This article aims to help users remove akamaihd.net Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. What is akamaihd.net is certainly a question most of us have asked ourselves lately, and there are several answers to this.
What is akamaihd.net?
akamaihd.net Virus is the stereotypical malware virus. Its type – Adware. The main function of this malicious software is to spawn endless advertisements onto your screen without your explicit permission to do so. Most often the “trigger” for the appearance of the aforementioned Ads would be you loading a web page or opening a link while browsing. As you have noticed these pop-ups are very annoying and can quickly become quite bothersome especially if you are operating on a company owned device. Unfortunately this is not the only negative side to akamaihd.net Virus. This program will try to make you buy lots of stuff you definitely don’t need, mostly completely useless programs but in some cases even malware applications. For this reason we think it a good idea to give you some do’s and don’ts when encountering the Ads.
You should try your best to avoid interacting with the pop-ups altogether. Don’t click on the advertisements in any case. Some of the displayed information might be legitimate but most often you will be redirected to some phishing site where if not careful your personal data might get stolen. This specifically implies to the billing information, do not be fooled even if the website looks like something real, it can be very tricky to notice the difference from the real thing. Also you should not under any conceivable circumstances download software prompted by akamaihd.net Virus. Even if it’s not a virus, which it most likely will be, this software will be at very least some sort of bloatware. Meaning a completely useless for you program that will eat lots of your PC resources for breakfast without any practical implications whatsoever.
How did I get infected?
There are several methods through which this type of malware has been spreading in recent years. By far in most cases the virus has reached your system through an installation bundle with another software. Most likely the carrier would be a freeware program or game, and often times you will not even notice that akamaihd.net Virus has been installed until it’s too late. The only way for you prevent this from happening in the future is to very closely monitor what exactly is being installed onto your hard drive, do not give permission for anything that might seem unfamiliar or strange to you.
In any case you definitely need to remove this harmful software from your PC and the sooner the better. Learn how with our free removal guide.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove akamaihd.net 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 akamaihd.net Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove akamaihd.net Virus
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
akamaihd.net Virus has reached and affected all your browsers by now. You will need to manually remove it from all of them. Even a single trace of the virus might allow it to replicate itself on your next system reboot and it would have been all for naught. So you will need to be thorough. Apply Step 2 and Step 3 from our removal guide for each browser infected with this malicious software.
Keep in mind that once removed this virus might try to leave a parting gift. If you encounter a random message imploring you to log into a certain site so you can claim a reward or a necessary download – disregard it.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find akamaihd.net 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.
akamaihd.net 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 akamaihd.net 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.
READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!!!
You are now about to perform the final steps in the quest to remove akamaihd.net Virus from your system. Ideally this would be a good news but unfortunately for you the last steps are both crucial as well as more difficult and dangerous than all of the previous ones combined. You will need to be extra careful from here on out. Any mistake on your end might result in catastrophic consequences for your device. If you don’t feel in the mood to risk something like that happening we urge you to try a professional remover for akamaihd.net Virus.
Not only it will spare you the headaches of wondering if you are about the kill your own system but it will also provide you with the option to scan for other unwanted intruders that may be present at your hard drive even now!
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.
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.