I wrote this article to help you remove Putlocker.today. This Putlocker.today removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Putlocker.today is a portal for movies and TV series. The platform has a catalog of motion pictures from different genres. This includes action, adventure, sport, sci-fi, horror, thriller, comedy, crime, western and music films. Users can browse through the featured categories or search by key words. Putlocker.today provides a good service, but there is a catch. The domain is involved in advertising. You will start getting forwarded to various pages as soon as you enter the website. The advertising activity is connected to a browser hijacker. The pop-up windows that will start appearing when you enter the platform pale in comparison to the influx the hijacker generates upon accessing a device.
Just entering the Putlocker.today website will not infect your system with the hijacker. The furtive program uses other mechanisms to gain access to users’ machines. The most common propagation vector is bundling. The hijacker can hitch a ride with another application, like a pirated program, a freeware or shareware utility. The covert tool will be mentioned in the terms and conditions of the download client as a bonus. If you skip through the installation steps in haste and accept the default settings, you will unknowingly agree to add the Putlocker.today hijacker to the installation process. This is why we advice people to get acquainted with the end user license agreement (EULA) of the programs they install to their computers.
Spam emails can also be tricky. The Putlocker.today hijacker can be hidden behind an attachment, listed as a document on an important matter. The sender behind the fake message can talk about a delivery package, a payment, a bill, a fine or a legal issue which is supposed to be addressed in the document. When you receive a letter about an event you do not know about, you should check the sender’s contacts before opening appended files. Accessing the host for the shady program can be enough to have it transferred to your machine. First and foremost, check the email address. A legit message would be sent from an official email account.
The Putlocker.today hijacker targets all browsing clients on the targeted computer. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and other popular web browsers are vulnerable to the attacks. The insidious program makes changes to the DNS settings, rendering the homepage and default search engine. It makes it impossible for the user to revert back to his preferred options. Furthermore, the search provider you will be forced to use will give you bogus results. The Putlocker.today hijacker manipulates the process of selecting pages to match the entered queries. The furtive program adds sponsored results amid the regular. The promotional campaigns of the Putlocker.today hijacker are considered sketchy, since the supported content does not go through a security check.
The advertising activity is not limited to editing the search results. As a matter of fact, this is not the focal point. The Putlocker.today hijacker focuses on advertisements. It generates ads in a variety of formats. The core formats are pop-up and pop-under windows. They have different variations, like banners, in-text links, coupon boxes, freebies, rebates, interstitial, transitional, floating, contextual, inline and full-screen ads. The content the Putlocker.today hijacker brings your way may look good. The shady tool suggests bargain offers for diverse consumer goods, including clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, sports gear, gardening equipment, decorations, toys and many other items. Be advised that the listed deals are not guaranteed to be genuine. Any given ad could redirect you to a malicious website, infused with malware.
Another function the Putlocker.today hijacker has is to monitor the browsing sessions. The obscure program will take note of everything you do online. It will record your history, keystrokes, tracking cookies, purchases and transactions. The secluded program can also collect personally identifiable information (PII), such as the computer’s IP address, geographic location, system type and built, the user’s email account, telephone number, area code, physical registration, user names and passwords. The owners of the Putlocker.today hijacker can sell the gathered data on dark markets without your knowledge or consent. Your sensitive details may fall into the hands of cyber criminals.
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 Putlocker.today from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.