Info UpdaterEx Malware Removal

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

No one likes a slow browser filled with online ads that crashes every now and then. Unfortunately, there is a whole type of programs that seem to do exactly that. Those programs are known under the name Adware and in the article you are about to read, you will learn about one of the newest of them – an application called Info UpdaterEx Malware.

Introduction to Adware programs

There isn’t much of a difference between Info UpdaterEx Malware and other Adware programs. Once you have such software installed on your PC it will become a part of each of your browsers (Chrome, IE, Firefox) in the form of an add-on, but instead of improving your online experience, it will start displaying irritating pop-ups, box messages and banners all over your screen. This is basically what these programs are made for and it all has to do with the Pay-Per-Click scheme. This is a revenue earning method, through which Adware developers are able to gain small amounts of income for each click on any of the ads. Surely, a single click brings an insignificant profit. However, since Adware applications are very widely spread and every day more and more users get them on their PC’s, the overall income is considerable. On some occasions software like Info UpdaterEx Malware might seem to have some actual value for the user like some sort of a neat function, but the truth is that such programs do not usually provide anything that would make them worth keeping on your PC. Usually the best thing you can do when faced with Adware is to remove it from your system – there is just no need to put up with all the frustration that such programs bring.

There is nothing scary about Adware

A great number of users panic at the sight of an Adware “invasion”. The unknown can surely be scary and this is the main reason why so many people worry when they get such a program installed on their system. Here, we will clarify certain things concerning this type of unwanted software, so that you get a better grasp of what they can and what they cannot do. First of all, we need to make it clear that Adware applications are not some sort of malicious viruses similar to Ransomware or Trojan Horses. In fact, most Adware programs are legal and despite their tendency to annoy and irritate users, they usually do not have any harmful or dangerous traits. In contrast to that, typical Ransomware can lock your documents without being detected and afterwards blackmail you for a ransom payment if you want the access to your files to be restored. None of this is typical for a simple PUP (potentially unwanted program) such as Info UpdaterEx Malware.

Safety first!

Despite not being a noxious virus, Adware is still unwanted and should still be approached with caution. Even though the PUP generally cannot harm your system, it could potentially make it more vulnerable to more hazardous threats if you are not careful. For example, the ads you see being displayed in your browser may sometimes actually be a deceptive hyperlink that upon interaction with will redirect you to some other site that may be potentially dangerous. In most cases, such hazardous redirects do not occur, but it is still worth keeping in mind and staying safe by not clicking on any of the nagging pop-ups and banners that flood your screen. Also, remember that the only effective way to get rid of the constant flow of bothersome adverts is to remove the program that’s causing it. Trying to manually close all the ads will have little to no effect, since they will just keep on spamming.

How did Info UpdaterEx Malware get installed on your PC?

Since few would willingly install Adware on their computer, developers of these unwanted programs have had to come up with other ways of distributing their software. Most of the time this includes some sort of false advertising or stealth install. Some of the most frequently employed techniques are junk mail, deceptive or outright hidden download links or torrent files. So far, the method that seems to be the most effective is the so called file bundles. Those are program installers that have several added applications to the main piece of software that get installed along, if the user opts for the default installations settings. Obviously, this is what most people actually do and it’s also why this technique is so successful. Since you already know about it, the next time you attempt to install some new program, remember to use the custom installation instead of the default one. That way you will see what has been added to the main program. Make sure to uncheck all added installs that appear to be suspicious and that you think might turn out to be unwanted.

SUMMARY:

Name Info UpdaterEx Malware
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Normally it’s the ads that are the main symptom of Adware. Other possibilities are alterations to different browser settings.
Distribution Method Generally, the most frequently utilized distribution techniques are spam emails, hidden/deceptive links on file-sharing sites and, of course, the infamous file-bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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 Info UpdaterEx Malware Removal

First Steps


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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Info UpdaterEx Malware successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Find out if there is something fishy with each of the processes individually. 

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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 Info UpdaterEx Malware from Internet Explorer:

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 to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Info UpdaterEx Malware from Firefox:

Removal for Firefox

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Info UpdaterEx Malware from Chrome:

Removal 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.

Step6

Final Steps

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!