Adware has been around for quite some time now and new versions of it are released each day. One of the latest of these versions is Amulesw “Virus” and it’s also probably the reason why you found this page.
Among its most typical qualities is its ability to smother one’s screen with popups, banners and other ads, regardless of which of the popular browsers you’re using (Chrome, Firefox, IE or other). You may have already tried to delete this program by removing it from the Control Panel, as you usually would with other programs you no longer need or want, but found that this isn’t doing it. That’s because adware is pretty good in getting deep into your system, making it all the more difficult for you to get rid of. That’s precisely where our removal guide comes in: simply follow the instructions further down on this page and you will be ad-free in no time. But don’t skip reading the article before the guide, though, the information in it might come in handy.
What is adware and Amulesw “Virus” in particular?
The term adware stems from the words ‘advertisement’ and ‘software’, so, logically, it’s software that produces ads – a lot of them. Programs like Amulesw “Virus” actually play a key role in a popular remuneration strategy called the Pay Per Click scheme or PPC for short. These programs are the link between the various vendors and providers of different products and services and their software developing counterparts. Basically, the vendors and various companies pay the software developers to program their software products (adware) to promote whatever it is their offering. In return, the vendors and such pay the developers based on the amount of times their ads are seen and interacted with, or simply – clicked on. That all sounds fine and dandy up until the end user becomes part of the picture, because out of all the engaged parties – the end user never volunteered to participate in this ad-manifesting madhouse.
And this is usually where trouble starts. Unsuspecting internet users somehow land adware like Amulesw “Virus”, largely due to negligence, and then feel invaded, because they have no idea how the intrusive program got integrated with their browser to begin with. In addition to this, from gathering bits and pieces of information online, it becomes apparent that Amulesw “Virus” is actually spying on their browsing activity and has access to details like their search query records and browsing history. This alone is enough to make anyone panic and is usually also what happens. Accusations of being spyware or some other virus start being hurled and spread throughout the web, which give adware a rather scary and distorted image. Truth gets mixed with myth and we have a large hairy monster in the closet called Amulesw “Virus”.
Let’s set some things straight: Amulesw “Virus” is not a virus. It will not harm your system, it won’t try to swindle you out of your money or perform any other illegal activities. You might be rightfully concerned about the safety of your data and this particular aspect sets adware in the potentially unwanted program category. As for the installation of Amulesw “Virus”, you only have yourself to blame here. Yes, the program itself mostly is never advertised and is included in the installation packages of other programs. Nonetheless, adware cannot install itself on your machine – you need to authorize that. Usually this happens by clicking on the default setup option of a given installation wizard. Always choose the custom/advanced option, because this will disclose any added content and you can then decide which of it will indeed be installed on your PC.
Risks. There is one substantial risk that we like to alert out readers about and that is the danger of encountering a malvertisement. These fake, misleading ads will land you dangerous malware like ransomware, Trojans or others with a simple click of your mouse. It’s possible that someone with malicious intents could have hijacked a given ad and turned it into a malware carrier. As there is no way for you to tell the difference, we advise you not to click on any online ads at all. Better safe than sorry, so unless you were already aware of this – you’d do well to keep it in mind henceforth.
Amulesw “Virus” Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.