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Remove PUA.AppGraffiti and Stop Ads

TypePUP, PUA, adware
Short DescriptionThe application is suitable with Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer. It offers custom layouts for Facebook.
SymptomsIntrusive advertisements, possible malware detected.
Distribution MethodBundling, from freeware providers.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By PUA.AppGraffiti

AppGraffiti has been classified as a potentially unwanted program by several AV providers. It may be detected as PUA.AppGraffiti. It is advertised as a free browser add-on that provides over 1 000 custom Facebook skins.

However, the application is monitored to record automatically browser information and share it with other services and third parties. The reason for the collection and sharing of relevant user data is displaying relevant advertisements to users, and generating quick profit. Moreover, AppGraffiti is usually bundled with third party installers like Open Candy.

Affected Systems:

(Reported by Symantec)

→Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Primary Executable:

  • appgraffiti.exe

AppGraffiti Technical Review

At first glance, many potentially unwanted applications appear useful and user-friendly but end up compromising the system by displaying intrusive ads, altering the Registry, etc.pop-ups-adware-adcloud

PUA.AppGraffiti doesn’t make an exception. Research shows that once installed, AppGraffity produces advertisements in the browser. Depending on the browser, it will act as:

  • Browser Helper Object (BHO) in Internet Explorer
  • Browser extension in Google Chrome
  • Browser Add-On in Mozilla Firefox

Once downloaded onto the system, AppGraffiti will create multiple files and will add numerous registry entries.

Another thing that the PUP does is injecting JavaScript into web pages viewed in Explorer, Chrome, or/and Firefox. This is the list of websites:


As soon as the JavaScript is added, it will:

  • Add a toolbar to the browser.
  • Allow the user to change the layout of the website.
  • Generate advertisements in the website.

PUA.AppGraffiti Removal Manual


Besides being a potentially unwanted application, PUA.AppGraffiti may contain malware. According to the scan reports of AV providers, it can be detected as:

  • Artemis!EEA11B94802B (McAfee)
  • Suspicious_GEN.F47V0725 (TrendMicro – HouseCall)
  • Packed.Win32.Obfuscated.10!O (CMC Antivirus)

Note that other detections are also possible.

Furthermore, AppGraffiti is often bundled with other third party software products. It can be located in the installers of:

Note that other bundled distributions are also possible.

When we talk about bundled distribution, it is important to scan the system to determine the number of PUPs that may be running in the background. If, however, you wish to do the removal yourself, you can follow the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti 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).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • 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).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti.

    Step 2: Remove PUA.AppGraffiti 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


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select PUA.AppGraffiti and click “Remove


    After PUA.AppGraffiti 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


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate PUA.AppGraffiti and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After PUA.AppGraffiti 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’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • 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’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select PUA.AppGraffiti 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’.


    After PUA.AppGraffiti 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.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on PUA.AppGraffiti
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the PUA.AppGraffiti will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove PUA.AppGraffiti automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all PUA.AppGraffiti associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the PUA.AppGraffiti threat: Manual removal of PUA.AppGraffiti 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.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles!

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