DIY Remove a Freecause Virus

What is Freecause Virus?

The Freecause virus is a program that attaches itself to your web browser. It usually includes a toolbar at the top of the browser that can look very legitimate. You might have gotten the virus by clicking on an unreliable link in an email, or by downloading a file or program from a malicious source. This virus changes your browser home page to a site run by the virus, such as toolbarservice.freecause.com or search.freecause.com. The virus can also interfere with your default search engine and make it impossible for you to open valid online programs or pages.

How to I remove Freecause Virus?

Freecause virus may be found and removed by most anti-virus software programs. You can also manually eliminate the files that the program inserts on your machine one-by-one. Be forewarned – trying to manually remove viruses can be a tricky business. If you accidentally remove the wrong registry file, for instance, you might do serious damage to your computer. Proceed with caution if you try to manually remove Freecause virus files.

 

Option 1: Run an Anti-Virus Program

This is the best option for average computer users. If you’re not that familiar with your computer’s registry, try this first and only move on to manual removal if the Freecause virus still persists after you run the program.

 

 

    1. Put your computer into safe mode. A program like Freecause virus makes it difficult if not impossible to open an anti-virus program that already exists, and won’t let you download a new one. Enter safe mode by restarting your computer and then hitting the F8 key before you see anything on the screen. The F8 key is usually at the top of your keyboard. This will bring up the advanced options menu.

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    1. Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” from the list of options and wait for your desktop information to load. Your icons will appear larger than normal, but you can still use them.
    2.  Download here [wpdm_file id=4]      OR        Open your web browser and go to free.avg.com. Follow the onscreen prompts to initiate a download of the AVG Free anti-virus software. After choosing “Get free protection now” choose the “Download” button and then “Download now” on the CNET webpage.
    3. Double click on the installer tool to open it and then click “Yes” or “Run.”

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    1. Open AVG Free and click on “Scan options.” Always choose “Whole computer scan.” Since the Freecause virus can be hiding in more than one place on your computer, a whole computer scan ensures that the anti-virus software can find all instances of the software on your machine.

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  1. Wait for AVG Free to finish its scan, and approve the healing of all found threats. Reboot your computer in normal mode.

Option 2: Manual Virus Removal

    1. Restart your computer in safe mode by hitting F8 and choosing “Safe mode with networking” from the advanced options menu.
    2. Hit “Control,” “Alt,” and “Delete” at the same time to call up the Task Manager. Go to the “Processes” tab.

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    1. Stop the following process by clicking on it once and then choosing the “End Process” button:random.exe/.dll.
    2. Close the Task Manager and click on the Windows start menu. Search for the following files in the search field at the bottom of the menu, one at a time.%AppData%\[random].exe
      %ProgramFiles%\LP\[random].tmp
      %ProgramFiles%\LP\[random].exeAs you find each file, right-click on it in your search results and choose “Delete” from the drop down menu.
    3. Type “regedit” into the search bar in the Windows start menu and then hit the “Enter” key. When prompted by a pop-up window, click the “Yes” button. This will open your computer’s registry editor program.

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    1. Navigate to and delete the following files from your computer registry. They are associated with the Freecause virus and must be deleted in order for the virus to be completely deleted from your machine.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} “[trojan name] Toolbar”
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}VersionIndependentProgID “[trojan name]IEHelper.UrlHelper”
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}ProgID “[trojan name]IEHelper.UrlHelper.1″
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115} “UrlHelper ClClose the registry editor when the files are all deleted.
    2. Open the Internet browser that the virus toolbar was attached to, such as Internet Explorer. Go to the Tools menu and choose “Internet Options.” Go to “Advanced” and “Reset.” If prompted, click “Reset” again to confirm the action and then click “OK” to close the Internet Options window. Resetting your Internet browser will disable any toolbars and add-ons; while this action will disable any remnants of the Freecause toolbar, be advised that it will also get rid of other toolbars and add-ons you have. You will need to manually enable them again.

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  1. Go back to the Tools menu on your browser and choose “Manage Add-Ons.” Go to the Extensions tab and delete “Toolbarservice.freecause.com” if you see it.
  2. Reboot your machine in normal mode.

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