This page aims to help you remove Pleasewait.exe. These Pleasewait.exe removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Does seeing many pop-up and banner ads while browsing the Internet sound familiar to you? Does that occur, no matter whether you use your Chrome or Firefox browser? Maybe you don’t even have any idea what is going on with your system. Luckily, we have answers for all your questions. The program that might have been bothering you recently is called Pleasewait.exe and falls into the Adware category. More information about this kind of programs in general and Pleasewait.exe in particular is provided in the article below.
What kinds of programs are identified as Adware-based?
Almost all programs capable of displaying a great number of different online advertisements are members of this particular software group. In fact, their main expertise is exactly that – broadcasting pop-ups, banners and tabs and promoting various products and services.
Can a program like Pleasewait.exe be considered a virus? What is the difference between the two?
The good news is that this irritating kind of software is perfectly incapable of putting your system in danger in any way. To be precise, no version of Adware has virus-like nature. All that some Adware programs might be able to do is to infect all your browsers – Explorer, Firefox, Chrome. They could potentially be able to scan your browsing activities and match the flow of ads to your recent needs and searches. Some experts and users have perceived this feature as disturbing enough to consider Adware potentially unwanted kind of software. However, it is usually rather harmless and most importantly – legal.
In this paragraph we are going to explain the difference between the programs based on Adware and the ones that fall into the malware category. Let’s take Pleasewait.exe and a Trojan, as well as a version of Ransomware as examples. In case of an infection with Pleasewait.exe, you might be overwhelmed with ads based on your tastes and your PC might even be slowed down, because of the mass generation of online advertisements. However, this cannot result in any violation of your privacy, account credential theft, espionage, or blackmailing. In case of an infection with either a version of Ransomware or a type of a Trojan, you will most certainly experience hacking of your PC, a complete scan of your drives, encryption or destruction of your files, ransom blackmailing notifications, account detail theft or even spying on your keystrokes, all activities on the PC.
So this program is completely legitimate, isn’t it?
The answer is yes, as Pleasewait.exe is a legal marketing tool designed to advertise certain goods and services online via exposing the affected users to as many pop-up ads, as it is capable of displaying. Software developers and producers work together in order to ensure efficient promotion. The developers typically get sufficient payment based on the number of opened pop-ups or clicked-on ads. The manufacturers, on the other hand, gain profit from all the people, who purchase their products. As you can see, this is a completely normal business model, like any other.
Then, why don’t you remember accepting to install such an Adware-based program on your PC?
Another aspect of the nature of Pleasewait.exe and Adware as a whole that might raise some suspicions and concerns among users and further contributes to this software’s rather shady image is the methods these programs use to get around. Distribution usually happens in a rather questionable way.
First of all, let’s point out the possible sources of Adware – program bundles. Such mixtures of applications, programs and games could be downloaded from anywhere on the web for free. This could be very tricky because you might just be interested in trying a single program from that combo, but you may install all of them if you are not aware of the way to safely install software. This is the essential part of Adware prevention – to install software in a wise way. Such a safe installation process could only be achieved by choosing the Custom or Advanced feature. All Quick, Default or Automatic options are actually bad for your system’s safety and health, so you should always try to avoid using them. Only the Customized manner of installing software will give you the chance to opt out of all unnecessary programs from the downloaded bundle, including the potential Adware and hijacker products inside it. For the purpose of safely removing Pleasewait.exe, we have provided a removal guide with detailed instructions below. Hopefully, it will get the problem fixed for you.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You will notice an intense, sometimes bothering production of diverse advertisements (pop-ups, new tabs, banners) every time you load your browsers and try to surf the web.|
|Distribution Method||Via a process of spreading all kinds of programs for free together called bundling; via torrents; shareware and video-sharing websites; fake ads; drive-by downloads.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
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- Do not skip this – Pleasewait.exe may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Pleasewait.exe from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Pleasewait.exe from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Pleasewait.exe from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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