This page aims to help you remove the Ps4ux Pop Up “Virus”. These Ps4ux removal instructions work for Chrome and all other browsers as well as every version of Windows, including Mac, OS X. We recently received questions asking us for help regarding a Ps4ux click “virus”, which prompted us to create this page.
If you love browsing the World Wide Web, but your web activity has recently become unpleasant due to some undesired and intrusive ads, then you have probably become a victim of ads displaying software like the Ps4ux Pop Up “Virus”. This is an adware program that displays ads, pop-ups, banners, links and short messages on your screen, every time you open your browser. Since you are reading this page, you are probably exposed to the ads invasion and are eagerly looking on how to remove them. You are probably concerned about your system’s safety as well since you are experiencing some browser redirects to unknown advertising pages and quite unpleasant ads disturbance.
The good news is that here we have a proven solution that will save you from the ads. Our “How to remove” experts have prepared a removal guide with all the necessary steps you need to take to completely uninstall Ps4ux “Virus” from you system. Moreover, you could do it absolutely safely, since every step you would follow is tested by our team of professionals. But before you proceed to the removal steps, let’s first tell you a few words about what exactly you are dealing with.
What is causing you the disturbance?
The program that is irritating you with its ads is called Ps4ux. As we just said above, this is an adware program. Now, you may ask, what is adware? This is a term that comes in short from the words ‘advertisement’ and ‘software’ and is used to describe programs that are known to display loads of advertising messages on the users screen. The ads may come in different shapes, colorful boxes, blinking banners, pop-ups or links. Such programs generally serve the online advertising industry purposes and are generating some income for their developers through the so-called Pay-Per-Click method.
How is adware distributed?
You are more likely to come across ads-displaying software when you download and install some free software from the web. You may not know, but free programs are often bundled with some other applications, most commonly Adware-like programs. Probably this is how you installed Ps4ux click “virus” on your PC in case you downloaded and installed some other software recently. However, you may not have noticed the adware inside the installation package and here we will explain to you why. Many people (and probably you as well) install new software using the “default” or “quick” option when running the wizard. However, this is what you should NOT do in case you don’t want to get adware or other unwanted applications installed along. Instead, go for the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation option and do not get scared of these words – they are not that advanced as you may think. It is simply that the additional software bundled in the installation package is there. Just unselect what you don’t want to be installed and you don’t have to deal with any ads or bloatware later.
Adware – harmful and dangerous?
You may have heard that adware is often referred to as malicious. However, this is a wrong definition because adware does not undertake any malicious activities. However, users often confuse it with viruses, mostly because of the bundled method it uses to get installed on their system. Here it’s important to point out that unlike viruses, ads-generating programs like Ps4ux are NOT created to do harm. Viruses, on the other hand, can steal information from your system, block your files, encrypt your data and blackmail you for money or provide unauthorized access to your machine. The last two are widespread malicious activities related to the very nasty Ransomware and Trojan horse infections.
Compared to the bad guys above, adware-like products cause NO serious technical harm and are only a source of browsing related irritation. Here is the worst that an adware program like Ps4ux could do:
- Keep a track of your online browsing activity and collect browsing related data
- Transmit browsing related data to the adware developers
- Redirect your searches to other pages
- Consume system resources and internet bandwidth to display ads.
These activities are mostly related to the Ps4ux attempts to display more relevant ads to your searches and optimize them. However, some users consider these activities as an undesired invasion of their privacy, and if you are one of them, you are most probably seeking how to uninstall this adware.
How to follow the instructions in the removal guide and safely remove Ps4ux from your system?
Adware is not harmful but is a bit tricky to remove. This is because it gets installed deep in the system and often requires some advanced computer knowledge in order to delete the right files. Below you will find detailed steps on how to do that. However, we strongly recommend that you pay close attention to all the smallest details, because you will be interacting with system files. Deleting the wrong ones may cause serious issues to your system. In case you are not confident you can closely follow the manual instructions, you can use the adware removal tool which will remove the adware from your system with just one click.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Loads of ads, pop-ups, banners, links and short messages appear on your screen, every time you open your browser.|
|Distribution Method||Often comes bundled within the installation of another software, which usually is free.|
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Ps4ux “Virus” Removal (Mac OS X and Win)
NOTE! If you are a Mac user, you need to follow this guide instead:
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 – Ps4ux 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 Ps4ux 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 Ps4ux from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Ps4ux 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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