How to remove SecretCreditCard Ads
What is SecretCreditCard:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
If you are looking for online credit cards or you want to improve your credit score, you may have already downloaded the SecretCreditCard (a.k.a. Secret Credit Card). It will be a very good idea to check for your anti-malware protection software, because it has allowed the installation of this very dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), which can cause a lot of permanent damage – even data loss on your computer. Our security specialists strongly advise you to remove it asap and then perform a full system malware scan – using an up-to-date, reputable and reliable anti-malware program like the award winning SpyHunter 4. According to our security researchers, SecretCreditCard Adware is dangerous mainly, because of the unrequested nor wanted web ads, which could be potentially dangerous for your system, because hackers can use these ads to inject even more infections on your system – some of which could take your system hostage and demand ransom to be payed – they are called – ransomware infections. Our security researchers also warned us that SecretCreditCard Ads are generated by a malicious browser extension and although SecretCreditCard may claim to provide you with the best credit card for your credit score, we are convinced that SecretCreditCard is just the next ad-supported program, that will try and use all kinds of malicious and deceptive tactics, just to make a bit more revenue for its developers. These types of malicious applications are usually distributed using various questionable software bundles, which were configured to perform a silent or stealth installation and hide additional installs from the users. When installed the SecretCreditCard will modify some browser’ and system settings, making it much harder to detect and remove and just after that it will begin showing you lots of unwanted, intrusive ads on every web page you visit. Moreover, this nasty piece of adware SecretCreditCard will start collecting various private browsing data, including browsing history, web searches and their locations, account credentials, tracking cookies as well as other sensitive private information and then it will share/sale with/to another 3rd party companies, which will later use the data for marketing or other purposes. If you have SecretCreditCard installed on your computer, your browser will most likely be filled with countless unwanted, but very annoying web ads, banners, pop-up windows or other 3rd party advertisements. The SecretCreditCard has been classified as a PUP by the majority of the reputable security experts on the Net, mainly because of its distribution method – software bundling and because of its suspicious behavior once installed on the users’ computers. So, next time you start getting various web ads, claiming that they are – “By SecretCreditCard”, “Ads by SecretCreditCard”, “SecretCreditCard Ads”, “Powered By SecretCreditCard”, “Brought by SecretCreditCard” or “Brought to you by SecretCreditCard” – you should consider your computer infected. Our security analysts concluded that you should perform a malware scan on your computer using some reputable & reliable anti-malware software product, just like SpyHunter 4. SecretCreditCard appears to work with all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might experience various pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results are compromised as well, most likely overloaded with spam and other third-party advertising.
SecretCreditCard is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of SecretCreditCard varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic SecretCreditCard Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect SecretCreditCard and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual SecretCreditCard Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove SecretCreditCard Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove SecretCreditCard Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to SecretCreditCard, Hohosearch.com, Yeabests.cc, S.hnisdlmm.com, Searchguide.level3.com Browser Hijacker, How to remove Ads by Hostify, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, Liveadexchanger.com, StartNewTab.com, NewPopTab.com, SafeSurfs.com, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com Hijacker, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, SafeSurfs.com, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless We recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove SecretCreditCard from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to SecretCreditCard by checking the following locations: