Are you endangered by a virus called Total Ad Performance? We have prepared extensive removal instructions for Total Ad Performance, designed to work for all versions of Windows.
Total Ad Performance is a type of virus that is known be be of the Adware virus family based on the way it operates. As long as Total Ad Performance is residing in your machine you will be greeted by a slew of Ads every time you start your internet browser (or open a new page in some cases). Fortunately this is as far as Total Ad Performance will go to damage your computer. The real danger resides in the Ads themselves and below we’ll explain why.
Ads generated by Total Ad Performance are not only annoying – they are also potentially very dangerous
You might have heard that Adware is the least dangerous type of viruses. That is mostly true, at least as long as you just ignore or close the Ads spawned and DO NOT interact with them in any way.
Basically these things are frauds and their goals can be summarized in three things:
- They will use every trick to rip you off
- They will try to install more viruses on your computer
- Both of the above
Even if the hyperlinks behind the Ads lead to a site that might look real there is a substantial chance that you are actually seeing a faked copy of a real site boasting the stolen outlook for legitimacy. If you ever make the mistake of paying for anything offered by Total Ad Performance you’ll quickly discover that you paid for nothing, or if you are particularly unlucky you will get a hacked copy of the program you wanted, which will install another virus to run a different money-grabbing scheme on you.
An even sneakier and infinitely more endangers form of Ads
Ads of all shapes and colors exist, but the most dangerous ones are those that pose as system messages. They are not even exclusive to Total Ad Performance – you can see similar messages on many dangerous and virus infected sites around the web. All of these have one thing in common though – each and every one will try to make you believe there is some problem with your computer and trick you into installing a solution – a virus file. Some examples:
- A banner informing you that you have to install a missing plug-in before you can view media files. There’s even a version of this that will pop the banners directly over media player windows and block them, thus creating a more convincing illusion that there really is a problem
- A pop-up message spawning over a real /or fake/ icon for some program that you have – like Flash or Java. The pop-up will inform you that the program is outdated, currently dangerous for the safety of your computer and offer you to install an update asap.
- A warning message from some kind of virus or malware scanner. It will claim that you have several viruses on your computer. You’ll be given the option to install the scanner so it can clean up the non-existing viruses.
Remove Total Ad Performance
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:
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.
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.
Total Ad Performance 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 Total Ad Performance . 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.
Total Ad Performance 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 Total Ad Performance 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, 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.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
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. Alternatively, if you can’t find any 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
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Total Ad Performance. 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.