SystemMonitor adware removal instructions
What is SystemMonitor?
SystemMonitor is a rogue piece of software classified as adware. It operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns and causing redirects to untrustworthy/malicious websites. Furthermore, it adds the "Managed by your organization" feature to Google Chrome browsers. SystemMonitor collects browsing-related information, which is a severe privacy concern. This adware has been observed being distributed through deceptive installation setups (e.g., fake software "cracking" tools), bundled together with untrustworthy apps. It is noteworthy that these applications work similarly to SystemMonitor. Some have the ability to force-open browsers and cause redirects to dubious sites. Products proliferated using such questionable methods are considered to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and other intrusive ads) - typically on any visited website. The delivered advertisements seriously cripple the browsing experience by limiting webpage visibility and browsing speed. Additionally, these adverts are unreliable, misleading, and even dangerous. Intrusive advertisements promote sale-based/promotional pages (of legitimate and illegitimate products), untrustworthy, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam, and malicious sites. Websites of this type can also be force-opened by SystemMonitor. Some intrusive ads can be triggered (by being clicked on) to execute scripts designed to download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission.
SystemMonitor has data tracking abilities, which is typical of adware. Information of interest includes: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and even personally identifiable details. The collected data is monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by SystemMonitor|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Detection Names (rogue installer)||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.45709041), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/TrojanDownloader.Adload.NUT), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.Ekstak.ainyd), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Ymacco.AA23), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (another rogue installer)||Avast (FileRepMalware), DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.2520), McAfee (Artemis!690DB7813860), Kaspersky (HEUR:Backdoor.Win32.Androm.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Woreflint.A!cl), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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.
AD&POP Block, Werise Tweaker, The Rocket Arcade, and OneUpdater are some examples of software within the adware classification. It tends to appear legitimate and offers a broad range of "useful" functionalities. However, the promised features are seldom operational. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers; hence, functionality and user privacy are irrelevant. PUAs operate by causing redirects, delivering intrusive advert campaigns, hijacking browsers, and collecting private data.
How did SystemMonitor install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements spread PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. These applications may also have "official" promotional/download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and harmless; however, they redirect to various unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. If your computer is already infected with SystemMonitor, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Deceptive installer promoting SystemMonitor adware:
SystemMonitor adware installed onto the Google Chrome browser:
SystemMonitor adware can read and modify data of visited websites:
Amazon AWS hosted website promoting a fake software activation ("cracking") tool that is bundled with SystemMonitor adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is SystemMonitor?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SystemMonitor application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SystemMonitor ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by SystemMonitor' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove SystemMonitor extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove SystemMonitor adware from Internet Explorer.
SystemMonitor 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 "SystemMonitor", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes SystemMonitor ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SystemMonitor adware from Internet browsers:
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 "SystemMonitor", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by systemmonitor, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "SystemMonitor".
Computer users who have problems with ads by systemmonitor 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 ads by systemmonitor, 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 "SystemMonitor", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by systemmonitor, 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 ads by systemmonitor from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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