This page aims to help you remove Vonteera Adware. These Vonteera Adware removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
If your computer has been infected with Vonteera Adware then you are dealing with a threat commonly referred to as Adware. This is basically a type of Malware that specializes in the display of advertisements, or Ads for short. You are going to see a lot of these on every page you open. It’s also possible that new tabs will be created without your permission and they will either hold Ads or a search bar that wields Ads when used. Another variation will make certain keywords turn into hyperlinks and pop-up an Ad when your mouse is hovered over. Whatever the type of Ads you see is it’s never a good idea to click on them. Ignore them and uninstall Vonteera Adware as soon as possible.
|Type||Adware, but possibly there might be a Trojan involved as well|
|Danger Level||High. Usually adware in general is not as dangerous, but it’s possible you also have a Trojan on your hands.|
|Symptoms||Advertisements, a general slowness of your system.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, phishing sites, spam email and malicious links.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Vonteera Adware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Methods used by Vonteera Adware to infect computers
Adware typically spreads around the internet by using several different popular methods. They are listed below, but please keep in mind that there are always improved upon and changed. Always be on your guard for any similar tricks.
- Software bundles – by far the most common and popular method. Software bundles are installers for programs that contain multiple programs inside. All the extras will be installed without your explicit permission if you select the Quick/Default installation option. For this reason we strongly encourage our readers to always use the Advanced installation option instead. When used it will give a detailed description of the number of items that will get installed and you will have the option to get rid of everything but the main program, which you want anyway.
- On-line Ads or Ads by other Adware programs – also common cause. Internet sites are often filled with Ads that promise programs with useful functionality for free. Unfortunately those are not really free and sometimes don’t even serve a purpose – enter Vonteera Adware. Avoid downloading any software offered to you like this.
- Email bombs – as old as the internet itself these bombs can install all kind of malicious programs on your machine. Recognize the dangerous attachment by its file extension – Invoice.PDF or Invoice.DOCX might be a real file, Invoice.EXE is definitely a virus.
- Torrent sites and online storage sites also frequently spread virus-like applications. When visiting such a site be careful – there will often be multiple Download buttons to click on and only one of those will be real (if there is even one). If you click on a fake one you will get a file to download. This file will match the file you want, but in name only. The contents will actually be a virus.
Vonteera Adware/Trojan Virus Removal
The first thing to do 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:
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. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
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 pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Now that Safe Mode has been enabled it is time to pay proper attention to Vonteera Adware itself. The Adware has lodged itself into all of your browsers as an add-on attachment. To get rid of it please follow the instructions we’ve compiled for you in Step 2 and Step 3 written below. Please be careful as Vonteera Adware may try to create some sort of pop-up confirmation message when you are about to remove it. These in turn will often try to download additional dangerous software on your computer or try to make you visit dangerous sites. Don’t allow it to lure into either of those actions.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. 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.
Remove Vonteera Adware from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove Vonteera Adware from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, delete EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the virus and suspicious-looking programs. 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 Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. 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.
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! READ BEFORE PROCEEDING!
What follows is some changes to the registry – to delete any remaining traces of Vonteera Adware. This could be dangerous if mishandled and could damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other viruses hiding in your computer. Use the scan function of this software to find and delete them before they can do any damage.
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.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “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/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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