In this article we are going to try and help you remove Counterflix. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of the ads generated by Counterflix, you have come just to the right place. You are probably experiencing some strange browser behavior since this program appeared on your PC. Your homepage might be changed, your searches may get redirected every time you type something and on the top of that a bunch of annoying ads may keep appearing on your screen. If this activity is causing you disturbance, our “How to remove” team may be able to help. In this article, you are going to learn how to effectively get rid of the ads and bring your browser to normal. To do that, you will first need to learn more about the specific type of ads-generating software that is causing you the disturbance. It is known as adware and in the next lines, you will read about its specifics, methods of distribution and prevention. At the end, we have prepared a removal guide that will help you effectively uninstall Counterflix and permanently save yourself from the ads. Let’s begin.
What is adware?
Facing an adware program like Counterflix could be an unpleasant experience. The reason is that usually, the constant flow of ads and the undesired changes it applies to your browser may interrupt your normal browsing activity. However, the disturbance it brings is actually a side effect from the main purpose that such type of software has been created for. Adware is an online advertising tool and is developed and widely used to display different types of pop-ups, ads, banners, popping boxes and messages, promotional links and pages with the sole aim to make people click on them. By doing so this program actually generates profit for its creators who receive money for every click. This is called the “Pay-Per-Click” scheme and many software developers take advantage of it as a source of additional income. While this is a perfectly legal business model, there are some downsides that result in users’ irritation and disturbance.
Adware may track you down.
While on your system, Counterflix may perform some undesired activities, which may be referred to as privacy invasion by some users. Since every click brings some money, the adware is programmed to display ads, which users are more likely to click on. And of course, it is supposed to display as many of them as possible. To do so, this program may collect information about your last searches, the websites you visit, the history of your browsing, and any such data that could help the developers tailor the displayed ads to your interests. As a result, you may see some targeted ads that really correspond to your searches. This may not sound so bad; however, the fact that some third parties may access your personal data and analyze it may be disturbing for some people. Therefore they would rather uninstall the adware than feel tracked all the time.
Clicking on ads may redirect you to unknown web locations.
Sometimes the flow of ads could really be intrusive. In your attempt to close one, ten more may open. This could repeat constantly until eventually or by mistake you click on some. This activity could really be enough to irritate your, or even expose you to some online risks. In the flow of banners, pop-ups and links, you may happen to get redirected to some unknown web locations, insecure websites or compromised content. If this happens, there is a chance to get infected with some dangerous malware such as a Trojan horse or even Ransomware. Although this doesn’t happen often and generally, most of the ads you see are really harmless, it is still good to beware of the risks.
Is Counterflix a virus?
Many people would call Counterflix “Virus”. And judging by its extremely aggressive behavior, Counterflix cloud really be mistaken for a virus. But in fact, adware does not fall into the category of malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans or Ransomware. In fact, despite its annoying activity, such program is not capable of doing harm to your system itself. It cannot infect other machines, it cannot corrupt your files or steal your credentials. However, the potential exposure to online threats by clicking on the ads is really not worth the risk, therefore it is a good idea to remove Counterflix from your system. The removal guide below has all the necessary steps to do that. After you successfully clean your system, we suggest you stay away from such programs in the future. Avoid suspicious web locations, spam emails and free software bundles – this is where adware could be found the most. When installing new software, always click the advanced/custom option to check what is in the bundle. This way you can manually select which programs you want to install and which not. These simple tips could really save you from a lot of bloatware and potentially unwanted programs as well as minimize the risks of some malware sneaking into your system.
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 Counterflix 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 Counterflix 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 Counterflix 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 Counterflix 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 Counterflix 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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