If you are wondering what is Thegradations.com, then unfortunately the answer is that it is a virus that redirects you to random websites across the web. Our instructions aim to remove this Thegradations.com Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet explorer completely and with no side effects.
Thegradations.com Virus is type of virus called browser hijacker. In functions by harassing you with advertisements (Ads) as you work. This can get fairly annoying over time, but there are other more potent threats coming from the virus that you should be aware of.
First of tall Ads created by Thegradations.com Virus likely lead to fake or otherwise fraudulent content. Resell sites only aim to rob you of your wallet. Downloaded files are very likely to contain a virus. Thegradations.com Virus is also capable of creating fake messages on your computer demanding that you update some programs or claiming your computer has been infected with dangerous viruses or is missing important plug-ins. All of this is part of a campaign of phantom threats aiming to force you to download the offered solutions, which will be real viruses.
For all of the above mentioned reasons you should never trust anything your browser shows to you until you remove Thegradations.com Virus for your computer.
How does Thegradations.com Virus manifest itself exactly?
Well Ads can take all forms and shapes, but they will generally be created by some kind of trigger. Usually this is you starting your internet browser, opening a new page or tab. You’ll then see maybe some pop-up or banner that you have to close in order to work normally. Alternatively a new page full of Ads may be created. Sometimes when you read text some of the words might turn into hyperlinks.
All of this will slow down your computer, because your CPU will be overloaded with multiple actions and it can also take a toll on your internet speed. If your CPU is slower or you are using some weak Wi-Fi network the slowdown might even become unbearable freezing.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Thegradations.com Virus 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 Thegradations.com Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Thegradations.com Virus
The war between virus makers and the us – people who remove them – is an endless one. To make our job harder those guys often release many copies of the same virus, but each of those copies requires a slightly different tweak in order to be removed. Our article tries to encompass all possible versions, but this also means some of the things below might be redundant.
If any steps produced nothing and you are sure you did everything correctly then feel free to just move on to the next step.
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.
Thegradations.com Virus can and has infected all of your internet browsers. In order to remove Thegradations.com Virus permanently you’ll have to clean each browser separately and this means running Steps 2&3 many times. Don’t forget that you also have to clean browsers you may no longer use (but are installed). Every Windows installation comes with Internet Explorer pre-installed.
This is also a good moment to try and remember if you installed anything offered by Thegradations.com Virus. If that is the unfortunate case try to remember the name and look for it in the browser. You’ll have to remove those as well, then search for more information on removing the other virus.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Thegradations.com Virus . 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Thegradations.com Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
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.
Continue with STEP 4.
(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 Thegradations.com Virus 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.
Go to STEP 5.
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! ABSOLUTELY READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your OS installation significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Thegradations.com Virus remover.
You can’t skip this step. It’s paramount to removing the virus permanently. It will also prevent the virus makes from getting any feedback from the virus – including possible stolen private data like passwords and credit card numbers.
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
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.