Most Adware programs are nothing but an annoyance that does not benefit the user in any way. This is why we have written this article, in which we will explain to you how to deal with one particular program that can be categorized as Adware, namely, the program called Antanna “Virus”.
If you currently have that on your PC, then you’ve most likely started to notice that your Chrome, IE, Firefox or whatever other browser you might be using is constantly getting flooded with various pop-ups, banners, box messages, etc. If that is indeed your case, you must know that the only truly effective way to get rid of the intrusive ads is to uninstall and fully remove the Adware. In this article, we have a guide that will show you how to do it. However, it is advisable that you first read all of the other paragraphs in order to learn more about Antanna “Virus” and other programs similar to it.
The purpose of those ads
There is a method for earning revenue known as Pay-Per-Click that enables the creators of Adware programs to gain income through the ads their products generate. Every time a user clicks on any of the ads that have been created by the unpleasant program, a tiny amount of money is generated. This is basically the reason why Adware programs usually never cease to keep spamming the adverts inside the user’s browser. Even if the amount of money earned by a single click is very small, as long as the Adware gets onto enough computers (and in most cases those programs get installed onto thousands of PC’s each day), the overall profit can actually be quite sizable.
Can Adware programs be useful?
Many applications like Antanna “Virus” might actually seem desirable and helpful at first. However, one needs to remember that their primary purposes is to benefit their creator and not the user of the computer they have been installed on. It cannot be denied that there are some programs that are actually useful and just support themselves through ads (since they are free) but in the majority of instances if a program has adware-like traits, it is almost certainly deprived of any actual feature that would be helpful for the regular user. Even if it seems that an Adware program actually does something useful, it usually is just false advertising used to increase the chances of the unwanted software getting installed onto more computers.
Are Adware programs potentially harmful?
Oftentimes, Adware programs are referred to as malware due to their intrusive and obstructive behavior. However, this is not to say that they are as dangerous and as problematic as, for example, a Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse. If you’re currently dealing with Antanna “Virus”, your PC’s security is probably not threatened for the time being. Nevertheless, it is advisable that users remain vigilant and careful when dealing with an Adware program. Though, on their own, applications of this type are normally not harmful, they could still make it easier for other, more dangerous programs to get inside your computer’s system. Therefore, if you want to keep your machine safe from actual software threats the likes of Trojans and Ransomware, take the necessary precautions and remove the shady Adware. Also, one thing to keep in mind is that it is advisable to keep away from the adverts that are generated by Antanna “Virus”. Most of them should not be an issue, but there’s always the chance that if you click on an Adware ad, it could redirect you to some shady and potentially dangerous website.
How can you prevent Adware from getting installed onto your PC?
Many users that have landed Antanna “Virus” actually have no idea how it happened. This is because most Adware programs use different stealth installation methods that allows them to get inside one’s PC unnoticed. To avoid that in the future, adhere to the following tips and security rules.
- The first and most important rule is to be very thoughtful and considerate when it comes to what sites you visit and what download sources you use when you surf the internet. Staying away from shady and suspicious web addresses is key to keeping your system safe.
- Next, you must learn to recognize spam e-mails and spam Facebook/Skype messages. If a link or file attachment that has been sent to you looks suspicious, do not click on it even if it has been sent to you by a person you know.
- Another crucial thing to consider is the importance of having a high-quality security program on your computer. A good anti-malware tool can really boost your machine’s level of protection.
- And finally, do not forget to always be on the lookout for any bundled applications that have been added to programs you’re about to install. To find out whether there’s been anything added, you should carefully check all options in the setup wizard. If you see that there are shady and suspicious installs that have been bundled with the main program, uncheck them so that they are left out of the installation process and are thus prohibited from getting installed onto your PC.
Antanna “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.