Today I got introduced to an adware – Quickheal Cleaner, the way it was installed on the PC was quite intresting…
I was going to watch a movie today, which I had downloaded yesterday from P2P netwroking sites (torrents). When I opened the movie with Windows Media Player (as it was in .wmv format), it said that the codec required to play the movie has to be downloaded. I downloaded it and installed it, then what I noticed was that the file “Quickheal” wasn’t a codec it was a program. Then it ran automatically, started some sort of scanning (like Windows Defender does) & started giving out warnings & alerts again & again, that the PC is having a lot of threats + internet attacks + Trojans + whatever malicious you could think of… (LOL)
This behaviour itself proved to me that this Quickheal Cleaner was an Adware, (I had had such coincidences before) I googled for Quickheal Cleaner & found that what I had thought is true, it is an Adware…
Now, how do I get the PC back to normal? I googled that and found some softwares called “Quickheal Cleaner Removal Tool“. But I couldn’t trust those softwares either. I got other ways of manually removing it, but they seemed time-consuming…At this point of time, running Windows Restore? & restoring the PC to an earlier time seemed most probable thing to do, and the most easiest also.
Thank God, that the adware hadn’t deleted the System Restore points (deleting the restore points is common for trojans). After the System Restore, the PC was normal again. Then to convince myself, I opened that movie file with GOM Media Player & I learned that it was a fake video file binded with an Adware as GOM Player just showed some green & white horizontal lines moving over the screen for 5 seconds :P
So if you ever come across anything called Quickheal Cleaner, don’t even think to install it, unless you want your PC dumped with fake alerts (they are really irritating) & ads :D