How To Uninstall PcHandler “Virus” (August 2017 Update)

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

The below passages focus an infamous online annoyance, which is common at the present moment – the production of lots of online ads (such as colourful pop-ups, banners, etc.) inside your browsers every time you try to surf the web. The thing that causes such behaviour in all of your browser apps (Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or others) is  an infection with an Adware product – PcHandler “Virus”. In the following text we have shared as many details as we could that you may need to know about such infections and this kind of programs. The programs identified as Adware are generally known for broadcasting plenty of ads inside all types and versions of browser apps. This kind of software may only affect your browser apps, no other component of your PC could ever be compromised by its effects.

Are such programs harmful or harmless?

In fact, with the exception of the possible disturbance, which you could become a victim of, Adware has never been reported to cause any  real issues to any PC. You have to understand that no Adware program is an equivalent of a malware version. The popular viruses and the known versions of Adware differ very much in nature and it’s better not to mistake one software type for the other. 

The basic differences between Adware and any popular virus:

As an example, let’s compare PcHandler “Virus” and a version of malware (a particular Ransomware-type program) and check what they may have in common or how they could differ. What PcHandler “Virus” may do to your PC is nothing really harmful. Its usual effects include the production of pop-ups, banners and other online ads (because it has been programmed to promote services and products efficiently) and the manufacturers of the promoted products seem to believe that the intensive ads generation is such an efficient method.

Nonetheless, all the versions of this software are legitimate. The marketing of services and goods has been a successful branch of the industry in general and a legal process for ages. Another thing an ad-displaying program could perform while it is inside your system is to review the data about your browsing preferences your browser apps keep. Stay calm, no other details that you enter in your computer will ever be available to such irritating programs; only your recent search requests interest them. Such Adware-based programs are usually programmed to keep track of your searches and browsing patterns, as in this way they can show you only the advertisements that at least in some way are related to your interests.

What a Ransomware virus, on the other hand, could do to your system is to sneak secretly inside it, and begin to look for the data that you access most. Following that, all these files are made inaccessible by being encrypted with a very hard-to-crack and complex encryption key. Later on, the hackers require a ransom from you for the purpose of giving you back the desired access to your previously encrypted files. This is the common malicious way of behaving of these viruses – really NOT a trait of any Adware-like program.

How to Uninstall PcHandler “Virus”

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.


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

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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 PcHandler “Virus” 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 PcHandler “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove PcHandler “Virus” 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

WARNING!
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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!

If Adware doesn’t equal malware, how has the infection happened?

Surely, PcHandler “Virus” has never been a really malicious program. However, some professionals have identified it as potentially unwanted, possibly because of its rather questionable ways of distribution. Adware’s usual lurking places include torrents, pop-ups, shareware websites, file-streaming websites, and other sketchy cyber locations. Normally, though, programs like PcHandler “Virus” may be found in free bundles. Such bundles are available everywhere on the Internet and represent varied free programs like useful tools and new games and apps. What’s more, they get distributed around for free and you pay nothing to download and try such software mixes.

Despite that, the problem with Adware never results from the mere act of downloading any program bundle. The real issue is the way you may venture into installing such a software mix. As you have probably noticed, all installers contain two types of potential options for you to choose – the more complex ones {Customized/Advanced}, which allow you to perform a manual installation process; and the recommended ones, which automatically install every feature of a program or  all the components of a bundle {the Easy/ Default ones}. The always effective solution about how to avoid such annoying ads is to strive to choose the options from the first list: the ones really letting you select what to incorporate into your system and what to keep out of it.

Some pretty efficient prevention instructions:

As you may have already noticed, you are supposed to learn how to wisely install all the software you download from the Internet. As a result, what we recommend is to simply purchase a good anti-malware program as it may sometimes detect ad sources and prevent them from infecting your PC. Furthermore, just try to minimize the time for surfing around shady websites and you will stay Adware-free.

SUMMARY:

Name PcHandler
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Just the irritating production of ads and possible slowdown of the affected machine.
Distribution Method Via some software mixes called program bundles, mainly. Possibly via some torrents and infected web pages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.