Windows 10 comes with new features for Microsoft Paint.

Microsoft is developing new features in Paint for Windows 10.

The classic Paint program, the way we all know it, will be replaced with a new Paint version in Windows 10. The Microsoft team is working on the release of an updated and more functional version packed with new features. This sounds like great news for the users, who are used to this very basic program. From simple editing to some small tasks, Paint has always been a vital part for every Windows user, but this time the Microsoft team wants to bring it to another level. With its improvements, the new version of Paint may easily be placed next to the other serious graphic editors available online.

The new Microsoft Paint for Windows 10 comes with 3D support.

The news about the new version of the program was announced recently by a Twitter user named WalkingCat. He released two teaser videos, in which he demonstrated the new interface of Paint and just a glimpse to some of its features.

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From what is visible in the videos, the well-known interface has significantly changed. A lot of the differences come from the touch and pen optimization that Microsoft inputs. Most of the icons and tools are way bigger than before and the menu bar is gone. The navigation between the tools happens through a sidebar that opens, once you click on an icon.

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The 3D support for objects is probably one of the best features that comes in Paint for Windows 10. This is highlighted in the video, along with some stickers and community content features as well. It is expected that with all its new functionalities, Paint will probably be even more popular than 3D Builder, which is another application that Microsoft distributes with Windows 10.

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Here is the Microsoft Paint Preview video itself. 

Unlike the previous versions of Windows, where Pain was a built in program, this time in Windows 10 it will be offered as an application. The release of the new version, however, will probably happen earliest in the first half of 2017, when the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update is expected to be released.
Let us know what you think in the comments below – do you use Paint? Do you like the new interface of it?

Microsoft is now allowing users to remove preinstalled apps in Windows 10!

Microsoft is now allowing users to remove preinstalled apps in Windows 10!

Redstone 2 users can now get rid of unwanted preinstalled apps.

An option that users have been asking for a long time now has been released with the latest update of Windows 10. It looks like apart from the many new features and optimizations that come along with the Windows 10 builds, Microsoft is also working on the user’s ability to customize the functionality of the new operating system. The latest build, released on the fast ring, comes with a useful improvement that now provides an option for users to remove more of the applications that come preinstalled with Windows 10.

This important functionality has been revealed by OneNote Central in a tweet post. The fast ring insiders can now easily remove the unwanted apps from the Settings menu by selecting “Apps & features” and clicking on “Uninstall”. There, all they have to do is select the applications they wish to uninstall and simply press the uninstall button.

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However, not all preinstalled apps can be removed at the moment. The good thing is that it appears that Microsoft is working on providing that important option for more apps. Hopefully, we will see them in the coming updates. The news about the Uninstall option was greeted by the Windows 10 users as a welcomed change, which will now enable them to get rid of the apps that they are not using anyway.

Another good thing is that the removed apps will not be reinstalled anymore when major updates and new builds are released. This means that once users remove a specific application, it will not come back when the OS is updated, until they manually restore it in their system. This functionality, which was implemented in build 14926, will most probably be included in the final Redstone 2 update, which is expected to be released in the spring of 2017 for retail users.

This is what Dona Sarkar, the head of the Windows Insider program, confirmed a few weeks ago:

 “We’ve heard your feedback, and starting with Build 14926, when your PC updates it will check for apps that have been uninstalled, and it will preserve that state once the update has completed. This means if you uninstall any of the apps included in Windows 10 such as the Mail app or Maps app, they will not get reinstalled after you update to a newer build going forward”.

The next thing that is expected in the future builds of Windows 10 is for Microsoft to enable the uninstall option for all stock applications. This will be a welcomed functionality for many Windows 10 users, which will improve the overall user experience with this operating system.

 

Windows 10 update causes boot loops. Microsoft is working on the fix.

Windows 10 update causes the need for frequent system boots. Microsoft is working on the fix.

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Update: Microsoft has just released the script that can help the users fix the install loop problem in the KB3194496 update of Windows 10 to build 14393.22. Here is the link where you can download it form.

In the past one year, Microsoft has been actively trying to promote Windows 10 as the next stable Operating System for mass usage. Indeed, this OS comes with a handful of great functionalities and features and a significant share of automated processes, which require less user interaction. Frequently updated and sophisticated security tools, system improvements and scheduled automated Microsoft updates ensure maximum efficiency of the system. They also reduce the risk of outdated apps and bugs that may be compromised, if not updated regularly. However, as good as this could be, the full automation of some of the major processes, such as updates, is leaving the average users without the option to control when and how they may happen.

According to Microsoft, the automated updates will be beneficial for the users, because this way they will receive all the newest features, improvements and security updates on time, without having to worry about checking for them themselves. And while this could really save a lot of time and system maintenance, there is some inconvenience that the end users may face.

The last week’s update for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (KB3194496) has been reported to be the reason for an endless circus of reboots of the system of some users. Not all the people who received the update had this issue, but it appears that some of them had to face an endless boot loop. Microsoft has been informed accordingly and is now working on fixing the issue. An updated script and a patch are expected to be released soon. In the next days, the company will release guidelines on how to manually stop the boot loop and apply the new patch.

