The Bestones.net is an ad-supported browser extension that falls under the category of adware infection. The bestones.net always attacks the windows based computers without letting the user know. Due to its presence, your system starts behaving weirdly, and you are unable perform many of your internet related tasks. Whenever you open your browser, it will be automatically redirected towards some strange websites. The homepage as well as default search engine modified without your permission or knowledge. Mostly you get infected from this malicious application while visiting compromised web pages, porn websites, opening spam email attachments, and clicking on the corrupt links on the social websites. Another trick that is used by the hackers to distribute this infection is through fake update messages. You will see a fake pop-up message which stated that you need to update one of your important programs and when you try to update, you will actually download this nasty adware program. It also adds some unwanted programs to your browser, and you will notice some new toolbars in your browser window.
Removal of Bestones.net
The malicious application should be removed from the system as soon as possible to avoid any kind of permanent damage. There are some goo automatic tools available in this regard. Besides that, there is a complicated yet possible manual removal method also available in this regard. The manual removal process is only recommended for the experienced users because of its complexity, and described as under:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
It is unavoidable for you to access the system in the safe mode before start executing the manual removal process instructions. Reboot the computer, and access the boot options by using the F8 key. Select the Safe Mode from the boot options, and hit the Enter key to start the infected computer in the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes
In the next step, you have to hold the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together to access the task manager. Select the processes tab where you can see a list of processes running in the background of the computer, and remove the following malicious processes before closing the task manager: –
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Remove the Associated Data
You need to get rid of the following files that are hidden deep in the system files folder along with some of the important system files:-
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
In the end, you are required to normalize the windows registry by removing the corrupt additions. Access the registry editor by executing the “RegEdit” command through the start menu. Delete the following related entries of the Bestones.net by using the registry editor:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Bestones.net\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Bestones.net\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\Bestones.net \ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Check the success or failure of the manual removal efforts by rebooting the system in the normal mode. Do not forget to run a complete system scan after updating your existing antivirus program.