Super Simple Auto Refresh Malware

Super Simple Auto Refresh

Super Simple Auto Refresh is a type of software application that falls into the category of browser hijackers. Super Simple Auto Refresh can embed itself in your main Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other popular web browser and change some of its settings.

Super Simple Auto Refresh

The Super Simple Auto Refresh malware will display pop up windows and messages

Browser hijackers get their name due to their ability to ‘take over’ the host browser by altering its behavior. Some of the most common symptoms of a browser hijacker infection include changes made to your default search engine and homepage, for example. Other sure signs of the presence of such software in your system are the sudden increase in the quantities of online ads that you see on your screen during browsing sessions.

Popups, banners, box messages and various other online advertising materials can be lining every site you visit and making it difficult to navigate the different pages. Furthermore, your browser may start to trigger sudden page redirects to various websites trying to sell you something. That, too, is a direct result of Super Simple Auto Refresh’s activity on your computer.

But these are just the effects that you can see on the surface. In the long run and upon deeper inspection, you’ll find that software like Super Simple Auto Refresh can actually have much more extensive consequences for you and your system.

For instance, in time it’s not uncommon for your computer’s performance to become compromised and you to start experiencing noticeable system slowdowns. Furthermore, browser crashes and freezes aren’t unheard of either due to the constant background activity of the browser hijacker.

The Super Simple Auto Refresh Malware

Speaking of which, there are processes that software like the Super Simple Auto Refresh malware initiates that users aren’t usually aware of. Collection of browsing-related data is one thing that often causes issues. It’s typically done in the name of targeted advertising, as browser hijackers like Super Simple Auto Refresh, Maincaptchasource, iStart Search Bar mostly operate on the basis of PPC and PPV remuneration schemes. But aside from that, the data can be repackaged and sold to third parties by the developers as valuable marketing information and you won’t even know who will end up in possession of it.

But that’s not where the potential negative effects end.

All the many popups and banners that keep appearing on your screen during your online sessions may prove to be potential security hazards as well. There’s no telling whether the websites that they may link to are at all safe. And that, in turn, means that you risk landing on web locations that can have viruses and malware lurking on them. So if you’d rather avoid running into ransomware, Trojans, worms and various other harmful scripts, we would advise you to stay away from any and all advertising materials you come across online.

And better yet, the easiest way to minimize the risk of such encounters is by uninstalling the source of these ads – Super Simple Auto Refresh. Below is a detailed guide with step-by-step instructions on how to entirely get rid of this browser hijacker and restore your browser’s original settings. And if you’d like to have a more thorough scan of your system for any other potentially unwanted programs, you can use our specialized removal tool – also available on this page.



Name Super Simple Auto Refresh
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
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Remove Super Simple Auto Refresh Malware

To try and remove Super Simple Auto Refresh quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Super Simple Auto Refresh extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Super Simple Auto Refresh by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Super Simple Auto Refresh and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Super Simple Auto Refresh removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


    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.


    To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Super Simple Auto Refresh from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Super Simple Auto Refresh from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Super Simple Auto Refresh from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


    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 up 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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