Avcomand.com is a virus that operates by generating unwanted ads on your browser. These can take many forms, but to name a few:
- Pop-ups with best deal offers
- Hyperlinks attached to random words
- Warning about missing plug-ins
- Offers for free software downloads, often anti-malware
DO NOT fall for anything coming out of Avcomand.com. At best you will just waste your time as you discover that the hyperlinks generated by Avcomand.com just lead to different sites that are not even related to the advertisement that was shown to you. The much worse scenario is when you download and install something – it will most certainly be a virus of some sort. Some of the most dangerous viruses like Ransomware spread this way and these will actually encrypt all of your files and demand hundreds of dollars in payment to reclaim them!
- Programs DO need to be updated, but never click on random messages to do so. If you think a certain programs needs an update find this program on Google and download the update from the official site.
Next we’ll discuss how your computer became infected by Avcomand.com
Many people are surprised when they are told that they probably installed the virus themselves. Don’t be. Adware like Avcomand.com relies most entirely on lies and misdirection to infiltrate computers, so its almost certain you believed you were installing something else entirely. Above we already provided a list of tricks viruses use to download and install one another. Yes, these things are interconnected and the people who make them program them to help one another with infections.
- Hidden presents – these days it’s normal for program installers to contain one or more addition programs as an extra. Unfortunately, especially with free programs, these extras may actually be adware. Thus it is highly advisable to always click on the advanced installation option. There you can see what exactly is getting install and forbid all the things that you don’t need or look suspicious.
The golden rule
The vast majority of viruses will install from executable files – files with a file extension of .exe. This means you should always pay attention to what file you open and install. DO NOT trust random download sites, torrents or unknown people sending you files. The only way to be certain that a particular .exe file is virus-free is to download it from the official developer/distributor.
- What if friend send you an .exe file via Facebook or other social program? Before opening ask if it was really him that send you that file and the reason behind it. If he doesn’t respond then you may be dealing with a virus! There are sneaky viruses that can send themselves (together with other viruses) by spamming messages from the accounts of the infected computer’s owner!
How to Remove Avcomand.com
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows 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 window of 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 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Avcomand.com has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Avcomand.com . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Avcomand.com should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Avcomand.com 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:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. 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. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
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.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Avcomand.com. 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, you can check it out here.