aMuleC “Virus” Program Removal
In this article we are going to try and help you remove aMuleC “Virus”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
In the article below we are going to describe a program from the family of Adware – aMuleC “Virus”. Among its characteristic features we can distinguish the annoying display of various online advertisements, such as banners and pop-ups. When it comes to the family this program belongs to, we can say that all the its products affect one part of your system – all your browsers, from Opera to Chrome and Firefox. Scroll down and continue reading if you are interested in all the information about this particular Adware program or the entire group in general.
What is aMuleC?
What we can definitely say about this kind of software products, defined as Adware, is that they are certainly experts at producing online ads. All Adware has been developed with that purpose – to show the users advertisements and motivate them to purchase the promoted products or services. There is nothing new, strange or wrong about that. Most ad-generating programs are fully legitimate. They are the results of the mutual efforts of manufacturers and web developers to achieve the best possible way of advertising goods. Both parties benefit from the ads greatly, as they can generate sufficient profits for the people involved.
Is aMuleC a “Virus”?
No, aMuleC is not a virus. Basically, as we have mentioned above, there is really nothing bothering or illegal about Adware and aMuleC in particular. Despite that, many users around the world might still mistake it for a group of viruses. This is due to its rather spoiled image – the displayed ads might really annoy or confuse some users and they may report this issue as greatly intrusive or irritating. That’s why this software has been regarded as potentially unwanted. Nevertheless, generally speaking, there is nothing that might connect the programs producing advertisements to the programs with malicious effects. As an illustration, a type of Ransomware (a very well-known malware group) will infect your PC on its own and illegally scan all your data for the most important files for you (based on the number of the times you have used them). Then all this data will certainly end up encrypted and you – bullied into paying an amount of money to the people who are harassing you – the hackers. Such a virus is often really complex to deal with. On the contrary, the Adware-based programs may just do two rather shady things – broadcast too many ads while you are trying to browse the web; and relate these ads to your recent online search requests by following your current Internet activities. However, no other data is available to Adware and such a program could never use it.
How you could end up infected with aMuleC (or another type of Adware)
When it comes to the possible distribution methods of ad-broadcasting products, they might really be many and different. From a torrent to a software bundle, Adware might be hiding everywhere. The most widely-known source is program bundles. These combos of free software (including new apps and recently-introduced games) may appear very tempting to you and you might want to download or try some. The problem with them might be that they could often contain ad-generating programs or browser hijackers and you may NOT be informed about that. You may just be encouraged to install the entire bundle and that’s how the ad disaster might begin. In order to avoid such annoyance, you have to install the bundle or any desired program, game or app from it in the right way. By the proper way we mean – the most detailed and full of selections done manually installation method. The only two installer features that could perform such an installation process are the following: the Custom or the Advanced one. Choose either of them and you get the chance to select what to install on your PC and what you don’t want to put inside your system.
How you can avoid such irritating programs
The prevention process when it comes to Adware begins with the aforementioned way of installing any bundle or software that you download from the web. You also need to learn to avoid the places where such software may be hiding such as torrents, video-sharing websites or fake ads. You may also have to purchase a better anti-virus tool as well as enable your browser pop-up blockers. For the uninstallation of this program, please, follow the steps in the Removal Guide below. We hope they will save you from this annoying software.
aMuleC “Virus” Removal
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find aMuleC or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove aMuleC From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by aMuleC and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove aMuleC From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove aMuleC From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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