Fake Plugin Activity 2 Overview
WARNING! If you have started seeing messages coming from an entity called Fake Plugin Activity 2, then you are already infected with a virus, and you should remove it immediately. This particular malware employs one of the sleaziest possible tricks any of its kind can come up with, because it presents itself as a virus-removal program which urges you to use it and remove whatever it claims it’s on your PC. In reality if you do what it wants, it will then download and install another of its kind. It is basically masquerading as real windows functions, but in reality it is poisoning your system with malicious advertisements – malicious, because they lead to other viruses.
- Fake Plugin Activity 2 is categorized as adware – meaning its primary function is to intrude on your browsing activities by displaying a barrage of ads. It wants to continue doing so, and for that reason it will also display a different kind of messages. Those are about missing plugins or updates on Java and Flash Player, and they too are tricks aimed at you. Do not click them.
- And effect associated with adware is that your CPU’s speed will suffer, henceforth loading time will increase as well. This is due to the fact that the ads are not a part of the actual pages, but are simulated by your computer.
- If you can, avoid clicking on the advertisements. They will reroute you to different websites that may have no actual relation to the products you were viewing. Exit them immediately, before they have the chance to infect you with another virus.
How To Avoid Fake Plugin Activity 2 (And Other Malware)
Over the years, a few patterns in the behavior of viruses have become steadily more apparent. The most important thing any user should realize is that these things are incapable of entering your system without tricking you into giving them permission. The reason this happens, is that they do it by being included in some sort of installer – corrupted cracks, media players, download managers. Or any sort of free program. And unless we’re talking about cracked versions of a software, then you can sue the website you downloaded the free program from. So they legalize the whole thing by TELLING you you will receive advertisements, and hoping you’re not paying attention. So to shield yourself from being in this situation again, whenever you are installing something, look for specific names, just like Fake Plugin Activity 2, or for mentions of advertisements. Here is an example:
So if you are installing something, and you see this, our sincere recommendation is to exit the setup immediately.
How to Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Fake Plugin Activity 2 and anything else suspicious-looking. Be careful, but not too much – malware sometimes choose different names to confuse you, so take note of anything recently added that seems like a virus to you. Highlight and Uninstall these.
Fake Plugin Activity 2 has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each of them.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Fake Plugin Activity 2 . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type whatever you want, then click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
The virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, click Fake Plugin Activity 2 and select .
The click for the second time, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, you should remove anything but the search engines you normally use(probably Google).
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions
Find Fake Plugin Activity 2 then Uninstall.
STEP 3 (Optional)
This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:
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You may also want to check out Step 4 – we’ve prepared a short guide for optimizing PCs after a malware has been removed
If you were not successful, then continue reading.
STEP 4 (Optional)
If you’ve reached this step, then well done for removing Fake Plugin Activity 2 . We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested you can check it out here.