How to Remove Policester.info Pop-up Ads (Chrome/FF/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove Policester.info Pop-up Ads. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Policester.info could be quite an annoying application for those who are not familiar with the specifics of its nature. This piece of software is a typical browser hijacker, which can integrate with your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other browser and can cause some potentially unwanted changes to the way you normally surf the web. For instance, Policester.info may change your default search engine or homepage, it may install a new toolbar or an add an add-on to the browser, it might also be able to start an automatic page-redirecting service which leads you to different unfamiliar pages every time you search for something. As soon as this hijacker becomes part of your system, you may also notice an enormous amount of ads, pop-ups, banners and commercial messages on your screen, which are hard to remove and are extremely irritating.

In the text below, you can learn more about what this software can do, what it is used for, how dangerous it could be and, of course, how to uninstall it without any risk for your system. In fact, if Policester.info is really causing you a lot of disturbance, you may be interested in taking a look at the Removal Guide, which our experts have posted further down. It contains step-by-step instructions for the successful detection and elimination of the browser hijacker, which, if followed correctly, can save you from the nagging page-redirecting and browser changes once and for all.

Are browser hijackers dangerous?

Normally, any software, which can impose certain changes to your computer or initiate some strange activities without your approval should be regarded as undesirable. A browser hijackers could definitely fall into this qualification because the way they typically operate can really lead to some potentially unwanted modifications in the users’ browsing settings. Such applications, usually try to manipulate people’s browsing without their permission by integrating some ad-generation and page-redirection scripts inside their default browsing apps. The purpose of these actions, however, is typically not malicious. Pieces of software like Policester.info are seen as advertising tools which their creators use for gaining revenue from remuneration methods such as Pay-Per-Click. Such applications are programmed to display sponsored ads and to promote certain web pages, products and services on the users’ screen with the idea of accumulating clicks and traffic.

Policester.info Pop-up Ads 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

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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 Policester.info 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 Policester.info from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Policester.info 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!

Unlike real computer threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware or Worms, the browser hijackers have no intention of causing harm to your system, corrupting your software or encrypting your files. They simply seek to promote something and generate revenue for their developers by making you click on various paid ads. Despite not having malicious intentions, however, Policester.info and the applications of its type, can make the users’ browsing experience really unpleasant and may eventually lead to some more serious problems related to the computer’s safety. For instance, applications like these may cause issues such as freezing, unresponsiveness or crashing of the affected browser and they may eat up a fair share of your system’s resources with their ads-generation activities. In addition, the hijackers’ redirecting service may expose users to some unfamiliar and/or questionable web locations, the safety of which cannot be confirmed. For this reason, it is not excluded that you may bump into some nasty virus or a Ransomware or Trojan horse transmitter by clicking on the randomly generated content on your screen. This is why we generally advise our readers to stay away from the ads that applications like Policester.info may display and also consider uninstalling the software as a preventive measure. Of course, the irritation from the constant browsing interruption itself is a good enough reason to remove the browser hijacker, so no need to wait for it to take over your web surfing. You can use the instructions in the Removal Guide below and eliminate the unwanted application immediately.

How do browser hijackers spread and how to avoid them?

If you don’t want to clutter your machine with intrusive and annoying applications such as Policester.info, you should follow some basic safety rules. First of all, make sure you do not interact with sketchy content on the Internet (ads, pop-ups, spam messages, intrusive sites) and do not download apps from non-reputed software developers, from sketchy torrent platforms or from obscure free download links and freeware or shareware sites. In most of the cases, potentially unwanted applications could be found in such locations, so keep this in mind. If you really need to install something from such sources, always use the Advanced/Manual/Custom options of the installer, carefully read any small text that suggests you install an “additional” application or some “recommended” software and customize the installation accordingly. Another good piece of advice is to stick legal and reputed websites and avoid pirated content, illegal web locations and too-good-to-be-true offers which may often be a scam and may serve as Trojan horse or Ransomware transmitters. Finally, having a good antimalware tool is highly recommended as it could keep viruses and other undesirable applications at a bay, so invest in one if you don’t have such a software program if you want extra system protection.

SUMMARY:

Name Policester.info
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may start redirecting your searches to various unfamiliar web pages.
Distribution Method Various free software installers and bundles, free download links, ads, pop-ups, torrents and freeware platforms.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.