Remove Storage.googleapis.com “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

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I wrote this article to help you remove Storage.googleapis.com. This Storage.googleapis.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Storage.googleapis.com is a corrupted website. The domain functions as a gateway to the browser for an adware program. The furtive tool can penetrate the most common web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. It generates fake security alerts which try to provoke the user to take unnecessary measures. The same message will appear over and over again. It is not trustworthy. Following the instructions the pop-ups provide would cause more problems. You should disregard the statement the messages make and take action on the removal of the adware.

What makes the adware behind Storage.googleapis.com dangerous?

The adware behind Storage.googleapis.com uses a common scheme to make users do what it wishes. The clandestine program states that your browser has been blocked for security reasons. The message explains that your machine has contacted a porn virus which is trying to steal your pictures, data and social network passwords. The following error code is listed in the pop-up window: smResrvErr-307. The alert elaborates that a likely reason for the infection penetrating your system is obsolete network protections.

You will be advised to take actions, in order to remove the virus from your system. For assistance on solving the issue, you will be instructed to contact a network and security team. The hot line, listed in the message, is 1-844-538-5579. It is said to be toll free. There is no merit to the information from the security alerts. The hot line is fake. The people behind it work in collaboration with the owners of the adware. The person you contact will state that he is aware of your problem and offer you a solution in the form of an anti-virus program. The utility in question is unreliable, just like the notifications from the Storage.googleapis.com website. It may even turn out to be harmful.

Remove Storage.googleapis.com
The Storage.googleapis.com Virus

The windows, generated through Storage.googleapis.com, are designed to look like system messages. There is an easy way to tell between legitimate Windows notifications and bogus alerts. The pop-ups are said to be brought by Storage.googleapis.com. This is impossible. A web page cannot be involved in detecting a virus.

Another risk the adware behind Storage.googleapis.com poses is data theft. The clandestine program can keep track of your sessions and collect information on you. This includes your browsing history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, zip code, email, telephone number, user names, passwords and other personally identifiable information (PII). The gathered data will be sold on dark markets without your knowledge or consent. It can wind up in the hands of cyber criminals.

How did the adware behind Storage.googleapis.com enter my computer?

To explain how the insidious program penetrates computers, we will begin by making it clear that the Storage.googleapis.com website does not take part in the distribution process. The rogue domain gets involved in the scheme only after the adware has been transferred to the OS. The propagation vectors the furtive program uses include bundling and spam emails. The former is more commonly used. The adware can travel merged with pirated programs, freeware and shareware tools. It tries to get installed together with the host. To avoid allowing harmful software into your machine, read through the terms and conditions of all programs you install.

Spammers can spread the adware behind Storage.googleapis.com through fake emails. There are a lot of similarities between the two methods. This vector is also based around a host file. The carrier is an attachment. The secluded program can latch onto text documents, images, spreadsheets, archives, zip folders and other file types. Accessing the carrier is enough to prompt the download and install of the contained program. To recognize a spam message, check the email address. A genuine letter would be sent from the official account of the entity the sender is representing.

Storage.googleapis.com 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 follow to permanently remove 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 Storage.googleapis.com 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.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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