Most adware winds up on your PC because you've downloaded something online. Platamoose is not an exception. The reason for this is that the majority of adware programs are bundled with other software, particularly freeware and shareware. Unfortunately for you and me this encompasses the things we download most frequently; TV shows, movies and music. You might have already noticed how after downloading the latest blockbuster or top ten album for free that you're suddenly being bombarded with a proliferation of pop up ads saying "Ads by Platamoose", banner adverts or even pop under ads (the adverts that lie beneath the page you have open).
And although this is the way that most adware is installed on your device you may also be infected with Platamoose if you've been unlucky enough to have visited a website with security loopholes that has been attacked by the developer of an adware program.
As you probably know, adware exists as a means of generating income for software developers who create free programs. They develop the adware in conjunction with their original program, which they will offer for free, and bundle them together in the hope of creating a revenue stream that will allow them to recoup their programming costs. They might even have ambitions of turning a profit.
That's one way of making money but another is to keep the adware in reserve and only show it once the user has downloaded the main program and has been using it for some time. This method will offer the user the chance to pay to upgrade to an adware-free version.
Thankfully pop up/under and banner adverts make it obvious that you have Platamoose installed on your PC, but the not-so-good news is that it can be difficult to find and delete it. Naturally software developers don't want you to uninstall adware – if you do you're killing one of their potential sources of income after all. So they designed this adware in such a way that the program is hidden deep within your operating system. It might be even installed under a different name.
Every cloud has a silver lining however and as quickly as developers can create adware, someone else is developing a tool to remove it. And so the circle continues.
Typing anti-malware software into a search engine and clicking the link of the first result you see might be one way of finding anti-malware software, but you really need to exercise caution. Remember, Platamoose is created by people who have a vested interest in you NOT removing their product, and as such many of those search results will be bogus links created by... you guessed it... the same developers. You could find yourself downloading something that purports to be anti-malware but which is in fact either useless – or potentially harmful.
Therefore we suggest doing your research by asking computer savvy people you know or visiting a reputable source of information online for advice. Or you could simply follow the removal steps in the removal guide below. It almost certainly can be removed manually but since this adware it's pretty good at hiding its presence on the system it would be a better idea to run an anti-malware tool. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Platamoose 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 Platamoose 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:
- 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 Platamoose related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Platamoose, YoutubeAdBlocke, 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 Platamoose related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Platamoose, YoutubeAdBlocke, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Platamoose 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.