Remove Artnewsupdate.info “Malware” (Chrome/FF/IE) Oct. 2018 Update


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

It can be quite difficult to browser the Internet on your browser if it’s constantly getting flooded with irritating advertising content such as random adverts, software download prompts for obscure apps, redirects to different obscure sites and pages, obstructive banners, pop-ups and so on. If this is currently happening on your PC each time you open the browser, then it is likely that your browsing program is under the effects of a browser hijacker. “Wait, but what is a browser hijacker?” some of you might ask and this is exactly the question we are going to be answering in the next lines as well as giving you some instructions on how to remove such software from your PC. A browser hijacker is an add-on app for popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox that is likely to alter their search engine, homepage, new-tab page and toolbar in order to supposedly improve the user’s online experience on one way or another. However, the reality of things is that the imposed changes are typically unwanted and unpleasant to the users as they actually make the browser more difficult to use. Also, as an added “bonus”, there are the ads and the other advertising-related contents that are likely to be present on your screen while surfing the Internet with a browser hijacker on your PC. Understandably, users would mostly prefer if they get rid of any such application ASAP so as to once again be able to use their browser in peace, without getting interrupted by its nagging ads and imposed browser modifications.

The guide that follows next can help those of you who are struggling with Artnewsupdate.info “Malware” – one of the newest hijacker programs out there and the most likely reason you are on this page:

Remove Artnewsupdate.info “Malware”

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 Artnewsupdate.info 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 Artnewsupdate.info from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Artnewsupdate.info 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

It is important to remove the hijacker and never allow it back inside your system!

The presence of Artnewsupdate.info “Malware” on your PC shouldn’t be a reason for you to panic since this piece of software isn’t an actual virus. It isn’t some insidious Ransomware cryptovirus that can mess with your data or some scary Trojan that can corrupt your system and make your PC unusable. However, unfortunately, the chances of landing a Trojan, a Ransomware, a Rootkit or some other similar threatening program on your PC do indeed go up if there is a hijacker on your machine due to the unverified nature of some of its ads and redirects. Therefore, our advice for you is to uninstall Artnewsupdate.info using our guide and make sure that you don’t allow any more hijackers in. To avoid future encounters with such software, keep away from obscure and sketchy sites, sites with adult content, sites that distribute pirated or low-quality software and also remember to always check every new installer of a given program for bundled content through the Advanced setup menu. Everything there that doesn’t look trustworthy ought to be left out of the installation of the main program.

SUMMARY:

Name Artnewsupdate.info
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacker is easily noticed – the ads, the redirects and the unwanted changes to the browser as sure signs of its presence on the PC.
Distribution Method Some of the most commonly used techniques for  spreading this type of software are the file-bundling, the spam messaging and the malvertising methods.
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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