This article aims to explain what is the Nettrans.exe adware and how to remove it completely from your computer plus how to stop advertisements from appearing in the future as well.
A program, imitating the original process, called nettrans.exe, which belongs to software, known as Network Monitor, has been reported to be associated with various different advertisements and a slow performance of the computers the process has been installed on. Another name it is also associated with it is called Prefs Secure which is believed to be associated with some sort of security preferences. Either way, the sole purpose of this potentially unwanted program is to establish connections to third-party websites each hour or so and display advertisements on your computer, which can result in a lot of negative consequences. This is the main reason to read this article and learn how to remove this program from your computer and stop any advertisements in association with it.
|Short Description||Connects to a remote host to which it transfers information and also displays third-party advertisements.|
|Symptoms||May display various third-party advertisements on your computer which may slow it down. Nettrans.exe runs in the background of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Prefs Secure.|
Nettrans.exe – How Did I Get It
There are several ways via which this software could have wound up in your computer. The main one of those is if this program has been installed on your PC as a result of software bundling. This means that the Nettrans.exe software may be embedded in the installers of third-party programs that are offered for free. Such programs most often are:
- Free software optimizers.
- Free drivers.
- Installers of various ttypes of PC speed-up programs.
- Media players.
- Archiving software.
- Internet tools.
The installers of those programs may come embedded with the Prefs Secure within them so that it is offered “as a free extra”. It may usually pretend to be some type of helper program that aims to help improve your browsing experience in one way or another.
Another way via which such programs are installed on your computer without your consent is by being downloaded and installed unknowingly by another adware or a Trojan.Downloader which may be installing various apps on your PC without your consent.
Prefs Secure – More Information
Once it has been installed on your computer, Prefs Secure may start it’s activity on your computer. The program activates it’s nettrans.exe file as an active process running in Windows Task manager. The process has been the reason for several security engines detecting it under the following detection names:
Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk] Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk] Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
malicious (high confidence)
a variant of MSIL/Toolbar.Linkury.BI potentially unwanted
Adware ( 005017e31 )
Adware ( 005017e31 )
malware (ai score=63)
static engine – malicious
Most of the detections have one thing in common and this is the name “Linkury”, which is the name of one of the most annoying and difficult to delete unwanted software providers. It has been the reason of many PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) to be detected as smart toolbars and many other browser hijacking type of unwanted programs. These programs often aim to use tracking technologies on your computer that may obtain a lot of information from it, including:
- IP Address.
- Country and language.
- Browsing history.
- Track online clicks.
- Browsers installed.
- Type of antivirus installed.
- Online search history.
These details about you and your online activities may be used by the Prefs Secure adware in order for it to generate different types of advertisements on your computer, that may come as:
- Online browser redirects to other sites.
- Highlighted text on the articles you read online.
- Other intrusive ads.
These types of advertisements often aim to generate money to the Linkury team via Pay-Per-Click schemes and they hardly care what type of websites these ads lead your computer to. For as long as they are concerned, these advertisements may lead you to websites which can be risky for your PC. These types of websites are believed to be the following:
- Sites that may infect your computer with malware.
- Websites which can advertise fake system optimizers or other falsely advertised programs.
- Sites that may introduce tech support types of scams.
- Websites which could get your computer to become a victim of a cryptocurrency miner malware which may use your CPU or GPU’s power to mine for Monero, BitCoin or other crypto.
These are more than enough reasons to flag the Prefst adware as a potentially unwanted program which hides indirect risk to your computer and it’s removal is strongly advisable.
Remove Prefs Secure (Nettrans.exe) Adware you’re your Computer
In order to remove this software from your computer system, we advise that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are divided in manual as well as automatic removal manuals. Their main goal is to help you based on how much experience you have in malware and unwanted software removal. This effectively means that if you still see advertisements, security researchers often advise to download and install an advanced anti-malware software, which aims to make sure that your computer is fully secure and all adware and malware-related files are removed and your PC remains protected in real time against any threats that might appear in the future as well.
Manually delete Prefs Secure from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Prefs Secure threat: Manual removal of Prefs Secure requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
Automatically remove Prefs Secure by downloading an advanced anti-malware program
- Guide 1: How to Remove Prefs Secure from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Prefs Secure from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Prefs Secure from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Prefs Secure from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Prefs Secure from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Prefs Secure from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Prefs Secure from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Prefs Secure from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Prefs Secure
Step 2: Uninstall Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Prefs Secure from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Prefs Secure, 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.
Remove Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure 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 Prefs Secure will be removed.
Eliminate Prefs Secure 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.