The VSnapShot is an adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software). This adware changes the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and IE settings to show lots of unwanted ads on all web-sites, including websites where previously you advertisements have never seen. These ads can be varied: pop-up windows, boxes, in-text ads, different sized banners and so on. What is more, the VSnapShot adware that displays lots of annoying advertisements, can cause your Internet connection to be slow or freeze your web-browser so that the interface is not updated anymore.
The VSnapShot adware which created to redirect your internet browser to various ad web sites, is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters internet browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional internet browser add-ons and modules that will inject advertising links within the MS Edge, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and IE’s screen. Moreover, the ad supported software may install browser hijacker that once started, will change the browser’s start page and search engine.
Even worse, the VSnapShot adware has the ability to gather lots of privacy data such as what web pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This personal info, subsequently, may be used for marketing purposes.
It’s important, don’t use VSnapShot and do not click on its advertisements, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading web sites. The best option is to use the steps posted below to clean your computer of the VSnapShot adware and thus delete any unwanted ads.
How to remove VSnapShot adware
Most often adware requires more than a simple uninstall through the use of Windows Control panel in order to be fully uninstalled. For that reason, our team designed several removal ways that we have summarized in a detailed tutorial. Therefore, if you have the VSnapShot ad-supported software on your computer and are currently trying to have it uninstalled then feel free to follow the step-by-step guidance below in order to resolve your problem. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to shut down your internet browser or restart your computer.
To remove VSnapShot, execute the following steps:
- How to remove VSnapShot without any software
- Remove VSnapShot ad supported software with free programs
- How to stay safe online
- How does your personal computer get infected with VSnapShot ad supported software
- To sum up
How to remove VSnapShot without any software
These steps to get rid of VSnapShot adware without any programs are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step instructions completely to fully remove this VSnapShot adware that causes web browsers to show annoying popup advertisements.
Remove VSnapShot associated software by using Windows Control Panel
The process of ad supported software removal is generally the same across all versions of Microsoft Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed programs on your system and remove all unused, unknown and questionable applications.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the following example.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your personal computer. Most probably, one of them is the VSnapShot that causes tons of undesired pop ups. If you have many applications installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a dubious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the figure below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your personal computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the apps that were installed last. Most probably, it’s the VSnapShot adware that causes tons of annoying popup advertisements. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the application which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as displayed in the following example.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the VSnapShot can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you run your computer, it will show an unwanted website. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will display a prompt which titled as 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 displayed on the image 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, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something suspicious, then you need remove 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 press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the VSnapShot adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove VSnapShot ad supported software with free programs
Many antivirus companies have created applications that help detect adware and thereby delete VSnapShot ads from the MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer web browsers. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your personal computer can have a ton of PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijacker infections installed at the same time, so we suggest, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after rebooting the machine, then launch your machine into Safe Mode and use the anti-malware utility once again.
Automatically remove VSnapShot ad-supported software with Zemana Anti-malware
You can download and use the Zemana Free for free. This anti-malware utility will scan all the registry keys and files in your computer along with the system settings and web browser plugins. If it finds any malware, adware or malicious extension that is developed to redirect your web-browser to unwanted ads then the Zemana Free will remove them from your personal computer completely.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of Zemana AntiMalware for Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as displayed on the image below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Zemana Free on your machine.
Once setup is finished, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware tool will start scanning the whole computer to find out VSnapShot adware. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) tool is scanning, you may see count of objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
When Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) has finished scanning, Zemana Anti-Malware will display a list of detected items. When you are ready, click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will remove VSnapShot ‘ad supported’ software which causes intrusive popup ads and move threats to the program’s quarantine.
Run Hitman Pro to get rid of VSnapShot ‘ad supported’ software
HitmanPro is a completely free (30 day trial) utility. You do not need expensive methods to delete VSnapShot ad supported software that cause unwanted pop-up advertisements to appear and other malicious programs. HitmanPro will remove all the undesired apps like adware and hijackers at zero cost.
- Download Hitman Pro by clicking on the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
- Once downloading is finished, double click the Hitman Pro icon. Once this utility is started, click “Next” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the VSnapShot adware that cause annoying pop-up advertisements to appear. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. When a threat is detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once that process is finished, you’ll be displayed the list of all found items on your computer. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Next” button. Now click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malware found.
How to remove VSnapShot with Malwarebytes
Manual VSnapShot adware removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the adware can be not completely removed. We advise that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your PC system of ad-supported software. Moreover, the free program will allow you to delete malicious software, potentially unwanted apps, hijacker infections and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
Click the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for MS Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
When the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC. Double-click the setup file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes program will scan through the whole personal computer for the VSnapShot and other malicious software. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your PC and the speed of your PC system. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted applications are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
When the scan get finished, you can check all threats found on your computer. Once you’ve selected what you want to get rid of from your system click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes will remove VSnapShot adware that causes intrusive pop-up ads. After disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware to get rid of adware, hijacker and other malicious software.
How to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your personal computer against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web pages, you need to use ad blocker program that blocks an access to harmful ads and web sites. Moreover, the application may stop the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of webpages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard on your system from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure 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 instructions as on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, browser redirects, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. 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.
How does your personal computer get infected with VSnapShot ad supported software
In most cases, the freeware installer includes additional software like this VSnapShot adware. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to select a Custom, Advanced or Manual install type. Here uncheck all third-party software in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you don’t need to install any bundled applications which you do not trust! The only one thing I want to add. Once the free software is installed, if you uninstall this software, the annoying VSnapShot pop-up advertisements will not be removed. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the tutorial above.
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be clean of the VSnapShot adware which cause unwanted ads to appear. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted harmful web-sites) and Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijackers and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijacker infections, harmful apps and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove VSnapShot ad-supported software from your system, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.