Unckeckit “Virus” Removal

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

Unckeckit “Virus” – or is it?

Unckeckit “Virus” is one of the most aggressive potentially unwanted programs out there. Once it has successfully been installed onto your system, it may flood your browser with unnecessary advertising, hijack your search by automatically redirecting you to sponsored websites and it may constantly bombard you with an outrageous amount of pop-ups. For this reason Unckeckit is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), because it’s not a genuinely useful program, but it’s not a harmful one either, like viruses or ransomware for example. Many people wrongly refer to it as Uncheckit “virus”. However this is not correct – Uncheckit “virus” is not a correct classification. However, while it might not directly pose a threat to your machine, it is still not recommended that you allow it to hang around for long. There are numerous drawbacks to keeping programs like Unckeckit on your PC that aren’t related to the obvious harassment with advertising materials. For instance, if you’ve been infected, you have probably already come to notice that your computer has been slacking in its general performance. It might take longer to load, shutdown might be taking longer too; browsing might become irritatingly stagnated and various programs have probably become very slow as well. There are quite a few other potential problems that might be caused by this Unckeckit, but more about them in just a little bit.

What is Uncheckit?

As with most PUPs, the idea behind Unckeckit is for it to generate as many ads as possible, in the hopes that some might attract your attention and get you to click on them. Worst case scenario, you’ll click on them simply because it’s too difficult to navigate past them and eventually you’ll just click by accident. Why this matters? Because it’s how the developers make their money: off of your clicks. But because it’s only the clicks they’re after, those numerous ads can be very misleading and might end up redirecting you to some very unsafe places. This is why we implore users to abstain from clicking on any of the multiple banners, pop-ups, page redirects and box messages that might appear. It could end in you getting infected with something far more dangerous, which is also why it’s best that you remove Unckeckit and the sooner you do so – the better.

If you need more reason to justify its removal, here’s something else to consider. Because the ultimate goal is to make you click on the ads, they still want to make sure they can genuinely grasp your interest and to do that, PUPs tend to spy on users in a sense. They are known for collecting your various browser related information, such as search queries, favorite pages, bookmarks and even personal details. This data is then analyzed in order to produce content that is specifically directed towards you. However, once all is said and done and the data is no longer of use, it is typically sold to third parties. Who those parties are, what they do and what they will do with your information – no one can say for sure, but that alone should already be pretty unsettling.

What to do?

In the below guide we will show you exactly how to uninstall and remove Unckeckit from your system, but that alone won’t guarantee that you aren’t going to get infected again. We think it is paramount that our readers understand how they could have gotten infiltrated by the pest in the first place, so they can avoid this from happening again.

Most times PUPs are distributed through a technique dishonest developers use called program bundles. The practice involves packaging the PUP together with some other program (a useful one) and then installing it alongside that other program on your PC. How to prevent this? Simple. When you proceed to install the program of your choice, you are usually given the option of default installation settings or the custom / advanced ones. If you choose the former, you will end up in the situation you are now. Choose the latter, though, and you will then see what additional software had been included in this ‘package’. Furthermore, you will then actually be able to untick those additional programs and thus deny them access to your system. But better yet is to pay extra attention to the source, from which you aim to download whatever it is that you seek. Websites like open source download platforms or torrent sites are known to harbor all sorts of potentially unwanted stuff, so there you have it. Avoid those places as much as possible and you shouldn’t have any troubles.

Threat Unckeckit
Classification Adware/Browser Hijacker
Security Alert
Medium
Negative Effects Numerous ads appearing while browsing. PC might be running slow.

Unckeckit “Virus” 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 4Unckeckit Removal from Chrome BrowserChrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the Adware and remove it.

Unckeckit 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 Unckeckit. 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!