How to Get Rid of/Remove SurfToSave Ads-Virus Removal Tips

Posted by Britt Duncan - October 14, 2014

Cannot stop ads by SurfToSave completely? It slips inside silently & changes the browser settings? This removal guide provides a quick & safe way to get rid of it.

Basic Information of SurfToSave

SurfToSave is a dangerous adware that is created by cyber culprits to advertise various commercial websites, products and services or dispense viruses or malware. Once it find its way inside your computer, this adware will launch without any manual interference every time you start your browser and displays unstoppable blinking windows, pop-ups, banners and in-text links on your websites. If you click on those ads or pop-ups by mistake, other domain will pop up on a new tab and bring even more commercials to you . As you can tell, this will disturb and mess up your work on the web completely.

SurfToSave-ads

Usually, SurfToSave comes bundled with free programs and installs without any manual interference. Sometimes, other vicious threats like Gosave, Groovorio.com can also be the carrier to introduce in this adware. Cyber crooks v utilize this malware to deploy tracking cookies and snoop on your activities. So, it is recommended to always read the Terms and Agreements beforehand to check whether there are any bundling malware. The detailed removal steps and tips are available in the following to help you combat this malware .

Propagation of SurfToSave Adware :

(1) SurfToSave usually comes bundled with free applications when you download and install free programs. So, you should always take caution about unfamiliar programs when you install a free program.

(2) SurfToSave enters into a random computer after you click a spam email. This kind of email may contain malicious attachments with a copy of this malware.

(3) SurfToSave may incubate on compromised websites. SurfToSave can be automatically implanted into your computer with drive-by download method.

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Effective Way to Remove SurfToSave

Step One: Enter Safe Mode.

*For Windows 7/Vista/XP users:

a. Restart the computer. Before Windows Welcome interface appears, please tap F8key constantly until Windows Advanced Options Menu displays.

b. On the black screen of Windows Advanced Options Menu, use the arrow key to move down and choose Safe Mode option by highlighting it. Then hit Enter on the Keyboard.

*For Windows 8 users:

a. Select Settings on the charm bar and then Power options. Press and hold Shift key on the keyboard and click Restart.

b. Click Troubleshoot on the displaying Choose an option menu and then Advanced option to proceed.

c. Choose Windows Startup Settings next and press Restart. After that, the computer will reboot and show nine start-up settings, click F4 to enter Safe Mode.

Step Two: Empty temp files to clean out harmful files.

a. Hold and press Win + R key together and bring up Run box.

b. Put in %temp% and hit Enter key, temp file folder will display automatically.
c. Select all items by pressing Ctrl + A key together, right click the mouse and select delete to remove them all.

Step Three: Get rid of registry items related to SurfToSave.

a. Back up registry entries in case of any mistaken operation.

To know how to back up registry files, please click here to know more.

b. Tap Win + R key altogether to display Run box. Open Registry Editor by putting regedit in Runbox and hit Enter.

c. Look through the registry entries and find out all listed harmful items. Right click on them and click Deleteto remove.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = ‘1’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ‘0’

d. Examine following entries respectively. Seeing any suspicious key value started with Run, right click on it and select Delete.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Startup=”C:\windows\start menu\programs\startup

Step Four: Terminate processes and service run by SurfToSave virus.

a. Activate Task Manager. Click Ctrl + Alt +Delete for Win 7/XP users, and Ctrl + Shift + ESC for Win8 users.
b. Move to View tab and choose Select Columns from the list. Tick Image Path Nameand PID, click OK.

c. Search for harmful processes and services of the virus listed in the following. Click on the items to select them and click End processes.

random.exe

Step Five: Delete hidden files of SurfToSave virus.

*For Windows 7/XP/Vista users

a. Open Control Panel/ from Start menu and choose Folder Options to proceed.

b. Find Viewtab and select Show hidden files and folders at Advanced Settings column. Then click OK to apply the change.

c. Search for the futile files listed below in the computer by following the path name and delete them permanently.

%AllUsersProfile%
%AllUsersProfile%\Programs\{random letters}\
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~r
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~dll

*For Windows 8 users

a. Open Windows Explorer from Start screen, navigate to View tab. At Show/Hide column, tick both File name extensions and Hidden items and hit Enter.

b. All hidden malicious files outlined below are now displaying. Find out all of them and remove altogether.

C:\Windows/system/user32
c:\Windows\System32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winntddu.dll
C:\Windows\Installer\{648c7366-661d-8c7c-a2b5-bfc01b210a94}\U\000000CB.

Video of How to Delete a Virus from Registry:

Tips to Prevent SurfToSave Invasion

1. Stay away from insecure websites. Download programs, files and update package from trustworthy official addresses only;
2. Update the virus database of the installed antivirus program on a regular basis. Please keep it running real-time protection to lower the chance of being attacked.
3. Upgrade the existing applications immediately once there are notifications of update so as to prevent any system vulnerablility;
4. Be attentive when receiving unknown links from social networking sites, instant message clients and group emails. They might contain a copy of this virus.

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