Relevant Knowledge “Virus” Malware Removal

Welcome to our “Relevant Knowledge” removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove “Relevant Knowledge” from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

Having problems with intrusive browser ads? Take a look at our article.

Advertisements are annoying. They are annoying in real life, they are annoying when you meet them online as well. Since many sites tend to make a living out of ads, it is understandable why there’s just so many of them throughout the internet. As annoying as this may be, it is still bearable. If anything, in the end there’s nothing you can do about ads integrated within websites apart from avoiding those websites. However, there’s another kind of internet advertisements – such that pop-up everywhere, no matter what page you are on. As long as you’re using your browser, they are going to annoy you with their presence. These are caused by certain programs called Adware. If you’re currently having such problems, then it is highly likely that you’ve gotten yourself “Relevant Knowledge” – one of the newest adware programs out there.

Relevant Knowledge Malware
Relevant Knowledge “Virus” Removal

General characteristics of “Relevant Knowledge” and other adware programs

Adware (“Relevant Knowledge” included) are basically browser extensions whose goal is to flood your every tab of your browser with all sorts of obstructive pop-ups, banners, box messages and so on. Many people start to panic when they see this happening on their computer. It is surely a frustrating thing – to have your screen hidden behind walls of intrusive adverts. Nonetheless, there’s no real need to worry because adware programs inluding “Relevant Knowledge” are not viruses. You see, viruses are malicious programs used for illegal deeds. They usually harm your system, steal money from your bank accounts or even spy on you. You’ve probably heard of the infamous Trojan Horse viruses or a type of malicious programs called Ransomware. These are the real deal when it comes to software that my harm your computer and virtual security, in fact ransomware has seen an unprecedented boost in activity. Compared to them, adware are pretty much harmless – the worst they can usually do is frustrate you with their ceaseless barrage of obstructive ads. A note that should be made here is that even though most of the pop-ups aren’t dangerous, there’s still some of them that might expose your PC to potential danger, especially if you click on them. Possible page redirects to malicious sites are some of the things that may happen should you interact with the ads. Again, this is not commonplace and happens quite rarely. Anyway, we advise against clicking on any of the adverts. Another thing to mention here is that you might suddenly get redirected to an unknown page even if you did not click on an ad. In this case make sure to quickly close the new page without interacting with it. Another thing you might want to do is to have the intrusive program removed from your system. Below this article there is a detailed guide on how to uninstall and remove adware add-ons such as “Relevant Knowledge”, so that they’ll no longer obstruct your browsing experience.

Keeping your PC clean

Before you go to the removing part, you may want to get some extra information that may help you avoid getting adware add-ons in future. The first thing you need to know here is how they actually get into your system. In most cases the methods for adware distribution are legal. It’s just that most users fail to notice some extra details when downloading a torrent or installing a new program. You should know that there are numerous ways for an adware to get installed on your PC. Here we will mention only the most common ones.

  • File-sharing and torrent sites – One of the reasons why this is a very common distribution method is because almost anyone can upload anything there. Therefore, you can hardly ever be 100% sure that the torrent you’ve downloaded does not contain a hidden adware like “Relevant Knowledge”. That is why you should always first look at the rating of the torrent and also at the download count and only then launch the download.
  • Spam e-mails – a general method for distribution of unwanted programs. Adware add-ons are no exception. Fortunately most spam letters simply go to the spam folder so that you know not to open them. However, it won’t hurt to double-check the messages in your regular box before opening them, just in case.
  • File-bundling – probably the most effective and widely-spread method for “Relevant Knowledge” distribution. The intrusive software is bundled with another (usually free or cheap) program. Once you install that program, you also get the adware. In order to avoid getting the intrusive add-on, all you need to do is opt for the advanced settings in the main program’s installation menu and find the list of added content. Uncheck everything that may seem suspicious and you should be fine to go. Note that “Relevant Knowledge” may go under a different name. If you are not sure about what added install to leave out, you may simply uncheck everything if you feel like it.
Threat “Relevant Knowledge”
Classification Adware
Security Alert
Medium
Negative Effects It’s mostly the ads, though some other symptoms like PC slow-down and change of your browser front page might also occur. 

Relevant Knowledge “Virus” Malware Removal

Step1Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

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

Additional 2.1:

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

Additional 2.2:

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 3Start 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“Relevant Knowledge” Removal from Chrome BrowserChrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the Adware and remove it.

“Relevant Knowledge” Removal from Firefox BrowserFirefox

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

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the Adware and delete it.

Removal from Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the Adware and remove it.

Step 5Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with “Relevant Knowledge”. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6Start 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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Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com , a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people. In his off time he is an avid book reader, occasional PC gamer and affectionate football spectator. Daniel would hardly begrudge anyone who might call him a computer nerd, yet this might be just the thing one needs in case of a security issue.