The UrgentFlashUpdates.com is a fake search engine that claims to be sponsored by the most trusted search engines including Google and Yahoo. It is designed by the cyber criminals to manipulate the search results on the targeted computers. Once you install this malicious application on your system, it start performing a set of harmful activities that can lead your system towards permanent damage. The main goal of the developers of this lethal computer infection is to run sponsor ads, and promote affiliate sites. You will receive thousands of annoying pop-up ads on the screen of your system due to which it becomes almost impossible for you to surf on the web. After getting inside the system, it immediately modifies the browser settings, and you will notice that the default search engine is changed to UrgentFlashUpdates.com. It has the capability of stealing your confidential financial details through which these cyber crooks can take your money away.
Removal of UrgentFlashUpdates.com
Once it is confirmed that the UrgentFlashUpdates.com is arrived in the computer, you are required to remove this malicious infection through any reliable method. There are manual as well as automatic removal methods available in this regard. The automatic removal of this infection is easy, quick, and recommended for the novice computer users. On the other hand, the manual removal of this virus is possible yet complicated. The manual removal steps are as under:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
Before going through the steps of the manual removal process, you have to access the safe mode operation. Restart the system, and hit the F8 key to access the boot options screen. Select the Safe Mode option from the list of available options, and hit the Enter key to start safe mode operation on your computer.
End the Malicious Processes
You have to remove the associated processes of this infection by remaining in the safe mode. In this regard, you have to access the windows task manager by holding the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together. You have to remove the following associated processes of this infection:-
• %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Remove the Associated Data
Once done with the associated processes, you have to delete the associated files of this malicious application. Following are some of the suspicious files required to be removed from the system files folder by using the Delete key:-
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
The manual removal will be completed once you remove the fake entries from the windows registry. In this regard, open the registry editor by executing the “regedit” command through the Start Menu, and get rid of the following corrupt entries:-
• HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\UrgentFlashUpdates.com\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
• HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\UrgentFlashUpdates.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\UrgentFlashUpdates.com\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Reboot the system in the normal mode and if the virus is removed successfully, run a complete system scan through an updated version of any reliable antivirus. If the virus is still persisting in the system, you need to repeat the same process again.