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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Guide to Remove PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns Step by Step

PUM.DesktopIcons always pops up. I can "delete" or replace the registry, but every time I turn my computer on or reset it, it's still picked up by my RougeKiller. On top of that, there's a PUM.Dns. Is there anyway I can remove them permanently? Help would be much appreciated!

Brief Introduction about PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns

PUM.Dns, PUM.Policies and PUM.DesktopIcons are the potentially unwanted programs(PUPs) that can get into your computer along with other third parties, such as free software, files and drivers, spam emails attachment, corrupt content, or unsafe web sites, infected media or USB devices and etc. Once this kind of infection gets into the computer, it will change the computer system setting and registry entries. Once PUM.DesktopIcons infiltrates the computer successfully, it will activate and starts to run once the computer boots up. It will take up the system resources and turn up the CPU. Your computer will run very slowly with a lot of processes.

When you surf the Internet, PUM.DesktopIcons will generate a lot of ads on your browser. It will add some unwanted icons on your desktop. Moreover, it is capable to exploit the system loopholes to allow other virus to get into the targeted computer. It will also give access to the remote hackers to monitor your computer and steal your important data. This virus can be a big threat to your computer. You'd better remove it immediately. And it is highly recommended to keep a powerful anti-virus like Spyhunter on the computer to remove and block viruses.

Impact of PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns

It can terminate several executable processes or applications on the computer.
It will slow down the internet connection and PC performance in a large scale.
It will displays misleading pop ups or advertisements to trick the computer users.
It will alter windows registry, modify system settings as well as browser settings.
It will violate system security and steals the private and confidential data.

PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns Removal Guide

Guide 1: To manually delete all its related items like the steps showed below

Step 1: Restart computer in safe mode.  

Keep pressing F8 key before Windows interface launches. When Windows Advanced Options menu turns up, select Safe Mode with Networking and tap Enter key.

Step 2: End all running process in Task Manager 

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del together to open Task Manager -> click on processes and tick Processes from all users box -> click on End Process to end all processes

Step 3: Delete the Trojan program from Uninstall a program in Control Panel

Open Start menu and choose Control Panel -> select Uninstall a program -> choose the Trojan program and right click the Uninstall button on your right to delete it

Step 4: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. 
When Folder Options window opens, click on its View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then press OK.

Step 5: Remove all entries below in Registry Editor:

Press Windows+R to launch Run…-> type Regedit into Open box and click OK to open Registry Editor-> find out all registry entries above and delete them

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns " = "%AppData%\<random>.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns " = "%AppData%\<random>.exe"

Guide 2: To safely and automatically uninstall it with SpyHunter

SpyHunter is a real-time and effective antivirus. Though you have had a safeguard before, it can still be installed as an assistant one. Then, your computer will have double security.

Step 1: Press the following icon to download SpyHunter.

Step 2: Get it saved in your computer and click the Run choice to install it step by step. 

Step 3: Click Finish then you can use it to scan your computer to find out potential threats by pressing Start New Scan.

Step 4:Tick Select All and then Remove to delete all reported threat.

If you are still worried about the left over of PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns and want to clean all the unwanted registry entries,  or want to uninstall other specific programs, it is recommended to use Perfect Uninstaller. 

  Guide to download RegCure Pro to optimize PC 

If you are still worried about the left over of PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns and want to clean all the unwanted registry entries,  it is recommended to use RegCure Pro.

Step 1. Install and launch RegCure Pro on your PC.

Step 2.  Select "Yes" to download and install RegCure Pro.


Step 3. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 4. RegCure Pro will open automatically on your screen.

RegCure Pro

 Step 5. RegCure Pro is scanning your PC for error.

 RegCure Pro2

Step 6. After scanning, choose the issues you want to fix. 


Conclusion: PUM.DesktopIcons and PUM.Dns can be very destructive. It compromises your computer and also your privacy. Please don’t wait until it has caused unalterable damages. Manual removal is complex and risky task, as it refers to key parts of computer system, and is recommended only for advanced users. Download SpyHunter to block and remove it automatically and safely now. You can also Download RegCure Pro to help you clean up unwanted registry entries and files so as to optimize the computer.

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