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Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Recognize and Remove a Pseudo Online Survey Website

Recently some computer users complain that their browser is infected with Pseudo Online Survey Website. In this post, there will be the illustration and the tips to remove Pseudo Online Survey Website.

Description of Pseudo Online Survey Website 

Pseudo Online Survey Website usually is caused by potentially unwanted program (PUP) or potentially unwanted application (PUA) on the computer. Once the computer is infected with Pseudo Online Survey Website, it will change the browser setting on Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer. It will add a lot of unwanted extension to the targeted browser.

Pseudo Online Survey Website symptoms:

typically run by marketing or online lead generation companies
user information is often sold to third parties
user is prompted to register for multiple offers/online survey companies
user is sometimes asked for credit card information
user is rewarded for registering for multiple offers
user is often sent SPAM as a result of registering for offers
company is not always easily contacted
company's website makes unbelievable claims regarding rewards. ex. free vacations, products, huge sums of cash
website lists very limited information
difficult to know who is actually running the site
website typically lists only a privacy policy

If you get the survey popping up on your browser, you 'd better not to believe in it. The main purpose is to collect your personal information and also cheat money.When a user initially provides their information (usually on the homepage), often times the website sells this information to data collection firms, who then in turn sells the information to companies looking to contact people to promote their products or services. Sometimes this information is actually sold to legitimate market research companies. Once a user completes their registration, they are prompted to sign up with online survey companies, or for other offers. When the user does this, the website is paid a flat rate for every user which takes a certain action. It is suggested to remove Pseudo Online Survey Website as soon as possible and  it is highly recommended to keep a powerful anti-virus like Spyhunter on the computer to remove and block viruses.

Solutions to remove Pseudo Online Survey Website  

In this post, there will be two solutions to remove Pseudo Online Survey Website :

1. Remove Pseudo Online Survey Website manually.
2. Remove Pseudo Online Survey Website by using SpyHunter anti-malware.

Instructions to Get Rid of Pseudo Online Survey Website

Method 1: Pseudo Online Survey Website  Manual Deletion

Step 1Open Windows Task Manager and close all running processes.
( Methods to open Task Manager: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL or CTRL+SHIFT+ESC or Press the Start button->click on the Run option->Type in taskmgr and press OK.)

Step 2: Reset your browser setting

In the drop-down list of Firefox, go to Help and click on Troubleshooting Information.
Click on the Reset Firefox button to reset it.

Google Chrome: 
Click on the Chrome menu on the right of toolbar and then select Settings.
Scroll down to the bottom to click Show advanced settings.
Go down to the bottom and click Reset browser settings to reset Google Chrome to its default setting.

Click Tools on the up right corner and select Internet Options.
Click on Advanced tab, press Reset button to reset IE to its default settings.

Step 3: Remove files of Pseudo Online Survey Website   like the pictures showed:

Step 4: Go to the Registry Editor and remove all the infection registry entries listed here:

(Steps: Hit Win+R keys and then type regedit in Run box to search)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Start Page" = "http://www.<random>.com/?type=hp&ts=<timestamp>&from=tugs&uid=<hard drive id>"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search "CustomizeSearch" = "http://www.<random>.com/web/?type=ds&ts=<timestamp>&from=tugs&uid=<hard drive id>&q={searchTerms}"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search "SearchAssistant" = "http://www.<random>.com/web/?type=ds&ts=<timestamp>&from=tugs&uid=<hard drive id>&q={searchTerms}"

Step 5: All the infection associated files listed below need to be removed:

C:\Program Files\<random>

Method  2: Automatic Removal with SpyHunter

SpyHunter is a world-famous real-time malware protection and removal tool, which is designed to detect , remove and protect your PC from the latest malware attacks, such as Trojans, worms, rootkits, rogue viruses, browser hijacker, ransomware, adware, key-loggers, and so forth. To keep SpyHunter Anti-malware on your computer is an important way to protect your computer in a good condition. Please find the instruction as follow. 

Step 1: Press the following button to download SpyHunter.

Step 2: Save it into your computer and click on 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 Scan computer now!

Step 4: Tick Select all and then Remove to delete all threats.

 Guide to download RegCure Pro to optimize PC 

If you are still worried about the left over of Pseudo Online Survey Website 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. 


Note: Manual removal Pseudo Online Survey Website refers to key parts of computer system. Any error step may lead to system crash. If you don’t have sufficient expertise in dealing with the manual removal. Install Spyhunter can be your better choice, because it is capable of auto-detecting and removing viruses. 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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