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Ame.Avira Redirect Virus – Remove It from Your PC

This article aims to help you by displaying how to remove the Ame.avira virus which keeps opening Avira websites on your PC.

A new virus has been detected which modifies the settings on the computers affected by it and begins to display Avira websites on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browser. The virus is believed to be a bit more sophisticated as it also performs multiple other activities on compromised computers such as blocking the victims to type with their keyboards and other. At the moment nobody can find out why it links a legitimate Avira antivirus web page. If your computer has become victimized by the Ame.Avira threat, we recommend you to read the following article.

Threat Summary

Name Ame.Avira
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Advertisements generated from this platform can display on other sites and redirect you.
Symptoms You see adverts in your browsers, like pop-ups or other ads. Slow computer and other suspicious behavior.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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How Does Ame.Avira Enter Your PC

One method, used by this antivirus program is to be slithered into your computer via installers of programs, more specifically system patches. One of those patches is for Minecraft Alpha which when started closes automatically the launcher and begins to redirect users to the Avira websites. The legitimate antivirus Avira is not familiar with such programs and it is unclear yet why their web pages are the ones being displayed. However, the theory exists, that if someone has entered an affiliate program and one of the tools advertised via it is Avira’s antivirus program, he or she may be making money by simply opening this web link on the computers infected with the Ame.Avira virus.

Ame.Avira Virus – Further Details

The main URL of the sites which are automatically opened on the victims computers begins like the following:

→ https://ame.avira.com/ame/redirect?data=…

This is a strong indicator that this very web link passes through one domain after which redirects to the official Avira web page, where you can purchase all their antivirus products:

As you may be well aware, Avira offers great antivirus protection and is in our Top 3 of the best antivirus software on the market, according to SensorsTechForum’s report. The site itself is safe to use and we have strong reasons to believe that someone has likely engaged in an affiliate scheme to generate revenue by causing web browser redirects on the computers infected by his/her virus.

When victims infected with the Ame.Avira threat have scanned their computers, multiple suspicious files with completely random name were found in the %UserData% directory of Google Chrome, located in:

→ %AppData%\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 1\

In addition to modifying the web browsers by creating files deep within their directories, the suspicious software also makes modifications in the following registry sub-keys:

→ HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\

Judging by the random names, Ame.Avira virus probably creates a suspicious browser extension to run in the background of your Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome web browser. In addition to this, the search plugin may also be changed, because the virus creates the file avira-safesearch.xml in the %Profiles% directory of the browser.

In addition to heavily displaying the Avira web page, the virus may also use tracking technologies to collect your information and may even steal:

  • Saved logins.
  • Browsing history.
  • IP and MAC addresses.
  • Unsecured ports.
  • Other exposed credentials.

How to Remove Ame.Avira Virus Completely

In order to completely delete this virus, you have to remove every single object created by it on your computer. In addition to this, you must completely clean your web browsers off the Ame.Avira virus. We have created a removal manual which can help you cope with those activities below, but in the event that you are experiencing difficulties or feel unsure that you have removed all objects, it is advisable to take the automatic approach. Experts often advise victims to use an advanced anti-malware software in order to perform the removal process automatically and protect your computer against such malicious objects in the future as well.

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How to Remove Ame.Avira from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ame.Avira

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Ame.Avira and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Ame.Avira on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Ame.Avira there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Ame.Avira with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Ame.Avira from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Ame.Avira and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Ame.Avira:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Ame.Avira. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Ame.Avira. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Ame.Avira via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Ame.Avira. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Ame.Avira files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Ame.Avira, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Ame.Avira:


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Remove Ame.Avira from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Ame.Avira from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Ame.Avira from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Ame.Avira from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Ame.Avira will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Ame.Avira from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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