FileRepMalware redirect removal instructions
What is FileRepMalware?
According to Avast and AVG anti-virus suites, FileRepMalware is a malicious file and a potential threat to computers. At time of research, a test file was a fake KMSPico - a third party Windows OS activation tool. Previously, this malware was called "Win32:Evo-gen [Susp]". The "Win32" part indicates that the file is developed for the Windows operating system and, therefore, even if present, does not pose any threat to devices that run the Mac operating system. The "Evo-gen" part indicates a generic classification of trojan-type files. Although it is not confirmed, FileRepMalware might be a trojan. As mentioned above, FileRepMalware was proliferated with a fake KMSPico tool, which, rather than illegally activating an OS, downloads and installs adware.
Potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs) deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-ups, and so on) and record sensitive information. Ads are delivered using various tools (e.g., "virtual layers") that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, most conceal underlying website content, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Furthermore, displayed advertisements often lead to malicious websites and can even run scripts that download/install malware. Clicking them might result in high-risk computer infections. Potentially unwanted programs are also known to gather various information that includes personal data. Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet service providers (ISPs) geo-locations, URLs visited, queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, keystrokes, and other collected data is later shared with third parties to generate revenue. These people generate revenue by misusing confidential details. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, all adware-type applications must be removed immediately. If you have executed a FileRepMalware file, continually see suspicious advertisements, and encounter unwanted browser redirects, follow the guide below to eliminate dubious applications and scan the system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
All adware-type applications are very similar. Most offer "useful features", however, these programs typically deliver no real value for regular users. All are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to provide valuable functionality are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Rather than enabling the features promised, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did adware install on my computer?
In most cases, potentially unwanted programs are distributed using the aforementioned intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, adware typically infiltrates systems without permission. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps. Developers do not disclose these installations properly. They hide "bundled" software within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Research shows that many users click dubious advertisements and skip download/installation steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very careful when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Cyber criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design. Therefore, most look legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other suspicious websites. If you experience these redirects, immediately remove all dubious/unrecognizable applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. It is recommended that you download your applications from official sources only via direct download links. Using a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite is also paramount. The key to computer safety is caution.
Avast anti-virus has removed fake KMSPico tool once it was detected as FileRepMalware:
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- What is FileRepMalware?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes FileRepMalware redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the filerepmalware infection, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the filerepmalware infection, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with filerepmalware infection removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the filerepmalware infection, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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