IMPORTANT! Dear reader, if you are reading this you are probably fed up with the annoyance that can be TerminusSys and want it removed immediately. This article’s removal guide will help you accomplish that, but it is also a good idea to not skip right to it. Learning how TerminusSys works and how it got into your system in the first place will aid you protect against other threats in the future.
TerminusSys – a simple overview
TerminusSys belongs to the Adware family of viruses. The name essentially explains what it does – it generates unwanted spam messages in the form of advertisements. Besides the usual offers for best deals you may also be seeing:
- Warning to download updates to programs
- Not being able to view something unless you download and install a certain video player
- Error messages about missing plug-ins
REMEMBER! All of these offers gravitate between 3 goals:
- Waste your time and generate views for someone
- Entice you into spending money
- Install malware on your computer
Needless to say avoid interacting with stuff that comes out of TerminusSys. You are not losing anything – everything is completely fake and actually created on your own computer, tailored to your interests which TerminusSys analyzed from your browser’s history. Creating the Ads adds an extra burden on your CPU as well – if your PC has been performing poorly lately TerminusSys is a likely cause.
Next, lets explain how your PC ended up with TerminusSys
There is one very important thing to understand here. TerminusSys, like most other adwares doesn’t target program weaknesses. Rather it targets the human factor, relying on the user to install it. Of course, since few people will willingly install Adware on their computers, it will use deception. Most of the time Adware will pose as something legitimate, possibly useful and free. Learning the patterns of adware programs will greatly help you to identify them and deny them access to your computer.
- Watch out for bundled installers – many programs will offer you additional free extras to install along the main application. Often, especially with freeware, these extras will contain adware. Fortunately you can always install the program you want and block the adware. Always go for the advanced installation option – it will give detailed control over what is installed and you can stop anything you don’t need or looks suspicious.
- Watch out for fake download sites – there is a variety of dangerous sites that prey on unsuspecting users. These sites can copy your search terms and instantly generate a temporary file with the exact same name. This nets a 100% search match and pops up in page 1-2 in Google. This file is a virus (of course) and will always end with an .exe regardless of the main file name. Look out for .exe files and NEVER install them, unless you are absolutely certain you are installing a legitimate program.
How to Remove TerminusSys
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.
TerminusSys 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 TerminusSys . 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.
TerminusSys 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 TerminusSys 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 TerminusSys. 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.