If you are looking at this page, then you have most likely encountered some unusual and weird behavior with your PC. This article will explain what is it that have possibly happened with your computer, how did it happen and will give you some general, but very useful advises, on how to remove the problem. The information provided is suitable for all internet browsers: Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. We will give you a few hints of why a certain browser is more susceptible to viruses than the others.
What’s going on?
You sit to work on your computer one day and you notice that things are not working as they did yesterday and that something is just not right. You notice that it takes much longer for programs and/or webpages to reboot and to open, or you are simply experiencing difficulty in locating important files that you have previously stored. At last, you might get things to somewhat work, but then you meet the multiple glitches. An hour has passed and all you have been able to accomplish was to turn your PC on and only TRY to begin work — how annoying! Well, this is all happening because you got Search Too Know Ads and you need to remove it.
What is Search Too Know Ads ?
Search Too Know Ads is one of the viruses that is considered to be least dangerous. There is no such thing as a NONE HARMFUL virus and in fact, Search Too Know Ads is probably one of the easiest one to get. In fact, it is very popular and we guarantee that you have experienced it before, but have probably not realized it.
How did the Search Too Know Ads install itself on your PC?
There are many ways that the virus could get installed on your computer. Let’s take a look at few of them:
- Something called “software bundle” is a very common way for the malware to be installed. How does it work? When you are attempting to download a program, movie, music, anything really off the internet you end up downloading more than just the file that you desire. The pile of downloads you have acquired is actually the ‘bundle’. However, those files are most likely a virus carrier and aim to harm your PC. This usually happens when you use default settings. If you switch to advanced settings and take the extra time to carefully read and click and/or unchecked what you want to download, it will actually serve you better in the long run because you will be less likely to experience software bundling.
- Another common way to get the Search Too Know Ads is via phishing e-mails and or spams. Advertisement is literally everywhere now days and it is really hard to get protected from the ads we not only do not want to see, but are carriers of malware. Every newsletter you have one signed-up for or online booking that you have done are storing your e-mail address and name for eternity pretty much. Have you noticed how once you’ve even only visited a certain webpage and you immediately begin to receive random online advertisements via email from this website? This is how hackers work! They detect what we do in the cyberspace and attack us in, on first gaze innocent, many ways. Best is if you increase the strength of your e-mail box’ filters so that you only receive the correspondence that you want.
- Phishing e-mails, going along with the previous bullet point, are e-mails that seem to be sent from people you have in your contact book, i.e, David Smith. Well, you get excited that you’ve received a letter from your buddy Dave and only to be dissapointed and scared a minute later when you open his e-mail and you see a flashing content, self-deleting text or an ugly blank page. This is a virus and you should delete that email ASAP! It’s not a bad idea to even remove “Dave Smith” from your address book and inform him, not via e-mail, that his e-mail has been infected and is spreading viruses.
Bottom line: there are many ways you can get the Search Too Know Ads , but we can’t explain everything in one article. Just be aware of infected e-mail attachments, pop-up ads, multiple files downloaded together and remember to uninstall immediately any questionable files and/or erase e-mails.
|Name||Search Too Know Ads|
|Symptoms||slowness of the PC, misplaced files,missing files, glitches|
|Distribution Method||spam e-mails, software bundling, phishing e-mails|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs and check MS Config.
3: Check your hosts file and domain network for being hacked.
4:Remove Search Too Know Ads from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
5: Remove Search Too Know Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit.
Search Too Know Ads Virus Removal
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 – Search Too Know Ads 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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:
If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
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) as well.
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Search Too Know Ads from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Search Too Know Ads 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 malware 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 a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to Search Too Know Ads . If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and 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 virus’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