I created this page to help you remove the Ps4ux Pop Up “Virus”. The Ps4ux removal guide works for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
The source for the Ps4ux ads is an adware program. This means there is no merit to the messages they convey. A lot of the Ps4ux ads show bargain offers for various consumer goods. These deals may be fake. Following the ad windows could take you to corrupted websites, spreading malware. The same risk is present with the other types of pop-ups the adware generates. The shady program displays bogus update alerts. They could be for a system component or a custom tool. Accepting to perform the update could instead initiate the download and install of a malicious program.
What security threats does the adware behind the Ps4ux ads pose?
Clicking on the Ps4ux ads can result in contacting spyware. The owners of the rogue tool receive commissions. They are paid a certain amount for each time a user clicks on a sponsored link. The adware makes the Ps4ux ads appear helpful. The pop-up windows show bargain shopping offers and update alerts for legitimate programs. Since users do not pay for this supposed service, their only contribution is to follow the advertisements. Because of this, their interests are not a prime concern. The covert program does not scan the websites it links to. Any of them could turn out to be unsafe. They could contain all kinds of malware.
The furtive tool focuses on bargain shopping deals to garner users’ attention. The Ps4ux ads will show you exclusive offers, discounts, coupons and other enticing suggestions. The adware displays pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, floating, contextual, interstitial, transitional, comparison, inline, full-page and other kinds of ads. You may not realize they come from the same source. To tell whether they have been generated by the program in question, look for a label. The adware flags its advertisements with signs like “Ads by Ps4ux”, “Powered by Ps4ux” or “Brought to you by Ps4ux”. As good as the offers may seem, keep in mind that their sources are risky.
The developers of the adware put an effort to make the bogus update messages appear legitimate. The Ps4ux ads can be designed to copy the window of a reliable program to perfection. The shady program usually displays update requests for established software applications, like readers, media players and image editors. Another type of bogus notification is a security alert, urging you to update your drivers. You should make sure the message comes from a legitimate source before agreeing to process the update. To check if a program has a new version available, launch it. It should display the same message right away. For system notifications, consult your update center.
The adware behind the Ps4ux ads also poses a personal security threat. The clandestine program can track your sessions and record information on you. This includes your browsing history, e-mail, IP address, geographic location, user names, passwords and security codes. The gathered input can be traded on darknet markets without your knowledge or permission.
How did the program responsible for the Ps4ux ads enter your system?
The adware behind the Ps4ux ads uses a couple of common distribution vectors. Knowing how these techniques work can help you protect your system from other similar threats in the future.
The preferred distribution method for the adware behind the Ps4ux ads is bundling. The insidious program can attach itself to another piece of software and try to get installed together with it. Freeware and shareware tools are the usual hosts. Additional programs are only mentioned in the terms and conditions of the download client. They do not run their own installation wizard. You have to find where the extra tool is listed and deselect it. Of course, you can terminate the process altogether. You should always get acquainted with the end user license agreement (EULA) of the programs you add to your system.
The other way for the adware behind the Ps4ux ads to enter your computer is with the help of a spam e-mail. The rogue program will be secluded behind an attached file. The sender will describe the attachment as an important document, like a recommended letter, a receipt, an invoice, a bill or a fine. Opening the file would prompt the download and install of the adware. To filter spam from genuine post, look up the sender’s data. His e-mail account and return address should match the contacts of the entity he claims to be representing.
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.
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 Ps4ux from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.