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Monday, December 2, 2013

Remove Level Quality Watcher, removal guide

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Simply put, Level Quality Watcher is adware. It's a part of Adpeak adware that is heavily promoted via software download sites and fake updates web pages. Once installed, it modifies Windows registry, adds a web browser add-on on all web browsers and starts a Windows service with administrator rights. This service runs every time Windows starts. Not only it makes your computer run slow but also establishes network connections with ad servers using either levelqualitywatcher32.exe or levelqualitywatcher64.exe programs depending on the Windows version you are using. It is currently being distributed via CNET and other popular download sites, so many users are facing the same nuisance to say the least. The biggest problem is that users cannot remove it by simply going into Control Panel because it's not listed there. To remove Level Quality Watcher adware from your computer, please use the removal guide below.

Keep in mind that once running, Level Quality Watcher displays advertisements, mostly popups. It may, however, display in-line ads and pop unders. At the time I was testing this adware on my computer it promoted a tech support service called "NP Call for great tech support". The ad appeared on pretty much every tech related website. At least it was relevant even though I didn't as for it. You may, however, get completely different ads based on browsing history and your location.

Multiple anti-virus scanners have detected it as adware, potentially unwanted application or even malware, including Sophos, Eset, Avast, Malwarebytes and some others. Needless to say, it's not useful and may be potentially dangerous, especially if you click on ads. Some of those ads are clearly misleading and may lead you to malicious websites and services. What is more, Level Quality Watcher is usually installed along with other adware and even spyware, for example BuzzSearch or Scorpion Saver. Scan your computer with anti-malware software to get this malware off your computer. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Level Quality Watcher removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Open Windows services list. Open the Start Menu, type services.msc in the search box, press Enter.

3. Right click on the Level Quality Watcher and click Stop. Wait a sec for the service to stop, then close the Windows services window.

4. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Level Quality Watcher.

Right-click the Level Quality Watcher key and click Delete.

5. Delete the folder Level Quality Watcher located in Program Files.

That's it!


Anonymous said...

Excellent! Thank you! Quick and easy to follow instructions.

Debbie Benton said...

Thanks. I almost used adware remover by McAfee but terms and conditions said search conduit would be installed using their program. Whew...already fought that battle (and won) removing search.conduit! Your solution took me around that war zone! Thank you do much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the removal guide & I see one thing has changed -- instead of Level Quality Watcher being in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services, I found it in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\SOFTWARE.