Welcome to our Eastness “Virus” removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
Adware programs are not the most pleasant ones to have on your machine. Eastness “Virus” makes no exception to the rule and given that you’re on this page right now – we’re sure you’ll agree with us on that. Now, you may have been brought here by questions or worries regarding this particular piece of software, because you found that it has somehow made its way into your system and is now harassing you with endless streams of popups, banners, box messages, page redirects and other nuisances every time you open your Chrome, Firefox or other popular browser. Are we right? We thought we might be. Anyway, this article is dedicated to clarifying what exactly adware like Eastness “Virus” does and what it’s really all about. In addition, we don’t want to leave our readers hanging, so we’ve also provided a very detailed removal guide just below. With it you will be able to remove Eastness “Virus”, together with all the irritating ads that came with it.
What is the purpose of adware and programs like Eastness Chrome “Virus”?
As the term ‘adware’ would suggest, advertising is the key word here. Everything boils down to exposing you, the user, to as many online ads as possible. You will notice that there’s also a pretty diverse range of different products and services that keeps getting showcased on your screen, as well. That is because numerous vendors and distributors employ the services of such programs – through their developers, of course – in order to gain more exposure for the said products and services, and therefore sell more of them. As for what’s in it for the adware developers – they make a small amount each time a given user clicks on the said ad. This is made possible thanks to the infamous Pay Per Click scheme, which is a popular remuneration model that many businesses are actually based on.
However, as far as programs like Eastness Chrome “Virus” are concerned, this practice tends to give birth to other, less conventional, practices. Such are, for example, the data-tracking tactics that many adware programs tend to use. By that we mean that they can look through your browsing history and extract certain information from it that they deem important for their online marketing campaigns. For instance, they can be after the websites you visit in general, or those that you favorite, bookmark and tend to hang around most frequently. They can also collect information related to your recent online search queries, because this will especially point them in the direction of where you current interests lie. In addition, they can even gain access to the kind of content you tend to like and share on various social media platforms, which will further help shape a kind of ‘interests profile’ of you, if you will.
This information is then typically used to adjust the ad flow, so that each specific user is shown those ads that are more likely to attract their attention. This will make for higher potential profit and is therefore a method for maximizing revenue. However, not everyone – by far – agrees with methods like this, which is part of the reason why adware programs like Eastness Chrome “Virus” are often labeled as potentially unwanted. And speaking of labels – adware is also often mistakenly referred to as viruses. Note the word mistakenly. Adware programs are not malicious and Eastness “Virus” for one is most certainly not a virus. We’re putting that out there so that you don’t panic, thinking that this or other similar software may be aiming to harm you or your computer.
Nevertheless, it is capable of exposing you to threats of the rank of viruses, such as Trojans and ransomware. This can happen via the ads, for example, as hackers often rely on online advertising materials, like the said popups and banners, for the effective distribution of their malicious programs. They tend to inject the online ad with the harmful script and then wait for some user to come along and get infected by clicking on the ad. Alternatively, your system can simply just become more vulnerable due to the changes that programs like Eastness “Virus” can sometimes perform in your Registry. With all this in mind, its best to simply avoid interacting with any online ads and just remove the program generating them.
Eastness “Virus” Removal
I – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
II – Uninstallation
- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
If you are unable to spot Eastness “Virus”, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Eastness “Virus” on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Eastness “Virus” might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Eastness “Virus”, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.