I got A-collective.media.net Pops Up while I was browsing some web pages. I have no idea about it. I can’t remove it although I have tried what I could. Whenever I opened some web sites, this stuff would pop up to disturb my browsing. At the lower right corner, there will also pop up a small window with large amount of Ads. How can I remove this pop-up thing completely to make my computer good again? Is there any one can help me?

What is A-collective.media.net Pops Up

A-collective.media.net pop-ups is an extremely hazardous web browser hijack or redirect virus which can hack your Internet web browser to make it paralyzed. In most occasions, it plays a role of some kind of extension to customize or optimize your Internet browser or speed up your web search engine. Of course, nothing is true of it. Once it accesses your computer, it will change the previous settings of the browser and totally make your Internet browser or search engine in disorder. Once it captures your computer, it resets and redirects your search engine to some malicious and dangerous pages, links and ads popups. Trying to use normal search engine will be impossible because you will be forcibly redirected to some other malicious sites.

A-collective.media.net Pop-Ups is always bundled with some other malware or Trojan viruses created by hackers to hack more PCs. This redirect virus is usually spread online and changes PC users’ Internet browser settings. So, if your computer is infected by such kind of browser hijack or redirect virus, please don’t hesitate to remove it as soon as possible. Once you got this redirect virus infection, when you try to type some keywords in the Search box and click the search button, you really can get some results, but all these preliminarily well-designed results are full of traps for you. When you click these keywords with explicit links, you will be redirected to some other odd advertisement pages which include free software download pages, promotion pages or some video links. This is the real dangerous place.

A-collective.media.net Pops-Up makes the browser useless because collective.media.net is linked to browser hijackers and other malware infections that always redirects your links to unwanted and malicious websites. It also slows down your computer system and internet speed. When this hijack virus gets installed in the PC, it infects several system files and registry which mess up the whole system. It is one of the most critical threats that must be removed as quickly as possible.  Before this virus damage your computer, you have to remove it at all events.

To have a better and safe solution, you can contact YooCare/YooSecurity for help here:

How to Identify Browser Hijacker?

    1. Your browser settings and browser home page will be changed by it.
    2. It may show numerous undesirable and annoying pop-ups.
    3. This browser redirect will connect to the internet without your permission.
    4. The browser hijacker keeps track of your internet browsing data and sends your browsing history data to remote location servers, owned by hackers that use this information to advertise their products via numerous pop-ups and hijacked browser homepages, new icons.
    5. The browser redirect can install unwanted programs to a victim’s computer without user’s knowledge and consent. This can make your computer slower in performance and stability.
    6. The hijacker may produce many fake alert warnings, stating that your PC is infected with Trojans or other malware that do not actually exist.

How to Safely Remove Browser Hijacker?

Step 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL or CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. Open the Windows Task Manager.
If that didn’t work, try another way. Press the Start button and click on the Run option. This will start the Run tool. Type in taskmgr and press OK. This should start the Windows Task Manager

Step 2: In the Windows Task Manager click on the Processes tab. Find the process by name. random.exe. Then scroll the list to find required process. Select it with your mouse or keyboard and click on the End Process button. This will kill the process.

Step 3: Delete malicious registry entries related to A-collective.media.net.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\random
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run\random
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Installer\Products\YOHLDF296OO0 “(Default)”=”1?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\“UninstallString” = “‘%AppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].exe” -u
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\“ShortcutPath” = “‘C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\YOHLDF296OO0.exe” -u’”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce “YOHLDF296OO0” = “‘C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\random.exe’

Step 4: Remove malicious files of A-collective.media.net

C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_64\Random.exe
C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_32\Random.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Random.exe

Video of Key Steps on How to Modify or Change Windows Registry:

Above all: This A-collective.media.net will make your browser run more and more slowly even can cause system errors. So the most urgent affair is to remove this redirect as soon as possible. Unfortunately, at present, no such perfect anti-virus can remove this virus completely. This virus can escape from anti-virus scanning and change files’ name constantly. So automatic removal tools can’t get rid of it. It’s worth mentioning that some unknown software may cause operating system errors. So don’t consider those free software to take a chance. Some of them indeed are viruses as well. You can follow the steps above to remove the virus. But remember that all the files of the virus would be named randomly. Different computers may have different conditions. If you don’t feel confident to remove this A-collective.media.net, PC professional service is your best choice.

Note: there may be some differences according to different computers. If you really don’t know how to remove A-collective.media.net, YooCare/Yoosecurity is your best choice.

Published by Leo R. Oscar & last updated on August 12, 2013 9:18 am

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