The boot loop problem with the Windows 10 (KB3194496) update ruffled some feathers, mostly because it was previously reported during the testing period itself, but it appears that Microsoft didn’t pay enough attention to this issue before it went live to the larger community. This is just one of the system fixes that the company needs to work on. We have witnessed the rapid rate at which Microsoft is releasing update after update, which apart from its benefits, has also introduced some problems. In fact, ever since it appeared, Windows has been receiving patches and fixes that have been causing some issues on a small number of computers. But this is inevitable, when having millions of devices that are running on this OS.

A more serious problem, however, may appear when users are automatically receiving such fixes and updates, no matter if they want them or not. This may increase the chance of facing system bugs, incompatibility or other unexpected issues. Of course, they can disable the whole Windows Update service manually and this way, they will not receive any updates at all. But this is too extreme and risky of an action that may expose Windows 10 to significant security threats, rather than a solution to the imposed scheduled Microsoft updates. The solution may hide in a differentiation between the feature updates as optional, and the security updates as mandatory. This may prevent future issues of this type and let’s hope that Microsoft will come up with such a solution soon.

 

Windows Update Error 80070490 Fix

Windows Update Error 80070490 fix exists. Learn how to deal with the Windows Update Error with our free and easy-to-use guide.

Recently many users have been reporting the occurrence of various errors concerning Windows Update. These errors prevent people from having their computer properly updated and may cause further problems especially if an update gets installed only halfway through. Therefore, it is essential to find a way to deal with those errors. In this particular article we’ll be dealing with the Windows Update Error 80070490. It usually occurs when there’s some problem with CBS Manifest files – the files responsible for the installation of updates. As with many other similar errors, corruption of certain system files is one of the main reasons for Windows Update errors (though the cause can always be different and require a different fix).

 In this article we will guide you through three possible fixes to this problem. Before we proceed, make sure that you have your Windows installation disk nearby, because we are going to need that. These guides are applicable for all versions of Windows.

The Windows Update Error 80070490 Fix

Using SURP

First thing you may want to do is to try fixing the update error via SURP (System Update Readiness Tool). You can download the toolfrom Microsoft’s website. Make sure that you download the appropriate SURP version that corresponds to your system. Install the tool and now try to update your machine.

In quite a few cases installing SURP should be able to help you deal with Windows Update errors. It might solve your problem with the current issue as well. However, if the 80070490 persist, then you will need to try another fix. Before you proceed with our other two possible solutions, you may want to create a restore point in just in case any problem occurs and you need to reset your previous settings. To do that, right-click on My Computer icon and select properties.

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From the resulting window choose System Protection (in the right panel). Go to System Properties section and click on Create. Type a name for the restore point and select Create.

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Now you can always go back to that restore point if you ever feel the need to. It’s basically a good idea to have it such a point even if you don’t currently have a rpoblem with your system.

SFC scan

This will help you repair any corrupt system files that may be responsible for the update failure. In fact, SFC Scan is a very commonly used method for dealing with update-concerning issues, so it may help you with other similar Windows Update errors as well. In order to carry out this fix, you will need to open your Command Prompt

 This is done by clicking on the Start Menu and typing in the search field cmd. After you do that, right-click on the first search result and select Run as Administrator.

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In the resulting window type SFC/scannow and hit Enter. The following process will probably take several minutes – have patience.

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 Once the Command Prompt has finished scanning your PC, you will see a message. There are three possibilities as for what the message may read.

 The first one is: Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations. This means that the problem does not come from any corrupt files. In this case you may try our next fix method. However, if you see this message, the reason for the error may have nothing to do with your system. It’s possible that the update itself has bugs or is broken.

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 The second possible message would be: Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. This is probably the best case scenario, since it means that the scanning has found and repaired the damaged files and the error should no longer be bothering you.

 The third possibility is that the message reads: Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files, but could not repair them. If you see this displayed on your screen, then type in another command in the Command Prompt: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image/ RestoreHealth. Hit enter – you may need to wait a little.

 

 Afterwards see if the problem is fixed and if the error still persists, try out our third fix suggestion.

System Repair

Here’s how to do the System repair:

 Shut-down all programs and applications and restart your computer. Then, enter your Windows installation disk inside your DVD drive. If the Windows installation setup does not open automatically, go to My Computer and double-click on your DVD drive. Once you open the setup window, select Install now and then click on Go online to get the latest updates for installation (recommended).

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Wait utill your computer searches for new updates. Once the process is over, check I accept the license terms and select Next.

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 You will be asked which type of installation you want. Click on Upgrade

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 Another process will begin, during which your PC will restart twice and you will need to go through several installation steps. You will be able to customize the settings of the installation. Just follow the prompts and you should be okay. If you are not sure about something, simply opt for the recommended settings and you should have no problem finishing the upgrading process. Once everything is done you can try to install the windows updates again. This time the error 80070490 shouldn’t occur.

Windows Update Error 0x80070057 Fix

Windows Update Error 0x80070057 is a common error for Windows 7/10. Find how to fix Windows Update Error 0x80070057 with the help of our detailed guide!

