This article aims to help you uninstall Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier from your respective system. Win32/Pokki BrowserModifier is the sequenced name through which Win. Defender recognized the Pokki Start menu in Windows 8 and Windows 10 – thus labeling it as malware. The Pokki Start Menu Virus has been around for quite some time, but this is the first time a universally accepted anti-virus program has taken the step to call it “malware.” It is actually classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), or at least up until now it was.
|Symptoms||It can rig both your search results and all pages with advertisements|
|Distribution Method||Software downloaded from unreliable channels. Spam email.|
If your computer has been infected by the Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier then the first thing you need to know in order to uninstall it is what you are really dealing with.
- Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier exists to spam your computer with intrusive advertisements that cannot be turned off.
- Much better alternatives exist for free that will also not create the endless stream of Ads you are seeing from it.
- PUPs like Win32/Pokki Malware BrowserModifier are very close to a type of viruses called Adware and they share a lot of the negatives as well.
Keeping Win32/Pokki can be dangerous.
First of all this PUP will slow down your computer. The Ads you see on your screen demand their share of system resources and also of your internet bandwidth. Whenever you load a page your CPU also has to download the data for the Ads and then display them. Needless to say this causes slowdown to the load speed of pages. On very powerful modern computers with top notch internet connection this could be a second or two, but older machines may suffer. The extra load could even make a computer to become unresponsive for a time.
The Ads created by Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier are not to be trusted either, especially on Windows 10. Some of them may be legitimate, but don’t rely on that. Aggressive and obtrusive PUPs like Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier rarely deal with legitimate sites for advertising (legitimate sites would rather pay Google Ads etc) and their quality threshold is low-to-nonexistent. Much like their more vicious Adware brothers PUPs will distribute viruses, phishing attempts and bloatware.
Don’t install things offered by Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier, especially on Windows 10.
As mentioned above as long as this PUP remains on your machine you are in perpetual danger. There is a very large range of dangerous viruses, which use programs like Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier to spread around the internet. If Win32/Pokki Malware BrowserModifier tries to offer you to install any kind of software you should ignore it.
If a program offered by Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier does not contain a virus it could just be some time of bloatware, much like what Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier really is. In place of spamming Ads some programs are known to create messages about non-existent problems with your computer. Then you will be asked to pay for the full version, so the program can fix the problem. Of course the program doesn’t really do anything and if you pay it will simply give you an O.K. message and stop creating the error messages. If at a later point such a problem really occurs the bloatware is incapable of doing anything about it.
Pokki “Malware” is not really malware. How was your computer infected then?
The answer to this question is a bit complicated, because Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier may have entered your computer in a magnitude of ways.
Nevertheless we will list the most popular tricks used by PUPs below. Hopefully you can use this info to spot these PUPs before they make it into your computer and give you a greater headache.
- Installers for free software often include PUPs or other Adware. Essentially these programs are bundled with the installer of the main program and they will install the PUPs along it. These types of infected installers are not exclusive to free programs – they usually come from torrents/forums/blogs/online storage sites. Since this is not the official sort they can be contaminated with all kinds of programs like Win32/Pokki Malware BrowserModifier. Installers of otherwise solid and legitimate programs can also be contaminated this way. Try to avoid downloading and installing software from torrents or other unsafe places.
- Email attachments are one of the most well known methods to spread programs like the Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier. Lately there has been a large increase in contamination of business environments. If one computer is infected it can send E-mails to all other computers in the network with files like Invoice.exe, which on first glance may not look suspicious enough to be opened.
- Adware viruses or PUPs similar to Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier may have also installed it. If you are seeing a large amount of Ads and not all of these Ads are related to Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier this could be the case. Make sure you discover the name of that other PUP or Adware and delete it from your machine after you deal with the Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Uninstall Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier
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 Windows 8 and Windows 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.
For Windows 10:
- 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).
Note that the presence of Win32/Pokki Malware BrowserModifier on your machine is closely connected to all of your internet browsers – where the Ads are shown. Now that Safe Mod has been enabled you are free to begin cleaning your browsers from the PUP. To do that run Step 2 and Step 3 separately for each internet browser currently installed on your machine. This includes even browser that you are not actively using – as long as these browsers still remain installed on your PC.
If Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier creates some kind of message when you try to remove it make sure you read the text carefully before pressing on a response. PUPs will often use tricks like convoluted wording and switching the action between an “yes” or “no” in order to remain on your computer or to install another malicious program in their place. Needless to say you should avoid installing anything prompted by Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier . 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 Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove 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, REMOVE 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 Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier 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.
ABSOLUTELY READ THIS BEFORE THE FINAL STEPS!
What we have up next are the final steps towards removing the Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier from your machine. These steps are very important, yet also dangerous if mishandled. They involve manipulation and deletion of the core virus files, but could easily be mistaken with system files for other programs. Read the instructions carefully and double-check before deleting, otherwise you could damage your Windows installation or other important programs significantly. If you are not feeling comfortable with such a risk we advise you to instead try the professional anti-malware software we recommend. It is tried and tested and it will certainly remove the Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier for you without any adverse effects. Even more – you can use the scanner included to investigate your machine for other possible viruses that may have infected it with the help of Win32/Pokki Virus BrowserModifier AND you will also enjoy the long term protection offered by the program.
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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