Adware.Elex.ShrtCln. How to remove Elex ShrtCln virus (Malware)?

Elex ShrtCln is a program that is considered malicious software (malware) designed not only to be very tedious but also in many cases dangerous. Such programs can also be adware, which are considered as potentially unwanted programs (PUP). Such programs are designed to show ads not only on the desktop but also in the browser used by the user. In many cases, these ads may pose a risk to the computer system, so it is advisable to avoid them. Clicking on such ads can send users to sites with suspicious content or to infect the system with more malware or viruses. Ads that appear can be very tempting and can often trick the users into clicking on them. The goal is to generate traffic from which not only the creator of the adware, but also the third parties providing the ads generate revenue. Adware such as Elex ShrtCln creators rely on the naivety of the users, misleading them as a very useful program, but adware is actually a totally useless software. Such programs not only have to be avoided but also removed because they threaten the security of the computer system.

Many security programs can detect such programs by considering them as low risk. No matter how small or large, the risk is, there is one and it is not even small. Problems associated with adware programs can be very annoying, and users with similar problems often confuse adware with viruses. We have to emphasize that these are not viruses, but can cause the computer system to become infected with viruses. Viruses differ from adware programs not only because they can damage the computer system, but with that the viruses can give the hackers access to the computer system itself. In many cases, viruses are designed to steal information such as bank accounts, credit card numbers, and passwords. Adware programs, on the other hand, only aims to generate traffic for suspicious sites but also to earn money. In many cases, the ads that are displayed can take up much of the desktop and make Internet surfing almost impossible.

Adware programs are considered malware because of multiple reasons. Such programs are installed hidden and without informing users. Elex ShrtCln adware is also designed to be very difficult to remove in order to stay installed for a long time. When such programs are installed, they can also change important system and browser settings that users uses. Often these settings are very difficult to recover. Such programs can also add unwanted browser extensions that can not be removed before the adware itself is removed.

Such programs are attached to free software that the user has installed using the (express installation) option. In such cases, permission to install the adware is given by the user himself. It is recommended to use (custom installation) to prevent the risk of attachments being installed. The best way to protect the computer system from malware and remove such programs is to use anti-malware programs. Furthermore, it is recommended to keep up to date not only the security software but also the operating system.

As mentioned above, such programs can not only endanger the security of the computer system, but can also make it unusually slow. This is because such a type of program works as a background process and uses additional resources. In such cases, the system becomes overloaded and starts to slow down its normal operation and even freezes. Such programs also have a feature to track the history of browsing, making ads more appealing by displaying offers related to users’ interest. As we have already mentioned, users with similar problems need to scan the system with an anti-malware program, which will remove any malicious software and protect the computer system from future attacks.

How did Elex ShrtCln virus got my android device infected:

In many ways adware programs attack and get to users computers with well known techniques. Some very old but still really powerful way for hackers to get you infected. If we don’t consider scam emails, there are two main ways:

  • Via shareware or freeware installation – Most adware was bundled with some freeware installation as a legitimate way to use force advertising revenue which claims to improve user experience.

More about bundling: in order to avoid any of this into the future you need to pay more attention. When you install a program never use express installation. Go for custom installation and untick any suspicious software that will come with the freeware. If you go for express installation malware will be installed as an additional software. This process is called bundling.

  • Infected websites – visiting suspicious websites may also lead to malicious attack towards trojan. Use any type of anti-malware software to remove the virus and further protection.

NOTEEven after removing all malware from your PC many of the problems caused by it may still remain!

  • Name – Adware.Elex.ShrtCln
  • Type Spamming – Malware
  • Danger Level – Low
  • Brief Description – pop-up ads and redirects.
  • Symptoms – Poor pc performance or freezing, pop-up ads and redirects.
  • Method – Via bundling.

Note: Removing malware manually could be very risky and unpredictable!

To proceed with the manual removal of adware from your computer, follow the removal steps below. NOTE: you may be infected with more than one malware and after following the steps ads may still pop-up. Since malware virus creates variety of malicious modified registry entries and different files, we strongly advise you to use anti-malware tool. Removing the virus manually requires high computer skills and knowledge.

Step by step how to remove malware from Chrome, Firefox and Internet explorer:

NOTE: If ads still pop-up you may be infected with more add-ons witch you have to remove from your PC.

Manual steps to remove ransomware or malware. How to prevent ransomware or malware.

For now, removing ransomware or malware manually will only be able for IT specialists. If you don't know one don't worry. We have a solution for you. Over here we will use Spyhunter to remove the virus. The Spyhunter anti-malware is a collection of programs that can be used to scan for malware and clean infected computers. You can also use full anti-malware program in this case which is the better option because it also offers protection.

How to remove "ransomware or malware"

NOTE: In this option the virus will be removed but the files will remain locked! You have to decrypt your files.
  1. Download Spyhunter anti-malware.
  1. 2.  After program has been downloaded, double-click to open it. User will have to install the program. Click on Spyhunter.exe to start the process.
User Account Control dialog may appear, asking you to allow the following program to make changes to this computer. Click "Yes" or "Run" to proceed with the installation. User can also choose variety of languages. Click Ok and the installation will begin with a welcome massage for Spyhunter. Click Next to continue to the next step. User will also have to accept Spyhunter license agreement by clicking on "I accept the agreement" and click Next. Spyhunter will ask user to read important information provided before continuing. Once done click on next to go to the next step. User can choose where to install the program. By default - C:Program FilesEnigma Software GroupSpyHunter. The process will continue and then Spyhunter will install. The installation process may take awhile, depending on a computer system performance. Once the installation is done, click Finish.
  1. 3. Update the software before scanning. Once program has been updated go to scan. You can choose from a free trial version or activate license. It is recommended to buy full version as the trial will not protect computer system.
  1. 4. The scan process will begin. The scan process may take awhile, depending on a computer system performance.
  1. 5. Once the scan is complete you can choose between delete or quarantine the viruses. The quarantine option is recommended and since the malware is active a reboot will be required to finish process.

Click here for guide of how to uninstall spyhunter.

Decrypt ransomware files.

Good news is that we can now use decryption programs. A lot of security companies like Kasperky lab, bitdefender and more has developed a program that is fully capable of decryption key for ransomware malware. You can find this programs anywhere on the internet but it is strongly suggested to download this programs from official websites. NOTE: It may take a long time for your files to be decrypted depending on your PC performance.