If you are faced with Windows error 0x80070057, this means that Windows has failed to install some of its updates. That is basically the sole reason behind it. The error usually has a text message that reads something along the lines of “There have been problems with the installation of the updates, but we will try again later.” It is possible that you may also have had error 0x80240437, which is basically the same thing. This is usually caused by corrupted files in your system, though the reason for the error may be different and we’ll cover it in another article. For now, we’ll give you several possible ways to fix Windows Update Error 0x80070057. Read carefully our guide and follow the instructions – we’ve tried to make everything as user-friendly as possible.The possible fixes in this article should work for all versions of window.

Windows Update Error 0x80070057 Fix

Using SFC Scan

This is probably the easiest method to fix the error. Open your start menu and in the search field type cmd. Right-click on the first result and then on Run as Administrator.

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When the Command Prompt opens, you must type in the following: sfc /scannow. This will scan your computer for any corrupted files. Note that the process may take a while, so be patient.

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After the scan has finished you will see one out of three possible messages. The first one is Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations. If you see that, then the problem is not caused by any corrupted files or the check wasn’t able to recognize them as such. In this case you should try our second fix. The other possible message is Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. If you see this, then your problem has probably been fixed. Go ahead and see if everything’s back to normal.

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The third message that you might see is Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files, but could not repair them. If that’s the case, try typing in another command – Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image/ RestoreHealth (you can copy the instructions from here), then hit Enter. This should be able to repair any corrupted files. Just make sure that you have stable internet connection. This command will try to download replacement non-corrupt files from Microsoft, so it is very important that this happens without any incidents.

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In case that this does not solve your problem or you find it difficult to follow the steps, you can instead download a program called SFCFix and run it. This tool will do the whole SFC scan and repair for you. This really is the easiest way to fix the problem, but it requires a third party software download and not all people are happy with this fact

  • If none of this helped you fix the error and you are using Win 7, you can try to download System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) for Windows 7 from Microsoft’s website. Install it and try running windows update once more. If you still see the error, proceed with the Registry Edit fix.

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If all of the quick % easy solutions failed it is time to bring in the heavy guns.

For this fix, you will need to open Notepad. Open your start menu and type Notepad in the search field and then click on the first result.

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Now coppy the following text and past it in the text document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX]

“IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings]

“UxOption”=dword:00000000

 After copying the text, click on File and then on Save as. Change the file type to All Files and type in the following file name: wufix.reg.

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 Then click on Save and open the saved file from your Desktop. You will be asked whether you want the program to make changes to your computer – click on Yes and follow the prompts.

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 This should be able to fix the issue. Just make sure that you try out both the Registry Edit method and SFC Scan, because the problem may have different causes. 

Did we help you fix the annoying error? Did we miss anything? If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to share your thoughts in our coment section below this article.

Zepto Virus Ransomware Removal

Dear reader,

If you have come across the following page, you have probably been looking for a possible solution to your problem with Zepto Virus. Luckily for you, in the following article we are going to give you a detailed description of the virus that has recently been bothering you. In fact, Zepto Virus is considered one of the hardest pieces of malware to deal with and detect before it is too late.

Fortunately, we are going to share with you some prevention tips, general information about the possible ways of fighting this modern nightmare as well as a set of probably helpful removal steps.

Ransomware in general

Ransomware represents malicious software, which is programmed to stop the infected users from accessing some of their files. It actually puts something like a password to prevent the users from reaching their data. Typically, this encryption consists of two parts – a private one and a public one. The public one is given freely to the victimized user, but a ransom is demanded for receiving the private part of the encryption key. Usually such payments can be done through various payment methods online like Bitcoins. Nevertheless, even provided that the victim user indeed pays, it is not guaranteed that the blocked files will be decrypted. To top it all, the requested amount of money for ransom may greatly vary from $24 to more than $700 and is a subject of constant change, as the hackers may threaten to increase the sum in case it is not paid on time.  In addition to that, you should always bear in mind the fact that completing such a ransom payment might also be seen as a criminal activity. Unfortunately, the only consequence of paying may not be the decryption of your lost data, but only the greater motivation for the hackers to go on with their harassing and blackmailing strategies.

How does Ransomware get distributed?

You may be unfortunate enough to be faced with the Ransomware threat via plenty of methods and means. Such a scenario may become real, when you unknowingly download the virus by visiting already compromised web pages or as a result of a payload, which may be either dropped or downloaded by other malware. However, the most common way of catching Ransomware remains by opening a contaminated email or any of its infected attachments.
Beware, as Ransomware never comes on its own – it is usually aided by a Trojan. Remember to get rid of this virus, too, after you have found a successful solution to your Ransomware problem.

How does Ransomware kidnap your PC?

Immediately after it has been executed on the computer, this malware is likely to either lock the computer screen or proceed with the encryption process of your most regularly used data. In the first possible case, the Ransomware usually displays a notification on the monitor that stops the infected user from using their system.  Despite that, in most of the cases, you have been unfortunate enough to catch the other more common version of Ransomware, it will encrypt your most often used data like documents, spreadsheets and other important data.

Zepto Virus and how it affects your system

You become aware of the fact that you have to deal with malware as soon as you receive the notification for the ransom. However, is it possible to perceive the threat and its effects before Ransomware is done kidnapping your data?

