Remove Aqovd Homepage Virus From Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer (Uninstall Guide)

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This article aims to help users remove Aqovd Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. “Eliminar aqovd” is something we’ve seen quite often recently in our contacts for, showing that this virus is well-spread among many different languages and countries.

Dear reader if you are going through this article then you have probably figured it out yourself that Aqovd Virus is a virus-like piece of software. This program behaves in many ways similar to the sub-genre of computer malware known as Adware. It is characterized by the way it operates once installed onto your computer – it will take control of your web browsers and start spawning endless streams of advertisements.

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The Ads in themselves can be about a wide variety of things. What is peculiar though is that they will be in some way connected to your recent online activity. What this means is basically Eliminar aqovd is able and willing to access you browse history, search history, stored cache and cookies that may in fact contain your user names and even passwords. This is pretty much a very disturbing behavior because you have no way of knowing if all this information won’t get in the hands of the virus creator.

Detrimental effects of Aqovd Virus

Well first you are certainly going to experience significant system slowdown. Every single time you try to load a web page your computer will be asked to effectively load two pages instead of one, both the one you are trying to open and the fake ads one. This means both extra CPU load and extra internet bandwidth used. If you are sporting a state of the art machine you might only loose a second or two in load time here or there, but for users browsing on older computers this might lead to browser crashes and even system freezes.

Of course there is the issue with the scams. The links provided from the ads are more often than not fake and will lead you to fraudulent websites. You should be very careful if you find yourself on such a website, phishing scams are a real danger! Do not install anything if prompted by Eliminar aqovd, you will be installing more malware instead of anything resembling a useful software. The viruses attempt to trick you into it might include various pop-up messages informing you about a variety of non-existent problems with your device like missing codecs or updates and even free software to deal with some imaginary virus different from the one you actually have! It is high time you get on with the removal of this pest.

SUMMARY:

Name Aqovd
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms All links lead to Aqovd. The page also opens on browser start up.
Distribution Method Illegitimate/cracked software. Think carefully if you recently downloaded something for free.
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Navigation:
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Aqovd 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 Aqovd Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Aqovd Virus

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STEP 1:

UPDATE! You can visit this article for an updated version of the guide: Remove Pop-Up Ads from Chrome/Firefox (Adware 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.Administrator permission required

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. 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.

STEP 2:

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You next task would be to remove Aqovd Virus from your browsers. Keep it in mind that all your web browsers are possessed by the virus. Even the ones you don’t usually use will have to be cleaned up unless you want to risk a recurrence of this nasty malware. So apply Steps 2 and 3 from our complete removal guide for each of the infected parties.

Also if you made the common mistake of installing some form of software prompted by Aqovd Virus, now would be a good time to try and remember what exactly was installed so you can search for it and remove it too eventually.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Aqovd Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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Aqovd Virus  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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 Click chrome menu icon 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.


safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.

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.

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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.

STEP 4:

Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Aqovd 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 Uninstallchoose NO:

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Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

STEP 5:

Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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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.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! DO NOT CONTINUE WITHOUT READING FIRST!

The next few steps we would ask you to complete are in fact more complicated and more dangerous than all of the previous ones combined. If you make a mistake this might lead to significant and irreversible damage being dealt to your system. If you are not 100% committed to the process or simply do not want to take the chance of you messing up your whole device then we strongly urge you to consider instead downloading a professional Aqovd Virus remover that will take care of the problem for you. Additionally keep in mind that you cannot manually fix the issue with your personal information being gathered and maybe exposed to certain third parties. You will need a specialized software to deal with this issue.

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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.

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. 

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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 Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hello Sam,
    Happy New Year! 🙂 There’s no problem asking for assistance. These IPs are part of the virus. Simply delete the lines from your file and move on with the rest of the guide.

     
  • Isobel

    So I was going through the steps and in step 5, It won’t let me open the file location of the virus nor end the process. Anything I can do about it?

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi Isobel,

      Did you start your PC in safe mode?

       
  • Mayank Goel

    I have something called a Startup module on my startup (msconfig).
    It has a unknown manufacturer. Safe to remove, is it?

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi Mayank,
      can you please provide us with a screenshot so we can check it ?

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi again Mayank,
    did you notice any changes in your machine like starting slow or any other issues ?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi,
    do you have a screen capture app called Lightshot?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Starter module is a process from this app, so there is nothing you have to worry about right now 🙂

     
    • Mayank Goel

      Woah. You guys are pretty awesome. Thanks a lot. 😀

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        You are welcome and thank you for your kind words. Remember if you have any other issues contact us 🙂