Remove aMuleC program “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, in just a few easy steps with our removal guide which work with all versions of Windows.
You have probably landed on this page seeking for salvation from the annoying ads and pop-ups that cover your Chrome or Firefox browser every time you browse the web. If the ads are “powered by aMuleC” or anything similar, then we are going to help you uninstall this adware program and completely save yourself from the ads invasion on your screen. But what is adware exactly and how did it sneak inside your system? This is probably something you may wish to know, especially if you want to effectively remove it and prevent it from getting installed on your PC again. That’s why we suggest you carefully read the information below and then proceed to the removal guide.
What kind of a program is aMuleC?
First of all, to ease the panic that probably appeared the first time you saw the intrusive ads and pop-ups, we should say that aMuleC is neither a virus nor malware like a Trojan or Ransomware. This is an adware program, but what exactly does this mean? Adware comes in short from advertising software and is a piece of software that is generally used to display a great amount of advertisements with the idea of generating revenue. How does this work? Every time you see ads and eventually click on them, the adware developers gain revenue from your clicks through a remuneration scheme called Pay-Per-Click (PPC). Now, don’t think that this is a shady criminal scheme, because that isn’t so. Actually, PPC is perfectly legal and many vendors and businesses take advantage of it by earning from the clicks of sponsored advertisements. The intrusive way they do that, however, may cause severe browsing related disturbance and irritation to some online users.
The intrusiveness of the ads…
You are probably disturbed by the numerous pop-ups, boxes, banners, blinking notifications and messages that you have to face every time you open your browser. What is even more annoying is that the ads usually appear in such places on the screen, where you have to click on them or close them in order to continue your browsing. Closing them, however, is usually not that easy, because the ads you’ve just quit quickly get replaced with others and this odyssey has no end. What is all this aggressiveness about? The adware developers usually program the ads to appear in such a way, that they can get their clicks (and the money for the clicks), and this is where they very often overdo it with the intrusiveness of such programs. Similar is the case with aMuleC, where the flow of advertisements may become uncontrollable. In fact, in its attempt to make you click on the ads and make them relevant to your interests, this program may track your online activity. For example, it may closely monitor the websites you visit, the bookmarks and favorite pages in your browser, the social sites shares, and likes, so that it can generate ads that correspond to your searches. At first, this may not sound that bad, however, it is not really clear where this collected information goes and how safely is it stored. Sometimes such data, known also as “traffic data” may be sold to third parties or advertisers for some extra money, whereas it is not known what they may use it for.
Some security risks, related to adware
Despite that aMuleC is generally not considered a security threat, you are still advised to remove this program. The reason is not the adware itself, but the randomly generated advertisements that it displays, which sometimes may be used to mislead you and infect you with a nasty virus, a Trojan or even Ransomware. This method is called malvertising and hackers don’t hesitate to use when it comes to spreading malware. They sometimes hide some fake ads and misleading web pages or links in places where lots of advertisements are generated, and adware may also be used to unintentionally display such harmful content.
That’s why our team would advise you to avoid clicking on ads, pop-ups, and links that are randomly generated on your screen. If you stay away from such sketchy content, spam emails, direct downloads, free downloads and torrents, you will surely minimize the chance of getting infected with a nasty virus. Another very useful thing to know is to pay close attention to the options in the installation wizard while installing new software on your PC. Adware usually comes bundled with some other applications, and you may install it unknowingly if you overlook the custom/advanced option in the setup. You probably made that mistake the last time and now ended up with aMuleC on your system. The thing is that uninstalling it now would require a bit more juggling in the panel than simply unchecking a checkbox in the custom option of the setup. The good news is that the removal guide below is here to help you remove aMuleC completely, so just repeat the shown steps and you will never see the annoying ads again.
aMuleC “Virus” Removal
Safe Mode and Hidden files and folders
Before you begin the removal you have to enter Safe mode on your PC. If you don’t know how to that that we’ve provided our own guide for your cnvinience.
Next Reveal Hidden File and Folders. Again, check our guide if you need any help.
Uninstalling suspicious programs
This is probably one of the most important steps so make sure you are thorough with it. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type Control Panel. Open the first search result and go to Uninstall a Program. Carefully look through the resulting list for any installs that you do not recognize and/or that seem suspicious. If you find any, select them and click on Uninstall.
Disable suspicious startup programs
Next – once again go to your Start Menu and type System Configuration in the search field. Open the first result and go to the Startup section. Again, look for any suspicious programs and if anything seems out of place or is from an unknown manufacturer, disable it and click OK.
Check your DNS
For this one, you’ll have to access your Network Connections. If you are a Windows 7 user, go to your Control Panel and in the search field (top-right) type adapter. Then, under Network Sharing Center, click on Network Connections. If you are on Win 10, simply type Network Connections in the search field next to the Start Menu button and hit Enter.
Next, right click on the icon of the adapter that you are currently using and select Properties. There is a list from which you must click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and then select Properties. If the DNS is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure you set it that way.
After that, go to Advanced and then to the section labeled DNS. If there is anything in the DNS servers addresses field, make sure you remove and press OK.
Clean your browsers
- First, right click on your browser icon and select Properties. Go to the Shortcut section and delete anything written after .exe in the Target
- This step varies depending upon what browser you are using
- For Chrome: Open your browser and open the menu in the top-right corner. Select Settings. Then, select Extensions (top-left). Remove any questionable and suspicious-looking extensions. Also, we suggest to go back to Settings, access the Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page and us Clear browsing data to make sure nothing is left of the unwanted software.
- For Firefox: Open the browser and access its main menu (top-right corner). Go to Add-ons > Extensions and remove everything that looks shady and unwanted.
- For IE: Click on the settings icon and select Manage Add-ons. In the resulting list, eliminate anything that you think might be related to the problematic software.
Remove suspicious processes
Now, open your Task Manager (R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and go to the Processes tab. Look carefully through the list and find the unwanted program’s process. Right-click on it and open its directory. Delete everything in there and then go back to the process it self and end it.
That’s it! aMuleC should no longer be present on your PC. If you need any more help or have questions of any kind feel free to contact us in the comment section below!