This article aims to help users remove Ad Network Performance Virus (or adnetworkperformance display virus) from their respective system.
We are pretty sure you have been affected by Ad Network Performance Virus in one way or another if you are reading this article. If you are looking for general information about this program then continue reading. If you are looking for a way to remove it from your system then no worries – we will provide this for you as well.
Adnetworkperformance display virus
First of all you should know what you are dealing with and that is most likely a virus of the Adware class. Typically adnetworkperformance display virus will provide a never-ending stream of Ads for you to deal with. Whether in the form of pop-up windows or banners one thing is certain – there will be no way for you to completely ignore them. The displayed advertisements can actually promote a number of things but most likely they will offer you something that might be of some interest to you. In order to achieve this effect Ad Network Performance Virus targets your online browsing data – history, cache, cookies, related searches. As you can imagine this is quite dangerous for the affected user and might have some very serious implications.
Other negative effects attributed to Ad Network Performance Virus
At the very least you are going to experience severe computer slowdown. That is mainly due to the fact that any time you load a web page an ad is also going to be loaded so it will take double the amount of processing power to load it successfully. This is quite taxing for any system and will certainly take its toll down the road if not taken care of. But especially for older systems it might lead to a complete freezing of the OS or even a blue screen of death.
Another aspect for you to consider is that these advertisements if interacted with will very often lead to fake websites that are looking like the real deal but are in fact not. Even a small difference in the URL address is a clear sign that you have been redirected to a dangerous place. This can be quite tricky to notice but you should be on the lookout at least until you remove Ad Network Performance Virus from your computer.
Another important tip to remember – never install anything prompted by this malware.
|Name||Ad Network Performance Virus|
|Danger Level||Medium (May try to install other dangerous software on your machine on spy on your browsing habits)|
|Symptoms||Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ad Network Performance Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ad Network Performance Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
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Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
From the moment Ad Network Performance Virus has infiltrated your system all your browsers have in turn been infected with the virus. Even browsers you have not used in a while have been affected. You will have to apply Step 2 and Step 3 from our removal guide for and every browser – do not leave any trace of the malicious software unattended. Also do not forget that IE comes bundled with every Windows installation.
If you have failed to utilize our advice about file installation from suspicious sources, do your best to try and remember what was installed – you will have to remove everything pretty soon. Look for clues in the next two steps of the guide, if you notice something out of the ordinary write it down and ask us in the comments section, we will do our best to help you.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ad Network Performance Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ad Network Performance Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ad Network Performance Virus 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
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.
A BIG WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. 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.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.