If you have become a victim of this virus, you are likely to experience an obvious slowdown in the performance of your system as a whole. In fact, the possible slower performance is dependent on the speed and the power of your processor. However, more or less obviously, the encoding Zepto Virus tends to perform usually takes time and incredible amounts of resources. If you have noticed something that matches the explanation above, you are supposed to open and check your Task Manager for the activity that is taking up the most RAM. Among the first processes in the list you will find the suspicious process that Zepto Virus undertakes. What you should do after that is to shut down your PC as soon as possible. Then you are not supposed to start it before you have found a solution or have consulted a specialist.

Is it wise to pay or is it wiser not to pay?

To be precise, this question is asked more and more frequently, as more and more people nowadays have to deal with this virus. The bad news is that we can give you no concrete advice, as there is no correct answer to this question. You will have to make the tough decision on your own. However, it is never clever to do business with criminals of any kind, including the cyber ones. This can only encourage them to hijack more computers. Keep in mind that whatever you do, no matter how much money you give and how much effort you put into recovering and accessing your encrypted data again, that may not happen. Paying off the ransom and removing the virus do not equal decryption of the hijacked data and taking back the control over it.

Good luck!

Welcome to our Zepto Virus removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Zepto Virus from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.

Zepto Virus Removal

Step1 

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 3Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

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Locate any suspicious processes associated with Zepto Virus. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 4Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

Step 5Get Your Files Back!

The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:

  • System Restore.Start Button=> Search field => Type System Restore => Enter.
    Choose a Restore Point.
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    Click Next until the process has been completed.
  • Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

How To Remove Smart New Tab “Virus”

What you should know about  Smart New Tab “Virus” 

 Smart New Tab “Virus”  characteristics and how did I get it

All adware programs are an annoyance for the users and  Smart New Tab “Virus”  is no exception. With its obstructive ads all over your browser and potential harm it can bring to your system, it is easy to see why you’d want it gone from your PC. Keep in mind that this type of software is probably specifically designed to stick to your system without your knowledge and remain there for as long as possible in order to display its ads. What those ads usually do is to generate revenue for its developers through the pay-per-click model. Knowing this, it should now be clear that  Smart New Tab “Virus”  would probably attempt to hide itself from you in order to avoid being uninstalled. But its stealthy behavior goes even further – the chances are, that if you are currently reading this article, you are dealing with the unwanted software. The reason for it getting installed on your PC is probably because this adware’s developers have used clever methods to keep their software under your radar. You did install this yourself, but probably don’t recall any part of it. How did this happen? In fact, there are several ways for an adware program to get on your computer. Luckily, most of them are somewhat ineffective, but some can be very devious indeed. The most successful method by which  Smart New Tab “Virus”  gets installed without the user’s knowledge is through other free software that you can download from the Internet (and probably have done so). The adware is bundled with that other free program and since most users go for the regular installation (which installs all content added to the installer)  Smart New Tab “Virus”  gets installed along the free software and you don’t even know about it. Therefore, it is of great importance to always opt for the advanced/custom settings installation menu, where you can see the additional installs and un check everything that you might not want on your PC.

How does the adware work?

As previously mentioned, adware programs generate ads (hence the name). This is their main purpose and it should be said that the app itself does hardly any real harm to your system. The main reason you’d want it removed is because it obstructs your browser experience and is generally annoying. In fact, the majority of adware is legal and doesn’t try to redirect you to any malicious sites or trick you into infecting your PC with viruses. However, there are some that can actually attempt to do that. It is possible that, by clicking on any of the ads or interacting with any the pages you’ve been redirected to, you can land with a more harmful software installed on your computer. Also, it should be noted that some of the more aggressive adware programs might attempt to track your browser history and even manipulate your browser settings. Still, these are generally considered an exception. In most cases, such a piece of software won’t do much apart from generating tons of ads, which can be quite an annoyance when you are trying to get something done, but they keep popping up everywhere. Some people mistakenly think that adware programs are viruses – while they might be intrusive, most of them are pretty much harmless and therefore should not be referred to as viruses.

Do’s and Don’ts

First of all, from now on, you should always keep in mind these several simple tips on how to avoid getting adware on your machine. Explore the advanced installation menus and download content from trusted sites and developers. Downloading free software might seem like a good idea, but sometimes you might get more than you’ve bargained for, if you are not careful.

Secondly, after you’ve found out that you have  Smart New Tab “Virus”  on your computer, do not interact with any of the displayed ads, pop-ups, banners or page redirects, since you probably won’t gain anything useful from them and also stand the chance that some of those might expose your system to danger. It doesn’t really matter if you are using Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer – symptoms that you’ve got  Smart New Tab “Virus”  will probably still be pretty much the same for all of these browsers.

The third most important thing you should know is how to remove the unwanted program. There is a thorough manual on the matter below, which will guide you through the main steps you should take in order to remove  Smart New Tab “Virus”  from your PC.

STEP ONE – remove Smart New Tab “Virus”  from your list of installed programs

In order to do it you need to navigate to your control panel.

