ICLoader Adware Removal (Sept. 2018 Update)


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

Ad-interruptions during web surfing are not something uncommon. In fact, most of the time, you may see on-screen advertisements and website-generated messages and there is nothing wrong with that. However, a problem may occur if these interruptions become too frequent and way too aggressive and start to disturb your normal browsing activity. For instance, in case of an Adware “infection”, various popping-up messages, links, banners and blinking boxes may start to appear all over your screen and prompt you to click on them. Applications like ICLoader are known for their ability to do that and that’s why many users refer to them as potentially unwanted and seek ways to have them uninstalled. Moreover, these pieces of software tend to initiate automatic redirects to some sponsored web pages and display promotional search results which may not always be relevant to what you are really looking for. Normally, such Adware apps operate as an add-on to popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera. ICLoader, for instance, forces the default browsing program that you tend to use to generate an unstoppable stream of pay-per-click advertisements with the idea to provide exposure and on-screen promotion to certain products, services, websites or software.

Luckily, despite the fact that this may be considered as annoying, Adware is not among the most harmful computer threats. Compared to a real computer virus or a malware categories such as Ransomware, Trojan horses, Spyware or Worms, Adware apps are generally harmless and do not typically initiate criminal actions on the system. Yet, there are a lot of web users who frequently mistake applications of this kind for computer viruses. That’s why, in some web forums and locations you may see that ICLoader Adware may be regarded as a virus. The reason is, such an application is typically a source of major online disturbance for some people who find it very annoying when the Adware constantly displays nagging and hard-to-remove ads on their screen. What is more, catching such software is usually very easy but uninstalling it could be quite tricky. The typical Control Panel uninstallation may not be enough to remove all the ad-generating components from the computer. That’s why, in most of the cases, the users may need the assistance of a professional removal tool or a manual Removal Guide like the one below.

ICLoader Adware 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.

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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 ICLoader 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 ICLoader from Firefox:

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

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

Getting rid of the ads is not the only reason to uninstall ICLoader.

Some people may be extremely bothered by the ads that ICLoader displays but there may be users who don’t find anything wrong in getting offers and commercial messages on their screen. In most cases, even if you don’t remove this software, nothing harmful or destructive will happen to your system. As we said above, the Adware has no malicious intentions and definitely cannot encrypt your files or corrupt your software. However, we still need to warn you about some potential risks of keeping such an application on the computer so that you can make an informed decision on what to do next.

For instance, if you keep ICLoader operating on your system, you should be prepared for frequent browsing interruptions, crashes, unresponsiveness and automatic page-redirects. Different third-party websites and promotional content of various kinds may be forced onto your screen while you are searching for something else. As a result, you may lose quite a lot of your time trying to close the constantly popping-up messages instead of doing your browsing. Landing on misleading links or hazardous web locations is guaranteed to happen but is still a possibility, especially if you are not careful with what you click on. Also, in some cases, your browser may become sluggish or unresponsive to your actual commands because it may be too busy to generate ads. For these reasons, it is generally recommended that you uninstall the software in question and get rid of its disturbance.

Protecting your PC from Adware

Online safety always comes down to a few simple things. First, one should always be careful when surfing the Internet and be careful when downloading new content or when clicking on different online messages. A wrong click or some other type of careless behavior can, in no time, land you not only annoying applications like ICLoader but also infect your machine with nasty computer viruses such as Ransomware, Trojan horses or Spyware. That’s why, we strongly advise our readers to avoid the most common sources of potentially undesirable software such as ICLoader. Potential sources of unwanted apps could be free download links, software bundles, torrent platforms, spam messages, ad-supported websites or automatic installers and so on. It is very important to pay close attention during the installation of every new software on your computer because in many cases, applications like ICLoader might be bundled inside the installer as free additional components. Selecting the most detailed installation options (usually those are named as Advanced/Manual/Custom) could give you better control over the setup and let you disable any application or component which has no relation to the main software that you want to install.

SUMMARY:

Name ICLoader
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoying ads and pop-ups may constantly interrupt your normal web browsing. 
Distribution Method Free download links, free program bundles, torrents, shareware sites, freeware platforms, spam.
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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