Remove ImgSync From: image8.pubmatic.com Popups & Adware (Nov. 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove ImgSync and any adware on your PC. Our removal instructions work for Internet Explorer,Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Windows.

  Name ImgSync 

Imgsync in action

 Removal Summary To successfully remove ImgSync manually: 1: Go and search for rogue programs in your control panel. 2: Look for infected files on your PC (we provide a free online scanner to check) 3: Cleanup your browser settings and executables. 4: Clean your registries to make sure the ytmp3.cc redirect doesn’t return.
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ImgSync and Adware Removal Guide

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Step 1

The issue with Image8.pubmatic.com seems to be related to a misconfigured advertisement, which occurs on legitimate websites such as "msn.com" or "yahoo.com", where "pubmatic" is the main advertiser. When the issue occurs, the user receives a prompt regarding a 0byte file called "ImgSync", that needs to be downloaded. The issue seems to be occurring in all known browsers and it can be resolved by blocking the URL through HOSTs. This is how you remove the message: 

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" -  remove them. While still in hosts add image8.pubmatic.com to the file and you should stop getting the message. The rest of the steps below concern any adware that may have been installed on your PC. 

After you are done with the hosts file, go to your desktop and hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl --> OK.

appwiz

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries installed without your knowledge around the time you realized you have a malware. If you find any - uninstall them.

After you are done, proceed to Step 2 - it is the most important step in removing your problem.

Step 2

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. Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner. If you find infected processes, end them in the task manager, then delete the files that the processes lead to.

You need to complete Step 2 or the malware may reinstall itself in Step 3 - cleaning up your browsers.

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Step 3

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  Removal for 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 t if it's not what you normally use ---> Apply.

firefox-512 Removal for Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware ---> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemoval for 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. If the issue wasn't fixed, bring back the "old" default, by renaming "Backup default" to "Default."

 

Step 4

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

After you are done with Regedit, 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

This is the end of the guide. If none of the steps worked, 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!

There are thousands of PC users out there that have unwanted programs, apps and other software components inside their systems without even knowing it. Some of the most commonly-encountered examples of such software are adware and browser hijackers. Both of those software categories are known for flooding the users’ browsers with nagging ads and page-redirects and if you are currently struggling with irritating advertising materials that show up on your every time you open your IE, Chrome or Firefox browser (or any other browser for that matter), then you also most likely have a hijacker or an adware app on your machine. In the next lines, however, we will be focusing on one particular piece of software – a browser extension-like app which is actually an adware component. An adware can spam you with banners, pop-ups, blinking messages, random page redirects and other similar forms of unwanted ads while you are surfing the Internet using your main browser. Many users are actually unaware of the fact that the cause for those ads is an app like an adware that’s inside their PC and that the only way to stop the unpleasant ads-generation would be to uninstall the nagging software.

This, however, is where a lot of users tend to struggle. An adware app is normally not too easy to remove due to the lack of an actual built-in uninstallation option that most other programs have. If an adware is in your PC, then you will likely not find an uninstallation .exe. file for it and you might also not be able to get rid of the unwanted software component through your browser’s extensions manager or via your Control Panel Uninstall a program list. Still, though, there are ways to get rid of such apps and in the present article we will give you two useful and effective methods that can help you eliminate the adware and all data related to it from your PC. The first method is manual – it comprises carrying out a number of manual steps that will help you locate the pesky app and remove it from your machine. The second way you could get rid of the adware that we will give you is by using the specialized removal program from the guide which will automatically take care of the unwanted software.

The danger of Adware

Hopefully, you will be able to quickly and easily uninstall the nagging adware by using either (or both of) the methods from this page. However, we still need to tell you a bit more about the adware category so that you know what you are actually dealing with. Now, the first thing to say here is that this is not a serious malware threat like a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware or some other insidious virus (Rootkits, Worms, etc.). That said, adware apps are still not the most trustworthy type of software around as they could stream some rather questionable content to your browser. Not all Internet ads are safe and some might even be used for the distribution of all kinds of viruses and if you randomly click on each and every web ad you see in your browser, you might indeed get yourself some noxious Ransomware or Trojan Horse infection. Naturally, since the number of ads displayed in your browser would drastically go up when there’s an adware on your PC, you should be even more careful with regards to the online contents that you interact with. With that said, it should be obvious that it is simply safer to remove the ad-generating element and in that way decrease the chances of coming across some unsafe advert, page redirect or banner.

The distribution methods

Many users fail to keep their machines clean and safe precisely because they do not pay enough attention to what they do on the Internet. For instance, you are really not supposed to click on sketchy ads coming from unknown and obscure sites or opening any form of spam messages that might come to you. Same goes for downloading software from questionable sources or downloading programs that might be pirated. Another highly-important piece of advice we can give you is to never install new programs using the Quick setup option. Always check the Advanced/Custom installation menu to see if there are any bundled elements that might be potentially unwanted. Adware apps like ImgSync oftentimes get added to such installation packages and you will need to manually disable them before launching the installation if you want to make sure that they do not get installed on your computer alongside the actual program you want to install in your system.


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