For Windows 10 -> right click on your Win button (bottom left corner) and select Control Panel. In the Menu that opens select Uninstall a program

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For Windows 7-> left click on your Win button (bottom left corner) and select Control Panel->Programs_>Programs and Features->

For Windows 8-> Swipe from the right edge of the screen and hit Search. If you are using a mouse rather point to the upper-right corner, then move the pointer downwards. Select Search. In the Search field type Control panel.

Find Smart New Tab “Virus”  in the list or programs, right click on it and select uninstall.

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  • IMPROTANT It is possible that the Adware will try to install another program in its place. Carefully read the wording of any confirmation pop-up that may appear and select the option that will not result in anything else getting installed on your computer.
  • OPTIONAL Sort your programs by installation date starting from the most recent ones. Uninstall any other application that the Adware may have added to your PC. They are likely nothing but trouble.

STEP 2 – remove any shortcut modifications added to your browser

This step is rather simple:

  1. Right-click on the shortcut you usually use to start your browser.
  2. Select Properties
  3. Look at the field labeled Target. Delete anything that comes after .exe

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STEP 3 – remove any extensions added to your browser

From Chrome

  1. Start your Chrome browser and click on the toolbox menu located in the upper-right corner, in the browser’s toolbar field.
  2. Click Tools -> Extensions
  3. Find the extension installed by Smart New Tab “Virus”  and remove it by clicking on the trash bin icon.
  4. Now go through the list of extension again and remove anything that you don’t know or don’t use.
  • What if you cannot click on the Delete/Trash icon – it is grayed out or similar?

You need to click on the box called Developer Mode located in the upper-right corner. This will enable you to see the ID of the extension. Mark the whole string of numbers and copy them.

Now close your Chrome browser and hit Win+R simultaneously. In the button that opens type regedit.

Hit Control+F and paste the ID you copied from the browser. Delete any entries that pop-up from the result.

Now you can start your Chrome browser again and finish the removal of the Extension.

From Internet Explorer

  1. Open your Internet Explorer browser
  2. Click on the gear Tools button located in the upper-right corner  , and then select Manage add-ons.
  3. Under the Show menu select “show all add-ons”, now find and delete the add-on installed by Smart New Tab “Virus” .
  4. Go through the list of add-ons again and delete anything you are not familiar with/don’t use.
  • What if you cannot remove or disable the extension?

This means that there is an active program installed on your computer that prevents you from doing so. You need to do back to Step 1 and carefully look through the list of installed programs. Uninstall anything that looks suspicious to you.

From Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click on the three horizontal stripes button located in the upper-right corner . Select Add-ons.
  3. Now go through the Appearance, Extensions and Plug-ins tabs and remove anything connected to Smart New Tab “Virus”  from there. Use the Remove option whenever possible.
  4. Go through these tabs again and remove any extensions that are unfamiliar to you or that you don’t use at all.

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Didn’t work? Smart New Tab “Virus”  not listed as an add-on or extension? Try resetting your browser to its default settings to clean away any malware additions.

 

Step 4 – resetting your internet browser

 How to reset Google Chrome

 What is about to happen? When you use the reset option for Chrome, your search engines and home pages will be set to the default one. Default startup tabs will be cleared as well, unless you are on Chromebook. Likewise, new tab page will be empty. Pinned tabs will be unpinned and lost. Content settings are cleared out and set to default, cookie and site data removed. Extensions and themes are disabled.

Click on the Chrome menu button, the three horizontal stripes in the top-right corner, then select

  1. Scroll to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings.
  2. Look for the section “Reset settings,” click on Reset settings.
  3. A dialog window will appear, confirm the reset:

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  • NOTE: You’ll see the following check box“Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings”. If you select it you are agreeing to anonymously send Google your current settings. They’ll use this information to analyze how the Adware hooked in and improve the defense of the browser. It’s up to you whether to help or not.

How to reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

What is about to happen? When you use the reset button for Mozilla Firefox, your browsing history and bookmarks, as well as windows, open tabs, passwords and cookies and web-form information are preserved. Extensions, themes and other add-ons and plug-ins are removed.

  1. Start your Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Type about:support in the address bar, then hit
  3. Now click on the Reset Firefox… button located in the upper-right part of the screen.
  4. Confirm the reset, Firefox will now close and be reset.

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How to reset Internet Explorer to default settings

What is about to happen? When you use the reset option for Internet explorer you have the option to control whether your browsing history, search providers, accellerators, tracking protection, home pages and Active filtering data are removed. All this can be done from the Delete Personal Settings checkbox. Check the guide below.

  1. Start opening your Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the gear in the rop-right corner, that is the Tools Select Internet options. In case you don’t actually see the Tools menu, press Alt.
  3. Now click on the Advanced tab, then find and click Reset.
  4. Select the Delete personal settings check box. Please note that this will also delete your browsing history, home pages and more. Unfortunately it is needed to clean the Adware.
  5. Confirm and wait for the process to finish.

Hopefully this will be enough to remove Smart New Tab “Virus”  from your machine. If you are still having trouble feel free to contact us, we’ll try to help you to the best of our ability!

