In this article we are going to try and help you remove p.algovid.com. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Welcome to our article about p.algovid.com.
Most probably you have come across the following page during your search for information about this program. We are not going to lose your time with unnecessary information. p.algovid.com is a member of the type of software known as browser redirects. A browser redirect may work in a very irritating way. It is specialized in displaying ads inside or outside your browser while you are trying to look for something on the web. Probably you are able to ignore and close the generated pop-ups and banners as quickly as you can, however, their number might become so big that you could actually feel annoyed or distracted by them. That’s why some security experts consider browser redirect as a potentially unwanted program.
Who benefits from the ads?
The reason behind the creation of ad-producing software products is the constant desire of the people involved to earn big profits. On the one hand, the vendors whose products get advertised become happier and happier, as the number of the displayed ads grows. In this way their services and products are more likely go get noticed and actually purchased. On the other hand, most developers, who distribute and create various versions of browser redirect get an excellent opportunity to make money (being paid by the vendors to promote whatever they sell) and to offer their own software for free (and popularize it in this way). Now comes the time to explain in what way p.algovid.com actually reaches your machine. As we have said above, programmers distribute it along with their own creations. This method is called software bundling – mixing ad-generating software with original and new free software. However, there might be more options when it comes to spreading browser redirect. It might be caught from torrents, spam emails and diverse infected web pages.
What is p.algovid.com?
For sure, p.algovid.com is not a virus, so don’t worry. As every other person, who works in the world, those people only want to be paid for what they do. Of course, they are after bigger and bigger profits. Nevertheless, they don’t program their browser redirect to do anything harmful to your machine. It doesn’t have the ability to reproduce itself, exploit your system resources for shady purposes, block or encrypt any files, like actual dangers such as ransomware do. Neither is p.algovid.com capable of destroying or crashing your entire system. Despite that it might still be very disturbing as it might explore your surfing history to find data about your preferences and particular tastes. After that p.algovid.com might try to match the advertisement campaign it generates with your common searches and potential interests. Such behavior makes its image so controversial to most of the users. Also, depending on the CPU and the RAM of your computer, the displayed ads might block your machine or freeze it. Apart from that, the intentions of its developers are decent and business-oriented. p.algovid.com is not meant to do you any harm.
Fortunately, it is completely possible to get rid of the unwanted ads and their source – p.algovid.com, and it is not a very complex process. We have suggested possible solutions to your recent ad-related issue in our removal guide below. Read all the instructions carefully before you proceed with the actual uninstallation process.
Focusing on prevention
Once you get acquainted with the annoyance that p.algovid.com might cause, you will want to stay away from it for as much time as you can. While there is no concrete recipe for constantly avoiding such browser redirect-based products, you can always try to implement some of the next prevention advice.
You are already aware of the fact that p.algovid.com and most browser redirect come as parts of software bundles. It’s true that they get spread in this way. However, they can’t install themselves on your machine. Only you can do that! Mind the way, in which you install any new program on your PC. Be careful and try to prioritize the Advanced option of the installation wizard. In this way you will have the chance to know exactly what software you are incorporating into your machine.
Most infections with browser redirect are mainly because users tend to choose the other option (Default/ Quick/ Typical), which deprives them of the opportunity to be given all the info about the particular programs they are installing.
Keep your anti-malware tool frequently updated and perform scans regularly. Just to make sure.
Some of the website-hosted ads might be stopped by a pop-up blocker. You may find it useful to install such a tool.
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 p.algovid.com 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 p.algovid.com 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 p.algovid.com 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 p.algovid.com 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 p.algovid.com 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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