Remove Pluto TV “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

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

Pluto TV is a nasty adware and it is anything BUT helpful to you. It is advertised to offer more than 100 channels which you could watch directly from your computer. But what it gives you, in reality, are more than 100 problems to deal with. Pluto TV in incredibly annoying but it is also dangerous. It messes with your system and makes unauthorized reshuffles as it sees fit. But this is not all. It also jeopardizes your privacy. You have to delete the adware as soon as you spot it unless you want it corrupt your PC to the core and cause you irreversible damage. The more time it spends on board it will use every second to make your life miserable. Don’t hesitate. Start looking for its hiding place and when you find it, delete it once and for all.

Once the pest has entered your system, it goes after your browsers first. It adds a malicious extension to each one (Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer) making them unreliable and unsafe to use. No matter which browser is your preferred one, it is now injected with ads. Countless of irritating commercials will be thrown your way all the time. But be careful. The ads are not only driving you crazy. Some of them are sponsored and hence very dangerous. However, you cannot tell the safe ones apart from the sponsored ones only by looking at them. You have to click to find out and this is not a risk worth taking. The sponsored links are used to boost Web traffic to specific pages so the crooks could make profits. But their profits are completely at your expense. If you click on a sponsored link, they make money. This is the pay-per-click tactic.

You help cybercriminals fill their pockets and you are risking being infected with more malware at the same time. The ads lead to suspicious pages which may be laced with infections. If you land on such a page it only a matter of a click to invite an infection on your machine. And yet, this adware has more in store for you. Aside from the ads bombardments and the malware risk, it also doesn’t allow you to surf the web at peace. You are constantly being redirected to shady pages and this time you don’t even have to click on anything. You try loading a page buy you end up visiting a completely different one in no time. You have to stay away from everything. While the adware is on board your machine is not safe to use. Not only isn’t it safe but it also underperforms. It starts lagging, your system crashes, your browsers freeze, and your Internet connection becomes unstable. All that more than ruins your online experience. It completely hijacks it.

Remove Pluto TV
The Pluto TV Virus

Hackers are in charge now. But if you thought this was all, you thought wrong. The biggest problem is yet to come. The security risk. The adware is designed to spy on you and monitor absolutely everything. It gets a hold of your IPs, emails, usernames, passwords, accounts, browser history/results/queries, etc. It keeps on collecting all that info until it deems it has enough. After that, it sends it all of it to the people behind it. Keep in mind that your financial and identifiable data are not beyond its reach as well. They are also in danger of being stolen. Imagine what could happen if they end up the crooks` hands. Are you going to let them have such power over you? If not, act now. Use our removal guide below and get rid of this nasty adware. All you have to do is to follow the instructions in the exact order.

But how did Pluto TV infected you? We think it is safe to say you didn’t download it on purpose. Usually, adware threats use infiltration tactics to trick you into giving them green light to enter. One of the most popular and effective ones are freeware/shareware bundles. They often bring along an unwanted parasite and if you are not careful you get it together with the whole bundle. That’s why you should choose the Advanced settings in the Setup Wizard. They take more time but they also allow you to deselect any program which looks suspicious and which you don’t want to enter your PC.

Also, the Terms and Conditions are not made to be skipped. By not reading them you are making yourself an easier target as you may agree to something you are actually against. That’s exactly what infections pray for. Your negligence. So, don’t rush processes by blindly pressing “next”. Don’t open emails from unknown senders as adware, as well as other infections, sometimes hitch a ride in email attachments. Stay clear of shady pages and ads. Always be extra careful when surfing the web. This is the only way to catch and intruder on time. Remember. Preventing an infection is much easier that having to deal with it later.

Pluto TV Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

1 thought on “Remove Pluto TV “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox”

  1. Great article. Pluto TV is really a very dangerous software and is not a TV as they advertise. They use black-hat tactics to make profit.

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