November 26, 2014

Remove Awardhotspot.com popup virus and redirects

Awardhotspot.com virus is a typical adware that spreads through freeware downloads or hacked domains. usually this type of infections are considered less destructive but infact the Awardhotspot.com virus can be a serious danger if you do not remove it soon. The main function of this malware is distribution of spam; you start to get unwanted Awardhotspot.com popups appearing on your computer again and again if affected by this virus. If it succeeds in hijacking web browser, your google chrome, firerfox or internet explorer will redirect you to www.Awardhotspot.com or similar websites while you surf the Internet. Meanwhile the Awardhotspot.com virus will start to capture your private information and web history/interests to be shared with attacker. This malware is extremely harmful and it should not be dealt with patience.

Common Symptoms of Awardhotspot.com infection:

→ This kind of malwares usually change your Homepage, Search provider, Desktop Background.
→ They can display bunch of unstoppable pop-ups advertisements.
→ Computer performs slower then usual, browser may crash over and over.
→ Strange websites are automatically opened on the computer after a frequent interval.
→ Disabled Folder options, Task manager, Registry editing tools.
→ Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
→ Unexpected browser behaviors such as URL/link redirects.
→ Unwanted and unknown Plugin/extension or add-ons attached with browser.
→ Useless shortcuts on desktop or creepy websites added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.


How to uninstall Awardhotspot.com

Remove toolbars, plugins, extensions, add-ons
Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox users:
Go to TOOLS and then click MANAGE ADD-ON, From there, select Extensions, Toolbars and remove the Awardhotspot.com if found. Make sure Google is set as default search Provider.

Google Chrome Users:
Click SETTINGS icon and select SETTINGS, then open Extensions, toolbar, search provider options, remove the Awardhotspot.com if listed there. Make sure Google is set as default search Provider.

Uninstall from Control Panel
Open CONTROL PANEL, then ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS or “Programs and Features”, now lookup for Awardhotspot.com and uninstall if it is listed.

How to delete Awardhotspot.com manually:
If the malware did not go away after uninstall procedure, try these steps. Please note, the manual removal method is a bit complex and it can go wrong if you perform its tasks incorrectly. It is advised to run an automatic virus removal software for safe and easy solutions. However, if you are good with Manual removal, do the steps below.

Possibly corrupt registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “DisableTaskMgr” = 1

Delete files:
Open then following folders or search for Awardhotspot.com in My Computer and delete if found files associated with this bug.

C:\program files
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\
%AllUsersProfile%\

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