647-360-4456 is an adware based piece of nastiness. If you are reading this article then probably you know how annoying it can be from first hand experience. The guide to remove it can be located at the bottom of this page, however we strongly encourage you to read carefully everything. Learning how these things operate and infect computers can help you recognize them in the future and save you a lot of hassle.
A quick glimpse on how 647-360-4456 operates
Adware viruses’ name is a fusion between the words Advertisement and Malware. It fits them perfectly, because as soon as they are installed on your computer they will begin an endless tide of ads spam in your Internet browsers. They can also be hard to get rid of – unless everything associated with the Adware is deleted it will just keep regenerating itself.
IMPORTANT! Note that the ads themselves are not advertisements of actual products. In fact they are canned code that comes with the virus. After installation 647-360-4456’s pop ups will start appearing – it will look up search and browse histories and produce whatever ads it thinks may interest you. Following the hyperlinks is strongly discouraged, but for the curios – they very rarely work to connected products, but instead to totally unrelated sites. Thus ads should be ignored because they have 3 purposes only:
- Waste your time to boost the popularity of linked sites.
- Try to trick you into spending money for fake or non-existing products.
- Download and install Malware on your computer.
Don’t download anything!
Besides the ads you may see a variety of different things related to 647-360-4456. Below is a short list, of which many items can also be found on all unsecured or dangerous sites around the Web.
- Pop-ups with warning to install missing plug-ins.
- Blank media player messages that request you download some video player in order to see something.
- Offers to download updates for “outdated” programs on your computer.
- Free software downloads, possibly anti-malware software
All of these, without exception, will install a virus on your computer if you download and open them. Ignore them! Sometimes they will promote legitimate software (to look more plausible). If you are really interested in that software ignore the ad, but Google it and look for the official creator’s site and grab it from there.
There is an especially nasty type of fake download sites/torrents that spread viruses. When they do is they look up what you have written in your search bar and copy it. Then the site generates a temporary file for you to see which has the very same thing you search for. As an instant match these sites will often be in page 1-2 of search engines. How to spot fake sites? Look for the file extension of the file they offer. If it is an .exe close the page and never look back!
How to Remove 647-360-4456
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
647-360-4456 has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find 647-360-4456 . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
647-360-4456 should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for 647-360-4456 and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing 647-360-4456. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.