This page aims to help you with the removal of the Pluto TV “Virus”. Pluto TV “Virus” can attach itself to Chrome, Firefox and other popular browsers – often without your explicit permission.
Pluto TV is NOT a Virus!
It is important to note that Pluto TV is a strictly legal program. Furthermore, some users probably find it quite useful and entertaining. Still, this does not make up for the fact that it floods your browser with its various ads. Besides, since a lot of users have reported that the app got installed on their PC without their knowledge. Also – since Pluto TV on PC works like a browser extension it might lead to other unwanted behavior – such as pop-ups, prompt windows and advertisements.
Pluto TV PUP and why you may want it removed from your PC
There’s are specific types of software products that are, for the most part, harmless, yet most people tend to consider them unwanted due to various reasons. The general term for such programs is PUP (potentially unwanted programs). Another term you might have heard is bloatware, which usually refers to useless programs, that you’d be better off without. Whatever you wanna call them, such unwanted programs tend to be all over the internet. Some of them might even prove to be potentially dangerous. This, however, is a rarity – most PUP’s are simply annoying and intrusive. Still, you should know that you got to be careful, should you face such a program.
What is Pluto TV?
Lately some PC users have reported intrusive, adware-like behavior from a certain called Pluto TV. This program has a version for android and apple as well (Pluto TV app), but it seems that it’s PC version is problematic. Some of the most common complaints are the appearance of intrusive browser ads, pop-ups and banners, which greatly reduce the quality of browsing experience. That is usually a typical trait of adware programs. Another worrying fact is that Pluto TV can be installed by various other 3rd party programs. It will integrate with your browser and deliver Ads – whether you want this behavior or not.
Here’s some additional information on what is Pluto TV and why it might be something you’d probably want to keep away from your machine.
- Most ads generated by adware programs are harmless and safe. However, though rarely, clicking on some of them might redirect you to illegal or malicious sites, which could potentially infect your PC with a virus. It is even possible that clicking on any of the pop-ups might directly result in downloading another unwanted program or a harmful software. Again, this does not happen in the majority of cases. Still, it is something that you should know about ad-generating programs.
- Another aspect that makes many specialists consider Pluto TV a PUP is the way it sometimes gets installed. Most of the time people go to the app’s website and download it from there. However, in some cases, the program might get installed on your PC without your knowledge. This is done via the file-bundling method. When this method for software distribution is used, the app is bundled with another free or cheap program. Once that other program gets installed, you also get the PUP on your computer. This method is not illegal and preventing the installation of such a program is actually pretty simple and easy.
- The reason why sometimes users fail to avoid installing the PUP is because they often go for the regular installation when getting a new program. We advise against doing this. The reason for that is because going for the regular install will not enable you to customize the installation settings and you might end up landing a PUP (in this case – Pluto TV). Instead, what you should do is opt for the advanced/custom settings – that way you will be able to see the list of added content and uncheck everything you my not want or need. However, it is still up to you to decide whether or not Pluto TV is an unwanted application. As we already said, some users might find it quite entertaining, especially if they don’t mind the intrusive ads.
If you currently have this program on your computer and seek a way to have it removed, you can try our guide below this article. If you want to enhance your PC protection against any potentially unwanted programs, you might invest into an anti-adware/bloatware tool. These are quite helpful when it comes to intercepting PUP’s that might have otherwise gotten into your system without your knowledge or consent.
|Type||PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program)
|Danger Level||Low (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but may be annoying and disruptive to the user)|
|Symptoms||PC users have reported the appearance of various intrusive ads once they open their browsers.|
|Distribution Method||Often installed via the file-bundling method without the user’s knowledge, can be downloaded from legal site.|
|Detection Tool||Pluto TV browser extension may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Pluto TV Removal Guide
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
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.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
- Do not skip this – Pluto TV browser extension 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 Pluto TV there. Uninstall it.
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.
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.
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 Pluto TV browser extension 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 Pluto TV browser extension from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Pluto TV browser extension 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!