Remove NetMeterX “Virus” (SharePal) October 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove NetMeterX “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and MacOS.

Adware programs are not some dangerous viruses – they won’t typically attempt to damage or encrypt your data or mess with your system which is something an insidious Trojan Horse infection or Ransomware virus would certainly try to do. However, adware programs are actually some of the most widespread forms of unwanted software and though they aren’t as harmful as Trojans, Ransomware, Worms and other types of PC viruses, they are still something you’d probably not want to have on your machine even if it is solely due to their intrusive and irritating behavior. And are adware programs irritating…An app of this category can latch onto pretty much any browser – some of its most common “victims” are Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Once added to the browser, an adware component would usually start to generate pop-up ads, banners, page-redirects, box-messages and many other types of advertising materials. Of course, the purpose of those ads is to generate profits for the people responsible for the creation of the adware program. This ads-generation, however, can be very unpleasant and could oftentimes make it very, very difficult to use your browser in a normal way. After all, how could you browse the Internet in peace if every couple of seconds/minutes random ads start showing on your screen and obstruct your online experience?

One notorious example of an adware application is NetMeterX “Virus”, which is also what’s going to be the main focus of the next lines. NetMeterX “Virus”, similarly to the other apps of its category, is a potentially unwanted software piece that can nag you with its ads and obstruct you with its page-redirects each and every time you open a new browsing session. The only way you could make the obstructiveness stop is by removing its source – NetMeterX. Removing an adware app from your browser, however, isn’t the same as removing some regular browser extension or uninstalling a normal program from your PC. Oftentimes, adware apps lack actual uninstallation feature which can make it rather difficult to get rid of the pesky software. Not only that, but it’s possible that the nagging app comes back to bother you even after you have seemingly managed to eliminate it. For that reason, we advise you to use the detailed guide below to remove NetMeterX.

Remove NetMeterX “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


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 NetMeterX 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 NetMeterX from Firefox:

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

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

The good news is that if you closely follow the steps from our guide or use the recommended removal software, the adware should stand no chance of remaining on your computer. Even though it might sometimes be rather tricky to remove an adware, it is still not an impossibly difficult task and as long as you know what are you doing, you should be able to easily take care of the intrusive software.

How could adware threaten your PC?

As said above, an adware program is not the same as a virus infection – here, we aren’t talking about insidious malware such as Spyware, Trojans and Ransomware cryptoviruses. However, although most adware apps lack the destructive capabilities of the malware categories that we just mentioned, they could still indirectly expose your system to different types of cyber threats. The main security hazard when talking about adware is the advertisements that they generate and possibility that some of those ads might be unsafe. After all, the Internet is full of shady banners, questionable online offers and web requests and an adware could bring such to your browser. From there, if you make the mistake of clicking on something that is unreliable and potentially hazardous, you could indeed end up getting your machine infected by some insidious piece of malware. This is why the removal of NetMeterX is so important for the overall safety of your computer.

The distribution methods used for spreading adware

The creators of apps like NetMeterX are very good at finding new ways to distribute their products and get them installed onto more and more PCs. Methods such as spam campaigns and malvertising are some of the most popular techniques for distributing adware. Also, a lot of apps like NetMeterX get added to installation bundles as bonus components. Many users ignore the presence of bundled elements inside a given installer and directly install the whole thing using the Quick/Default setup configurations. This, however, is a mistake you should not make in the future as it could easily land you some undesirable piece of software! Instead of using the Quick or the Default setup options, always go for the Advanced/Custom ones that would enable you to leave out any bonus component that you might not want to have installed on your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name NetMeterX
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The overwhelming stream of ads, pop-ups and page redirects is what usually gives away adware apps.
Distribution Method Mostly through the use of spam messages, unreliable web requests and installation bundles.
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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