National Consumer Center Scam


National Consumer Center

National Consumer Center is a program that belongs to the category of adware. If you’ve already come in contact with it, it is probably obvious to you by now where it gets its name from. An adware’s sole purpose is to generate large amounts of advertisements for you to click on. Now, despite it being  intrusive, it shouldn’t be confused with viruses and other malware. The latter is sure to cause quite some harm to your computer and is a serious threat, whereas the former is more of an annoyance.

National Consumer Center Scam

National Consumer Center Removal

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t remove it and let it stay on your PC, mind you. Even though adware is not a direct danger to your system and files, it still has the potential of causing problems and we will explain more about this further on in this article. Below are the steps towards the complete removal of National Consumer Center from your computer and also a few simple tips to prevent getting infected again.

Is National Consumer Center A “Scam”?

Well, we covered the fact that it’s an adware. Programs of that type operate on a Pay per click basis, which generates revenue for the adware developers from your clicking on the said ads. That being said, their job is more or less done, once they’ve manage to tempt you into clicking on something. They don’t really care whether or not the pop-up or re-directed page or newly opened one corresponds to what you were initially interested in seeing. So with this in mind, it’s best to abstain from clicking any of those attractive banners that you are probably seeing all over the webpages you visit. There is also the probability of landing on some harmful website, which has viruses and other threats lurking on it.

So, as if that weren’t reason enough to uninstall National Consumer Center “Scam” from your PC, here’s some for you – more worrying than the last. Due to the nature of its activity, it’s in the creators’ best interest that you are genuinely taken by the ads they’re flooding you with. Even if it’s just a little, but enough to get that precious, money-making click. So what they do in order to make sure that the offers are appealing to you is gather all of your browsing data. This would include information like your search queries, the websites you visit, ID identifications and more. The data is then analyzed and used in order to optimize the bombardment of virtual advertising material. This leads us to the main point: the above details are then very often sold on to third parties, who may do with them as they please. And as you might guess, things might get very ugly if any of that information is misused. One thing must be made clear though – although many people address National Consumer Center as a scam, this is not a computer virus. This is something entirely different. A there is no official confirmation that this is indeed a “scam”, something that implies unsavory intents. What we can confirm is that this program strongly resembles Adware applications.

How did National Consumer Center get into my computer?

In most cases, the adware was probably bundled in together with some other software. The sneaky developers do this, because the majority of people in their right mind won’t go about voluntarily seeking to bring National Consumer Center into their lives. Therefore, they package it with something you would want and would go out of your way to download from somewhere. Then, once you run setup of the program in question, you will most likely choose the ‘default’ option and will thus be allowing what hidden adware there is to integrate with your browser (Chrome, Mozilla, IE).

For this reason it is of paramount importance that you are:

  1. Careful with the websites you choose to download things from,
  2. Always opting for the custom or advance installation settings, so you can see what else is bundled into the software AND decide whether or not you want them.

Open-source download sites are the primary location for adware and other such nuisances to be found. This is why we highly recommend users to stay away from those as much as possible and only use trusted download sources. Here is where we should also mention that you can contract National Consumer Center or other adware from the aforementioned advertisements, which adds to why you shouldn’t be clicking on them.

Follow the below instructions to remove National Consumer Center and in conclusion we’d like to summarize the simple measures that will keep your computer safe in the future:

  • At all times have a working antivirus program and run virus checks frequently;
  • Stay off suspicious websites;
  • Always choose advanced setup when installing something;
  • Check your browser from time to time for unwanted add-ons.

SUMMARY:

Name National Consumer Center
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (Might possibly lead to websites with viruses and your personal details might be sold on to 3rd parties, which in turn may result in data misuse)
Symptoms Pages coated in banners and strange hyperlinks in text. Page re-directs and often occuring pop-ups. 
Distribution Method Most likely through program bundling. Could have also been via email or with the help of other adware
Detection Tool National Consumer Center may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

National Consumer Center “Scam” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


National Consumer Center Scam

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).

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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. 

National Consumer Center Scam

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. 

National Consumer Center Scam

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

National Consumer Center Scam

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.

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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.

National Consumer Center Scam

National Consumer Center Scam

  • 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.

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National Consumer Center Scam  Remove National Consumer Center from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  National Consumer Center Scam —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to National Consumer Center Scam —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

National Consumer Center Scam Remove National Consumer Center from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  National Consumer Center Scam  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

National Consumer Center Scam

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
National Consumer Center ScamRemove National Consumer Center from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

National Consumer Center Scam

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!

 

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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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