The Day Counter is classified as malicious browser extension (add-on). The appearance of Day Counter in your Google Chrome browser means that your computer is infected with adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software), which can display a large count of pop ups within the Chrome screen or reroute you to an unwanted ad web sites. So, if you have found that your web browser is redirected to an unwanted site, then you do not need to wait , you need to follow the guidance below to clean your personal computer from the extension and thereby remove Day Counter virus as soon as possible.
What is more, the Day Counter virus may open advertisements depend on a site that you are visiting. That is, it’s clear that this malicious extension, 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 virus 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.
Most often, the adware affects the most common web browsers such as the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the web browser, it will redirect to an intrusive web page. Even if you setup a new home page, an unwanted page will be the first thing you see when you start the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Table of contents
- What is Day Counter
- Day Counter removal guidance
- Manual Day Counter extension removal
- How to remove Day Counter virus with freeware
- Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
- Prevent Day Counter malicious extension from installing
- To sum up
We strongly recommend that you perform the step by step guidance below that will allow you to delete Day Counter extension using the standard features of Windows and some proven free software.
Day Counter removal guidance
We can assist you get rid of Day Counter from your internet browsers, without the need to take your personal computer to a professional. Simply follow the removal instructions below if you currently have the undesired harmful extension on your machine and want to delete it. If you’ve any difficulty while trying to get rid of the Day Counter virus which reroutes your browser to undesired ad web pages, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section below. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your web browser or restart your PC system.
Manual Day Counter extension removal
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete Day Counter from the Google Chrome and other web browsers.
Uninstall potentially unwanted software through the Windows Control Panel
The process of harmful extension removal is generally the same across all versions of MS Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it’s necessary to check the list of installed applications on your computer and uninstall all unused, unknown and suspicious programs.
Press Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel like below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all applications installed on your system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Clean up the web browsers shortcuts
The virus may hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument like http://site.address/.
Open the properties of the web browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected browser and choose the “Properties” option and it will open the properties of the shortcut. Next, select the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as shown on the screen below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts which have been modified by virus usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as shown on the image below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks like …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown in the figure below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts that have been modified by virus.
|Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is finished, press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers that are re-directed to an unwanted web page.
Remove Day Counter virus from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the browser hijackers, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s newtab, startpage and search provider by default that have been replaced by Day Counter addon which redirects your browser to intrusive ad sites.
- First, run the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
How to remove Day Counter virus with freeware
Many antivirus companies have designed software that help detect extension and thereby get rid of Day Counter from the Chrome and other web-browsers. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to run. Your PC system may have a large number of PUPs, adware and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we suggest, if any unwanted or malicious application returns after restarting the PC system, then start your system into Safe Mode and use the anti-malware utility once again.
Scan and clean your internet browser of Day Counter harmful extension with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool that can get rid of ‘ad supported’ software, PUPs, hijacker infections and other malware from your system 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 machine resources.
Download Zemana Anti Malware on your machine by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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After the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC system. Double-click the setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti Malware on your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, Zemana AntiMalware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button to begin checking your computer for the Day Counter virus which redirects your web browser to unwanted ad web sites. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once finished, you will be displayed the list of all found items on your PC system. In order to delete all items, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware will begin to get rid of Day Counter add-on that reroutes your web browser to undesired ad web pages. After the process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
Remove Day Counter virus with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to find ad-supported software and thereby delete Day Counter from your internet browsers. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically check and detect all threats exist on the PC.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After the download is complete, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as shown on the screen below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once setup is done, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole machine to find out Day Counter harmful extension that causes lots of intrusive ads. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your PC.
When the checking is finished, you will be opened the list of all found threats on your personal computer. When you are ready, click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove Day Counter virus that causes lots of intrusive pop-up ads and add threats to the Quarantine. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video explains guide on how to delete hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Use AdwCleaner to get rid of Day Counter plugin
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your PC for Day Counter addon that causes web browsers to display intrusive pop ups, potentially unwanted applications and hijacker infections and allows remove them easily. Moreover, it’ll also help you remove any malicious internet browser extensions and add-ons.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- After downloading is complete, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is launched, click “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out Day Counter virus which redirects your web browser to annoying ad pages. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC and the speed of your computer. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your PC system.
- When finished, it’ll display a list of found items. Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt, press “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
Use ad-blocking program such as AdGuard in order to stop ads, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install harmful and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons which affect your PC performance and impact your machine security. Surf the Internet anonymously and stay safe online!
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking application is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When the downloading process is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the screen 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 guidance as shown on the image below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup advertisements, as well as other harmful 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 can be found on your desktop.
Prevent Day Counter malicious extension from installing
These days some free applications makers bundle third-party programs that could be potentially unwanted applications like this malicious addon, with a view to making some money. These are not free applications as install an unwanted software on to your Microsoft Windows personal computer. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the World Wide Web, be very careful during installation. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), select custom or manual install mode, uncheck all additional software.
To sum up
Now your PC should be free of the Day Counter virus that causes lots of annoying pop up ads. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up ads and intrusive harmful web sites) and Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijacker infections, malicious software and ad-supported software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Day Counter from the Google Chrome, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.