How to remove Updaterweb.com Pop-up Ads
What is Updaterweb.com:
Threat Classification: Adware
If your browser starts showing strange update suggestions like the one on the above image – it is time to run a malware scan. Updaterweb.com is a malicious domain, which has a single purpose to further spread infections in favor of the same Cyber Crooks. Later, all these infections could either generate traffic, which could easily be converted to cash or to further spread infections. If your computer is infected by the Updaterweb.com virus, you should experience very odd system behavior – strange pop-up windows, ads, messages or warnings should appear, just after you start your browser and the bogus Updaterweb.com loads. The Updaterweb.com Pop-ups are caused by an ad-supported browser extension, that loads unwanted advertisements randomly. Another sure sign about this or similar infections are the performance issues and occasional fake Blue Screens Of Death (BSOD). This type of adware could infiltrate systems silently and without user’s consent, just because it is bundled with another software and gets installed along the requested software product. Usually these types of adware infections are distributed using the software “bundle” method – it gets installed along with some other free software, included in the bundle. The general idea of these cyber crooks is that they could easily convert traffic to cash. The Updaterweb.com works just fine with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see various pop-ups, stating that there is an important software update missing on your system. The Updaterweb.com pop-up adware is set to display FAKE UPDATE ALERTS on the victim’s computer. The most common scenarios are “Your Web Browser needs to be Updated“, “There is a critical Flash Player Update” or “Media Player Update“, however all these alerts are FAKE! Actually Updaterweb.com is trying to cheat you and offers you and offers you nothing more, but malware infections.
Updaterweb.com is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. That is why, you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Updaterweb.com bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments 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 regular or novice users) using a Professional Malware Removal Software.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Updaterweb.com Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Updaterweb.com 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 Install Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or you can purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help with any malware related issues by an expert technical.
Manual Updaterweb.com Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Updaterweb.com manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Updaterweb.com 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 Updaterweb.com, Vaudix, Optimizer Pro, YoutubeAdBlocker, BuyNSave, Free Video Converter, Youtube Downloader HD, Video Media Player 1.1, Fast Free Converter, DIVX Player 3.2 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it 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 Updaterweb.com 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 IE 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 (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Main Menu Icon (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu (a question mark – ?) and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh 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. Check for arguments added by Updaterweb.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Updaterweb.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts in order to force-load its home page. This causes the Updaterweb.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Updaterweb.com uses in order to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to Updaterweb.com by checking the following locations: