Koobface. How To Remove Koobface Virus (Adware)?

Koobface virus is a new type of adware recently reported to be blocking security tools. Victims infected whit this adware report that security tools are unable to open when trying to install them. Anyway Koobface adware is a program that will not only make a computer system vulnerable but also unpleasant to work with. Such programs are designed to display ad slots on the desktop, which will not only slow down the normal operation of a computer but also make surfing the web unpleasant. Often, such ads make the system vulnerable, because clicking on them can infect the computer with more viruses. Often, these ads are intrusive and show advertising messages and / or banners (images) that occupy much of the desktop, making it so that users can click there without asking. It is therefore advisable to remove such programs.

Adware are programs that are distributed attached to a free software downloaded and installed on the computer system, regardless of that it have being from trusted sources. To protect yourself from such stitching, it is advisable to read the End User License Agreement, not to hurry when installing free programs and intercepting any add-ons that come with it. The bad news is that such programs infect all browsers, which means that whatever browser is used, ads will not stop climbing.
Once installed,Koobface will change important computer system settings to make it easier to access the ads to the user screen. Koobface can also add unwanted extensions to the browser and change its settings. Such programs are easy to remove and do not pose a great risk, but the changed settings are sometimes hard to be recovered. In some cases, even the adder itself can make it hard for anyone to try remove it as adware will attempt to stay on the system for a long time. The most effective method of intercepting adware and viruses is with an antivirus or an anti-malware program. Only so infected users can be sure that the system is completely cleaned and protected.
Often, users who have problems with such programs call them a virus, but in reality, the adder is radically different from viruses. The purpose of the virus is to give hackers access to the system, steal bank accounts, credit card numbers, passwords, and in some cases damage files or the computerized system. However, the purpose of adware development is quite different. The goal of the adder is to generate a profit from the ads the user clicks on. Profit is not only for the program’s author, but for the person associated with the ads. This may sound harmless, but in fact they can send the user to infected sites and infect the system with a virus. Therefore, it is advisable not to click on such advertisements, which are anyway with fake offers.
Adware programs such as Koobface are often made to install hidden and do not inform users. They will also be harder to be removed from other legitimate programs and will monitor the history of the surfing so they can make ads match the interests of the users. Programs that do not notify users about their presence are considered as malware and should be tampered with.

How did Koobface virus got my pc 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 – Koobface
  • Type Spamming – Malware
  • Danger Level – High
  • Brief Description – pop-up ads and redirects.
  • Symptoms – Poor pc performance or freezing, pop-up ads and redirects.
  • Method – Via bundling.

Note: Removing Koobface 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.