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

The major classifications of online threats go as follows:

  • PUPs – or potentially unwanted programs, are programs that might have been installed together with the virus. Look for any recent entries in your Program Files/Program Data folders, as well as in the Control Panel. These programs can either:
    Offer you a variety of unsafe products that they promote as a must-have in a distasteful fashion (creating ads that are an shown even in Windows explorer)
  • Pass themselves as a concerned anti-virus software that seemingly finds an incredible amount of errors, probably in the hundreds, and “strongly urges” you to buy an enhanced version of the software to fix the errors. These warnings can occur even on freshly installed system, thus absolutely flagging them as bogus. This type is commonly called Scareware.

Adware – aside from PUPs these are likely the least damaging critters out there. This is the type belongs to. Adware are even technically legal, although this has been disputed and they definitely reside in a grey area. Here’s the deal: adware are considered a crude promotional tool at best, a security threat at worst. The reason for their legality is that adware are mostly installed via third-party software. Most of this software comes in the form of free programs. These free programs – or freeware as they are known – do not generate revenue for their owners, who have to resort to other things to monetize. That’s where adware comes in. Freeware install themselves in a bundle with an adware and they actually tell you will be receiving third-party advertising. But the warning you receive is contained in the EULA.

Browser Redirects – the threat that  forces you to visit other websites on each new page, new tab, changes your search engine and fills the results with highly dubious entries. may do this as well. The only reason these things exist is to redirect you towards certain websites in order to increase their traffic and thus their standing in Google.

Trojan – one of the nastiest and most dangerous viruses you can encounter. They can record your personal information, passwords and accounts and then send them to whoever created the malware. In reality they represent a backdoor for the hacker to enter and tamper with your system. But the real and biggest damage they may cause is when they serve as an agent that sets up and allows a Ransomware to begin its operation.

Ransomware are the most brutal virus an everyday user can encounter. They come in, lock up your files with a nasty and powerful encryption and demand that you pay up – usually in the range of hundreds of dollars – so it can return the infected files to you. They resemble Scareware a lot, except they deliver on their promises. A good thing is that is unlikely to cause this.

Please take the time to read this. If you are here, then most likely the unusual behavior of your PC prompted you to seek help and try to find out what exactly is the thing that infected you. In this article we will attempt to explain to you the general classifications of computer viruses and how they relate to At first glance this might not seem terribly efficient and relevant to your situation, but in fact – it is. The reason for this is called a “virus cocktail” in slang terms. It refers to the practice of online threats barraging you with practically anything imaginable, from seemingly mild nuisances like Adware and Browser Redirects to e-crimes such as Trojans and even Ransomware. This means it’s possible that you have several different viruses or adware on your system right this very moment.

You need to understand how they work and operate to successfully remove them on your own. This can be both hard and time consuming. Anything you miss can lead to the virus reemerging later on, or in the most extreme cases, to steal your passwords (including those for online banking accounts) if there is a keylogger on your PC – a software that records whatever you type and can send it to its master, the person who created the virus.


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You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.


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