I wrote this article to help you remove APUSX.COM. This APUSX.COM removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
APUSX.COM is classified as a browser hijacker parasite. Have you dealt with one of these before? If you have, then you know exactly how irritating and obnoxious hijackers are. If you haven`t, you are in for a surprise. Hijackers are extremely irritating indeed. They meddle a lot and make a huge mess in your system. APUSX.COM is not an exception. It is unwanted. It will turn your browsing experience into a nightmare to the point when you avoid using your own machine. That is if you let it, of course.
This pest is completely removable. It is also considered relatively easy to tackle. However, if you don’t act promptly, your situation will keep on worsening. The more time the pest spends on board, the more problems you are forced to safe. These problems may start as small and insignificant, but if you don’t take any measures, they will grow in both numbers and severity as time passes. The point is, you do not have time to waste. As soon as you realize you are infected with the hijacker, start looking for its hiding place and remove it upon discovery. Do that now! Delays lead to nothing but regrets.
Once the hijacker enters, it immediately goes after your browsers. All of them. It injects Microsoft Edge, Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, etc. No matter which one of these browsers is your favorite, it is still infected. To be clearer, it is injected with ads. Have you noticed the “Ads by APUSX.COM” text on the top-left corner of your screen? If yes, that’s is. Every ad you see on your screen is powered by the hijacker. This means that none of the adverts are reliable. On the contrary. Most of them are not. Even if there are some safe commercials displayed, you can tell them apart from the corrupted ads. If you happen to click on the wrong ad, though, you bury yourself in deeper problems.
Sometimes a single click is all it takes for you to download more malware on your already infected computer. And the advertisements are so many and so intrusive, that avoiding them is impossible. Sooner or later you will click. Your entire screen is covered with ads in all shapes and forms. Even the pages which used to be ad-free are not heavy on ads. The commercials eve pop up right under the cursor of your mouse sometimes. And they become more and more with each passing day. Avoiding them completely is equal to not surfing the web at all. The only way to get rid of them as well as of the malware risk they expose you to is to get rid of the hijacker altogether. To do that manually, you can use our removal guide at the end of this article. Or, you can use a good antimalware program to get the job done for you. Whichever option you choose, do it fast. Time is not your friend.
How did you get infected with the APUSX.COM hijacker? Usually, hijackers hitch a ride with other programs. The method is called bundling. If you don’t pay attention when installing an app, especially if you downloaded it from a suspicious source, you may get a hijacker (or other malware) as a bonus. To avoid such outcome, always opt for the Customized settings in the Setup Wizard. They allow you to check the entire bundle program by program and deselect all attached extras. With the Standard settings, these extras get installed automatically. Don’t be so careless to let that happen. Take your time. A little extra attention could save you tons of future problems.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove APUSX.COM from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove APUSX.COM from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.