I wrote this article to help you remove Asdf.pro. This Asdf.pro removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Asdf.pro is a compromised website. The domain’s purpose is to serve a hijacker. The rogue program behind Asdf.pro targets the web browser. It can penetrate Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and other common browsing clients. The hijacker renders their internal settings and manipulates their activity. This can have consequences for both your system and your online privacy. The sinister program can lead you to infected websites and cause you to contact malware. It can collect personal and financial details on you and provide them to its owners.
There are several ways to spread the Asdf.pro hijacker. Bundling is the preferred propagation vector because it is the easiest. The secluded program can travel in a merged setup file with another utility. Freeware, shareware and pirated copies of paid applications are the usual download clients. The host will offer the Asdf.pro hijacker as a bonus tool. The trick here is that the additional program does not run its own wizard or open a dialog box. You can find the option for it in the terms and conditions of the program you have decided to add to your computer. It is advised to always opt for the custom or advanced installation mode and take the time to review the end user license agreement (EULA).
Spam emails are another common source for the Asdf.pro hijacker. The shady tool can hide behind an attached file. The sender will describe the attachment as an important document, like a recommended letter, a receipt, an invoice, a bill, a fine or a subpoena. Regardless how serious it sounds, you should not open the appended document until you have made sure it is legitimate. Spammers often write on behalf of existing organizations to make their bogus messages seem genuine. They can add the logo and contacts of the corresponding entity in the letter. To confirm that a given notification is real, look up the sender’s email account. Another way for the Asdf.pro hijacker to penetrate your computer is through a corrupted website or link. You should be cautious about your online sources.
The Asdf.pro hijacker makes unauthorized changes to the web browser’s internal settings. It resets the homepage and default search provider. The ultimate goal is to take you to third party websites. The Asdf.pro hijacker is ad-supported. The owners of the covert tool get paid to link sponsored websites. There are two approaches to the advertising campaigns. The first way to bring supported content to your attention is by editing your search results. This is why the clandestine program is set to change your homepage and default search engine. By rendering the browser’s internal settings, the hijacker gets the ability to make interventions.
The direct advertising is more prominent and certainly more apparent. You will notice most of the ads. This is the point. The Asdf.pro hijacker needs users to follow them. The concept is that the owners of the furtive program get paid according to people’s activity. The ads contain redirect links to third party websites. The owners of the Asdf.pro hijacker receive commissions on a per-click basis. The more ads they get people to follow, the more they are paid in compensation. To maximize their proceeds, they diversify the content. The ads propose bargain offers for various consumer goods, including clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, sports gear, gardening equipment, decorations, toys and others. Be advised that the sources for the ads are not confirmed to be reliable.
While it tries to entice you with exclusive shopping deals, the Asdf.pro hijacker will also spy on you behind your back. The nefarious program will record your browsing history, keystrokes, IP address, email, telephone number, geographic location, area code, address registration, demographic profile, user names, passwords and other private details. The proprietors of the Asdf.pro hijacker can sell the gathered input without asking users for authorization. Cyber criminals could obtain your personal and financial information.
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.
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.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove 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 Asdf.pro from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.