If a threat like Pmls.dll has somehow managed to sneak inside your system and is currently operating on your computer, then know that you have a really nasty malware infection on your hands and the sooner you take action to get rid of it, the better your chances of saving your PC, your data and your overall virtual privacy. The article from this page has been written with the intention to inform its readers about the main characteristics of the Pmls.dll malware program and to give them valuable advice with regards to the best ways to remove it and keep their computers safe from it in the future.
If you think that you might have Pmls.dll inside your PC, then be sure to read the whole article and have a look at the guide that’s in it. Hopefully, by doing so, you will become able to take care of the malicious threat without experiencing any major negative consequences.
A Trojan Horse infection
Pmls.dll belongs to the well-known malware category called Trojan Horses. We are sure that most of you have already heard about the infamous Trojans and there’s a good reason for that. Those nasty malware programs are known to be both some of the most versatile and also some of the sneakiest types of malware out there. A typical Trojan can oftentimes be used to complete a number of different insidious tasks while inside the targeted machine. From stealing valuable data from the machine and spying on its users to corrupting the system and inserting other infections like Rootkits, Worms and Ransomware, the Trojans are capable of all that and much more! This is the reason why we can’t tell you what exactly Pmls.dll may try to do if it infects/has infected your machine but what we can tell you is that you must remove it as soon as possible.
Detection and protection issues
It is likely that if you have had Pmls.dll infect your machine you do not know how the infection actually happened. Trojans are known for that – they use all sorts of disguise to make it more likely for random users to interact with the piece of content that carries them. And that content could be a spam letter, an infected web commercial, a fake Flash or driver update request as well as many other things. A particularly hazardous type of software that you mustn’t interact with is anything that’s been pirated. Not only is it illegal to download pirated stuff but it’s also highly risky as many threats the like of Pmls.dll get distributed through such software.
It’s also difficult to spot Trojans once an infection has occurred as they oftentimes do not raise any red flags. Installing a reliable antivirus on your PC and keeping it up-to-date at all times is a good way to improve your chances of spotting a Trojan virus on time. Also, keeping an eye out for suspicious PC behavior like frequent errors, crashes, unusual slow-downs and random freezes of different apps might also help you detect potential malicious activities conducted by a Trojan.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Excessive RAM and/or processor use, errors, crashes, slow-downs, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Scammy sites, pirated programs, spam, malvertising and many others.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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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:
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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.
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 Pmls.dll 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 Pmls.dll from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Pmls.dll 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!