Viruses and malicious software (malware) are household names but how many of us know much about these so-called adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs? These are, normally unwanted, applications which install themselves on your system in a few different ways. Mostly it's when you're downloading free software; the latest season of Mad Men, the new Katy Perry album or some software that helps you read Chinese characters. Naturally we need, or want, any number of downloads whether for work or for pleasure, so what do we do if we don't want to stop downloading but we do want to protect our computers?
As mentioned above, using a good anti-malware program is your first line of defense – if you're not sure which one to go for, simply ask a friend who's a bit more technical, check in online forums or ask a local PC dealer. A decent anti-malware should be able to catch ConstaSurf before it installs itself on your PC. Although there is a slight problem in that as PUPs aren't considered viruses, many antiviruses do fail to pick up on them. And with annoying habits such as taking over your browser and replacing your normal toolbar with one of its own choosing or constantly redirecting you to new search engines and displaying pop-up ads, it's probably fair to say that ConstaSurf adware is not something you want on your machine.
Of course, the next question is how do lower your chances of being infected by ConstaSurf if your antivirus program may allow it to slip through the cracks? The good news is there are a number of things you can do yourself: firstly, don't download programs if you don't trust the website 100% - and don't download software from third party sites, always go straight to the publisher. And secondly, always read the End User License Agreement carefully when you're installing or downloading software. Yes, we know it can be a pain and you just want to get to your download, and no one can accuse EULAs of being interesting, but this is where adware creators will have hidden any mention of 'added extras'. Often you will find that the box saying you want to install these add-ons has already been checked for you. The rule: you don't want it? Uncheck that box before clicking 'OK'. However, if you are reading this then your your computer is probably already infected. To remove the adware program and any associated PUPs from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
ConstaSurf 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. Remove ConstaSurf program 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 ConstaSurf.
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 ConstaSurf from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the ConstaSurf extension.
Remove ConstaSurf from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to the ConstaSurf extension.
Remove ConstaSurf 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 ConstaSurf browser add-on.
Associated ConstaSurf Files:
- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ConstaSurf
- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ConstaSurf\IE\common.dll