How To Get rid of Trusted Surf

How To Get rid of Trusted Surf

According to security experts, Trusted Surf is being classified, not as a virus, but as an adware. What is the difference? Well, an adware is a non-malicious piece of programming code that does not seek to harm the computer in which it resides. A virus, on the other hand, is a malicious piece of programing code that will cause a direct harm to the computer in which it resides. However, that is not to say that if you have Trusted Surf in your computer, you got off scot-free and there is no need to perform an uninstall process. There may still be some negative side-effects that you are probably better off not having. These include, but are not limited to potential feelings of anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance and even increased levels of stress.

This adware is designed in such a way that it is able to track all your Internet browsing history, patterns, favourites and bookmarks. From the data gathered, it may then generate ads that are convincing and tempting specifically to you. These ads may appear in the form of pop-up ads and boxes, banners or even as a separate window. They may feature anything from touting coupons and deals of items that you are inclined towards, to claiming that you have won a lucky draw. Regardless of what these ads feature, you are strongly advised against clicking on them.

Why should I not click on the ads?

These ads are designed in a way to entice you to click on them, when you do just that, the creators have already succeeded in what they set out to do.

Upon clicking on the ads, you will be directed to a third-party webpage. The level of security threat that these pages possess varies. It can be as harmless as a previously viewed webpage, taken from your browsing history where the “deals” can be found. It can also be as dangerous as being a portal for other adware threats to enter your computer without your knowledge. It may be one of the many pay-per-click sites that allow the creators of this type of adware to earn some extra income, providing further incentives for them to create more adware. Or, it may be a page that prompts the download of a program that has so many security loopholes that it may cause serious security issues in the future.

Therefore, as you can see, no good can come out of you clicking on the ads.

How did my computer get infected in the first place?

Infections can happen in many different ways. According to our expert researchers, the most common way is via downloading the free and legal programs that are readily available online. Creators take advantage of this popular activity and tie their adware to these programs into what is called a “bundle”. This is how adware gets downloaded, along with the said program, onto computers without the user realizing it.

However, if you suspect this is how you got infected, do not despair. This does not mean that you will have to cease downloading free programs. An adware can only run after it has been successfully installed onto your computer first. Therefore, during the installation process, you would still able to prevent its activation. When being prompted, select the “Custom Installation” option instead of the “Automatic Installation” option. You will then be able to see a list of files that will be installed onto your computer. This is where you have to be extra careful and thorough. Look through all the names of the files and uncheck any of those that seem unfamiliar or foreign to you.

STEP ONE – remove Trusted Surf from your list of installed programs

In order to do it you need to navigate to your control panel.

For Windows 10 -> right click on your Win button (bottom left corner) and select Control Panel. In the Menu that opens select Uninstall a program

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For Windows 7-> left click on your Win button (bottom left corner) and select Control Panel->Programs_>Programs and Features->

For Windows 8-> Swipe from the right edge of the screen and hit Search. If you are using a mouse rather point to the upper-right corner, then move the pointer downwards. Select Search. In the Search field type Control panel.

Find Trusted Surf in the list or programs, right click on it and select uninstall.

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  • IMPROTANT It is possible that the Adware will try to install another program in its place. Carefully read the wording of any confirmation pop-up that may appear and select the option that will not result in anything else getting installed on your computer.
  • OPTIONAL Sort your programs by installation date starting from the most recent ones. Uninstall any other application that the Adware may have added to your PC. They are likely nothing but trouble.

STEP 2 – remove any shortcut modifications added to your browser

This step is rather simple:

  1. Right-click on the shortcut you usually use to start your browser.
  2. Select Properties
  3. Look at the field labeled Target. Delete anything that comes after .exe

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STEP 3 – remove any extensions added to your browser

From Chrome

  1. Start your Chrome browser and click on the toolbox menu located in the upper-right corner, in the browser’s toolbar field.
  2. Click Tools -> Extensions
  3. Find the extension installed by Trusted Surf and remove it by clicking on the trash bin icon.
  4. Now go through the list of extension again and remove anything that you don’t know or don’t use.
  • What if you cannot click on the Delete/Trash icon – it is grayed out or similar?

You need to click on the box called Developer Mode located in the upper-right corner. This will enable you to see the ID of the extension. Mark the whole string of numbers and copy them.

Now close your Chrome browser and hit Win+R simultaneously. In the button that opens type regedit.

Hit Control+F and paste the ID you copied from the browser. Delete any entries that pop-up from the result.

Now you can start your Chrome browser again and finish the removal of the Extension.

From Internet Explorer

  1. Open your Internet Explorer browser
  2. Click on the gear Tools button located in the upper-right corner  , and then select Manage add-ons.
  3. Under the Show menu select “show all add-ons”, now find and delete the add-on installed by Trusted Surf.
  4. Go through the list of add-ons again and delete anything you are not familiar with/don’t use.
  • What if you cannot remove or disable the extension?

This means that there is an active program installed on your computer that prevents you from doing so. You need to do back to Step 1 and carefully look through the list of installed programs. Uninstall anything that looks suspicious to you.

From Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click on the three horizontal stripes button located in the upper-right corner . Select Add-ons.
  3. Now go through the Appearance, Extensions and Plug-ins tabs and remove anything connected to Trusted Surf from there. Use the Remove option whenever possible.
  4. Go through these tabs again and remove any extensions that are unfamiliar to you or that you don’t use at all.

