This page aims to help you remove the Screen on Screen “Virus”. These Screen on Screen removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you feel like a victim of some annoying and probably undesired ads, then you should know that you are not the only one, who is facing such disturbance. Many users are exposed to such messages and the probable source of their irritation is an adware program known as the Screen on Screen “Virus”. If you reached this page, then you probably want to know how to get rid of the annoying ads and uninstall this adware. The good news is that here we have prepared a detailed removal guide that will lead you through all the steps you need to take. But before you proceed with the instructions, we suggest you spend a few minutes to read about this type of applications. The information below will help you better understand how this adware spreads and how to prevent it from getting installed on your system again.
Adware – what is that?
Adware is an application that displays unwanted ads on your screen. The idea of such applications is to generate income for whoever the promoter of the ads is. This is usually done through a method called Pay-Per-Click, where the adware developers receive some income for every click they get on their ads. The Screen on Screen “Virus” is one such application, which is legally developed for that purpose. However, its ads are usually unwanted by the users, since they sometimes become intrusive and flood the screen with pop-ups, links, banners, and box messages, which appear in dozens and can’t be stopped.
How to recognize if adware is operating in your system?
You can easily recognize, when an adware-like application is operating in your system by the constant flow of popping messages appearing every time you open your browser. Such ads come in all shapes and colors on your screen and cannot be closed or just re-open themselves after some time. You may also notice that your searches are redirected to other web pages with promotions or ads, instead of the pages you typed. This is common adware behavior, which can’t be mistaken.
How Screen on Screen finds its way into your system?
Very often adware gets installed on your PC along with other programs you might have downloaded and installed recently. As a typical representative, Screen on Screen uses this method of distribution. It is often bundled into the installation guide of other software. Users, unfortunately, don’t pay much attention when running the installation process. They may skip reading the EULA and just click the quick install option. Proceeding with the “next” button without checking the advanced options, where adware usually could be found is a common mistake. This way users very often inadvertently allow some additional software to get installed on their system. Then, they notice the potentially unwanted program only after it starts to operate and flood them with its Ads.
Adware and its bad reputation
Adware is famous for its bad reputation as a source of undesired and often very aggressive ads displaying activity. And even more with the fact that it gets installed on users system when sneaking through other software without their knowledge. Clicking on ads sometimes may hide some risk. For example, you may be redirected to unknown hyperlinks and web pages where dozens of ads are displayed, most of which may be misleading. Users should know that any interaction with such aggressively displayed ads and their unknown files could hide a potential threat. Therefore it is a good idea to avoid clicking on them and keep a close eye every time you install software and additional programs on your machine.
Despite its annoying activity, however, Screen on Screen is considered one of the least threatening among the online threats. Viruses and malware such as Ransomware or Trojan horses are the real bad guys, which tend to have very malicious functionality. Not only are they illegal pieces of programming, but they can also ruin your data, encrypt your files or steal your accounts and passwords. While adware could indeed be annoying, it can definitely not do any major harm like viruses or malware. However, in case its activity is annoying you, in the next lines you will learn how to remove it.
How to save yourself from the ads?
In case you don’t want to deal with ads anymore, the best is to avoid installing adware on your system. Always check for bundled applications when installing something new. This could easily be done through the “Advanced” option in the installation package, where you can manually deselect every program you don’t want to install. This quick step could truly save you lots of troubles later. Stopping the adware activity could be a bit tricky. Once it is installed, Screen on Screen places its files deep inside the system; therefore you most likely won’t find it in the usual control panel menu, where you uninstall software. With the help of our removal guide below, however, you will be able to access these files and manually remove Screen on Screen from your system. Please, follow the detailed instructions closely and let us know how it worked for you.
|Name||Screen on Screen|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A constant flow of popping messages appears every time you open your browser.|
|Distribution Method||Usually distributed through software bundles, spam emails and file sharing websites.|
|Detection Tool||Screen on Screen may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Screen on Screen Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Screen on Screen may have hidden some of its files.
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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
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 Screen on Screen 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 Screen on Screen from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Screen on Screen 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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