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PUA.Malware Crusher – What Is it and How to Remove It Completely

This article has been created in order to explain what is Malware Crusher PUP and how to remove it completely from your computer.

A potentially unwanted program, known as PUA.Malware Crusher has been detected and analysed by malware experts at Symantec. The software has been reported to exhibit a potentially unwanted type of behavior on the computers on which it has been installed. Users have reported it to run automatic scans on the computers it has been installed on and show fake malware detections and to remove it, the app demands a purchase of it’s full version. If you have Malware Crusher installed on your computer, we advise you to read the following article and learn how to remove this software from your computer.

Subnote: This article was originally created February 2018, but we gave it an update September 2019.

Threat Summary

Name PUA.Malware Crusher
Type Hoax Antivirus / PUP
Short Description Aims to display fake detections on the computer it is installed on in order to convince victims to purchase it’s full version to remove them.
Symptoms Runs automatic scans, runs on system startup, displays fake virus detection messages.
Distribution Method Bundled installers, fake setups, fake detection web pages.
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Malware Crusher – How Did I Get It

This unwanted software can find itself installed on your computer via several different methods, the primary of which is if your PC has already had been affected by an unwanted program, like browser hijacker or adware. Such programs may redirect your to fake error detection messages which deceive that your computer is under threat and ask to download a fixing tool, for example the fake web page below:

In addition to this, another way via which Malware Crusher can slither onto your computer is if the software comes alongside other third-party applications, such as an installer for drivers, for different freeware apps you look for to download on a regular basis, like your favorite media player, etc. Such apps are often published on free software providing websites which add the automatic installation of unwanted apps, like Malware Crusher in their setup wizards. And it is not easy to find it too, because the prompt which asks if you want to add Malware Crusher alongside your current install is usually concealed within the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes of your current setup.

Malware Crusher – Analysis and Activity Report

Once installed on your computer, the program drops the following files in the folders it automatically creates on your computer:

→ %ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\7z.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\7z.exe
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\Application_icon.png
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\danish_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\Dutch_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\english_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\finish_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\French_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\german_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\italian_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\japanese_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\langs.db
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\mclog.xsl
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\mcr.exe
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\mcr.exe.config
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\Newtonsoft.Json.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\norwegian_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\portuguese_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\PresentationCore.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\russian_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\spanish_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\swedish_iss.ini
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\System.Data.SQLite.DLL
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\System.Windows.Controls.Input.Toolkit.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\System.Windows.Controls.Layout.Toolkit.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\TAFactory.IconPack.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\unins000.dat
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\unins000.exe
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\unins000.msg
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\upload.log
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\WpfAnimatedGif.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\WPFToolkit.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\x64\SQLite.Interop.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher\x86\SQLite.Interop.dll
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Buy Malware Crusher.lnk
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Buy Malware Crusher.lnk
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Malware Crusher.lnk
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Malware Crusher.lnk
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Uninstall Malware Crusher.lnk
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Uninstall Malware Crusher.lnk
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Browsers.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\ChromeExtentions.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\ChromeFiles.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\ChromeSearch.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\CLSID.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\CompleteDatabase.db
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FileNames.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FilesPath.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FirefoxExtentions.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FirefoxFiles.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FirefoxSearch.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FolderNames.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FoldersPath.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\IEExtension.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\IESearch.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\MalwareDetails.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Md5Hash.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Plugins.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Registry.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\RegistrySetting.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Services.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\StartupTask.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\223completedatabase.zip
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\224update.db
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\224update.zip
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\225update.db
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\225update.zip
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\226update.db
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\226update.zip
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\227update.db
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\227update.zip
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\228update.db
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\228update.zip
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\URLS.cb
%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\QTine.cb
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\DatabaseUpdate.xml
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Errorlog.txt
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\icon\124700.ico
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\intel_desktop.gif
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\LogBackups\mcbackup_22122017_123917.bin
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\LogBackups\mcbackup_22122017_124700.bin
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\logbkp.xml
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\notifier.xml
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Result.cb
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Temp\1eb6cf0736574d5e9fe337f65f9503a2.xml
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Temp\4b35584bb2b642529b3ceb2e5baca563.xml
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Temp\8dc80c0443854e29ae1a555adf6d9cba.xml
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Temp\c2977b9095fe446880c3cfe55c0a91e8.xml
%AppData%\Roaming\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\update.xml
%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Buy Malware Crusher.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Buy Malware Crusher.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Malware Crusher.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Malware Crusher.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Uninstall Malware Crusher.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\Uninstall Malware Crusher.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Browsers.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\ChromeExtentions.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\ChromeFiles.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\ChromeSearch.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\CLSID.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\CompleteDatabase.db
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FileNames.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FilesPath.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FirefoxExtentions.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FirefoxFiles.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FirefoxSearch.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FolderNames.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\FoldersPath.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\IEExtension.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\IESearch.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\MalwareDetails.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Md5Hash.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Plugins.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Registry.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\RegistrySetting.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Services.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\StartupTask.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\223completedatabase.zip
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\224update.db
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\224update.zip
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\225update.db
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\225update.zip
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\226update.db
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\226update.zip
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\227update.db
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\227update.zip
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\228update.db
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\Update\228update.zip
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\Definition\URLS.cb
%AllUsersProfile%\MalwareCrusher.com\Malware Crusher\QTine.cb
%UserProfile%\Public\Desktop\Malware Crusher.lnk

