The AVBoost is an classified as an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). If you have found this unwanted program on your personal computer then your PC is infected. AVBoost adware is an harmful application that designed to show a large number of unwanted pop ups. Unlike viruses, the adware will not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your web browser. This is because, it’ll infect your machine, get full access to your browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge and be able to change their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your web-browser settings will be changed, you will be rerouted to intrusive ads, some of which can lead to malicious or misleading web sites. For this reason, we recommend that you start the clean up of your PC system of AVBoost as soon as possible and thereby remove all unwanted pop-up advertisements from your web browser.
What is more, the adware may display ads depend on a site that you are visiting. That is, it’s clear that this adware, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The ‘ad supported’ software may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
Table of contents
- What is AVBoost
- How to remove AVBoost adware virus
- How to remove AVBoost adware without any software
- How to get rid of AVBoost adware virus with free software
- Block AVBoost virus and other intrusive web pages
- How can you prevent the AVBoost adware
- To sum up
The malicious applications from the adware family that modifies the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you open the web-browser, instead of your start page, you will see the unwanted advertisements.
Instructions that is shown below, will help you to clean your PC from the AVBoost as well as delete undesired pop-up advertisements from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge and other web-browsers.
How to remove AVBoost adware virus
The adware is a form of malicious software that you might have difficulty in removing it from your PC. Happily, you’ve found the effective AVBoost removal guide in this blog post. Both the manual removal method and the automatic removal way will be provided below and you can just select the one that best for you. If you have any questions or need help then type a comment below. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit the web-page. So, please read the step-by-step guidance carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to remove AVBoost adware without any software
If you perform exactly the step-by-step tutorial below you should be able to remove the AVBoost adware from the Google Chrome, FF, IE and MS Edge internet browsers.
Remove all adware and other PUPs through the MS Windows Control Panel
Check out the Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed programs. We recommend to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to delete.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the figure below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown on the screen below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as shown in the figure below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and get rid of all programs that has the name similar to the AVBoost site. We recommend to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed programs by date. Once you have found anything suspicious that may be the hijacker infection, adware or PUPs, then choose this program and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your PC system.
Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts
Important to know, most anti-malware software that are able to remove adware virus, but unable to scan for and recover altered shortcuts. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge browsers manually.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The adware can change it. If you are seeing something similar “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web-browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as on the image below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying web pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the AVBoost adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your PC, it will show unwanted web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of AVBoost adware virus with free software
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely get rid of AVBoost adware virus that causes internet browsers to open annoying advertisements. So, we recommend to check your computer for any remaining harmful components with free adware virus removal applications below.
Automatically get rid of AVBoost adware virus with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a utility which can get rid of ad-supported software, potentially unwanted programs, hijackers and other malicious software from your PC easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of PC system resources.
Download Zemana antimalware on your PC system from the link below. Save it on your desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Once downloading is complete, close all windows on your PC system. Further, open the file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Zemana anti malware on the PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana anti-malware will automatically start and you may see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the AVBoost adware which cause unwanted pop-ups to appear. While the tool is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
Once the scan is finished, it will display a scan report. When you’re ready, press “Next” button.
The Zemana antimalware will begin removing adware and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
Run Malwarebytes to remove AVBoost adware
You can delete AVBoost virus automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We suggest this free malicious software removal utility because it can easily delete browser hijackers, ad supported software, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
When downloading is done, close all applications and windows on your PC. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown on the screen below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out AVBoost adware that causes tons of intrusive ads. This process can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the system scan is done, you’ll be displayed the list of all found threats on your computer. Review the report and then press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing AVBoost adware virus related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains step by step guide on how to remove virus and other malicious software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Run AdwCleaner to remove AVBoost
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that may be downloaded and run to get rid of AVBoost virus that redirects your browser to annoying ad web-pages, browser hijacker infections, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your computer. You can use this utility to scan for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner utility by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
After downloading is finished, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the application, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” for checking your PC for the AVBoost adware that designed to reroute your web-browser to various ad web-sites. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you may see number of objects and files has already scanned.
Once the checking is finished is done, a list of all items detected is produced as shown below.
Next, you need to click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box. Click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. When the cleaning process is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block intrusive web pages
If you surf the Web, you can’t avoid malvertising. But you can protect your web-browser against it. Download and run an adblocker program. AdGuard is an ad-blocker which can filter out lots of of the malicious advertising, stoping dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once the downloading process is done, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen like below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide like below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop-up advertisements, as well as other malicious or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent the AVBoost adware
To sum up
Now your PC system should be free of the AVBoost adware that developed to reroute your browser to various ad web sites. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and adware) and AdGuard (to help you stop undesired popups and malicious web-pages). Moreover, to prevent ‘ad supported’ software, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with AVBoost related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.