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Fake Plugin Activity 2. An Adware Removal Manual

Trojan.Multi.CerstorFake Plugin Activity 2 indicates that there is either a rogue browser extension active on your machine or a malicious program trying to download adware on your PC. Rogue browser extension often appear as legitimate ones, but once installed, they start displaying intrusive advertising materials and keep track of your browsing activities. Rogue extensions are often distributed bundled with adware programs like ActiveDeals. The moment an adware program attempt to download additional software on your computer, Fake Plugin Activity 2 signature activates and blocks the potential attack.

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Fake Plugin Activity 2 and Adware Distribution

Adware programs usually display third-party advertising materials, thus generating pay-per-click profit for their creators. Most adware applications install additional browser extensions in order to keep track of the user’s browsing habits and search queries. The collected data is used for further marketing activities. Adware typically distributed in a stealth manner, bundled with free software the user downloads from the Web. The perfect way to avoid such potentially unwanted installations is to select the Custom options. They disclose the additionally attached software and give you the opportunity to opt-out.

Fake Plugin Activity 2 and Attempts to Download Rogue Browser Extensions

Every time an active adware program or a rogue browser extension tries to download an ad from a web server it activates Fake Plugin Activity 2 signature and you receive the “Fake Plugin Activity 2 Detected” message on your screen alerting you about severe security issues detected on your computer.

The promoted advertisements triggered by active adware programs on your PC are not the significant issue here. The problem is that adware is also designed to download and install new apps on the affected machine. Another activity that has been observed with adware is browser hijacking. Users often get redirected to web pages of the developer’s choice every time they perform searches or open a new tab in their browsers.

Adware may also lead to poor system performance, which may result in vulnerabilities in the affected computer’s security.

Fake Plugin Activity 2 and How to Remove Adware from Your PC?

The most important thing users need to remember is reading the policies of the software they download online. Select your download sources carefully and always prefer the Advanced installation options. Un-check any additional browser add-ons, plug-ins, and applications and never download suspicious email attachments.

Adware programs can be removed manually or with a trusted anti-spyware tool. Make sure to run a full system scan, so you know what threats are active on your machine. The detailed manual below will help you delete the adware from your computer permanently.

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1. Remove/Uninstall Fake Plugin Activity 2

1. Remove/Uninstall Fake Plugin Activity 2 in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Fake Plugin Activity 2.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2 from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Fake Plugin Activity 2 and click “Remove

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    After Fake Plugin Activity 2 is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Fake Plugin Activity 2 and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Fake Plugin Activity 2 is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Fake Plugin Activity 2 to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Fake Plugin Activity 2 has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Fake Plugin Activity 2
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Fake Plugin Activity 2. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Fake Plugin Activity 2 will be removed.

    3. Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2 automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    3. Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2 automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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