In this article we are going to try and help you remove Takeofftv.su “Virus”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Browser hijackers are a specific type of software and are famous for the browsing annoyance they may cause. Such is the case with one of the latest representatives named Takeofftv.su “Virus”. The annoying changes that this program may have imposed to your Chrome or Firefox homepage or default search engine and the constant flow of ads and page redirects that it may have exposed you to, are the probable reasons that you landed on this page. Here we are going to talk about how to remove Takeofftv.su “Virus” and uninstall all of its ad-generating components from your system, so if you are looking for a detailed removal guide that can help you do that, you have come to the right place. We will also tell you more about the specifics of the browser hijackers and the potentially undesired activities they may be related to. At the end, you fill find a few very useful tips on how to keep such annoying programs away from your PC in the future that’s why we suggest you read the information that follows to gain a better understanding of the source of your browsing-related irritation.
What exactly is Takeofftv.su and how dangerous could it be?
Speaking about ad-generating software, Takeofftv.su could be placed among the most irritating ones. This browser hijacker has been developed with the ability to generate and display a huge amount of sponsored advertisements, promotional web pages, pop-ups, new tabs, and banners. The main idea behind all this annoying activity can be explained with the popular Pay-Per-Click method, which the hijacker owners use to profit from the clicks on the displayed ads and sites. This is not a new concept and many online businesses do it, especially since it is not considered illegal. In fact, hijacking your browser and redirecting you to different ads and promotional notifications is part of the aggressive online advertising industry, which is taking the web by storm.
In terms of maliciousness, however, it would be very wrong to classify a browser hijacker like Takeofftv.su as a virus or some nasty malware. These pieces of software usually do not intend to do harm to your machine and unlike the real viruses or harmful threats such a Trojans and Ransomware, they do not even contain a malicious script that could pose some threat to your system. That’s why many security experts classify browser hijackers as harmless by nature, since their main activity is only related to displaying different advertisements and is not related to any malicious deeds, such as system corruption, file encryption, virus multiplication and ransom demands. But despite not being a harmful virus, Takeofftv.su may still be a source of online disturbance. Some users may really not enjoy it when their browsing gets frequently interrupted by popping advertisements and their searches get redirected to unknown or irrelevant web locations. That’s why they often prefer to remove the browser hijacker from their system completely and bring their favorite Chrome or Firefox browser back to normal.
Another thing that may make the browser hijacker undesired is its ability to monitor the users’ web activity and searches and attempt to match these searches with more of its nagging sponsored ads and websites. Sometimes, the amount of pop-ups that may flood the screen may be so tough to handle, that the users may involuntarily click on some misleading link or ad, which may hide some online hazards like viruses, Trojans or even the recently popular Ransomware cryptoviruses. Having this in mind, it may seem reasonable to remove the ad-generating software and eliminate the risk of becoming a victim of malvertisements, even though Takeofftv.su itself is not the direct threat but just one of the ways for the malware to sneak inside the system.
How may you get Takeofftv.su on your PC?
Usually, users may end up with a browser hijacker on their computer through a method called software bundling. Software bundling is a commonly used way to distribute such type of software on the web and it works by packing the browser hijacker inside the installer of some other program or attractive application that the users may wish to install on their PC. Such bundles could be found mostly in freeware sites, download managers, torrent sites, spam emails, ads or direct downloads from the web. If you frequently get different software from such web locations, you are most likely to come across ad-generating software like Takeofftv.su. The actual installation of the hijacker happens the moment you run the setup and proceed with the “Standard/Quick” installation option without reading the EULA or manually customizing the installer. In order to prevent that, we would advise you opt for the “Custom/Advanced” option in the setup because this way you will be able to disable Takeofftv.su and it will not be installed along with the software you desire. If you skip that option during the setup, you should know that uninstalling it later may need some assistance. Fortunately, the guide below contains all the steps that you may need in order to detect and remove the browser hijacker. So take a look at them and let us know if you need some assistance.
Takeofftv.su “Virus” Removal
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 Takeofftv.su 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 Takeofftv.su 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 Takeofftv.su 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 Takeofftv.su 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 Takeofftv.su 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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