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Didn’t work? Trusted Surf not listed as an add-on or extension? Try resetting your browser to its default settings to clean away any malware additions.

 

Step 4 – resetting your internet browser

 How to reset Google Chrome

 What is about to happen? When you use the reset option for Chrome, your search engines and home pages will be set to the default one. Default startup tabs will be cleared as well, unless you are on Chromebook. Likewise, new tab page will be empty. Pinned tabs will be unpinned and lost. Content settings are cleared out and set to default, cookie and site data removed. Extensions and themes are disabled.

Click on the Chrome menu button, the three horizontal stripes in the top-right corner, then select

  1. Scroll to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings.
  2. Look for the section “Reset settings,” click on Reset settings.
  3. A dialog window will appear, confirm the reset:

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  • NOTE: You’ll see the following check box“Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings”. If you select it you are agreeing to anonymously send Google your current settings. They’ll use this information to analyze how the Adware hooked in and improve the defense of the browser. It’s up to you whether to help or not.

How to reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

What is about to happen? When you use the reset button for Mozilla Firefox, your browsing history and bookmarks, as well as windows, open tabs, passwords and cookies and web-form information are preserved. Extensions, themes and other add-ons and plug-ins are removed.

  1. Start your Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Type about:support in the address bar, then hit
  3. Now click on the Reset Firefox… button located in the upper-right part of the screen.
  4. Confirm the reset, Firefox will now close and be reset.

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How to reset Internet Explorer to default settings

What is about to happen? When you use the reset option for Internet explorer you have the option to control whether your browsing history, search providers, accellerators, tracking protection, home pages and Active filtering data are removed. All this can be done from the Delete Personal Settings checkbox. Check the guide below.

  1. Start opening your Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the gear in the rop-right corner, that is the Tools Select Internet options. In case you don’t actually see the Tools menu, press Alt.
  3. Now click on the Advanced tab, then find and click Reset.
  4. Select the Delete personal settings check box. Please note that this will also delete your browsing history, home pages and more. Unfortunately it is needed to clean the Adware.
  5. Confirm and wait for the process to finish.

Hopefully this will be enough to remove Trusted Surf from your machine. If you are still having trouble feel free to contact us, we’ll try to help you to the best of our ability!

How To Remove Albireo “Virus”

What is Albireo “Virus”

Have you ever come upon messages on your computer claiming that you won a prize, e-mails with no certain recipient and no purpose, discount coupons for the most frequently visited online shops etc.? Do pop-up or banner ads keep appearing on your web browser when visiting websites like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart?
I bet it happens! Have you ever wondered how and why does it happen?
Here is some information that might be useful for you to understand. Have you heard of Albireo “Virus”? Albireo “Virus” is a rather nasty adware infection. It’s a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that makes your online experience seem like living hell. It puts your patience to the limit and utterly infuriates you to no end. It is an adware program that is frequently combined with other free programs or torrents downloaded off the Internet. This adware can be downloaded and installed via its official website, but it is often promoted via free downloads, especially video player and download manager program. It is not malicious related, but due to their stealthy behavior such as installing itself automatically on your web browser without obvious notification, people rank in low acceptance of this software. So when you download anything free you may find that you have installed Albireo adware without you even knew it. It is usually bundled within the installers from Cnet, Softonic installer, InstallRex or other similar installers.

How do you know if your computer is infected? Well, the common symptoms are:
– Pop- up ads, advertising banners and in text ads injected with the most visited web pages;
– Browser pop- ups recommending updates or other software;
– Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user’s knowledge.

How to deal with Albireo “Virus”?
According to the researches Albireo “Virus”gathers information related to the browser, such as IP addresses, unique identification numbers, URLs of the visited web sites, pages viewed, searches and many others. This information might be shared and your personal data might be stolen and misused, that is why Albireo “Virus” must be uninstalled and removed immediately.
Here is some information that might help you. The removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet explorer, Safari, as well as all versions of Windows.
It is not clear how dangerous this adware program can be for your computer. However, you should always pay attention and be careful when you install some software, when you download torrents or applications, or even when you open your e-mails. Optional installs are included and when you agree to install all in a package you might install Albireo “Virus” without even knowing about it. What you should do is to opt for custom installation and deselect anything unfamiliar.
There is also a detection tool that might help you since malware and adware are difficult to track down. Use Albireo “Virus” scanner to find all files infected. Once detected you have to do the following to get rid of the Albireo “Virus”. First uninstall Albireo “Virus” from Windows, next remove Albireo “Virus”malware with Reason Core Security Free, then remove Albireo “Virus” malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (Optional) and reset Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome settings to remove Albireo “Virus”

All you have to do is to be extremely careful. Do not click on the advertisements or do anything but close them down as quickly as possible. Also be careful not to give any personal contact details, even banking information, because it could have bad consequences, such as identity thefts or other schemes.
So, let’s summarize, don’t open ads and pop- ups, close them immediately, analyze the processes using the “Custom” or “Advanced” settings, and use the Detection tools. To avoid installation of these unwanted programs, always download software from legitimate source such as the publisher’s web site, not through a download portal that is advertised.

