Adware is a software category that encompasses programs, which are specialized in the generation of various online advertisements, banners, pop-ups and tabs. RocketTab Powered by Xt-2 is one of the latest representatives of this category and the ads-generation, described above is its main activity. This adware is usually mistaken for a virus by a lot of users, because it normally affects their browser (it could be Chrome, Explorer, Firefox or some other popular browsing program) and forcefully makes it display an uncontrollable amount of advertisements of different shapes. In this article, we are going to discuss the most common effects, which such adware may cause, the potential issues it may create and the eventual risks, which may be related to it. If your browsing has been greatly disturbed by RocketTab Powered by Xt-2, at the end of the page you are also going to find a removal guide, which will show you how to remove the nagging ads forever. For that, you will have to closely follow the instructions, shown below, and successfully uninstall the adware from your machine. This will save you from all the disturbance and potential issues that this type of software may create.
Should you be concerned about RocketTab Powered by Xt-2?
It is a very common misconception that the strange and aggressive generation of ads, pop-ups, and banners on your screen is caused by a virus infection. The software behind such activity is not malicious and has nothing to do with viruses, or some nasty forms of malware like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware or others. Usually, this is an adware program like RocketTab Powered by Xt-2, which has successfully integrated itself with your browser and is now making it display numerous promotional messages every time you search for something on the web. Such software is legal and despite that some people may regard it as intrusive, it has no intention to harm your system, corrupt your files or perform other destructive or criminal activities on your machine.
The activity of the adware is strongly related to the online advertising industry, which tries different aggressive methods and tools to display ads directly on the users’ screens and eventually make them click on them and buy the advertised items. The users, who are exposed to these aggressive advertising approaches, though, may really struggle in their attempts to browse the web normally because a program like RocketTab Powered by Xt-2 may cause a serious web disturbance in the form of frequent pop-up interruptions, sudden browser crashes, screen freezing and general sluggishness of the system. Oftentimes, the adware may even track your web activity in its attempts to customize the displayed ads and match them to your latest searches and expose you to more of them. These activities are generally not fatal or destructive, but having in mind the amount of irritation they may create, it is not surprising that many people desperately seek for ways to remove and completely uninstall the traits of the software that generates them.
How can RocketTab Powered by Xt-2 get inside your computer?
Many people fail to understand how exactly they have ended up with adware like RocketTab Powered by Xt-2 in their system. However, the truth is that they are the ones who give permission to this software to get installed on their machine, but most of the time they are doing that unknowingly. Usually, the installation of the adware happens thanks to a software bundle – a free setup pack, which often includes an attractive program, a game, a player or some new application, which gets distributed for free and comes bundled with ad-generating software as an addition. The trick about dealing with such software bundles is that you have to be very careful when installing them and always need to customize them with the given “Advanced” or “Custom” option. If you skip that and simply follow the “Standard/Automatic” installation, you may end up with some potentially unwanted software, which may cause you disturbance and irritation.
Apart from bundles, the adware uses many other distribution methods to place itself inside the user’s machine and you may not be able to save yourself from all of them. RocketTab Powered by Xt-2 may come in a spam message, an email with an attachment, a direct download from the web or as a drive–by installation. Some intrusive ads, torrents, sponsored links or sketchy sites that aggressively prompt you to click or download some free installers may also contain such adware. That’s why, it is generally not a good idea for you to trust such software sources because apart from the nagging but harmless adware, they may potentially hide some viruses or malware like Trojans or Ransomware, which can have far more harmful effects on your entire system.
RocketTab Powered by Xt-2 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.