This page aims to help you remove Plusnetwork. These Plusnetwork removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You are most likely visiting our website because you must have had some issues related to advertisements. For instance, every single time you try to load any page in your browser, it goes crazy and starts producing as many ads as it could.
The name of the program that might have been bothering you is Plusnetwork. It is actually identified as Browser Redirect, whose very purpose in general ever since it has been first developed is to use as many ads as possible in order to make money. Every single ad that appears on your monitor contributes to the increase in the income of the Browser Redirect’s creators. Now that we have made the reason for the pop-ups and banners clearer, we are going to proceed with some more detailed description of its behavior, the way it gets into your machine and whether it is able to cause any real damage.
How do programmers distribute Browser Redirect?
Browser Redirect could get spread in many various ways like as a component of a torrent, as being incorporated into a spam email or its attachments or, most commonly, as a part of a software bundle. A software bundle is a combination of different programs that can be downloaded for free from the web. Developers use them to make the most of both their software and Browser Redirect – on the one hand, the user gets their program at no cost and in this way it is popularized. On the other hand, they could still generate profits for themselves by adding Browser Redirect to the bundles and being paid to promote software, products and various services.
It is actually impossible for any Browser Redirect-like program to get into your PC without your permission. At least, technically speaking. The software bundles are not problematic themselves, an issue may appear because of the way you install them. In case you still need any program from the bundle, but not the Browser Redirect itself, you are supposed to always go with the Customized/ Advanced option of the installation wizard. This is essential when it comes to your cyber security and for the prevention from any malware and software like Browser Redirect. This option will give you full access to the information regarding the content of the bundle and you will have the chance to ignore what you don’t need.
Possible unpleasant consequences related to Plusnetwork Feed “Virus”
First of all, we would like to state that Plusnetwork and all the other Browser Redirect-type programs have never been considered malicious. Although many of our readers refer to their particular problems as Plusnetwork Feed “Virus” or just Plusnetwork “virus”, this is not an accurate assumption. They might be seen as potentially unwanted ones because of the following features:
- Plusnetwork Feed might generate so many ads that your system might get affected in an unpleasant way – it could get slower or even freeze, depending on the quality of its resources;
- This Browser Redirect is perfectly capable of renewing the ad campaign with pop-ups and banners that are somehow related to your preferences. To illustrate that – it in fact uses your browsing history to define your tastes and then use them to annoy you with numerous ads;
- Maybe in some particular cases it could be possible for an ad to redirect you to a dangerous or suspicious Internet address.
Nevertheless, always remember that Plusnetwork is not a virus and can never cause any serious damage like, for example, Ransomware can. It cannot encrypt data, steal it, use it against you in any way, destroy it or compromise it, as is the case with actual viruses and malicious software. Browser Redirect is simply capable of annoying you with the number of the ads it shows.
Talking about removal and prevention
To be precise, there are no concrete recipes against getting Browser Redirect. Still, there are some steps, which, when followed, could enhance your online safety and security. The first one is – install everything in the proper way, choose what to include and what to leave behind (Advanced/Custom/Customized installation wizard option). The second most important one is – use an anti-virus program, as it may save you from many cyber threats. Then, one more essential step towards a pleasant online experience – make sure you avoid visiting strange and suspiciously-looking websites. Last but not least, in case of a nasty infection, take a look at our removal guide. It is likely to help you handle the ads and restore the health of your system! Good luck!
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Different types of ads might be disturbing your online activities.|
|Distribution Method||Sometimes with torrents, sometimes with software bundles, emails and other online sources.|
|Detection Tool||Plusnetwork may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Plusnetwork Feed “Virus” Removal from Chrome/Firefox
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Plusnetwork 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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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 Plusnetwork 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 Plusnetwork from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the Browser Redirect/malware —> Remove.
Remove Plusnetwork 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!