In this article we are going to explore exactly what HugeApps adware is. Plus I'll tell you just how it infects your computer, as well as the steps you can take to ensure that you don't become a victim of this adware infection and its annoying "Ads by HugeApps" pop-ups the next time a programmer tries to install their product on your device.
How HugeApps adware gets on to your computer
It would be misleading of me to tell you that adware is something which sneaks up on you and then installs itself completely without your knowledge. And that is because, as with some other types of malware, YOU are actually responsible for the download and installation. Okay so it is fair to say that HugeApps adware does act in rather an underhand manner – or at least its developer does. And that;s because it normally comes bundled with another software program, app or file that you have opened or downloaded. In a far smaller percentage of cases it can also be stored in the cookies found on certain websites.
So what happens is that you are downloading or installing an upgrade, or a new program or app. If that file has adware packaged with it, if you don't read the License Agreement carefully and make sure you know exactly what you are installing, you will also end up installing the adware. So what happens if you discover a mention of an add-on program in the small print? You should either abort the download, or make sure you have the check boxes correctly configured so that the adware is not automatically installed.
Why do programmers use HugeApps adware?
Adware is, as the name suggests, advertising software and it has been created to generate an income for the company or brand who is marketing their product, and for the adware's programmer. And because having HugeApps adware installed on your computer is often very annoying, this is why the programmer goes to some length to hide it and hope that you download it unwittingly.
As well as being annoying, it can also...
Slow your computer's operating system and internet connection down thanks to a tracking component that it also installs on your PC. This monitors which websites you visit so that the programmer can customize which HugeApps adverts you see. And if this gross invasion of your privacy wasn't bad enough, adware can also adversely affect other programs that you have installed, causing instabilities with your functioning and therefore leaving your security solution unstable and open to breaches.
If it's already too late and your computer is infected with this adware and its relentless HugeApps advertisements, please follow the steps on 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, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
"Ads by HugeApps" 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 HugeApps 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:
- Active Discount
- 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 HugeApps related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove HugeApps, AdCoupon, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 HugeApps related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove HugeApps, AdCoupon, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove HugeApps 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.