Pick Your Wallpapers Ads

Also Known As: DynamicUpdater adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Pick Your Wallpapers removal instructions

What is Pick Your Wallpapers?

This application claims to allow users to search a huge database of desktop wallpapers - "Welcome to the best wallpaper collection on the net! We have scoured the web for as many high-quality desktop and mobile backgrounds and wallpapers for your computer or device as we can find!" Some users may find this app useful, however, Pick Your Wallpapers is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After stealth infiltration on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), this adware tracks Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive ads.

Pick Your Wallpapers adware

Pick Your Wallpaper employs a virtual layer to generate a range of intrusive online advertisements (for example, pop-up, coupon, and banner) that do not originate from the visited websites. Although they might seem harmless, some redirect to malicious websites. Furthermore, these advertisements diminish the Internet browsing experience by concealing underlying content, and may also lead to high-risk computer infections when clicked. Users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since Pick Your Wallpaper collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), browsing details (websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, cookies, etc.), operating system and browser type, installed software, and so on. Some of this gathered data can be personally identifiable and is later shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having this adware installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to eliminate this threat by uninstalling Pick Your Wallpapers immediately.

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Pick Your Wallpapers shares many similarities with other adware-type apps including RecommendationBox, CandyBox, WeatherBug, and Oh My Coupons. These apps also attempt to trick users by offering 'useful' features, however, following infiltration, they simply generate advertisements and track Internet browsing activity. Their purpose is to generate as much revenue for the developers as possible, while users receive no real value.

How did Pick Your Wallpapers install on my computer?

Although Pick Your Wallpapers has an official download website, it is likely to infiltrate systems during installation of other software. This deceptive software marketing method is called 'bundling'. Developers hide rogue applications such as Pick Your Wallpapers within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings - this section is skipped by many users. Thus, by rushing the download and installation processes, users often install PUPs inadvertently, thereby putting their privacy at risk and exposing their systems to risk of infection.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of adware-type apps, be attentive when downloading and installing software. Follow each step of these processes and select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options to opt-out of third party applications. The key computer safety is caution. Never rush download and installation of any software.

Deceptive free software installer used to distribute Pick Your Wallpapers (DynamicUpdater) adware:

Website installer distributing Pick Your Wallpaper (DynamicUpdater) adware

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Quick menu:

Pick Your Wallpapers adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Pick Your Wallpapers adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Pick Your Wallpapers" and/or "DynamicUpdater", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Pick Your Wallpapers ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Pick Your Wallpapers adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Pick Your Wallpapers ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "DynamicUpdater.BHO.BHO", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Pick Your Wallpapers ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dynamicupdater adware, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Pick Your Wallpapers  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Pick Your Wallpapers" and/or "DynamicUpdater", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Pick Your Wallpapers ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dynamicupdater adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Pick Your Wallpapers ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Pick Your Wallpapers" and/or "DynamicUpdater".

Removing Pick Your Wallpapers ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with dynamicupdater adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dynamicupdater adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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