I wrote this article to help you remove Power Handler Virus. This Power Handler Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Power Handler is a nasty infection. It belongs to the family of adware pests and it is incredibly annoying. Adware parasites make for horrible tenants. Power Handler is no different. Once on board, it will turn your browsing experience into a complete nightmare. Do not let it stay even a minute longer beyond detection. Find it and remove ASAP. You will be doing yourself a huge favor. Luckily for you, Power Handler is relatively easy to tackle. Especially if you have the right set of instructions, which you do!
This article provides a detailed removal guide which will help you get rid of this pest fast. However, it is crucial that you act promptly. The longer the adware stays on board, the more problems it causes. Each pest eventually gets out of control. Power Handler is not an exception. Don’t give it enough time to operate freely in your system. It won`t be long before you regret not having taken measures on time. Finish reading this article in order to fully understand what you are dealing with and once you are done, don’t hesitate to remove it. You will also find useful information on how to protect yourself from future infections.
The adware goes after your browsers first. They all get injected with tons of highly suspicious pop-ups ads. Every page that you visit (or should we say attempt to visit) from now on, is completely covered with commercials in all shapes and forms. You see banners, coupons, deals, offers, in texts, video ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, best prices, comparisons, and pretty much whatever else you can think of. The adverts are constantly blinking in front of your eyes, blocking pages` content. Imagine surfing the web in such conditions. It becomes an impossible task. You cannot find what you are looking for as you are constantly redirected and bombarded with advertisements.
Also, your browsers are struggling to display content properly. They freeze and crash all the time. You will hate the experience. It is nerve-racking. But not only that, though. It is also dangerous. The crooks behind Power Handler are using these ads to boost web traffic to particular pages and thus gain pay-per-click revenue. You are becoming their sponsor. If you click, they make money and you risk downloading more malware on your already infected computer. Is this your goal? To compromise your machine even further? Do not forget that your PC is already underperforming due to this single pest. It is lagging and it crashes and reboots. Imagine what will happen if you get infected with more parasites. Don’t let that scenario unfold. Don’t help crooks get rich at your expense. Delete Power Handler as soon as possible and get your PC back to normal.
How did Power Handler manage to enter your machine without you noticing? The most plausible scenario is that the adware arrived bundled into another program. You installed this program but you were careless and the “bonus” adware got installed as well. In the future, we strongly recommend you use the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. This way you will be able to see all additionally attached programs in the bundle as well as deselect them. Hackers rely on your negligence to trick you. Don’t grant it. Pay attention to what you allow to enter your machine. Such extra apps in bundles are usually malicious. Especially if you didn’t use a verified download source. Don’t give into haste and distraction unless you want to compromise your machine. Choose vigilance instead. It keeps infections away. Carelessness invites them in.
Power Handler Virus Removal
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 perform to remove the hijacker 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 Power Handler Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.