STEP ONE – remove Albireo from your list of installed programs

In order to do it you need to navigate to your control panel.

For Windows 10 -> right click on your Win button (bottom left corner) and select Control Panel. In the Menu that opens select Uninstall a program

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For Windows 7-> left click on your Win button (bottom left corner) and select Control Panel->Programs_>Programs and Features->

For Windows 8-> Swipe from the right edge of the screen and hit Search. If you are using a mouse rather point to the upper-right corner, then move the pointer downwards. Select Search. In the Search field type Control panel.

Find Albireo in the list or programs, right click on it and select uninstall.

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  • IMPROTANT It is possible that the Adware will try to install another program in its place. Carefully read the wording of any confirmation pop-up that may appear and select the option that will not result in anything else getting installed on your computer.
  • OPTIONAL Sort your programs by installation date starting from the most recent ones. Uninstall any other application that the Adware may have added to your PC. They are likely nothing but trouble.

STEP 2 – remove any shortcut modifications added to your browser

This step is rather simple:

  1. Right-click on the shortcut you usually use to start your browser.
  2. Select Properties
  3. Look at the field labeled Target. Delete anything that comes after .exe

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STEP 3 – remove any extensions added to your browser

From Chrome

  1. Start your Chrome browser and click on the toolbox menu located in the upper-right corner, in the browser’s toolbar field.
  2. Click Tools -> Extensions
  3. Find the extension installed by Albireo and remove it by clicking on the trash bin icon.
  4. Now go through the list of extension again and remove anything that you don’t know or don’t use.
  • What if you cannot click on the Delete/Trash icon – it is grayed out or similar?

You need to click on the box called Developer Mode located in the upper-right corner. This will enable you to see the ID of the extension. Mark the whole string of numbers and copy them.

Now close your Chrome browser and hit Win+R simultaneously. In the button that opens type regedit.

Hit Control+F and paste the ID you copied from the browser. Delete any entries that pop-up from the result.

Now you can start your Chrome browser again and finish the removal of the Extension.

From Internet Explorer

  1. Open your Internet Explorer browser
  2. Click on the gear Tools button located in the upper-right corner  , and then select Manage add-ons.
  3. Under the Show menu select “show all add-ons”, now find and delete the add-on installed by Albireo.
  4. Go through the list of add-ons again and delete anything you are not familiar with/don’t use.
  • What if you cannot remove or disable the extension?

This means that there is an active program installed on your computer that prevents you from doing so. You need to do back to Step 1 and carefully look through the list of installed programs. Uninstall anything that looks suspicious to you.

From Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click on the three horizontal stripes button located in the upper-right corner . Select Add-ons.
  3. Now go through the Appearance, Extensions and Plug-ins tabs and remove anything connected to Albireo from there. Use the Remove option whenever possible.
  4. Go through these tabs again and remove any extensions that are unfamiliar to you or that you don’t use at all.

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Didn’t work? Albireo not listed as an add-on or extension? Try resetting your browser to its default settings to clean away any malware additions.

 

Step 4 – resetting your internet browser

 How to reset Google Chrome

 What is about to happen? When you use the reset option for Chrome, your search engines and home pages will be set to the default one. Default startup tabs will be cleared as well, unless you are on Chromebook. Likewise, new tab page will be empty. Pinned tabs will be unpinned and lost. Content settings are cleared out and set to default, cookie and site data removed. Extensions and themes are disabled.

Click on the Chrome menu button, the three horizontal stripes in the top-right corner, then select

  1. Scroll to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings.
  2. Look for the section “Reset settings,” click on Reset settings.
  3. A dialog window will appear, confirm the reset:

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  • NOTE: You’ll see the following check box“Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings”. If you select it you are agreeing to anonymously send Google your current settings. They’ll use this information to analyze how the Adware hooked in and improve the defense of the browser. It’s up to you whether to help or not.

How to reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

What is about to happen? When you use the reset button for Mozilla Firefox, your browsing history and bookmarks, as well as windows, open tabs, passwords and cookies and web-form information are preserved. Extensions, themes and other add-ons and plug-ins are removed.

  1. Start your Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Type about:support in the address bar, then hit
  3. Now click on the Reset Firefox… button located in the upper-right part of the screen.
  4. Confirm the reset, Firefox will now close and be reset.

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How to reset Internet Explorer to default settings

What is about to happen? When you use the reset option for Internet explorer you have the option to control whether your browsing history, search providers, accellerators, tracking protection, home pages and Active filtering data are removed. All this can be done from the Delete Personal Settings checkbox. Check the guide below.

  1. Start opening your Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the gear in the rop-right corner, that is the Tools Select Internet options. In case you don’t actually see the Tools menu, press Alt.
  3. Now click on the Advanced tab, then find and click Reset.
  4. Select the Delete personal settings check box. Please note that this will also delete your browsing history, home pages and more. Unfortunately it is needed to clean the Adware.
  5. Confirm and wait for the process to finish.

Hopefully this will be enough to remove Albireo from your machine. If you are still having trouble feel free to contact us, we’ll try to help you to the best of our ability!