Remove Activetect.net (Oct. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Activetect.net. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Activetect.net is a special application that typically promotes certain search engine tools, homepage domains, and toolbars to the users by automatically making them part of the user’s browser. There are several ways in which you may end up with a browser hijacker like Activetect.net on your system but the most common method is the so-called software bundling. This is a method that allows additional components to be included in a given software setup (mostly a free installation package) and to be installed by default if the Advanced or Custom settings are not manually selected and customized by the users. Due to its ability to alter the browser settings, the application falls under the browser hijacker category and is considered as an annoying source of potentially unwanted browser modifications, ads, pop-ups, and sponsored page-redirects. Many users have recently reported that Activetect.net has hijacked their Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser and has made it impossible for them to browse the web in peace. That’s why, in the next lines, we have prepared a special removal guide that contains steps which can help even a non-experienced user safely detect and remove the data related to the hijacker and thus revoke the changes that the pesky app has made. We do not expect that you will face any difficulty in dealing with Activetect.net because this software is far less stealthy than a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus. However, if you do have some doubts and are unsure which components and files you need to delete, it is a good idea to use the professional Activetect.net removal tool, which you will find attached in the removal guide, or ask us in the comments below for further assistance.

Remove Activetect.net

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.

DNS

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 Activetect.net 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 Activetect.net from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Activetect.net 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

Reasons users should remove Activetect.net

Activetect.net is a browser hijacker which – a type of apps that is not among the most malicious types of software that you may encounter. However, there are a few good reasons to consider its uninstallation. For one, its typical behavior is related to aggressive methods of online advertising such as pay-per-click and sponsored ads positioning. That’s why, for the time it operates on the computer, Activetect.net is very likely to disturb your web browsing with constantly popping-up ads, banners and automatic page-redirects to certain promotional websites and offers. Secondly, the hijacker may eat up a fair share of your system’s resources with background activities such as traffic data collection and generation of targeted ads. As a result, you may frequently start to experience browser unresponsiveness, general system sluggishness, freezing of the screen and regular browsing interruptions. What is more, such software may force you to use some pre-set homepage domains and sponsored search engines or toolbars by replacing your default preferences without asking for your agreement. All in all, instead of offering any useful feature, Activetect.net is more likely to lead the web users to random links, ads, and third-party web pages linked to pay-per-click remuneration models. It is also possible that the hijacker may mislead users into downloading and installing some sponsored products or services, as well as questionable content, which could be used as a potential carrier of viruses and malware from the ranks of Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware. That’s why, despite not representing a fatal system infection, we usually advise our readers to remove the hijacker from their system in order to avoid browsing disturbances and potential exposure to insecure web locations.

SUMMARY:

Name Activetect.net
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may notice changes to your browser’s homepage or search engine
Distribution Method Free download links, shareware sites, torrents, ads and mostly program bundles and automatic installers.
Detection Tool

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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