Remove Acc Setup “Virus” (Oct. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Acc Setup “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If your browser floods you with hard-to-remove ads every time you open it, then you should not take this for normal online advertising activity. In most of the cases, there is an Adware application as the cause behind the aggressive ads invasion, which has nothing to do with the on-site ads that you might see when visiting certain web pages. This type of software is programmed to display various pop-ups, pay-per-click ads, promotional links, banners, and sales offers on the users’ screen during each browsing session and to redirect the user’s searches to certain sponsored sites. The Adware usually appears as a normal browser extension to popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, etc. and could force them to generate paid ads from the moment the users open them. Oftentimes, such programs might be mistaken for strange computer viruses due to the aggressive way they can take over the screen. Acc Setup “Virus” is also an app capable of doing that on your PC and browser,. This new application has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team and a number of users have asked us to explain what this piece of software is able to do on their system and how it can be uninstalled. That’s why, in the paragraphs that follow, we have provided some essential information about Adware in general as well as some specifics about Acc Setup and its most effective methods of uninstallation.

Generally, any program which gets classified as an Adware is normally supposed to be malicious and does not usually have the harmful abilities of a computer virus. However, it is rather undesirable to have such an app on your PC and most web users get irritated by its behavior. The reason is obvious – apps like Acc Setup are aggressive online advertising tools, the purpose of which is to attach themselves to your browser and spam it with intrusive marketing materials. 

Remove Acc Setup “Virus”

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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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 Acc Setup 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 Acc Setup from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Acc Setup 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

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

The creators of such programs usually use them in popular revenue-generating methods such as pay-per-click and through them earn income from sponsored ads positioning. You, as an end user, however, may find it quite difficult to navigate through the never-ending page-redirects and ads streaming every time you open your browser. That’s why, we are not surprised that you are on this page, most probably seeking a fast and safe method to have the annoying software uninstalled. In fact, we suggest you take a look at the Removal Guide below and follow its instructions in order to effectively get rid of Acc Setup.

Can Adware harm my PC?

Adware is definitely not among the nastiest computer threats that you may encounter throughout the Internet. However, dealing with it could be quite irritating and frustrating. It is also not that simple to have it uninstalled and many web users find it difficult to remove its nagging ads permanently and that’s why they often mistake it for some sort of a computer virus. The main reason for the difficult removal of such apps is the fact that its creators don’t really want you to get rid of the Adware that easily because the longer it stays on your PC, the more pay-per-click revenue it may generate for them. After all, their goal is to make you click on the sponsored ads as much as possible which is what generates the profit. That’s why, they usually program it to display quite aggressive pop-ups, banners, links and blinking boxes in a never-ending stream. Still, despite being somewhat tricky to remove, this advertising type of software is not a computer virus and lacks the malicious abilities of commonly-encountered computer threats such as Ransomware, Worms, Trojans, or Spyware.  That being said, you should not lower your cautiousness when dealing with the ads that might get displayed on your screen as they could eventually be an indirect transmitter of serious security hazards. A program like Acc Setup, on its own, may not have the ability to initiate a cybercrime, but a random pop-up or a link which might sneak in the ads stream might be a carrier of an infection as nasty as a Trojan horse or a Ransomware cryptovirus. That’s why, our sincere advice for you is to avoid the interaction with this software’s advertising contents and instead take a look at the instructions in the Removal Guide if you want to have all of its ads removed once and for all.

How could Adware be avoided?

If you don’t want to deal with programs like Acc Setup every now and then, the best way to keep them away is to try to avoid their most common sources. Such adware applications could be found in various free download platforms, torrents, program bundles, spam messages, ads, software updates or browser add-on installers. They usually won’t be specifically mentioned in the installation manager if you don’t check for them and will be set for default installation unless you disable them manually from the setup menu. That’s why, you should carefully read the EULA of every new installer that you are about to run and select the Advanced or the Custom setup menu in order to have full control over the installation process. Specifically look for any bundled bonus or free programs that might make changes to your browser or your system and opt out of them in case they look suspicious or potentially unwanted.

SUMMARY:

Name Acc Setup
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Usually, this program may spam your screen with various ads and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Adware could be distributed in program bundles, ads, spam messages, torrents, free downloads, automatic installers, spam,
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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!


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