Remove Ocean Setup “Virus” (Nov.2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Ocean Setup “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you are currently having an issue with your browser program where your whole screen gets covered in all sorts of commercial messages, flashy ads, download offers, sales requests and other irritating online components once you try to go on the Internet, then you have most likely had a piece of software from the adware category recently installed on your computer. While this isn’t a real virus and will likely not cause any serious problems to your computer, it’s still important to be well informed with the different qualities of this type of software so that you know how to adequately deal with it and avoid getting it installed on your computer in the future. Normally, this type of apps are available for all popular browsers the likes of Chrome, IE, Firefox, Edge, Safari and so on and they tend spam page-redirects, pop-ups, banners, blinking box messages and other intrusive advertising and promotional materials on the users’ screens whenever a browser that has the adware on it gets opened. As irritating as this might seem, know that, as we mentioned above, this isn’t the same as a malware infection with some nasty and harmful program like a Trojan Horse, a Rootkit or a Ransomware cryptovirus. This is quite the good news because it means that even if there is an adware on your computer, the machine would likely not be in any immediate danger. However, since adware apps are still not the most desirable programs due to their intrusive abilities, it is preferable to eliminate them as soon as you spot their presence on the computer. Here, we will help you learn now to take care of one of the most recent and most obstructive pieces of adware – Ocean Setup, by fully uninstalling it and removing it from your computer.

Remove Ocean Setup “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).

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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 Ocean Setup 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 Ocean Setup from Firefox:

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

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

Why you should still be careful around applications like Ocean Setup

Even if Ocean Setup isn’t a malicious and harmful virus, you should still keep in mind that it isn’t the safest form of software either. It’s endless stream of advertisements and its random automatic page redirects can indeed prove to be a real security hazard, especially if you carelessly visit the sites they are linked to. Of course, we don’t mean to say that all the ads coming from this adware are going to be hazardous yet, after all, it oftentimes only takes a single click on some infected online component to get your computer computer compromised by some nasty Trojan Horse or Ransomware cryptovirus (or some other malicious threat). This is why we believe that it is always better to take care of the adware problem on time instead of procrastinating and allowing the unwanted app to remain on your machine for an extended time period. Also, bear in mind that most such apps tend to get distributed as added bonus components bundled with different free program installers which is why it’s important to always check the Advanced setup settings where it’s typically disclosed if and what bonus elements have been added to the installer.

SUMMARY:

Name Ocean Setup
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The never-ending stream of ads is the main symptom related to the presence of an adware app on any computer.
Distribution Method Distributing adware apps alongside other software within a file bundle is the most commonly utilized method for spreading this sort of unwanted browser components.
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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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