Remove Fortpush.com Ads Pop-up (Chrome/FF/IE) Oct. 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Fortpush.com Ads Pop-up. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Some of the most annoying and unpleasant forms of software are the so-called browser hijackers – those browser extension-like apps are well known for their intrusive and irritating behavior which is also the reason why hijackers are typically regarded as PUA’s (potentially unwanted applications). A PUA is not a virus and a hijacker isn’t some nasty and malicious software piece similar to a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware virus. Still, if a hijacker’s on your system, then it is likely that your Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera or any other browser you might have on your PC have had their starting page, new-tab pages, toolbars and search engines replaced by the hijacker without your permission. Not only that, but it is also likely that a hijacker could start to redirect your searches trying to land you on different promoted pages. Hijackers are also known for generation of ads, banners, pop-ups, blinking boxes and various other forms of advertising materials. On top of all that, most such apps could also invade your privacy by exploring your browser history, recent searches, likes, page visits and so on and all that with the purpose of displaying more relevant ads on your screen. The whole idea is that this would make you more likely to interact with the advertising materials which would then, in turn, generate Pay-Per-Click revenue for the creators of the hijacker. This is exactly how the recently released Fortpush.com app functions. Fortpush.com is yet another representative of the vast browser hijacker group and since this is a relatively new hijacker app, it is currently on the rise and a lot of users are forced to put up with its unpleasant browser changes, ads generation and page redirects. In case you also have the same problem with the Fortpush.com hijacker, know that the only way to fully get rid of the unpleasant effects that it is having on your browser and Internet settings would be to uninstall the unwanted app from your computer.

Remove Fortpush.com Ads Pop-up

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 Fortpush.com 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 Fortpush.com from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Fortpush.com 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

If you want to learn how to do that, we advise you to read the rest of this article and have a look at the manual guide down below. The guide contains instructions on how to manually locate any hijacker-related data on your PC and delete it. However, there is also a suggested professional removal tool inside the guide so you can use that as well for the successful removal of Fortpush.com, especially if you think that you might not be able to accurately execute all of the manual steps from the guide. Regardless of which of the two removal and uninstallation methods you decide to go for, we advise you to ensure that the pesky hijacker gets removed from your system ASAP since, aside from being irritating, most such apps could also lead to certain security issues if they are allowed to stay on your PC for extended periods of time.

What’s the danger?

Hijacker are different from Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, Rootkits and other forms of actual malware viruses in the sense that they won’t typically try to harm anything on your machine and are also usually legal pieces of software. However, the uncontrolled stream of ads and redirects coming to your screen when there’s a hijacker on it is still a security hazard that needs to be addressed if you want to maintain a safe and clean PC. Since you can never know what the true origin of the displayed ads are, you can’t really trust any of them. Therefore, it’s advisable to avoid clicking on any of the banners, the blinking boxes or the random pop-ups as well as avoid interacting with the contents of any of the pages the hijacker might try to redirect you to. Aside from that, as we already said, it’s best if you take the necessary actions and get rid of the pesky app so it no longer spams you with irritating ads and redirects.

Keeping your machine clean and secure

Obviously, you should stay away from spam messages, shady online offers and advertisements and questionable web locations and download sources. However, one other thing that most people forget about is that a lot of unwanted apps like Fortpush.com could also come to them by getting bundled with some other program’s installer. If you want to avoid landing another hijacker in the future, always remember to check for added/bonus content in the installation managers of new programs you’re about to install. If you happen to see something that looks undesirable or unwanted, do not hesitate to opt-out of its installation so as to leave it out of the installation process. That way, if it’s a hijacker or some other form of unpleasant software, it won’t get inside your PC.

SUMMARY:

Name Fortpush.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacker is likely going to alter the way your browser functions and looks which is one of the main symptoms  you should be looking out for.
Distribution Method It is usual for hijackers to get distributed via spam messages, installation bundles, misleading web offers and low-quality downloadable contents.
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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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