Apps like Upd-pct.info are normally not intended to cause harm to your operating system and your data. What they are created for is generation of profits from clicks on the adverts they display.
If you’ve landed on this page, you are most probably frustrated and annoyed by the never-ending stream of aggressive sponsored commercials that have been spamming your web browser lately. Before you assume that this must be a symptom of some nasty virus infection, however, let us tell you more about the possible source of these ads. In most of the cases, this could be a browser hijacker, especially if you constantly see different pop-ups, ads, banners and page redirect links, which appear on every webpage that you visit, even on sites that aren’t typically sponsored by ads, and if your browser has had some unauthorized homepage added to it or if its search engine has been modified/replaced without your permission. This type of software is not related to Ransomware, Trojans or any malware category, but it could be quite irritating to have it in your Chrome or Firefox (or another) browser and could frequently cause random page-redirects and exposure to various third-party commercials. For this reason, the browser hijacker is generally considered as potentially unwanted.
Like most of its representatives, Upd-pct typically targets popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Explorer and automatically integrates its ad-generating and page-redirecting components with them. Dealing with the constant ads streaming generated by Upd-pct.info could be quite unpleasant, especially if you spend a lot of time browsing the web and get frequently interrupted or redirected to pages that you never had the intention of visiting.
In the next lines, we will do our best to help you remove this irritating piece of software and uninstall all the changes that it has imposed on your browsing program so that you no longer need to deal with the constant irritation that Upd-pct.info may create.
The infamous “Pay-per-click” model is a common online advertising technique, which is often incorporated within such hijacker components and which dictates their behavior. This method is not illegal and has nothing to do with the criminal actions that threats such as Spyware, Trojans or Ransomware may initiate. That being said, we still advise you to keep away from the sponsored commercials that may pop-up on your screen thanks to such aggressive advertising methods because sometimes, fake or misleading ads and links may also be advertised in this way. Unfortunately, there is no way to check which messages are safe and which offers and banners could be potentially dangerous. That’s why the general rule is to avoid interaction with anything unfamiliar, sketchy, aggressive or intrusive and to uninstall and remove any component, add-on or software, which is messing with your control over the content that gets shown on your screen. This includes the content generated by apps like Upd-pct.info Virus and similar browser hijackers as well as the random on-site messages that may prompt you to click on something during your regular web browsing. It simply isn’t worth the risk of landing on something malicious or of getting your computer infected with some malicious virus program.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.|
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Remove Upd-pct.info Virus
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Upd-pct.info from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Upd-pct.info from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Upd-pct.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 it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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!