PBlocker+


PBlocker+

PBlocker+ is a rogue app that will “steal” your main browser and turn it into a tool for site-promotion and online marketing by generating aggressive ads and page-redirects. PBlocker+ can be described as a browser hijacker that takes over the settings of the affected browser.

PBlocker+

PBlocker+ will display pop up ads and messages

If this is the first time you encounter such an app, it is understandable if you are a bit worried about the safety of your computer. If that is indeed your case, we have some good news for you, namely, that the unwanted app you are dealing with is not as dangerous as it may seem. Hijackers like PBlocker+ are primarily used for different online marketing tasks. They are designed to be compatible with all popular browsers, including Chrome, Edge, and Firefox so that they could alter certain elements of the browser such as its homepage and search engine addresses, its toolbar buttons, its new-tab page, and more. A hijacker may also make certain unauthorized and unwanted changes in the system in order to expand its control over the browser and also make it more difficult for the user to uninstall the unwanted app. Still, although the actions of this software may seem quite aggressive and invasive, it is unlikely that your system, software, or files would sustain any direct damage caused by the hijacker.

Removing PBlocker+ is still very important!

There are different opinions on whether apps like PBlocker+ should be referred to as viruses or malware and there are arguments to support both opinions. However, what we are interested in here is informing you about the potential dangers associated with this type of software (and there are certainly some potential dangers).

First of all, these apps will typically advertise anything regardless of whether or not the content promoted by them is safe for the end-users. This technically means that even illegal and malware-filled sites could potentially get promoted by an app of the browser hijacker type. The goal of the unwanted software isn’t to expose you to Trojan Horses or get your files targeted and encrypted by Ransomware but such a thing may still end up happening if there is a browser hijacker installed in your browser.

Another we want you to know is the fact that most of these apps collect data from the browsers they are attached to. This data is usually not personally-identifiable and cannot be directly linked to you but it could end up getting sold to third-parties who may find ways to use it in ways that may eventually be harmful to you. Furthermore, you are never given the option to limit or stop this data-gathering and are not offered information about how the collected information would be used. This, we believe, is another strong reason to uninstall the unwanted browser hijacker.

The third and most obvious reason to remove PBlocker+ is that it will likely make it difficult for you to surf the Internet normally. The constant display of ads and redirects as well as the changes in the browser could be particularly unpleasant and could indeed become an issue over time.

Considering all of these potential problems related to PBlocker+, we believe that completing the next removal guide is the best option you have at the moment as this will allow you to rid your system of the unpleasant advertising app and will also help you secure your computer against more dangerous threats such as Rootkits, Worms, Ransomware, Phishing viruses, and Trojans.

SUMMARY:

Name PBlocker+
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Aggressive web ads in the browser, unauthorized changes in the browser settings, sudden page-redirects, and more.
Distribution Method The main technique employed for spreading browser hijacker apps is known as file-bundling.
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Remove PBlocker+

To try and remove PBlocker+ quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the PBlocker+ extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove PBlocker+ by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of PBlocker+ and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed PBlocker+ removal guide below.

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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove PBlocker+ 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 PBlocker+ from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove PBlocker+ 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!

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    About the author

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    Brandon Skies

    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.

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