In this article we are going to try and help you remove Amulell. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
If your PC has recently been invaded by a program called Amulell and you are now panicking, trying to figure out where this program came from, what exactly it’s up to and what you can do to remove it – stick around. This article is dedicated to solving cases like yours and allowing users to better understand the nature of programs like the one you’re facing right now. Amulell is a program that is classified as adware or advertising software. Usually, when a piece of programming like this lands in your system – it’s very difficult not to spot. Regardless of the kind of browser you’re using, be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or some other popular one, the adware will fill it with banners, box messages, popups and hyperlinks of various shapes and sizes. That is probably also the way you came to realize that your machine has been infected with the software in question. Well, if this describes your case, then keep reading and we will tell you all there is to know about Amulell, as well as how you can effectively remove it from your machine.
What is adware and what does it want from me?
As we already mentioned, adware stands for advertising software. As such, it will aim to expose you (or any other affected user) to as many online ads as possible, with the purpose of promoting the various products and services that it has in its arsenal. Adware is often the product of a very lucrative business model and combined efforts of software developers and the vendors of the said products and services. The latter are quite obviously interested in their products gaining a wider audience and therefore, potentially, more customers; whereas the former make revenue from the paid clicks on the many ads that keep on cascading onto your screen. This is possible thanks to the popular Pay Per Click scheme – a remuneration model that various businesses nowadays employ.
However, due to this aggressive marketing approach, many if not all adware and other similar software developers tend to use rather questionable methods to further milk the PPC scheme for all it’s got. We have a particular technique of theirs in mind and that’s the practice of collecting data from the users’ browsers. This could be the websites you tend to visit most often or those that you bookmark and/or favorite. In addition, adware usually exhibits the most interest in your online search queries, as this, more than anything else, can tell it about your current preferences and the kind of content you would like to be exposed to. After gaining such insight into each individual user’s interests, the program in question can then proceed to apply that knowledge to the flow of ads for each separate case. For example, if you have been looking up deals on flight tickets recently, Amulell or a similar program may soon after start displaying ads that have to do with flights or tourist destinations. That way, it will be able to potentially extract more clicks from you, than if it were just randomly displaying online ads.
However, like it or not, this is a violation of one’s privacy and also one of the main reasons why programs like Amulell are often considered potentially unwanted. The other reasons are their questionable installation methods that often leave the users completely unaware of where the adware came from and how it got installed in the first place. In fact, exactly because of this, many users jump to the conclusion that they’ve been infected with a virus, like ransomware or a Trojan horse virus, because no one in their right mind would ever willingly install some program like Amulell on their machine, right? Wrong. As a matter of fact, you probably installed the program yourself, only you never acknowledged it, because the process wasn’t advertised to you. The trick is that adware developers likes to hide their annoying pieces of software in the installers of other programs – ones that are typically of use to people and are most commonly distributed for free. If you overlook the detailed manual settings of the installer of any new program and simply run it by default, you are likely to end up installing a whole bunch of added programs that you have no idea about. So, in order to prevent this from happening from now on, always customize the installation settings of new programs, so as to have more control over the process.
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find Amulell or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
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#2: Remove Amulell From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by Amulell and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove Amulell From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove Amulell From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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