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Moatads Malware Removal

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Welcome to our Moatads Malware removal instructions. This article intends to show you how to remove Moatads Malware from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

If you are reading this then it wouldn’t be too presumptuous on our part to assume that you are having problems with Moatads Malware. If it is any consolation – know that you are not alone, we have received numerous inquiries, clearly indicating that this is a global issue. This is a piece of computer software widely regarded as being of the subclass of computer viruses known as Adware/Browser Hijacker.

It is our intention to help you prevent encountering similar issues in the future so we will spend some time dissecting and discussing Moatads Malware before we move on to the part that probably interests you the most – our extensive removal instructions. Do not skip right to that part though, as you would be missing out on some pretty vital information about the virus.

What is Moatads?

This is typical representative of the Adware/Browser Hijacker family of malicious software. What this means is you will have to continuously endure a barrage of advertisements in a variety of forms and manifestations. You might encounter the Ads (short for advertisements) as a pop-up or a pop-under. You might see them in the form of banners or whole pages. No matter the form one thing is for sure – they will be quite intrusive and irritating. Another thing typical for Moatads Malware are the browser redirects, which are not only a nuisance but might become considerably dangerous to your online security. We will explain in a moment just how that might be the case. Browser redirects occur when you try to type in and open a web address but instead another window or a tab opens up with a completely different website. It is almost always the case that the new and unknown website would be fraudulent and malicious in nature. We understand that some readers were duped into leaving personal information and banking details on some of these websites. That is never a good idea and you might want to change your passwords after you’ve deleted Moatads Malware.

The same applies to the ads as well. You should never engage in any interaction with them. No clicking on them and especially no downloading of any software if suggested by the Ads generated by Moatads Malware. This is extremely important as the Adware might be quite tricky in offering you various “enticing” downloads like missing critical updates to your OS, missing audio and video codecs, updates to some popular and absolutely legitimate programs like Windows Media Player, Java, Adobe products, even software to battle a computer virus “found” on your system. Do not be fooled – instead of getting something useful you will be granting permission to some malicious and dangerous computer viruses to access your system and quite possible make your life considerably harder. Especially if you are unfortunate enough to download a file infected with a Trojan horse – something that is quite common and possible if you download software from unconfirmed and unofficial sources.

Before you begin with the actual removal process and Step 1 from our guide respectively, please take a moment to read this as it might provide some insight as to why you might find certain parts to be redundant. There are a number of slightly differing “versions” of Moatads Malware out there. This is not an accident or a chance occurrence – the creators of malicious software often employ this method to combat efforts for creating universal removal instructions, something that we are actively trying to accomplish. What this means is we are faced with almost an impossible task and as a result you might find some parts of our removal instructions to be irrelevant to your particular problem. If that happens do not be confused, just move on with the rest of the guide. Of course if you are not sure about something or have some suggestions – do not hesitate to contact us in the comments section, we are always looking for feedback from our readers.

Threat Moatads Malware
Classification Adware/Browser Hijacker
Security Alert
Negative Effects Unwanted Pop-up Ads, Browser Redirects and possible personal information theft.

Moatads Malware Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the virus and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Moatads Malware Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the virus and remove it.

Moatads Malware Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the virus and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the virus and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Moatads Malware. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!


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