I wrote this article to help you remove Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com. This Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Are you being constantly redirected to the Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com page? If yes, you have a problem. This site is a clear sign that there is an adware infection on your machine. Don’t panic, though. Adware pieces are considered among the least dangerous and relatively easy to tackle infections. However, if you want to avoid issues, you have to act promptly. The more time the adware spends on board, the bigger its chance to cause you irreversible damage gets.
No parasite should be taken lightly. What you need to do is take immediate measures. As soon as you spot the Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com site, accept the fact that your computer is infected and start looking for a way out. Find where the nasty adware is lurking and remove it on the spot. This is the best course of action you can take and the sooner you take it, the better.
Adware infections are ad-supported programs. This means that their entire existence relies on their ability to generate as many ads are possible and bring their developers effortless revenue. The adware, using Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com as a front it no different. It starts bombarding you with commercials from the moment it enters. Your entire online experience changes significantly. To be more precise, it turns into a nightmare. Every page you open is heavy on advertisements. Even the ones that used to be ad-free are now completely covered with banners, coupons, deals, offers, in-texts, video ads, best prices, comparisons, etc. and etc.
So, as we said, the adware`s goal is to help its crooks make money. They use the pay-per-click system to make profits. Every time you click on an ad, you fill their pockets. You are becoming their sponsor just by keeping the adware on board. You are probably thinking “Why would I click on an ad?”. Well, there are two reasons.
First of all, the ads are so many and appear out of the blue under your cursor that sometimes it is impossible to avoid them. And second, these are not just random commercials. The adware doesn’t leave everything to luck. No. It wants to make sure that you would at least want to click on the commercials. That’s why the pest spies on you. It knows you better than you think. It monitors your online activates and knows what you like. It knows which pages you visit and which pages you have bookmarked.
Also, Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com has access to your browser history which means that it also knows that you have searched for. Thus, the infection uses all of this information to generate commercials which will spark your interest. This way, you will be at least tempted to click. And if you click, crooks gain money. But not only that. If you click on the wrong ad you may also compromise your already compromised computer even more. The last thing you need is more infection to worry about. But let`s get back to the “spying on you” part. You do realize that this could easily go out of control which really jeopardizes your private credentials. Take experts` advice and get rid of this adware the first chance you get. Otherwise, it won`t be long before you regret it.
Once you clean your PC, make sure it remains clean. Do you know how this adware entered your machine? It tricked you into giving it your permission. Yes, this infection is still a program which needs your approval on its installment. But since you would never give it knowing that Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com is a parasite, it duped you. There are many tricks that would work IF you provide something as well – your negligence. And considering your situation, you obviously did. The adware could try tricking you with spam emails, corrupted links/pages, malicious third-party ads, freeware bundles, fake program updates, unverified download sources, etc.
The tactics are many but none of them would do if you pay the necessary attention. Don’t throw caution to the wind and don’t rush. Don’t open emails from unknown senders. Stay away from shady pages and illegitimate sources. Don’t blindly click on every ad that pops up. When installing an update/program, always read the Terms and Conditions/EULA and opt for the Advanced settings instead of the Basic ones as they give you complete control over the installation process. Then, if you notice anything suspicious, abort the installation immediately.
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 Efj.potshotmasterpiece.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.