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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Remove HQVid-v2.5V27.11 Ads (Virus Removal Guide)

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As many of us are spending more time than ever before online, we are putting ourselves at increasing risk. Staying secure when you're online is crucial if you want to protect your data, your passwords, your finances and even your identity. That's why it's a good idea to be as clued up as possible when it comes to learning about the array of threats that are out there waiting for cracks to appear in our operating systems so they can attack. In this post, I'm going to analyze a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that displays HQVid-v2.5V27.11 ads. So, if ads are popping up on your computer saying "Ads by HQVid-v2.5V27.11" then your computer is infected with PUPs and probably adware as well.

And while it is true to say that PUPs are only potentially unwanted, which makes them by default potentially wanted - in most cases the a PUP is the least of your worries when you're connected to the Internet. It is true that PUPs as HQVid-v2.5V27.11 are generally seen as an annoyance however, how sure can you really be when it comes to anything that installs itself on your computer in an underhand manner?

The root of the problem lies, whether we are talking about Trojan Horses and Spyware, or programs seen as less of a threat, such as PUPs and adware, that as hackers become increasingly greedy – and increasingly sophisticated – we can never be 100% sure of a piece of unwanted software's true intentions. They might just display HQVid-v2.5V27.11 ads but they can also modify their programs to track your browsing habits.

True, Potentially Unwanted Programs are not considered as malicious as spyware or Trojans, but chances are an unwanted program or application can still cause issues for your computer. Let's not forget that the HQVid-v2.5V27.11 PUP has not really been created to make your life any easier; it has been created for the benefit of the developer who uses it as a tool to direct you to websites that he wants you to visit. And the fact is that a Potentially Unwanted Program can cause vulnerabilities and leave you open to security risks. After all, if PUPs were as innocent as their developers claim them to be, why all the subterfuge where the installation is concerned?

So how do Potentially Unwanted Programs end up installed on our PCs or laptops? Unfortunately, we are to blame. If like many people you don't pay a whole lot of attention to End User License Agreements (EULAs) when you're downloading something from the Internet then you are greatly increasing the chances of HQVid-v2.5V27.11 sneaking on to your computer.

We've all done it – after all, EULAs are hardly the most stimulating piece of text we're ever likely to read, but the quicker and more carelessly we rush though the agreement, the less likely we are to read the part that tells us an additional program is going to be downloaded with our original application.

Talk to any developer of Potentially Unwanted Programs and they will tell you that their product is most definitely not malware because it is referred to in the EULA. And as true as this might be, the reality is that PUP is not exactly trumpeted in big bold letters, moreover it will be given a fleeting, and rather ambiguous mention. Oftentimes any check boxes will have been pre- or un-checked in the favor of the installation too. That's why you should take your time and really understand what it is you are agreeing to install.

To remove HQVid-v2.5V27.11 ads, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

HQVid-v2.5V27.11 Ads 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 HQVid-v2.5V27.11 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 PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall 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:
  • HQVid
  • LyricsSay-1
  • TinyWallet
  • BlockAndSurf
  • 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 HQVid-v2.5V27.11 related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove HQVid-v2.5V27.11, BlocckkTheAds, MediaPlayerV1, 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 HQVid-v2.5V27.11 related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove HQVid-v2.5V27.11, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove HQVid-v2.5V27.11 related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage 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.