Productivity Boss Overview
Productivity Boss is an ad-based virus that can display a variety of pop-ups, hyperlinks and banner-type threats. We are mentioning all of these, because Productivity Boss’s practice to try and lure people into installing more of its kind is connected to them. Basically the virus is programmed to ensure that you will continue receiving advertisements, and in some cases – to open the door for much more dangerous viruses. With the last part I mean ransomware, an extremely dangerous virus-class that encrypts your personal data, while asking for real money (or bitcoins) to give you the key necessary to decrypt it, the data.
Remember: all these things can do is lie to your face and hope that you will comply and give them authority. We implore you to simply ignore everything, because that way you will make the virus powerless. We will next list all of the potential tricks up Productivity Boss’s sleeve in order to take its weapons away and ensure that before you remove it, you will be 100% safe:
- We’ve received reports that there are three predominant tricks. The first one is to fake updates for windows and several well-known application like Adobe Reader, Flash Player or Java. Some viruses (unknown if Productivity Boss is among them) also have the ability to read your program list from your Control Panel and imitate all sorts of stuff, mainly the most popular entries – winamp, for example.
- The second primary trick is for the malware to pose as an anti-virus program. Typically it impersonates three famous AV programs, namely Kaspersky, Norton and Avira. It can either ask permission to scan your PC for a “scheduled check-up” or ask for an update of its virus data-base.
- The third one is invariably used: the hyperlinks and advertisements will redirect you to select websites that may start downloading .exe files immediately. These downloads are very dangerous and are programmed to start installing once they are done, so make sure to stop the downloads immediately, or if you can not, bring out the Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL) immediately and stop the setups from completing. And of course, exit the websites – we’ve confirmed that once every few minutes you remain there, the downloads restart.
Aside from these we’ve found two other “smaller” and lesser used tricks:
- Youtube may get an overlay on the video screen. The ad will claim you need to install a newer version of the software to continue.
- Banners at the beginning and end parts of web pages will want to install missing plugins.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Danger Level||Medium (May try to install other dangerous software on your machine on spy on your browsing habits) |
|Symptoms||Unwanted Ads appearing when a page is loaded, random toolbars, slowdown of processing speed.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles and online Ads.|
|Detection Tool||Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use this professional parasite scanner to make sure you find all files related to the infection.Sponsored|
How to Remove Productivity Boss
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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.
Productivity Boss 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 Productivity Boss . 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.
Productivity Boss 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 Productivity Boss 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 Productivity Boss. 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.