Putlocker is the name of a chain of sites that offer different TV series and shows, however, truth is, they used to be good couple of years ago. Most of the sites were shut down due to new piracy laws coming in power and what is left is fake Putlocker websites, that are designed to generate revenue with fake ads, pop-ups, redirects and push notifications. Read this article to understand how to clean up your machine in case it was victimised by Putlocker ads.
|Short Description||May affect your computer with unwanted software, which could show a lot of different types of advertisements and other forms of unwanted content that may even be dangerous.|
|Symptoms||You may start seeing a lot of different types of advertisements on your computer in different forms.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Putlocker “Virus”- How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The putlocker virus is actually a set of viruses or unwanted software that could land on your computer as a result of you having to visit the fake putlocker site. Most of the Putlocker websites can infect your computer by simply you clicking on them. They often appear as if they are a video about to begin:
However, unlike the original Putlocker site, the fake one often may often cause the following types of ads on your computer:
- Push notifications.
- Highlighted text ads.
The main idea of the Putlocker website is to show advertisements that lead to suspicious sites. Some of the sites to which these fake domains may have led you could lead to the following dangers:
- Malware infection.
- Redirect to a scam site.
- Redirect to a phishing web page.
- Auto-download of a fake antivirus or other form of rogue software.
- Auto-download of an extension or other adware application.
How to Clean Up Putlocker “Viruses” /h2>
To clean up your computer as a result of visting Putlocker, it is very important that you follow the removal instructions below. If you do not seem to be sure which the unwanted software is, then we strongly recommend that you use a proffesional cleanup software, that will make sure to remove all of the Putlocker virus related files and objects from your computer and protect it against any infections that might occur in the future as well.
To remove Putlocker virus follow these steps:
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Putlocker virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Putlocker virus from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Putlocker virus from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Putlocker virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Putlocker virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Putlocker virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Putlocker virus from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Putlocker virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Putlocker virus
Step 2: Uninstall Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Putlocker virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Putlocker virus, 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 Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus 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 Putlocker virus will be removed.
Eliminate Putlocker virus 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.