What kind of application is Plik programu 4Trans?
Plik programu 4Trans is the name of a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Software within this classification commonly has harmful functionalities. It is pertinent to mention that the installation setup carrying Plik programu 4Trans that we investigated was bundled with other unwanted and potentially dangerous software.
Potentially unwanted application overview
Potentially unwanted applications typically appear legitimate and harmless. They can offer various functionalities that seldom work as advised, and in most cases – they do not work at all. Fake anti-viruses are an example of this type of PUA. These applications require activation to operate as security software, yet following purchase – remain non-functional.
Aside from asking for payment for nonexistent capabilities or promoting in-app purchases, PUAs can have other undesirable functions.
Unwanted apps can operate as advertising-supported software (adware). It displays ads (e.g., pop-ups, banners, overlays, etc.) on various interfaces. This third-party graphical content primarily endorses online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and malware. Once clicked, some of these adverts can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
Browser hijackers are another type of PUAs. They reassign browser settings to promote fake search engines. Hence, users are forced to visit these illegitimate webpages that cannot provide search results and redirect to genuine Internet search websites (e.g., Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.). In the rare cases where the sites can generate search results – they are inaccurate and include irrelevant, sponsored, deceptive, and potentially malicious content.
Most unwanted applications have data-tracking abilities. Targeted information may include: browsing and search engine histories, Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, etc. The gathered data can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
It is noteworthy that the installer containing Plik programu 4Trans that we examined included additional software that may operate as adware, browser hijackers, or have other hazardous functionalities.
In summary, unwanted software like Plik programu 4Trans may cause system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Plik programu 4Trans potentially unwanted application
|PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
|Detection Names (installer)
|Cynet (Malicious (score: 100)), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
|Detection Names (app)
|Avast (Win32:Evo-gen [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericKD.70926150), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Packed.VMProtect.BC S), Kaspersky (Trojan-Banker.Win32.ClipBanker.aadm), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/ScarletFlash.A), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
|Rogue Process Name
|Plik programu 4Trans (process name may vary)
|A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Rogue redirects. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
|Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling).
|Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
|Malware Removal (Windows)
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Potentially unwanted application examples
Unwanted applications are illegitimate and do not operate as advertised despite any appearances or claims suggesting otherwise. Even if a piece of software works exactly as indicated by its promotional material – that is not definitive proof of either legitimacy or safety.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs can have "official" promotional pages, and they are endorsed on scam websites. Users primarily enter these webpages via redirects generated by sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, misspelled URLs, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Unwanted applications can also be bundled with ordinary programs. The threat of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device is increased by downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., skipping steps, using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.).
Additionally, intrusive advertisements spread rogue software. Once clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We strongly advise researching software and downloading it only from official/verified sources. Installation processes must be treated with caution, e.g., by reading terms, studying possible options, using "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting out of all supplementary apps, extensions, tools, features, etc.
Another recommendation is to be careful while browsing since fake and malicious online content typically appears genuine and harmless. For example, intrusive advertisements may look innocuous – however, they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, scam-promoting, pornography, adult dating, etc.).
In case of continuous encounters with such ads/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of Plik programu 4Trans application's process on Windows Task Manager:
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- What is Plik programu 4Trans?
- 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.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Plik programu 4Trans" 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, Plik programu 4Trans itself did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, it was bundled 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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the plik programu 4trans 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with plik programu 4trans 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 plik programu 4trans 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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of an unwanted application?
Unwanted applications aim to generate revenue. This purpose may be achieved by promoting in-app purchases, endorsing content (e.g., via ads, redirects, etc.), collecting/selling private data, and so forth.
Is Plik programu 4Trans unwanted application legal?
In many cases, yes. Unwanted applications' End User License Agreements (EULA) tend to inform users of the software's potential behavior.
Is having Plik programu 4Trans installed on my computer dangerous?
Unwanted software often poses a threat to user privacy, as it usually has data-tracking functionalities. Additionally, severe issues may be caused by the content endorsed (via advertisements, redirects, etc.) by apps within this classification. Hence, the presence of PUAs on devices may also lead to system infections, financial losses, and other serious problems.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Plik programu 4Trans unwanted application?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate all manner of threats, including unwanted and malicious applications. Keep in mind that manual removal (performed without security tools) might be ineffective. In some cases, file remnants can stay hidden within the system after the software has been manually removed. The remaining components may continue to run and cause issues. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate software thoroughly.