August 2, 2014

How to remove Mypoints.com virus redirect & Toolbar

Mypoints.com virus is known as a harmful browser hijacker used to promote http://Mypoints.com website which is an online shopping site, it offers free reward points on purchase of every item, the given points could be utilized to buy further products. The Mypoints toolbar extension is a a creepy malware which firstly gets installed without your permission, then it starts taking you to Mypoints.com again and again. Usually you are redirected to that website when you are searching on Google but it may also happen when you try to access your homepage, Facebook, Youtube or an Online shopping store. This trick works for cyber criminals to gain profit while on other hand, it is risky for users. Your personal information can be stolen by Mypoints toolbar spyware, it may download and install more viruses to your PC, slows down your system and eventually makes your computer unsafe. You should uninstall Mypoints.com toolbar and its associations to secure your machine.

Common Symptoms of mypoints toolbar 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 mypoints toolbar

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 mypoints toolbar 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 mypoints toolbar 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 mypoints toolbar and uninstall if it is listed.

How to delete mypoints toolbar 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 mypoints toolbar in My Computer and delete if found files associated with this bug.

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

mypoints toolbar virus removal tool
It is always good and safe to use an automatic software to detect and eliminate viruses and malwares. The programs below are best for removing malwares.

1: Malware Bytes (Mbam)

2: Hitman