|Type||PUP, PUA, adware|
|Short Description||The application is suitable with Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer. It offers custom layouts for Facebook.|
|Symptoms||Intrusive advertisements, possible malware detected.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, from freeware providers.|
|Detection tool||Download 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.
(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
AppGraffiti Technical Review
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.
- 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:
- RebateInformer by Inbox.com
- SiteRanker by Crawler
- Inbox Toolbar by Inbox.com
- Online Vault by Crawler
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti.
Step 2: Remove PUA.AppGraffiti from your browser
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.
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.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on PUA.AppGraffiti
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PUA.AppGraffiti from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PUA.AppGraffiti on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PUA.AppGraffiti in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PUA.AppGraffiti from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PUA.AppGraffiti from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PUA.AppGraffiti from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable PUA.AppGraffiti Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove PUA.AppGraffiti from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PUA.AppGraffiti
Step 2: Uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PUA.AppGraffiti from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PUA.AppGraffiti, 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 PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti 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 PUA.AppGraffiti will be removed.
Eliminate PUA.AppGraffiti 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.AppGraffiti 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.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".