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I wrote this article to help you remove CRYPTO-LOOT Virus. This CRYPTO-LOOT Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Are you sick and tired of the CRYPTO-LOOT ads? Do they appear on your screen constantly? If yes, you have a problem. The adverts didn’t show up as if by magic. An infection brought them along. An adware infection, to be exact. CRYPTO-LOOT is an adware and you should know better than expecting anything good to come out of its invasion. Don’t waste your time. This pest was not meant to be beneficial to you in any sort of way. On the contrary. It was created to serve its developers` malicious purposes. You must delete it as soon as you spot it.

The longer CRYPTO-LOOT stays, the worse your situation gets. The problems which the threat throws at you keep on piling up with each passing them. They grow in severity as well. Do not give CRYPTO-LOOT time on your PC and do not unleash its full potential. You will not like the consequences. There will come a time where you avoid your own machine because of the adware`s numerous shenanigans. Do not wait for this to happen. Take immediate measures and clean your PC. The sooner you get rid of this intruder, the better. Delays lead to nothing but regrets.

Once CRYPTO-LOOT is successfully installed, problems start pouring. Your browsing experience, for instance, is not the same anymore. Surfing the web as peace stays in the past. From now on, you are no longer able to find what you are looking for. CRYPTO-LOOT bombards you with tons of annoying commercials on daily basis. Your entire screen is covered with ads in all shapes and forms. They are everywhere, blinking and blocking content.

Imagine getting any work done online in such conditions. But the interference isn’t limited to your online activities only. Your machine struggles to perform properly even offline. Its speed slows down to a crawl. It crashes and freezes often. Your programs take forever to load. It is a nightmare. And all of this because of this nasty adware. Why tolerate its shenanigans? It irritates you all the time and makes you avoid using your own computer. Moreover, it is a hole in your security wall.

Nothing the adware shows you is reliable. Not the ads, not the pages it constantly redirects you, nothing. If you happen to click on the wrong ad or link, you may automatically install more infections on your already compromised machine. Imagine what will happen if you invite more pests on board. Your PC will not be able to hold on for long and it would be just a matter of time before it breaks down completely.

Is that what you want? We doubt it. Delete the infection ASAP. You have nothing to lose but a lot to gain. Find where it is hiding and use our detailed removal guide to delete it once and for all. Do not forget that time is not your friend here. Do not procrastinate. The detailed guide you can find at the end of this article.

How did the adware enter your PC? Well, like other infections, CRYPTO-LOOT also uses tricks. It can travel hidden in spam email messages and attachments. It can hide behind corrupted sites and ads. It can be bundled with other software, etc. If you are to stop it from attacking you, you have to pay more attention. The one thing the adware cannot succeed without is your inactive cooperation, aka your carelessness. Don’t grant it. Don’t be negligent. This way you are only helping hackers by making yourself an easy target. Choose vigilance instead. It keeps you safe while negligence opens the doors to your PC to malware.

CRYPTO-LOOT Virus Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, 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.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
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.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
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).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove CRYPTO-LOOT Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov

Daniel Stoyanov has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.

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