Novpop.exe is a stealthy virus program that possesses a variety of dangerous and harmful abilities it could use to compromise the infected computer. It is made on purpose to resemble the legal process Novpop.exe which means a client/server execution subsystem and is a basic subsystem that must run at all times and belongs to Microsoft.
Nowadays, there are probably almost no computer or smartphone users who haven’t heard the term “Trojan horse”. Most of those people probably associate this term with some dangerous piece of malware that can be particularly detrimental to the safety and health of their device. However, the majority of users don’t really know anything more about the Trojan horse malware family, which oftentimes results in increased numbers of Trojan horse infections, especially whenever a newer variant such as Novpop.exe gets released. Because of this, today we will share with you some helpful information about the Trojan horse threats, mainly focusing on the newly released Novpop.exe. We will try to help those of you who have already been hit by this particular threat remove the infection from their computers and minimize the damage it might cause by providing them with a detailed Novpop.exe removal guide.
The Novpop.exe Virus
If the Novpop.exe virus is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security dangerous is high.There is a reason the Novpop.exe virus is referred to as Trojan horses.
Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Novpop.exe!
How to remove Novpop.exe
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Novpop.exe in the programs list that would show up.
- Select Novpop.exe from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
- From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
- Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Novpop.exe.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Novpop.exe.
- If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Novpop.exe from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the Novpop.exe extension
- Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
- Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Novpop.exe and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
- Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
- Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.
How to get rid of Novpop.exe on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the Novpop.exe extension
- Get rid of Novpop.exe by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
- Open Firefox
- Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
- Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
- Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
- Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
- Start Edge
- Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
- Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
- Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
- Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Novpop.exe” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Novpop.exe
- Open task manager
- Look for the Novpop.exe process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete Novpop.exe
- Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
- Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
- If you don’t see a “Novpop.exe” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
- Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
- If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
- Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
- If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
- Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Novpop.exe
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for Novpop.exe in there
- Uninstall Novpop.exe from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hostingcloud. racing-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
- Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
- After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Novpop.exe in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
Like the fabled Trojan horse from the ancient Greek myth about the Trojan War, the malware viruses of the same name, like Novpop.exe tend to heavily rely on different types of disguise as a means of misleading their potential victims and causing them to make the mistake of willingly allowing the threat into their computers.
Common ways this could be done is by uploading the virus to file-sharing/torrent sites and presenting it as the installer of some expensive program or game that has been pirated. Another option is to send the Trojan to the potential victims via a spam email message that tries to persuade the user into downloading the disguised virus. Sometimes, fake update requests are also used to trick people into installing the malware on their machines. In all those cases, the key to staying safe is using your common sense and not downloading or clicking on anything that doesn’t seem reliable. Staying away from potential sources of malware such as spam online letters or illegal software-distributing sites is also important. An antivirus program could be helpful as well, but keep in mind that newer threats like Novpop.exe or Wup.exe may oftentimes slip unnoticed past the antivirus because they are not yet added to its database.
The most common tasks for which Trojans, like Novpop.exe are used are to steal important data from their victims, to secretly spy on them, to use their computers as platforms for spam distribution and cryptocurrency mining as well as to secretly download additional viruses, including Rootkits, Spyware, and Ransomware. There’s insufficient data at the moment with regard to the end-goal of Novpop.exe so we cannot tell you exactly what to expect with certainty but you should still not waste time when it comes down to the removal of the virus.
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