How to Remove Adware.Elex.Shhkrst (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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I wrote this article to help you remove Adware.Elex.Shhkrst. This Adware.Elex.Shhkrst removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Adware.Elex.Shhkrst is the newest variant of the already well-known Adware.Elex. If you have it on board, prepare yourself for tons of trouble. If you have dealt with such a pest before, you know exactly how annoying and unwanted it is. If you haven`t, you are in for a surprise. Adware parasites are a real menace. They bring along nothing but headaches and unpleasantries. Adware.Elex.Shhkrst is no different. It exhibits many malicious traits and if you don’t take immediate measures, you are about to experience each and every one of them. That’s why it is crucial that you act as fast as you can against it.

As soon as you realize your machine is hosting this pest, start looking for its hiding place and remove it upon discovery. If you don’t, the adware will eventually get out of control and may even cause you some irreversible damage. Save yourself tons of issues and prevent it from succeeding. Adware.Elex.Shhkrst has no place in your system. It will not be helpful to you in any way. It is only beneficial to those who created it and unleashed it on users. Don’t waste your time. Procrastination will lead to regrets.

Adware.Elex.Shhkrst is an advertising program. This means that it generates a lot of commercials. Everybody who is willing to pay can use its services to promote. The problem is the adware verifies neither its users not what is being promoted via its services. This gives crooks the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the situation and to use Adware.Elex.Shhkrst to gain pay-per-click revenue and spread malicious content online. Unsurprisingly, that’s exactly what they do. That’s why you cannot trust anything you are seeing on your screen. Not the pages you get redirected, not the ads you are flooded with, nothing. Of course, there probably are some safe ads as well but you cannot tell them apart from the compromised ones unless you click. And if you happen to click on the wrong advert, you help hackers make money and risk worsening your situation at the same time.

Sometimes a single click is more than enough for you to invite more malware on your already infected machine. And next time, you may have the misfortune to download a much more serious threat. Like a ransomware or a Trojan horse, for instance. Do not click on anything you see on your screen. As long as Adware.Elex.Shhkrst remains on board, surfing the web is not safe. Yet, you cannot avoid using your PC for long. Sooner or later you will click on something and then things will get ugly. On the other hand, the ads won`t disappear by themselves. In order for them to go away, you must remove the adware altogether. Luckily, we can help you with that task. At the end of this article, you will find a removal guide. Follow it and get rid of the nasty intruder once and for all. Remember, your prompt actions are very important.

How did you get infected with Adware.Elex.Shhkrst? The most plausible scenario is that the adware was bundled with another program and you approved its installment without knowing what you are giving green light to. In order to prevent that from happening again, always opt for the Custom settings when you download software. They allow you to see all additionally attached apps in the bundle as well as deselect them before finishing the installation. We strongly recommend that you do that. Such “bonus” apps are usually malicious and must not be allowed in. However, if you opt for the Standard settings they get installed automatically. Don’t. Choose safety over speed and protect your machine.

Adware.Elex.Shhkrst Uninstall

STEP-1 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.
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-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Adware.Elex.Shhkrst 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 Adware.Elex.Shhkrst 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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