Have you tried to open a well-known web site and found that your web-browser is redirected to a previously unseen web-page called viralfived.com? If you answered ‘Yes’ then your need to know that your system is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware is a type of harmful software that modifies your computer’s web browser settings so that you will be randomly redirected to an annoying ads. Perform the guide below ASAP It will clean your PC system from the adware and thereby remove unwanted viralfived.com advertisements. Moreover, the step-by-step guide will help you to stop the ability to penetrate of more malicious viruses and trojans on your PC system.
The malicious software from the adware family that changes the settings of browsers usually affects only the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a web browser’s shortcut, so every time you launch the browser, instead of your home page, you will see the unwanted viralfived.com ads.
The ‘ad supported’ software may insert a large number of advertisements directly to the web-pages that you visit, creating a sense that the advertisements has been added by the creators of the page. Moreover, a legal advertising links may be replaced on the fake ads, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the ad supported software has the ability to collect a lot of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the World Wide Web, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
We suggest you to delete adware and clean your system from viralfived.com pop-up ads as quickly as possible, until the presence of the ad-supported software has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the steps below that will allow you to completely get rid of the redirect to viralfived.com unwanted web page, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How can you prevent your machine from the attack of viralfived.com pop-up ads
How to manually remove viralfived.com
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this malicious software. To get rid of this adware, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware utility for removing malicious applications, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, that will allow you to remove viralfived.com redirect easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where ad supported software is not removed automatically.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove viralfived.com ads from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove viralfived.com pop-up ads from Google Chrome
- Remove viralfived.com ads from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove viralfived.com redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the machine cleanup is to uninstall unknown and suspicious programs. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up your internet browser from pop-ups, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It’ll show the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed programs.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Remove viralfived.com ads from Mozilla Firefox
First, start the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, press “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove viralfived.com pop-up ads from Google Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby get rid of the redirect to viralfived.com annoying ads that is caused by the ad-supported software.
At first, start the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The program will start the task of cleaning. When it is finished, the web browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Remove viralfived.com ads from Internet Explorer
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings like homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported web browser’s extensions and thereby remove the redirect to viralfived.com unwanted site.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove viralfived.com redirect
When the adware is started, it can also alter the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the internet browser, it will be rerouted to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the web-browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your computer, it will show viralfived.com annoying web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will display a prompt that 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, press “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the unwanted programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown 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 remove viralfived.com automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this tool to detect viralfived.com threat and remove it, by clicking on the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this process is finished, click “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the ad supported software and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your machine. In order to remove all threats, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the step-by-step instructions or the video guide below.
Stop viralfived.com pop-ups and other unwanted web pages
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new annoying ads and malicious web pages, you need to use program that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web-sites. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. When the setup is complete, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, web sites such as viralfived.com, 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, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Delete viralfived.com ads and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot delete the unwanted viralfived.com advertisements from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
When the download is complete, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is launched, you will see a screen like below.
Now, click the “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole personal computer to find out malicious extensions and adware which opens advertisements from viralfived.com page. When the system scan is complete, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the clean-up is complete, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your machine.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to remove ad supported software, browser hijackers and other malicious applications.
Now your computer should be clean of the viralfived.com redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted harmful web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware and adware). 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 get rid of viralfived.com ads from your machine, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.