After it’s program files are dropped on your PC, Malware Crusher begins to directly modify your Windows Registry Editor. The app performs this by adding the following registry sub-keys with entries on them, allowing it to perform different activities without asking for permission:

→ HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Buy Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Buy Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Buy Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Crusher\”Buy Malware Crusher.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”utm_source” = “mcrsite2″
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”utm_campaign” = “mcrsite2″
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”utm_medium” = “mcrsite2″
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”affiliateid” = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”pxl” = “mcr2083_mcr2039_mcr1075″
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”utm_pubid” = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”Installstring” = “%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”Installstring” = “%ProgramFiles%\Malware Crusher”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\malwarecrusher.com\Malware Crusher\”LangCod” = “en”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Audio\PolicyConfig\PropertyStore\678d533b_0\”” = “{0.0.0.00000000}.{65bd4179-e5d9-4ab5-ad83-86cf5a6c8cb3}|\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Program Files\Malware Crusher\mcr.exe%b{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}”

Modifying those registry sub-keys allows Malware Crusher to run automatic scans on your computer system, and to display information, which makes it seem as if your computer is under threat:

What is more, Malware Crusher is the type of program which does not remove the possibly non-existent malware detections it has discovered on your computer for free. This is because Malware Crusher’s end goal, like any other PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is to convince you to purchase the full version of the software in order to remove the threats from your PC. If you are facing such a decision, researchers strongly advise not to thing twice and remove this believed-to-be hoax antivirus from your computer system.

How to Remove Malware Crusher from Your Computer

In order to get rid of this unwanted application, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions down below. They are separated in manual and automatic removal manuals, whose primary purpose is to help you isolate Malware Crusher from your system and then delete it. If manual removal does work for you, keep in mind that security experts always outline that the best way to fully remove programs, like Malware Crusher from computers is to perform a scan with an advanced anti-malware software, which will make sure that the all of the related objects to Malware crusher are gone from your PC and it stays protected against future intrusive programs as well.

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About the PUA.Malware Crusher Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this PUA.Malware Crusher how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.

How did we conduct the research on PUA.Malware Crusher?

Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the PUA.Malware Crusher threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

References

1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates

How to Remove PUA.Malware Crusher from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PUA.Malware Crusher

OFFER

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 PUA.Malware Crusher 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 PUA.Malware Crusher 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 PUA.Malware Crusher 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 PUA.Malware Crusher 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 PUA.Malware Crusher from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall PUA.Malware Crusher 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
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 PUA.Malware Crusher:

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 PUA.Malware Crusher. 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 PUA.Malware Crusher. 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 PUA.Malware Crusher 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 PUA.Malware Crusher. 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 PUA.Malware Crusher files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PUA.Malware Crusher, 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 PUA.Malware Crusher:


Download

SpyHunter for Mac


Video Removal Guide for PUA.Malware Crusher (Mac)


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Remove PUA.Malware Crusher 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Erase PUA.Malware Crusher 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Uninstall PUA.Malware Crusher 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Remove PUA.Malware Crusher 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 PUA.Malware Crusher 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Eliminate PUA.Malware Crusher 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.


Remove Push Notifications caused by PUA.Malware Crusher from Your Browsers.


Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.

settings

Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

advanced settings

Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

Content Settings

Step 4: Open “Notifications”:

notifications

Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

Block, Edit or Remove

Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.

options

Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":

Settings

Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

remove push notifications firefox

Stop Push Notifications on Opera

Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.

opera

Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

content settings

Step 3: Open Notifications:

notifications

Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

three dots

Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.

preferences

Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".



PUA.Malware Crusher FAQ

What is PUA.Malware Crusher?

The PUA.Malware Crusher threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.

The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.

What are the symptoms of PUA.Malware Crusher?

There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:

Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.

Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.

Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.

Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.

Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.

If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.

What types of Unwanted Programs are there?

According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:

  • Rogue Antivirus programs.
  • Adware.
  • Browser hijackers.
  • Clickers.
  • Fake optimizers.

What to do if I have a "virus" like PUA.Malware Crusher?

Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.

How to secure my passwords and other data from PUA.Malware Crusher?

With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:

Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.

Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.

Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.

Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.

Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.

Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.

Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.

Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.

Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.

If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.

More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.

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