Payae8moon9 “Malware” Removal (Chrome/Safari/FF/IE) Sept. 2018 Update


This page aims to help you remove Payae8moon9 “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for  Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Mac.

The text you are about to read is focused on a webpage redirect known as Payae8moon9 “Virus”. It is an example of the ad-generating sites, whose only purpose is to show plenty of ads to the affected users, redirect them to many websites, and set some unfamiliar homepage and search engine to their browsers.

The unwanted software programs that causes such unpleasant browser changes and redirects are known browser hijackers. What is even more usual when it comes to most of them is the fact that they might target all your browser apps (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Explorer , Opera, etc.) and alter their settings in the annoying ways we have mentioned above. We will share some more essential info below.

Some general truths related to browser hijackers:

All the browser redirects are designed to simply serve as advertising means. Really, these ad-displaying web pages have this sole purpose ONLY:

  • The processes of generating a huge number of pop-ups, tabs or/and banners and of promoting various websites/ search engines or browser homepages by putting them on your browsers.

The people involved in the distribution of such annoying redirects are the producers of the advertised products; the providers of the services also being promoted, and , of course, the developers of these irritating Hijackers. Usually, the first-mentioned parties are the ones paying the third party to design the best hijackers. When it comes to them, it is believed that the more ads such a program may produce and show – the greater the end profit.

In this way some of the promoted products may be purchased by the ones who are exposed to such streams of ads; and that could result in earning substantial amounts of money. As we can see, all the people involved in this ‘pay per click’ scheme may really benefit from it, usually financially.

Removing Payae8moon9 “Malware” may be performed successfully if you…

Check out the Removal Guide we have prepared for you.

Payae8moon9 “Malware” 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

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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. 

Step3

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

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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.

Step4

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.

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Step5

  • 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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Payae8moon9 from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Payae8moon9 from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Payae8moon9 from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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!

In what ways may Payae8moon9 “Virus” get distributed?

In the majority of the cases we are aware of, you could find such redirecting software on other contaminated webpages or inside torrents, or as parts of a video-streaming site, especially an illegal one, although the legal ones may use ads for some additional funding.

Therefore, after you load anything on this kind of a website, you may ‘receive’ a browser hijacker as a “free gift”. In spite of that, these are not the most common sources. In fact, the way hijackers most usually get spread is by getting added to free software bundles that many users tend to install without knowing all that is contained in them.

What does a program bundle represent?

Generally speaking, bundles may represent free software programs combined in a single installer and offered freely to the public that way. Such may have games, programs, apps, Adware or hijackers inside them. Normally, there is really nothing serious to worry about when we talk about these free sets. However, the ad-producing redirects that are possibly incorporated into them might make you suspicious to an extent.

Simply bear in mind that:

Really, those bundles may contain some very interesting or appealing programs and apps, and you would still be able to try them out, however- without getting the hijacker that might be hidden inside.

Simply ensure that you follow this very simple, but efficient piece of advice –

whatever you make a decision to install on your computer, always do that using the Advanced (or the Custom) installer option. By completing such an installation process in this way, even the tiniest details about any bundle will be presented to you, and you will be able to see which programs exactly you really want on your device and only  install them, leaving the ad-generating software behind.

Regardless of the quite confusing and suspicious way of distribution, Payae8moon9 is normally not malicious because:

In reality, hijackers have been identified as  ‘potentially unwanted’, but they aren’t technically viruses.

In contrast, real viruses like, for instance, Ransomware and Trojans typically can:

  • hack your device without any kind of an approval;
  • use a program (or a system) weakness to get you infected.
  • delete your data or corrupt it, by encrypting files and demanding a ransom for them, for instance in the case of a Ransomware attack.

Payae8moon9 and all the other hijackers are NOT really capable of performing anything like that.

SUMMARY:

Name Payae8moon9
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some irritating changes of the way your browser apps act.
Distribution Method Inside bundles, spam ads and letters, clickait and so on.
Detection Tool

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.


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