|Short Description||Allegedly claims to improve browsing experience in some way.|
|Symptoms||Intrusive pop-up advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, unsafe browsing.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Adware.Multiplug/Variant|
This adware, also known as PUP.Optional.Multiplug is being bundled into the installers of several freeware apps and in some cases may be indirectly dangerous to the computer. It is reported by security experts to use code that may permit it to install its custom toolbar and change the homepage as well as the new tab page of your browser with a custom partner search engine or site. This particular variant is the cause of a lot of recent infections, security researchers claim. It is successful because it may come unnoticed in the user PCs via a strategy called bundling.
How Did I Get Adware.Multiplug/Variant?
One cause of this adware getting in your system may be as a result of unsafe browsing. Usually, some apps might install onto the user PC as a result of redirects from other websites or ads. They also may be included in the installers of some free widely used applications users tend to download often online. Third-party software providing sites tend to bundle such programs in their installers as a part of a marketing strategy to increase profits.
More About Adware.Multiplug/Variant
This particular Multiplug variant is reported to be associated with several affiliated suspicious sites, some of which may aggregate different information from the user PC. Security experts claim that this PUP may display unwanted pop-ups, messages and banners plus sponsored links in the search results, also known as ‘Blackhat SEO’. Another type of consequence that could be associated with this adware is that it may slow down the user if it runs suspicious processes in the background. It may also modify different PC settings, setting itself to start automatically with Windows.
More to it than that, this type of adware is believed to be closely associated with third-party websites. And third-party vendors may vary from regular sites that want to use malicious practices to boost their traffic to sites that directly aim at the user and his information. Such malicious sites may scam the user out of his money using fake customer support, false registration forms for prize claiming and other claims. They may also directly infect the PC with malware, implementing the so-called drive-by downloads.
How To Remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant?
In case you have seen this Adware, believe you have it or tried to remove it with no success, please refer to the step-by-step removal manual below. You should also make sure you isolate the adware by stopping any associated processes from the Windows Task Manager as well. Last but not least, we reccomend downloading professional anti-malware program that updates itself regularly and may save you a lot of headaches in the future.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant
Step 2: Uninstall Adware.Multiplug/Variant 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Adware.Multiplug/Variant on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Adware.Multiplug/Variant there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Adware.Multiplug/Variant from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Adware.Multiplug/Variant and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Adware.Multiplug/Variant 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
Remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant 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.
Erase Adware.Multiplug/Variant 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.
Uninstall Adware.Multiplug/Variant 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.
Remove Adware.Multiplug/Variant 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Adware.Multiplug/Variant will be removed.
Eliminate Adware.Multiplug/Variant 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.