Welcome to our Setleaf “Virus” removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
There have been a lot of recent complaints about a potentially unwanted program known as Setleaf “Virus” that has been reported to invade the user’s browser and flood it with irritating and heavily obstructive adverts, box messages, pop-ups and banners. The intrusive program seems to work for most Windows browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, etc. which means that trying to use another browser is probably not going to get rid of the issue. Normally, the best way to deal with such an unpleasant software is to have it uninstalled. However, the problem is that in many instances a simple uninstall will not be enough to fully eliminate the nagging application. For that reason, we have made sure to provide our readers with a number of different methods that will help them remove Setleaf “Virus” from their computers. We have combined the different removal techniques within one guide manual that you can find at the bottom of this article.
What is an Adware program?
Since Setleaf “Virus” tends to display unpleasant advertising materials within the user’s Chrome, IE or Firefox browser, it can be categorized as Adware. This is a type of program that generates money through clicks using the infamous Pay-Per-Click method. If the user interacts with any of the unpleasant ads created by the Adware, the software’s creators earn a small amount of revenue. Obviously, a single click would not generate much money, yet if the Adware gets installed on enough PC’s, the final profit from those ads would actually be quite sizable. One thing to keep in mind is that applications like Setleaf “Virus” get onto thousands of computers each day so it is not hard to see why such programs can turn out to be considerably profitable for their developers.
Is there any use of Adware?
One thing that we need to make clear about Adware programs is that they are not all the same. For example, there are applications and software tools out there that can be quite beneficial for the user yet they can still be regarded as Adware due to the fact that they generate ads. In this case, the ad-generating feature is usually integrated within the software so as to enable the the program’s developers to financially support themselves while, at the same time, keeping their product free for use. Unfortunately, there are also those Adware programs that are created for the sole purpose of profiting the people who have developed them without any regard to how useful or helpful the software is actually going to be for the regular customer. The truth is that oftentimes it all comes down to the user’s point of view and how they feel about the program. Yet, it is important to know that some applications of the Adware category might sometimes represent security threats, which is why we generally advise our readers to remove such programs from their PC’s.
What are the potential security hazards?
Apart from being incredibly annoying, the ads that applications such as Setleaf “Virus” generate might sometimes also be potentially hazardous. Users are advised to avoid interacting with them since there’s no telling what’s waiting for them on the other side. For example, an ad might redirect you to some obscure and illegal website or it might even download more unwanted (and potentially harmful) software. Some ads appear to have an X button, which is only there to trick the user into interacting with the advert. Do not fall for that. The best way to stop the nagging ads is to eliminate the Adware that is responsible for them. You can learn how to do that from our guide down below.
If you want to avoid landing other programs similar to Setleaf “Virus” in future, here is a brief list of tips and guidelines that will help you achieve that.
- Make sure that none of the browsers that you use is allowed to download anything automatically. One good way to do that is set your browser to always ask you to provide a download directory instead of having a directory that is automatically set for all downloads.
- When surfing the World Wide Web, be very considerate regarding the sites that you visit and the pages that you open. You ought to avoid any shady-looking and unreliable web-addresses if you want to keep your machine safe.
- Always make sure that you know precisely what’s going to get installed onto your PC while attempting to install new software. Oftentimes Adware is bundled with other programs and if you fail to notice and uncheck the added application from the setup menu, you will end up installing the Adware as well.
- Never open a web-link or file attachment that’s been send to your e-mail or Facebook/Skype account unless you are sure that the link/file is perfectly safe. Spam is a very commonly used method for spreading Adware.
- If you want an extra layer of protection for your PC, consider equipping your machine with a reliable anti-malware tool since this will greatly help you fight off any incoming Adware as well as other unwanted programs.
Setleaf “Virus” Removal
I – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
II – Uninstallation
- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
If you are unable to spot Setleaf “Virus”, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Setleaf “Virus” on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Setleaf “Virus” might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Setleaf “Virus”, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.