Let's face it, we all run across unwanted situations in our lives but when that includes unwanted software this can be just another annoyance that you really don't have the time or the patience to deal with on top of everything else that your busy day is throwing at you. Potentially Unwanted Programs and adware like AtuZi usually appear without warning on your PC.
But let's start from the beginning: what exactly is AtuZi and what effect does it have on your computer? Atuzi is designed to spam your PC with these aforementioned unwanted apps – such as a browser extension – as well as adware in the form of pop-up adverts. It can also install more potentially malicious software on your machine which will redirect you to websites of the publisher's choice which is frustrating and time consuming to deal with.
AtuZi is not categorized as a virus in the traditional sense but to you and me it may well be for it has some unpleasant and annoying traits. We've already briefly covered the browser hijacking capability – the reason you now have that unfamiliar and unwieldy new extension installed on your browser. But it can also affect your user experience thanks to the proliferation of pop-up advertisements and the constant redirection of your searches.
So why create such adware programs in the first place? Adware and similar PUPs are developed in order to increase advertising revenue. This one is not an exception. The reason many PUPs contain adware is so that the publishers can employ 'black hat' SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques to direct Internet traffic to their (or somebody who is paying them) websites, thus also helping them rank more highly in search engine results. All this means for you though, is that you'll end up with a headache when you're trying to browse the Internet or get some work done.
This begs the question of how the AtuZi got on your computer in the first place. In the majority of cases it will have been when you installed some free software (freeware). This could have been a download of a TV series, a PDF document creator or even a reputable tool such as Skype (from a dodgy download website). Adware programs are bundled into the installation and thereby sneak their way on to your computer.
Finally, how can you avoid installing it? The first and most important rule is to pay attention when you're downloading software and make sure you uncheck any boxes in the license agreement that says that 'special offer' or 'added extras' are included with the installation. Take a few moments to read this agreement and uncheck boxes accordingly – after all when it comes to your online safety prevention is better than cure.
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
AtuZi Removal Guide:1. First of all, download 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 malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove AtuZi related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- HD-Plus 3.5
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove AtuZi related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove AtuZi 1.0.1, LyricsSay-1, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove AtuZi related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove AtuZi 1.0.1, LyricsSay-1, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove AtuZi related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.