I wrote this article to help you remove Counterflix. This Counterflix removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Counterflix is a program which enables users to view media with limited accessibility. The tool makes it possible to dodge the geographic restrictions on websites like Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Pandora and others. Although the service the program offers is good, we do not advice you to use it. According to research, conducted by security experts, Counterflix is an adware program. The rogue tool displays pop-up advertisements, promoting shopping offers. The proposed deals are not guaranteed to be legit.
How can Counterflix be dangerous for your security?
The ads Counterflix generates contain embedded links. They lead to sponsored websites. The creators of the adware receive commissions for promoting third party content. The monetizing technique they put into practice is called the pay-per-click system. The owners of Counterflix are dependent on users’ activity. Displaying the ads is not enough. Commissions are only paid when people follow them. This explains why the adware is so aggressive in its advertising campaigns.
Counterflix shows offers for a wide variety of items. The product palette consists of clothes, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, technological devices, household appliances, sports gear and other goods. The advertisements assume different shapes and forms, ranging from pop-ups, banners, in-text links and coupon boxes to interstitial, floating, contextual, transitional and comparison ads. The shady tool does not disclose the source sites for the offers it suggests. You would only find out where an ad leads to when you follow it. The problem here is that Counterflix does not guarantee the reliability of the websites it promotes.
The developers of Counterflix have opted to disclaim liabilities in order to avoid legal issues. The end user license agreement (EULA) on counterflix.com lists the terms and conditions on working with the tool. The owners of Counterflix, Epikai Ltd., do not take responsibility for users’ security. The furtive program involves two main risks. It can lead to malware infections and data theft. The adware is set to track users’ browsing sessions and collect their personal details. Your input can be sold on the darknet.
How is Counterflix distributed?
Although Counterflix has an official website, it has not been made available for download through it. The poor security rank of the program is a good reason to keep it off the radar. The tool’s distribution rate has not been affected by its unavailability and low reputation. The developers of Counterflix have adapted to utilizing a couple of alternative distribution methods. The predominant technique is called bundling. The adware merges its setup wizard with the executable of another tool and attempts to get installed together with it. You have to find the option for an extra program in the terms and conditions and uncheck it.
Spam emails are the other propagation vector Counterflix is known to operate with. The secluded tool hides behind attachments. The host file can be a text document, a zipped folder, a compressed archive or a scanned image. The sender will describe the attachment as an important document which requires your immediate attention. Be advised that the attachment is a direct gateway to your computer for the adware. You should make sure an email message is legitimate before following instructions from it.
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 Counterflix from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.