PUP

Pluto TV


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

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.

PlutoTV works on multiple platforms.

The Official PlutoTV Website

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.

SUMMARY:

Name Pluto TV
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

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Remove Pluto TV 

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

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Pluto TV 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.

Step6

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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