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Monday, November 10, 2014

Remove Tiny Wallet Ads (Virus Removal Guide)

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If you're wondering just what Tiny Wallet or TinyWallet adware is, what it can do to your PC or laptop, how it got installed in the first place – and, naturally, how you can protect yourself from it, keep reading.

No one is safe from or malicious software, and although not as dangerous as some of its brothers, adware is still something to be wary of. Whilst not technically classed as malware, Tiny Wallet will still be installed on your device in much the same way as other forms of unwanted software. These are the most common ways that adware is installed:
  • You download freeware or shareware
  • You download free wallpapers, games or apps
  • You share files with other people via the Internet
  • You visit a website that has been infected by other adware
And if you're feeling a little smug because you definitely aren't the sort of person who downloads free emoticons or racing car desktop wallpapers, let us just stop you there because Tiny Wallet can also be bundled with programs or upgrades that you pay for. Nothing is immune to adware!

Ad powered by Tiny Wallet
Having said that, of course not everything you download has adware packaged with it, but you still need to exercise caution if you want to lower your chances of being infected by it.

Who creates this adware – and why?

It is created by software programmers to recoup the money they spent whilst developing other, more legitimate (usually!) software programs. In this respect it is easy to justify the creation of adware: after all, if it wasn't for the revenue generated by advertising, they wouldn't be able to offer you other programs for free.

Is Tiny Wallet the same as spyware?

It can be tempting to ignore adware, simply viewing it as a fact of online life, but the fact is that it invades your privacy. First of all, you've had a piece of software installed on your device without giving your permission. Secondly, this adware installs a component on your computer which tracks the Internet sites that you visit. Yes, the websites you visit and your browsing habits are monitored and recorded and the data sent back to the software developer. This is so that they can show you adverts that are in alignment with the products and services you currently look at. Naturally this increases the chances of you clicking on an ad and spending some money.

Despite this, Tiny Wallet and spyware are not one and the same. Spyware is like adware on steroids and also looks at other aspects of your computer usage, including taking screen shots or capturing the keys you hit, thus recording not just that report you are working on or the personal emails you are writing, but your passwords, credit card details and log ins.

How do I defend myself against this Tiny Wallet?

There are a number of steps you can take. Install a reputable anti-malware program and run it regularly and be careful when downloading software – remember to read license agreements carefully as the presence of adware will normally be mentioned. If in doubt, don't install.

To remove Tiny Wallet virus, 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,

Tiny Wallet 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 Tiny Wallet 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:
  • TinyWallet
  • 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 Tiny Wallet related extensions from Google Chrome:

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

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove TinyWallet 1.0, 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 Tiny Wallet related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove TinyWallet 1.0, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Tiny Wallet 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.