There are a lot of different types of unwanted software out there, throughout the world wide web. Some of them are highly dangerous and could potentially cause all sorts of issues related to your PC and virtual security while others are simply annoying and tend to get in your way.
Today, we will be focusing on one such type of program called Adware that is considered potentially unwanted because of its ability to spam the user’s Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge browser with irritating and obstructive web ads, banners, pop-ups and box messages as well as sometimes cause the browser to get redirected. For the most part, this is nothing but a nuisance that a lot of people actually try to ignore and put up with. However, applications of the Adware category, though normally not harmful on their own, could still be a potential risk if you have one such program on your PC.
Lately, a large number of customers have reported that a piece of software known under the name of Amd.exe “Virus” possesses traits similar to those of a typical Adware. Since you too are most likely here because you’ve already landed this Adware program, we have also prepared a guide manual with instructions on how to have it removed. However, note that it is advisable to read the whole article first, and only then proceed with the removal guide or else you might miss out on some very valuable and important pieces of information regarding Adware.
As its name would suggest, Adware is primarily focused on creating ads that get displayed inside the user’s browser. The whole point of that is to generate profit via the Pay-Per-Click scheme. Each click on any of the ads effectively gains a small amount of income for the Adware’s developer. This might sound like a rather ineffective way to make money. However, on a larger scale, with Adware like Amd.exe “Virus” getting installed on thousands of computers each day, the overall revenue gained could actually be quite significant. From the viewpoint of the regular user, Adware programs provide little to no actual value. Some of them might seem like they do something useful but most applications that fall under this category are utterly useless and it is never too soon to have them removed.
Adware programs like Amd.exe “Virus” are nothing like actual PC viruses such as, for example, Spyware, Ransomware, Trojans, etc. For the most part, anything that is regarded as Adware should be relatively safe and harmless. However, there is a catch. Maybe the Adware program is not harmful for your system but it could still potentially make the computer vulnerable to actual software threats like the ones we mentioned above. Most of the time, the issue comes from the ads and redirects caused by the potentially unwanted applications. You see, though for the most part the adverts you are shown should probably be okay, there is always the chance that some of them might actually serve as redirect links to sites that are not safe. The thing is that you can never know whether or not an ad is safe until it is too late to do anything about it if it isn’t. Generally speaking, it is always better to avoid the various banners, box messages and pop-ups that you see. After all, there is certainly no need to take any unnecessary risks that could potentially land you some sort of a malicious Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse.
Adware and PC protection
Probably the best piece of advice that we can give you here that would help you to deal with Amd.exe “Virus” and other similar Adware programs would be to do everything in your power so as to keep such software away from your computer. For that reason, in this final paragraph, we have summarized some of the most essential and important PC protection rules and guidelines that you should adhere to if you want to avoid any future encounters with shady ad-generating applications.
- First of all, you must ensure that both your antivirus/anti-malware program and your OS are enabled at all times and have their latest updates installed. If you do not have a security tool on your PC, make sure to get one.
- Next, it is advisable to avoid web addresses that tend to have a lot of ads inside their pages and cause your browser to get frequently redirected, since those are some of the most common places where you can land Adware.
- Thirdly, try to discern which of the new e-mails and online messages you receive, are potential spam messages. It is not a difficult task, yet it is crucial that you never click on anything that might potentially be some form of junkmail/spam.
- Last on our list of tips is the rule to always double-check the installation wizards of software you’re about to install in order to see if there are any added applications bundled with the main program. If there is anything added, it is advisable that you look it up and in case it turns out to be something shady and potentially unwanted, leave it out of the installation by unchecking it from the installation menu.
Amd.exe “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.