How to Remove Oload.icu Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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The appearance of the Oload.icu website means one thing. That your computer is no longer adware-free. Somehow, a parasite from the adware family has managed to sneak on your device unnoticed and is now causing problems. Don’t worry, this malicious software limits its attack to web browsers only. It means that your computer system itself has not been infected.

That being said, from the moment this pest invades and calls your browser its home, it will start to generate numerous annoying ads. They can be in the form of pop-ups, in-text, banners or blinking alerts. They could also be marked with a text that reads ‘Powered by Oload.icu’, ‘Brought to you by Oload.icu’, ‘Ads by Oload.icu’, etc.

A large number of promotions will be very damaging to your web browser, causing it to crash and lag on a daily basis. You should also know that adware is not programmed to verify the pages it will sponsor, so there is no way of knowing for sure where you might get redirected to. You may be one click away from being rerouted to infected websites that will seek to harm your computer.

The good news is, that this parasite is not as advanced. The only way for it to infiltrate your PC is if you install it yourself. In most cases, users do that without even realizing it. Often, adware lurks behind spam emails and shady ads. It is best to delete any spam emails from unknown senders, especially if they contain attachments and executable files. Also, if an ad seems too good to be true, in reality, it may be designed to lure you into a trap. Make sure to visit trustworthy web pages only.

If you need to update your software, don’t rush into clicking on the first update pop-up that has appeared on your screen. More often than not, such notifications turn out to be fraudulent. Adware can also find its way on your computer through torrent files and software bundles. That’s why you should pay close attention to what you’re downloading and think twice before clicking on that ‘I Agree’ button. Make it a habit to thoroughly read the terms and conditions. We also recommend installing under the custom/advanced setup, to make sure that any bonus content is not hidden from you.

The Oload.icu website has no place on your web browser. Its pop-ups will follow you no matter which page you’re visiting. Even a site that didn’t display any ads will now get flooded with sponsored content. The parasite’s goal is to make you click on as many ads as possible. For each click you make, the adware gets paid. To ensure its mission is successful, it will spy on you. Your online activity will be monitored non-stop, and data like browsing history and search results – collected, just so it can provide targeted content you’ll be more likely to click on.

Unfortunately, that may not be the only personal information it can steal from you. Your passwords, IP addresses, bank account credentials, credit card numbers, Login ID, etc. can also fall into the hands of crooks, who seek to sell this data to other questionable third-parties. The only way to resolve this issue is to remove this nasty parasite before it is too late!

Oload.icu Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still cannot remove Oload.icu from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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