The celebrity-gossip.net malware is a lethal computer infection that has infected thousands of computers in the different parts of the world and classified as a nasty browser hijacker. This malicious application attacks your system secretly, and can infect all the popular browsers of this era including the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. Once the celebrity-gossip.net malware settles down in the system, it modifies the home page, desktop background, and default search provider in your browser. Besides this, this malicious application also changes the DNS settings in your PC by replacing the actual domain with some suspicious domain. All such actions are part of the effort to control your browsing activity, and divert your searches towards unwanted websites. It floods your screen with tons of annoying pop-up ads that not only disturb your routine work, but also increase the chances of getting infected from other parasites. It is also capable of stealing your highly confidential private details and steal your money by using these details in online frauds.
Removal of celebrity-gossip.net malware
Once it is confirmed that the celebrity-gossip.net malware enters in the system, you need to take some solid steps to remove this infection effectively. The celebrity-gossip.net malware can be removed either by using any automatic tool, or by following the complicated instructions of the manual removal process. The instructions for the manual removal are detailed below:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
Terminate the normal mode of operation by restarting the system, and hit the F8 key repeatedly while the system is restarted to gain the access of the boot options screen. Select the safe mode option from the menu, and strike the Enter key to access the safe mode on the system.
End the Malicious Processes
After accessing the safe mode operation, you have to hold the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, to open the windows task manager, and select the processes tab to delete the following associated processes of the celebrity-gossip.net malware by using the “End Process” button before closing the task manager window:-
· %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].ex
Remove the Associated Data
Open the file explorer, and access the system files folder to delete the following associated files of the celebrity-gossip.net malware along with their folders:-
· %Desktopdir%\Celebrity-gossip.net malware .lnk
· %Programs%\Celebrity-gossip.net malware \Celebrity-gossip.net malware .lnk
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
The most crucial step of this whole process is the removal of the entries created by the celebrity-gossip.net malware in the windows registry. In this regard, access the start menu, click on the Run option, and type Regedit to access the registry editor. Once the registry editor is accessed, remove the following entries associated with the Celebrity-gossip.net malware:-
· HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Celebrity-gossip.net malware \DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
· HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Celebrity-gossip.net malware
· HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Celebrity-gossip.net malware \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\Celebrity-gossip.net malware \ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
· HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Celebrity-gossip.net malware \DisplayName Celebrity-gossip.net malware
Finally, you have to restart the machine in the normal mode after closing the registry editor to know the result of your manual removal efforts.