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CounterFlix.com Adware Removal

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The article will aid you to remove CounterFlix.com completely. Follow the adware removal instructions given at the end of this article.

CounterFlix.com is the domain for a program offering proxy services. The program offers to proxy only your geographical location settings so you can bypass the country restriction of services like Netflix. Furthermore, the program could change your network settings and generate advertisements all over your browsers and for that it is considered adware. You can get a ton of redirects.

Threat Summary

NameCounterFlix.com
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe application generates a bulk of advertisements, offering a supposedly legitimate proxy service.
SymptomsYou can see lots of advertisements in your browsers, like pop-ups, banners and others. Your network settings can be changed.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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CounterFlix.com – Spread

CounterFlix.com can be spread using many methods. The program could be spread by third-party installers. Without your knowledge, the adware could be injected to your PC with these third-party installations, no matter if they are of freeware or bundled packages. Install setups could be configured to add extra content with the main software set to be installed. To prevent any undesired programs from installing you have to search and find a Custom or an Advanced options menu in the setup.

CounterFlix.com could also be spread with advertisements displayed across various websites. Banners, pop-ups or pop-under ads could be used to redirect you to the adware platform. If you visit sites with an unknown origin or such which seem suspicious, the adware could be placed inside your computer device. These websites could be hosting redirects, too. Browsers that could be affected are the following: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

CounterFlix.com – Analysis

CounterFlix.com is the official domain for an online platform offering a proxy service. The platform is tricky as it wants to tamper with your network settings. That will only lead to the generation of adverts, redirects, the intrusion of your privacy, and so on. But instead of getting access to sites which are region restricted, you will get countless of ads. The program reminds of the aggressive adware called “DNS Unlocker” as it is similar to it to a very high degree.

Here you can also see how you will supposedly get access to the same services that DNS Unlocker is promoting:

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However, you might notice that the design of the CounterFlix.com site is fancier and differs from other sites offering proxy services:

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The page at CounterFlix.com goes on a big sales pitch to try to trick you into using the platform. The text there says that only a small fraction of your network settings will be changed like it’s something harmless and it will unblock some geo-restricted sites. Modifying your network settings is not so harmless as you might think. Not only your IP address and DNS servers could be switched, but that could make your personal computer more susceptible to a cyber-attack, despite what the website promotes.

Update 2018: The CounterFlix website has been copied, along with its source code, with a few minor changes over the years. Sites, such as Nostopped.net have appeared, that do the same things like CounterFlix and help propagate the malware further.

Advertisements and redirects will appear while you are browsing if you have any software related to CounterFlix on your system. The program is definitely an adware, if not worse.

The ads pushed via the CounterFlix.com site could have one of these texts inside:

  • Ads by CounterFlix.com
  • Advertisement by CounterFlix.com
  • Ad by CounterFlix.com
  • Advert from CounterFlix.com
  • Powered by CounterFlix.com
  • Brought to you by CounterFlix.com

In-text links and advertisements that could redirect, and are connected to the CounterFlix service might be spammed to raise Web traffic. The boosted traffic can be turned into revenue for the adware platform owners by using a pay-per-click plan. The traffic is accumulated through redirects which come from the changed network settings like the DNS a.k.a. the Domain Name System.

You can see the audacity of the adware platform when it tries to make you change your DNS settings to ones of its own:

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The adverts which could display might be of different types as other sites and advert networks are possibly involved with the adware. Advertisements associated with CounterFlix.com can show up as pop-ups, in-text links, pop-unders, banners, transitional and interstitial ones. Advertisements of other types are not excluded from popping up, too.

CounterFlix.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of CounterFlix.com gives a short insight about the intrusion of your privacy. The company Epikai Ltd is behind this adware service. From the policy, you can see what information is gathered from you, how it can be shared with third parties, and other such details.

You can read the following excerpt from the policy about personal information collection:

We do not collect any Personal Information (i.e. information that may allow the identification of an individual user) from our users.

You can see a preview of the Privacy Policy right here:

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The policy states that the following anonymous information will be acquired:

  • Geographical location
  • Software specifications
  • Hardware specifications
  • Browser type
  • Browser version
  • Operating system and version
  • Language preferences

Although that it is explicitly stated in the policy that no personal information will be collected, it is also said that your location will be known. And if you connect that with the fact that the platform owners will have access to your Internet settings, they can easily find your IP address, which is personally identifiable data. Near the bottom of the privacy policy it is stated that in the case of a merger, corporate transaction, sale or bankruptcy all accumulated data from you will be included as an asset in such a deal. Be careful if you have used a platform or services tied to CounterFlix as the adware might bring more malware, besides showing you ads and redirecting you.

Remove CounterFlix.com Effectively

To remove CounterFlix.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial written down below. In case this manual removal does not get rid of the adverts completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove CounterFlix.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CounterFlix.com

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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 CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com 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.

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

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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.

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


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Get rid of CounterFlix.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall CounterFlix.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 CounterFlix.com:

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 CounterFlix.com. 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 CounterFlix.com. 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 CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com. 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 malware from your Mac

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



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Remove CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com 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".

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

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the CounterFlix.com 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 CounterFlix.com 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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