Our removal guide aims to provide the best help to remove Peapoon Adware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
If you are reading this article it’s likely because you’ve been infected with Peapoon Adware and you are looking for a way to remove this bugger. Don’t worry, we’ll help you do just that.
First you need to know that you are likely dealing with a virus of the Adware variety. Peapoon Adware works by spawning an endless stream of advertisements (Ads) and throwing them in your face. These ads will take the form of pop-up windows and banners and they will be big enough that you are unable to ignore them. The Ads can be advertising all kinds of products, but most likely they will try to sell you something that can actually interest you. To do that Peapoon Adware scans your private data – browsing history, search queries, cookies. This is actually very dangerous and one of the reasons we recommend that everyone should own an anti-virus program.
What other dangers can be attributed to Peapoon Adware
The least of your worries will be computer slowdown. Since every time you load a page a set of Ads will be created this means your computer has to do double the work. The page you want will load much slower because of this. On a slow computer with weak internet connection this might even into screen freezing and browser becoming non-responsive.
Another important point to consider is that Ads created by Peapoon Adware often lead into fake sell sites. These may look exactly like the real ones, their URLs might be quite similar too. Telling the real deal from the fakes could be pretty hard. It’s wiser to just abstain from clicking on the Ads until you remove Peapoon Adware from your machine.
The biggest threat though is that Peapoon Adware might try and trick you into downloading some file that is actually a virus in disguise. Often a fake messages about some problem with your computer is provided in advance with the solo purpose of scaring you into rushingly downloading the infected “solution” without giving it a second though. The hooks here are missing plug-ins, required video players, supposed virus infestations or errors in the registry files. All of these mean that you should never download and install anything related to Peapoon Adware.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Peapoon Adware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Peapoon Adware from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Peapoon Adware From Chrome
Now we begin in the removal guide in earnest. We’ve tried to make it as complete as possible since some versions of Peapoon Adware require slightly different steps to be removed and there is no way for us to know which version of the virus has infected your computer. Unfortunately this means that those extra steps we’ve written will also be redundant for some other users.
Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.
Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
Since Peapoon Adware is on your computer this means it has infiltrated all of your internet browser. This includes even browsers you have installed at some point of the past, but are no longer using. Simply run Steps 2&3 for every browser that is still installed on your PC. We’d kindly like to remind you that Internet Explorer comes with every Windows installation.
Also this is a good moment to try and remember if Peapoon Adware offered you to install and kind of free software and whether you fell for the trap or not. If you did then unfortunately you’re computer is infected with another virus. If you spot anything suspicious during the following two steps write down the name. You can look for a detailed guide once we are done.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Peapoon Adware . Remove it by pressing Disable.
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.
Peapoon Adware should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
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.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Peapoon Adware 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
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.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this in a wrong manner can damage your PC significantly, especially if you screw it big. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Peapoon Adware remover, that can run all these steps instead of you with 0 risk involved. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus and there is no way to do it manually.
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.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.