A netizen complained:
HELP PLEASE. We are getting pop-up VALUE APPS when attempting to open Hotmail and Yahoo on both our desktops and can’t get rid of it.
There is not a x anywhere on the pop-up and it is situated so that I can’t even sign in to my hotmail account.
Do you meet the similar problem with the netizen? The annoying picture with a pig always pops up when you open your browser? When you are browsing webpage, there are usually some pop-up advertisements to appear? If what mentioned above are true, your computer is infected by Value Apps adware. Please read more to get a step-by-step removal instruction to get rid of Value Apps adware immediately and completely.
What is Value Apps?
Value Apps from Conduit powered toolbar, also called Value Apps pop-up virus, Value Apps adware or Value Apps pop-up ads, is classified to the category of adware and browser hijacker. It is not really a computer virus that can bring huge damages to computer system but alters the default settings of your browsers in the form of add-on.
Screenshot of Value Apps Adware
The Concequences Brought by Value Apps Adware
Once infected by Value Apps adware, not only will the homepage of browser be changed but also your search engine will be redirected to conduit.com or other websites. Also, you may discover that the original compact place around address bar is occupied by many unknown icons and becomes crowded, strange.(Causing there is not only one of third-party software carries Value Apps and these software also bundle other toolbars, when Value Apps and other toolbars infect your browsers together, you will see you have a very crowded and strange place around toolbar. )
Furthermore, in the name of enriching your web experience by offering you great deals, coupons, related content and much more, it tricks you to hit its “Try it now” button to install its application. Meanwhile, it generates popups constantly taking the form of box containing various ads, coupons links associated to the text you are reading or highlighting.
More than that, it will collect your personal information, including your Internet Protocol address, the webpages you visit and their content secretly. Cyber criminals use these of your privacy data to do illegal activities.
How Does Value Apps Adware Infects Your PC
Typically, Value Apps adware installs on your computer as a bundle of free software downloaded from websites. When you install free software that seems useful for you, the truth is that you are probably installing some browser hijackers, toolbars or other type of malware. Mostly, you don’t know that there is a malicious program installing on your PC and modifying some settings of your PC system and browsers as this installation runs when you keep the option—Recommended installation the free software gives you when install this free software. Therefore, please always remember to select Customize installation and refuse any unknown programs’ installation.
How to Remove Value Apps Adware
Step 1: Remove Value Apps adware via Control Panel.
For Windows XP:
Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for the programs related to Value Apps adware like Protect by Conduit, Wajam, Pokki and other unknown programs, select them and click Remove.
For Windows 7/Vista:
Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>Look for the programs related to Value Apps adware like Protect by Conduit, Wajam, Pokki and other unknown programs, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
For Windows 8:
Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for the programs related to Value Apps adware like Protect by Conduit, Wajam, Pokki and other unknown programs, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
Step 2: Repair the damages in browsers(IE/FF/Google Chrome)
Because Value Apps changes the default settings of your browsers including homepage, search engines and installs extensions to your browsers, so you need to remove these annoying changes to recover browsers’ original settings.
Due to manually repairing homepage , search engine and removeing extensions from browser are difficult and complicate for some inexperience computer users, so we recommend you to use Anvi Slim ToolBar to complete these operations automatically. It is easy, effective and convenient for you to repair the damages in browsers.
1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.
Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_ast.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/astupgrade.php
2. Remove malicious toolbars from browsers
After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click at the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Scan to detect malicious toolbars in your browsers. When the scan is finished, click Remove button to remove malicious toolbars.
Switch to Manage tab, select any of extensions that you don’t want and click Remove button to get rid of them.(the similar operation is displayed below)
3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.
In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.
Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.
Step 3: Remove third-party malware and potentially unwanted programs by using Anvi Smart Defender
1: Install Anvi Smart Defender
Download and install the paid or free version of Anvi Smart Defender Anti-malware software.
Free download link: http://dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php
2: Click quick or full scan
After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Scan tab, perform quick or full scan to eliminate any possible unwanted programs.
3. Remove malicious files form your computer
Once the scan is over, Anvi Smart Defender will display the scan results. (Click Detail to see detailed results similar as shown in below). Click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.
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