What is the TakeMyFile PUA?
TakeMyFile is the name of an untrustworthy application, which is endorsed as a tool that allows users to easily share files (e.g. apps, audio, documents, photographs, presentations, videos, etc.). Due to the dubious methods used to distribute this app, it is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Despite its often legitimate appearance, software within this classification tends to be nonoperational and may have unmentioned, heinous abilities. Furthermore, though bundling - a deceptive technique used to spread unwanted apps - they can infiltrate systems in multitudes.
Potentially unwanted applications typically appear ordinary and offer a broad range of "handy" features. These functions seldom work as advertised and in most cases - they do not work at all. The apps may be offered for sale, yet they remain nonfunctional regardless of purchase (notably, fake anti-viruses).
PUAs can have harmful functionalities, which are not clearly indicated or are left entirely unmentioned. Even if a certain undesirable application is innocuous, albeit useless - it still poses a threat to device/user safety, especially since several are commonly installed at once.
The latter is true of TakeMyFile. This PUA has been noted being pushed via deceptive website, running a variant of the "Fake flash player update" scam. Through the site users downloaded a VBS file, which operates as an installation setup for various untrustworthy applications.
This installer could potentially be used to infiltrate a variety of dubious/malicious content into systems. Together with TakeMyFile, it installed the following PUAs - WebDiscover, Valerie and Ober. WebDiscover and Valerie are categorized as adware, respectively.
This type of PUA delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other ads - usually, on any visited website.
Aside from seriously diminishing the browsing experience, upon being clicked - intrusive adverts redirect to dangerous websites and some can even stealthily download/install software. In addition to adware, another popular PUA type is browser hijacker.
These apps operate by making modifications to browser settings and limiting/denying access to them - in order to promote fake search engines. What is more, most types PUAs have data tracking abilities.
They monitor browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is then monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third parties.
In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user privacy, it is crucial to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||TakeMyFile potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy and quick file sharing|
|Detection Names||BitDefenderTheta (Gen:NN.ZelphiF.34670.@V0@a4AOYdbO), SecureAge APEX (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (VBS installer)||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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PUAs appear legitimate and harmless; ZipConvertAce, Secure Driver Updater, PDF Might, Garbage Cleaner - are some examples of this software. Users are enticed into their download/installation with offers of various "useful" functionalities, ranging from system cleaning/optimizing to easy access to specific online content.
However, despite how good the promised features may sound - they are rarely operational. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the only goal of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers.
Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can force-open unreliable and malicious sites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers and collect private data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Select PUAs have "official" download webpages, which are often promoted by deceptive/scam sites. These apps are distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. This deceptive marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to download/install such applications without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and trustworthy sources. Since dubious channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced' settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate, however they redirect to various unreliable and questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed immediately from it. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshots of the scam website used to promote the VBS installer, which installs the TakeMyFile unwanted application:
Screenshots of the VBS file installer (step one and two):
Screenshot of a random deceptive installer promoting the TakeMyFile unwanted application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is TakeMyFile?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
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 "TakeMyFile" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, TakeMyFile did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the takemyfile potentially unwanted application, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with takemyfile potentially unwanted application 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 takemyfile potentially unwanted application, 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.
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 takemyfile potentially unwanted application, 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.
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 takemyfile potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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