I wrote this article to help you remove Importantupdates.exe. This Importantupdates.exe removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If the Importantupdates.exe process appears in your Task Manager, know that it has nothing to do with updates. It has to do with a cyber infection. In fact, the process itself pops-up because a parasite is forcing it to. Prepare yourself as you have an adware infection on board. It has managed to slither in your system behind your back and it is corrupting it as we speak. Adware pieces are ad-supported programs. Their entire existence depends on how many ads they can generate. If they fail, they get taken down.
The purpose of the ads is simple. Hackers take advantage of the pay-per-click method to gain effortless revenue. This is why you are flooded with tons of ads. They appear in all shapes and forms and every time you click, crooks make money. If you so much as touch one of your browsers, you get bombarded with commercials. All of your browsers are infected so it doesn’t matter which one you use. The ads grow in number whit each passing day and it is getting harder and harder for you to avoid them.
Another thing, the adware doesn’t just rely on luck. It displays only commercials which you will like. But how does it know your likes and preferences? The pest studies you. It spies on you and knows your habits. It has access to your browser-related information (history, queries, search results) and it uses it to display ads that will spark your interest. This way you will be at least tempted to click. And if you do, hackers earn profits. You are becoming their sponsor. The only way to get rid of the annoying advertisements is to remove the adware altogether. There is no other way.
Installing another browser or deleting and reinstalling an existing one won’t help. The infection has to be removed. And you should remove it. It causes you nothing but trouble. It ruins your online experience. You are not able to surf the web normally anymore. It spies on you and has access to your private data. It takes a lot of RAM which slows down your machine significantly. Your PC starts crashing and rebooting. Your browsers freeze. Also, you risk compromising your machine even more every single time you click on a commercial.
The ads you see are not reliable. A single click on the wrong one and you download more infections on board. Be smart. Get rid of this pest before things get more complicated. If you want to do it manually, follow our removal guide below. If you prefer an automated solution, get yourself a good anti-malware program (you should do that anyway). Either way, the adware has to go. Now.
How did the adware enter? Usually, adware infections rely on bundles to arrive at their destination. Hackers attach the adware to another program and the rest is up to you. Most users tend to throw caution to the wind during installation processes. This is a mistake. If you want to keep your PC safe and you have to be careful all the time. Don’t skip installation steps. Always read the Terms and Conditions. Don’t agree to anything before reading what you are actually agreeing to. Forget about the “next/next/finish” tactic. It simplifies crooks job. You are practically inciting the pest in.
Be more vigilant. Opt for the Custom settings instead of the Basic ones. Contrary to what people say, they are not complicated and they are not suited for IT experts only. What they are, however, is detailed. They allow you to see each additional program in the bundle and deselect it if you want. And we suggest that you do. Most extras in a bundle are malicious. Deselect them and then install only the program you originally wanted.
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 Importantupdates.exe 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 Importantupdates.exe from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.