it is actually rather easy and simple to deal with an adware “infection”. You just need to know where to look for the unpleasant app and how to uninstall it in such a way that it won’t be able to return again. An example of how to uninstall and remove an adware app will be provided for you right below, in our removal guide for the so-called Grave Setup “Virus”. This particular hijacker is an app that was recently released. Currently a lot of users seem to have it on their machines and since this piece of software is an adware program, it, too, tends to be quite nagging and undesirable.

How to Remove Grave Setup “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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Grave Setup 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 Grave Setup from Firefox:

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

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

Beware the ads and the redirects!

If the sheer intrusiveness and irritation that comes from apps like Grave Setup is not enough to convince you that you should most probably get rid of this app right away using our guide or the recommended malware-removal tool, then know this: adware apps, though not really all that harmful and malicious, are not apps that you’d want to have on your machine because their ads may be unsafe. By that we mean you could sometimes get exposed to adverts and redirects to pages which might link you to online locations used by hackers for virus distribution. So, if you don’t want to get some nasty Trojan Horse infection or a Ransomware cryptovirus on your computer, we advise you to stay as far away from the Grave Setup ads as possible and take immediate action towards getting rid of the unpleasant adware app. Again, we do not mean to say that Grave Setup, in itself, is a piece of malware, but it is no secret that most adware developers aren’t overly concerned with the quality and with the reliability of the ads that their products might stream to the users’ browsers. Therefore, you must take the security of your PC into your own hands and eliminate any piece of software that’s currently on it which might lead to potential exposure to any cyber threats.

Learning how to keep adware away from your machine

The most important rules here are to never visit websites that might be illegal or that might distribute pirated content, to never open anything that might potentially be some form of spam and to never download stuff that might be of low quality or potentially illegal. That said, as mentioned earlier, since adware apps like Grave Setup “Virus” aren’t technically illegal, they can also get distributed alongside useful and popular programs in the form of bundled components. This is why it’s crucial that you always take an extra moment or two to look through the options and details in every setup installer you are about to use to install a certain program. Normally, there would be two ways of installing the said program – the Default/Quick and the Custom/Advanced one. Always go for the Custom/Advanced options as they will show you what added components there might be and enable you to leave out the ones you might not want.

SUMMARY:

Name Grave Setup
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  It is difficult not to notice a hijacker – its unpleasant browser changes and intrusive ads are typically the thing that would give away its presence.
Distribution Method Spa, installation bundles and malvertising are the three most frequently used distribution techniques for browser hijacker applications.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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