Putlocker removal instructions
What is Putlocker?
Putlocker is the name of a service that allows users to watch movies online free of charge. In fact, this streaming service is illegal and Putlocker's website uses rogue advertising networks. Therefore, it generates pop-up ads that might cause installation of adware-type or other potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). Furthermore, Putlocker's web page asks visitors to show notifications - allowing these can also lead to unwanted downloads and installations.
When opened, Purlocker's web page causes unwanted redirects and enables pop-up windows. The opened pages might be malicious or used to trick people into downloading further unwanted apps such as adware, browser hijackers, and so on. If installed, adware-type apps feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other intrusive ads. Users who click them are usually redirected to untrustworthy websites, however, these ads can also execute scripts that download other unwanted apps (PUAs). Most browser hijackers gather user-information and send it to other people (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. The apps record details such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. PUAs can lead to problems with browsing safety, privacy, or even more serious issues such as identity theft. Furthermore, Putlocker's website (and other web pages opened through it) ask to show notifications. If this is permitted, the sites start displaying unwanted ads and notifications that, if clicked, might lead to unwanted download of adware-type PUAs (and others). Do not use sites that offer illegal services and cause redirects to dubious websites. If unwanted apps are installed on your browser or operating system, remove them immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Related Domains||putlockerfree[.]sc, putlockertv.to|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|Observed Domains||ao8k.bikereddint[.]info, bfpq.bikereddint[.]info, dh3e.bikereddint[.]info, dnu0.bikereddint[.]info, e367.bikereddint[.]info, fx8e.bikereddint[.]info, lva1.bikereddint[.]info, p1.bikereddint[.]info, p5.bikereddint[.]info, p7.bikereddint[.]info, p8.bikereddint[.]info, pixel.bikereddint[.]info, uo3w.bikereddint[.]info|
|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)||
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There is a variety of pages that use rogue advertising networks, for example, savefrom[.]net, ouo[.]io and Kissmanga. Typically, people who use them are redirected to various deceptive, untrustworthy websites that trick them into unwanted downloads/installations. To avoid any problems that could be possibly causes by these pages, we recommend not to use them and to ensure that there are no PUAs that are already installed.
How did Putlocker install on my computer?
Typically, users download and install PUAs unintentionally by clicking intrusive, deceptive ads or when they skip software download/installation setup steps. Developers attempt to trick people into download/installation of PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This allows PUAs to be downloaded and installed together with regular (usually free) software. Information relating to bundling of PUAs in setups is usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. When people leave them unchanged, they allow PUAs to be downloaded and installed together with programs that they wish to download and install.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download all software from official websites and use directs links. Do not download or install using third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), etc. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections of the download or installation setup. Opt-out of offer to download or install any unwanted apps and only then complete the setup. Avoid clicking on suspicious, intrusive ads, since they can redirect to untrustworthy websites. For example, gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you experience these redirects, or unwanted ads appear on any visited website, check for suspicious entries (plug-ins, add-ons, extensions, etc.) installed on the browser. Remove unwanted entries immediately. Also uninstall unwanted programs from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Putlocker, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Putlocker website redirects to a scam page (GIF):
Push notifications by Putlocker:
Putloker redirects to dubious web pages that ask to show notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Putlocker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Putlocker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Putlocker adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Putlocker ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Putlocker' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Putlocker extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Putlocker adware removal:
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 "Putlocker", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Putlocker ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Putlocker 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 "Putlocker", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the putlockerfree ads, 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 "Putlocker", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the putlockerfree ads, 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 "Putlocker".
Computer users who have problems with putlockerfree ads 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 putlockerfree ads, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove putlockerfree ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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