Today’s article will examine MS Updater – a virus of the Adware variety. It is a real pest – it generates a large variety of advertisements, which can be very annoying. What’s more dangerous, however, is the fact that it can also try to install malware on your computer. Since you are reading this you probably already need no convincing in the need to remove it and the Removal Guide at the end will do that. But what’s more important is to learn how these things work, so you can recognize them before they infect your computer in the first place. So, please, devote a few minutes of your time to reading the article in full.
MS Updater – an overview
As mentioned, MS Updater generates ads. These can take many forms, but it is three general purposes they share:
- Waste your time.
- Trick you into spending money.
- Install Malware on your computer.
In fact the ads are almost never even real. They come canned within MS Updater. Once it latches to your browser it reads your browsing&search history and decides which are the best ads to show you. The sites they link to are mostly unrelated to the ads themselves.
Things to pay attention to
Besides ads MS Updater may generate an additional number of things, some of which are listed below. Remember that you may also see some of these things on dangerous or infected sites.
- Error messages about missing plug-ins.
- Empty media windows demanding a certain video player to be installed.
- Offers to update outdated software on your computer.
- Downloads of “free” programs. Anti-Malware programs are popular targets.
In all of these cases any file downloaded will be a virus, so avoid them at all costs. Of course, if you suspect that you really need a missing plug-in for example, or some new program you should never trust random offers. Instead google that program or plug-in name and download it from the official developer’s site.
A few more tricks
There are some some very dangerous sites that pose as download or torrent hubs. They are not, but what they do is to copy whatever you search for and auto-generate a file with that name. This nets them a 100% match on the search engines, putting them at front pages. Recognize such sites by paying attention to the file extension of the file you are offered. If it ends with .exe is probably a virus.
There are some sneaky viruses that can infiltrate social networks. You may not even know you have them, but they will send the virus to all your friends on Facebook, Skype or via mail. Ifyou randomly receive a file from a friend ask him if he really sent it. The virus can’t respond like a person can.
How to Remove MS Updater
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.
MS Updater 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 MS Updater . 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.
MS Updater 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 MS Updater 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 MS Updater. 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.