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If you are currently feeling panicked or worried because some obscure and unknown piece of software called Pacrafienve “Virus” has somehow nested inside of your browser, we must tell you that this piece of software isn’t really a scary malware threat. Instead of being some shady Ransomware virus or an insidious Trojan Horse program, Pacrafienve “Virus” is a simple browser hijacker advertising tool that probably seeks to show ads on your screen and prompt you to click on them in order to earn money for its developers.
This is typically the gist of what most hijackers are meant to do. Still, the presence of such an app inside your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox (or any other) browser that you use could greatly irritate you. The ads and page-redirects aren’t the only annoying things related to apps like Pacrafienve, Shampoo Extension, Woodsell.net. The homepage and the search engine of your browser as well as its toolbar could also get affected by the hijacker in ways that you would likely find unpleasant and unwanted. For instance, the search engine could be replaced with some other one that specifically favors search results that represent sites and pages which the hijacker is supposed to promote. This could, of course, make it difficult for you to find what you actually want on the Internet, making your browsing sessions rather frustrating. The replaced homepage could also bring annoyance since it could be filled with commercial messages and redirect links to other advertising sites. Sudden newly-opened tabs, pop-ups, pop-unders and banners may also get displayed on your screen if the Pacrafienve hijacker is currently integrated with your browser. This, of course, would all go away if you manage to remove the invasive app from your machine. To help you with that, below, we have posted a removal manual that will guide you through the different steps you will need to complete in order to uninstall the unwanted software.
We surely don’t want to scare you but you should still keep all of this in mind and avoid clicking on the ads that Pacrafienve or other hijackers may try to generate inside your browser. Of course, the removal of the browser hijacker remains the best option in such cases and that is why we must once again remind you about the uninstallation guide from this page as it could greatly help you get rid of Pacrafienve.
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 Pacrafienve.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Pacrafienve.
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 Pacrafienve from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Pacrafienve 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 Pacrafienve 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.
Get rid of Pacrafienve by removing it from extensions
If using 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:
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 “Pacrafienve” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Pacrafienve
Open task manager
Look for the Pacrafienve process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Pacrafienve
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 “Pacrafienve” 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.
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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 Pacrafienve
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Pacrafienve in there
Uninstall Pacrafienve from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Pacrafienve-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 Pacrafienve in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
You may not be dealing with some nasty Trojan or Rootkit or Ransomware cryptovirus but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful around Pacrafienve while it’s still operational inside your computer. Something many users tend to forget about these types of apps is that the adverts they generate could be coming from anywhere – from legitimate online stores to shady websites with low reputation. In some cases, you may indeed be displayed legitimate online offers that you may be interested in and which you may want to explore but in other cases, you may get linked to obscure, obnoxious and obscene sites with questionable and, in some cases, potentially hazardous content.
About the author
Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.