Pig Setup “Virus” Removal (July 2018 Update)


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

If you need help with getting rid of irritating banners, pop-ups, blinking boxes, box messages and page redirects that get constantly streamed on your browser screen whenever you start a new online session, you have landed on the right place. Here, we shall present you with some detailed and highly useful information regarding the category of software that is normally responsible for the occurrence of those issues and we will also show you how you can easily and effectively deal with them. Our main focus will be the recently reported Pig Setup program – a piece of software that belongs to the so-called Adware category which is a collective term used to refer to programs and apps that are used to stream ads inside the users’ browsers. Many customers made complaints about this app and its irritating abilities. It seems that it matters not if you use Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or some other browser as Pig Setup is apparently compatible with pretty much any browsing program. This means that it won’t really help you to switch to another browser as it’s likely that the Adware will get onto it as well. This leaves you with only one option and that would be getting rid of the source of the irritating advertising materials – the Adware. Now, although this isn’t a virus program like a Trojan Horse, a Spyware or a Ransomware, eliminating an Adware app still has its specifics and it might not be all that easy to uninstall such a program. For starters, it’s likely that you won’t find an uninstallation wizard for Pig Setup on your PC or an entry for the Adware within the list of installed programs from your Control Panel. This typically makes the removal of such apps a bit tricky and means that certain extra steps would be required in order to fully eliminate this pesky piece of code. The good news here is that you can find all the info you might need with regards to how you can get rid of Pig Setup inside the guide from this page. If you currently have the unwanted Adware on your PC and would like to eradicate it from the system, do not hesitate to make use of the instructions from the guide down below. Also, in case you feel like you might not be able to deal with it on your own or if for some reason the manual steps do not work in your case, you can try out the removal tool that we have added to the guide – it will scan your PC for unwanted data and will aid you in the removal of the Adware app.

Pig Setup “Virus” 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 Pig Setup 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 Pig Setup from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Pig Setup 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!

More about the Adware software category

As their name would suggest, Adware programs are primarily software tools used for advertising purposes that allow their creators to accumulate money through Internet advertising campaigns. Usually, this is the main goal that such apps have and there’s oftentimes nothing useful or beneficial that they can offer to the end user. This combined with the fact that the ads coming form programs like Pig Setup can be extremely frustrating and unpleasant at times makes the majority of programs that fall under this software category quite unwanted and undesirable. Still, you should remain calm if you are faced with an Adware since the chance of such a program harming your computer is actually quite low. Adware programs, though oftentimes referred to as viruses, are actually pretty harmless, especially when compared to real malware threats such as Spyware, Worms, Rootkits, Ransomware, Trojan Horses and other similar dangerous software viruses. Still, though, if you want to make sure that your machine stays safe, it’s advisable you keep away from the ads displayed by the Adware app as you could never know what might await from you on the other side. Also, removing the Adware is probably the best course of action in case you have such a program on your machine as there’s likely no need for it to be there anyway.

Distribution of unwanted software like Pig Setup

Something to be pointed out when talking about installation of apps like Pig Setup is that they cannot really “infect” your machine. Most of the time, it’s the user’s fault that an Adware program ends up getting installed on their computer. For instance, if you open a spam e-mail or click on some sketchy online ad, you could easily load an Adware on your PC without even realizing it. The same could also happen if you install some new program without first making sure to leave out any added apps bundled with its installer that might be unwanted. Therefore, our advice for you here is to always stay vigilant and be careful with what sites you visit, what content you interact with and what you install on your machine in future.

SUMMARY:

Name Pig Setup
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Adware programs would try to fill your browser with their ads which is how they’d make their presence on your machine known.
Distribution Method Most Adware apps get distributed with the help of misleading online ads, pirated or low-quality program downloads, software bundles and spam message campaigns.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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