If an Adware application such as the recently reported Multitimer “Virus” has managed to find its way inside your PC, then might want to have it removed ASAP since this program is known for being capable of flooding users’ browser with irritating and obnoxious ads, banners, pop-ups, box messages and other similar types of virtual advertising materials.
It is also likely that this piece of software could potentially start redirecting you to online pages that it is trying to promote without any regard about whether or not you actually want to go to those pages. With most Adware apps, it is irrelevant what browser is on the user’s PC. Pretty much all popular browsers such as Chrome, IE, Firefox, Edge, Opera and others are likely to be susceptible to the effects of Multitimer “Virus” and other similar programs and also switching to another browser is likely not going to solve the problem. In most instances, the only way to effectively deal with the intrusiveness caused by an Adware app is to have the said app removed from your computer. However, most such programs require some additional steps before they could be successfully gotten rid of. In many cases, simply uninstalling the app won’t do the trick. Furthermore, oftentimes there won’t be an uninstallation .exe file or an uninstallation Control Panel entry from the Uninstall a program list for the Adware. This could be really frustrating if you are trying to eradicate the pesky piece of software which is why we have made sure to put together a guide for removing Multitimer “Virus” and provide you with it. You can find the instructional manual below this write-up but we advise you that you read everything on this page leading up to the guide before you actually try to complete the steps. It is always important to be well-acquainted with the specifics surrounding any type of PC-related problem before you actually try to troubleshoot it. Therefore, in the next lines, we will shed some more light on the typical characteristics and traits of Multitimer “Virus” and Adware in general.
The Multitimer Virus
Less experienced users might think that Multitimer is some nasty virus similar to a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware on their computer when they first encounter the Adware annoyance. Though the ads generated by Multitimer might not always be reliable, the app itself is not likely to try to cause any harm to your machine.
After all, it cannot be denied that such apps oftentimes tend to display certain rather shady abilities and traits such as their tendency to invade the user’s browser without being given a direct and informed permission to do so and then fill it with its obstructive promotional materials.
Aside from being irritating, such aggressive advertising might also be dangerous at times since not all of the displayed ads, banners, pop-ups and box messages are guaranteed to be safe. Some of the ads might be coming from obscure sources and questionable advertising networks and it is no secret that many hackers use the malvertising model to distribute their nasty malware viruses. That is why you need to be careful when faced with Adware-generated adverts – it is normally preferable if you simply keep your distance from them and not interact with them in any way (even if your sole intent would be to close them).
With all that said, however, it’s still important to remember that Multitimer “Virus” is not some kind of malicious and dangerous virus program like a Trojan, a Worm or a Ransomware. However, due to the indirect danger of having your PC exposed to real cyber threats like the ones mentioned above due to the uncontrolled ads generation, it is still better if you do away with the Adware program once and for all.
Most Adware apps get distributed through file bundles, spam messages and misleading online advertisements
If you want to stay away from Adware in future, remember that you need to abstain from clicking on shady-looking online offers and ads or opening questionable online messages, especially if they have links or files attached to them and if they have been sent to you from unknown senders. The file-bundling technique where an app is added as an optional install to the setup wizard of another program is yet another popular method for distributing Adware. In order to avoid falling for this Adware distribution model, you are advised to always check the advanced installation menus of any new programs you are about to install on your machine. Use the custom/advanced menu and see if there are any options regarding added/bundled applications there. If you see anything you might not want on your PC, opt-out of it by unchecking its checkbox and only then proceed with the installation process of the main program from the bundle – the one you actually want to install on your PC.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The usual symptoms of an Adware program are constant generation of pesky web ads and frequent page redirects to random sites.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, spam letters, obscure ads, pirated content, etc.|
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Multitimer “Virus” 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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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:
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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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Multitimer from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Multitimer from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Multitimer from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!