The Ad.thereafterby.com is a malicious application categorized as a browser hijacker and always enters in the system without getting the permission of the user. It is distributed through the hacked websites, spam emails, suspicious links and social engineering. Once this virus completely enters in any system it starts performing a series of harmful activities, and creates a complete chaos in the system. First of all, it modifies the browser settings, and alters your homepage, default search engine as well as desktop background. Besides that, it also changes the DNS settings in the system. It creates fake start-up keys in the windows registry due to which every time you start the system, the virus become active automatically. After altering the security settings in the targeted machine it injects a number of additional threats to make your PC a junkyard of different types of computer worms. All your web searches will be diverted towards unknown and unwanted websites due to which you are unable to perform your daily routine tasks. You will also notice the annoying pop-up ads running on the screen more frequently.
Removal of Ad.thereafterby.com
Once you are able to confirm the presence of the Ad.thereafterby.com in your computer, you have to start the removal process of this nasty browser hijacker. There are some reliable automatic tools available to get rid of this virus completely as well as quickly. Apart from that, the manual removal of this infection is also possible that is detailed below:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
The first thing you need to do in order to execute the manual removal instructions is, change the mode of operation of the system from normal to safe mode. In this regard, you have to reboot the computer, and access the boot choices screen by using the F8 key. Select the Safe mode option before pressing the Enter key to access the computer in the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes
Open the list of processes running in the background of the system by opening the windows task manager with the help of Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. You have to remove the following malicious associated processes before closing the task manager: –
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Remove the Associated Data
Open the system files folder by using the file explorer, and remove the following suspicious files with the help of the Delete key:-
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
Access the registry editor by running the “RegEdit” command from the start menu. Once the registry editor is accessed, you have to locate as well as remove the following suspicious registry entries with the help of the registry editor:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ad.thereafterby.com\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ad.thereafterby.com\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ad.thereafterby.com \ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Ensure that the worm is removed successfully by restarting the system in the normal mode. Run a complete system scan through an updated version of your existing antivirus program.