AttirerPage “Virus” Firefox/Chrome Malware Uninstall
In this article we are going to try and help you remove AttirerPage. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
AttirerPage is a form of browser redirect, which has been plaguing Internet users worldwide. It’s an annoying piece of programing, designed to flood your browser with a stream of ads, as you have surely noticed already. We are assuming you are on this page because of your desire to rid yourself of the browser redirect infection and this guide was created to help you do just that. Follow the steps described below in order to uninstall this nuisance and remove all of the numerous ads it births once and for all.
However, there is a common misconception regarding browser redirects, which we would like to clarify before moving on with this article. A lot of our readers refer to it as AttirerPage “virus” or malware. This is in fact not accurate. AttirerPage (and any other browser redirect) is often confused with viruses, which leads to unnecessary panic and frustration among users. We can assure you that AttirerPage is NOT a virus and has none of the characteristic traits of a malicious program. Malware (read: viruses) such as Trojans or ransomware, are designed with the inherent aim of stealing precious information, damaging your system and/or exploiting it for its resources. browser redirect is only there to produce ads and earn money on them, based on the Pay per click scheme.
“So, it’s not dangerous – that’s a relief”
Not so fast. Yes, we did say it’s not a malicious program, but that doesn’t automatically mean it’s a good one either. There are certain risks of keeping AttirerPage on your PC, which involve it exposing you to other harmful things. For example, did you know that browser redirect is notorious for collecting your browser related information? Data that has to do with your surfing preferences, as well as personal information you could have entered on any given site is all being carefully gathered and analyzed, with the intent of producing more user-specific content, tailored to suit your interests. This is only logical, as for the developers it’s nigh important that you click on their ads, because that’s their way of making money. However, things can go south, if those developers choose to sell your personal details on to third parties, who might not exactly have the nicest plans in store for you.
Another aspect to the browser redirect, which should be painted bright red, is the fact that the content of the ads might not always correspond to the things they redirect you to. For example, you see a pop-up, banner or box message informing you about some awesome deal on flight tickets, so you abandon whatever you were doing and click on the deal to check it out. And then all of a sudden you end up on a colorful, epileptic-seizure-inducing website of an online casino. Was it what you were after? Is the flight tickets offer anywhere in sight? No. You end up disappointed, which is actually the lesser of two evils. The same way you were tricked into landing on that casino website you could have been redirected to some malicious site, riddled with viruses of all sorts. Statistically, the largest online threat – ransomware, is often downloaded through malvertisements, so this is definitely something to keep in mind at all times, especially if you have an browser redirect infection.
How to protect yourself in the future
There are several distribution methods for AttirerPage and once you’re aware of them – prevention should be a piece of cake. Sometimes browser redirect is marketed as a browser enhancing tool, allegedly there to help optimize your online experience and making browsing faster and more efficient. As you can see, this has hardly been the case and because most users don’t fall for this – the developers have found their ways around your vigilance. For one, program bundles have shown to be among the most successful techniques in getting people to download potentially unwanted content. When you go to some file sharing website or an open source download platform of sorts and decide to download some freeware, for example, AttirerPage can easily be hidden within it and this will not be disclosed anywhere prior to downloading. You will only find out after you have already installed the software of your choice and are greeted with the cascade of popups upon opening your browser. How to avoid this from happening? Simple. As you open the installation wizard of the said program, note that you can choose between the default and custom/advanced setup options. Always opt for the latter, as this way you will be able to see the bundled in programs (if there are any) and you will also have the possibility of unticking the boxes opposite those unnecessary programs, if you so choose. Thus, you will have denied them access to your system and all will be well.
AttirerPage Firefox/Chrome Uninstall
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 AttirerPage 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 browser redirect 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 AttirerPage 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 AttirerPage 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 AttirerPage 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 AttirerPage 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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