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Remove Cloud1.pw (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

Cloud1.pw is a push notification scam that can lead to intrusive ads even with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser switched off

Cloud1.pw
Cloud1.pw is a malicious site that asks users to subscribe to its notifications by using phishing

Cloud1.pw is a malicious website that employs social engineering[1] techniques in order to make users download files of unknown origin, collect their personal information and subscribe to notifications that would appear directly on users' desktops even if the web browser is not in use. Additionally, some users claimed that they encountered Cloud1.pw on Android phones and that persistent redirects led them to known websites.

Cloud1.pw ads and pop-ups can originate from two different sources: either the machine is infected with an adware[2] program that sneaked in without asking for direct permission, or that the notifications were accepted by pressing “Allow” on the site prompt. As a result, users might be spammed with pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, coupons, and other intrusive advertisements on Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or another web browser. Some of the browser extensions, such as “Cloud Browser,” have been found connected to the unwanted background activity. In any case, we will explain Cloud1.pw removal methods in the bottom section below.

Name Cloud1.pw
Type Adware, push notification virus
Infiltration Adware is generally known to be spread along with other freeware apps from third-party sources or via fake updates; unwanted Cloud1.pw desktop notifications can be present as a result of allowing them via the browser prompt
Related Cloud Browser extension
Symptoms Advertisement banners appear on all websites that 
Dangers Infiltration of potentially unwanted software and malware, personal data disclosure to unknown parties/cybercriminals, loss of money due to frequently encountered scams, etc. 
Termination  You can get rid of unwanted desktop notification by accessing settings panel of your browser; if a computer infection is involved, you need to terminate the adware or another PUP from your device by following the provided instructions below
System fix Adware and malware can sometimes impact the computer system in a negative way – so much so that the OS would start crashing and being unstable. If that is the case, we suggest you use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix the damage done by the virus and bring your computer back to normal

Adware is based on the monetization form – it uses advertisements that are shown to thousands of users and gain revenue for each click or redirect to a particular site. Therefore, it is in the best interest of PUP developers to expose users to as much ad content as possible, and also for as many users as possible. That is where software bundling comes in, as it is a primary distribution method of adware programs like Cloud1.pw.

Once installed, a potentially unwanted program might change web browser settings without permission and start its advertising activities. While ads can be a great business model for app developers, they always contain risks, as there are plenty of shady advertising networks. As a result, the installed PUP may lead users to websites like tech support scams,[3] phishing, hacked, and other sites, including Cloud1.pw.

To make matters worse, the instantaneous Cloud1.pw notification prompt tries to convince users to enable ads by pressing the “Allow” button. Those who do, simply allow this dubious site to proliferate more advertisement content, although it is not showed within browsers anymore, but rather as desktop notifications. Unfortunately, many users don't know how to remove Cloud1.pw notifications from their desktops once they are enabled.

Cloud1.pw virus
Cloud1.pw is a push notification virus that spams users with pop-ups, deals, offers, and other type of ads

To make users click on “Allow,” malicious actors come up with various scam messages – such a well known “Click here if you are not a robot” verification method. To put it simply, Cloud1.pw combines two legitimate features to make users view ads constantly and bring money to its developers.

All in all, the reason you see redirects to Cloud1.pw might be due to adware infection, although desktop notifications might not be related to it all and be a result of allowing them via the browser prompt after accessing the site. To get rid of the Cloud1.pw virus, you should scan your machine with anti-malware software or follow a detailed guide below.

Note that resetting browsers will also stop the annoying Cloud1.pw notifications immediately. However, if you found adware on your machine, remove it as soon as possible. Also, for best results, experts recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair tool.

Ways to avoid bundled software tricks

Many users are relatively surprised when they discover that the cause for ads, redirects, and other intrusive browsers behavior is actually a potentially unwanted program that is residing within their machines. In most cases, they will simply shake their heads and say that they never installed such applications themselves, and have no clue how it got there. The truth is, software bundling is to blame – a successful marketing campaign that incorporates several components within standalone installers.

While it is not illegal to offer users applications for free, the very controversial step of this process is the way it is done. In most cases, the optional components are suggested to users in a way that they are often missed, and most don't even notice that they were there in the first place. For that, several tricks are used, including pre-ticked boxes, misleading deals/offers, misplaced “Skip” or 'Next” buttons, fine print text, etc.

Therefore, during the installation of free software acquired from third-party sites, it is important to follow the process carefully and never skip steps. Saving a few minutes of the time can cause a major headache later, as malware can also be proliferated with the help of software bundling – previously, one of the uTorrent clients was found installation a cryptojacker on users' systems.[4]

Cloud1.pw notifications
TO get rid of Cloud1.pw notifications, you have to access your web browsers' settings

Without a doubt, having a powerful anti-malware program installed on the machine is mandatory, as it can stop various parasites from entering in the first place. However, AV is no longer enough, and users should practice safe web browsing, downloading apps, opening emails, and other online behavior.

Cloud1.pw ads removal instructions

If you are seeing Cloud1.pw virus ads on your device, you most likely allowed the notifications from a suspicious website. Luckily, this can be fixed by entering your web browser settings and getting rid of the site's entry under the “Allowed notifications” field (note that resetting all the installed browsers as per instructions below would also remove Cloud1.pw pop-ups from your desktop). Here's how to do it:

Google Chrome

  • Pick Menu and select Settings
  • Click Advanced
  • Under Privacy and security, click on Site Settings
  • Choose Notifications
  • Under Allow section, you should see Cloud1.p
  • Select More Actions and click on Block

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Select Menu and then Options
  • Click on Privacy & Security and then go for Notifications
  • Go to Settings – you should see Cloud1.pw entry
  • Click on the the drop-down menu and select Block
  • Click Save Changes

MS Edge:

  • Go to More and pick Settings
  • Select View advanced settings and then pick Advanced
  • Go to Manage permissions
  • Find Cloud1.pw and turn off notifications

If you are suffering from the same problem on your Android phone you can stop Cloud1.pw virus ads as follows:

  • Tap on the three dots at the top-right corner of Chrome browser
  • Select Settings
  • Go to Site settings or/and Notifications
  • Select which sites are [not] allowed to show you notifications 

However, if you suspect the cause of unwanted browser behavior is adware, Cloud1.pw removal will require you to find a potentially unwanted program and delete it either manually or automatically. If you choose the first option, proceed with the instructions below. If you want a quick solution, download and install security software that has a PUP detection feature and perform a full system scan.

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To remove Cloud1.pw, follow these steps:

Uninstall Cloud1.pw from Windows systems

To get rid of Cloud1.pw adware on Windows, please follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Cloud1.pw and related programs
    Here, look for Cloud1.pw or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete Cloud1.pw from Mac OS X system

macOS can also get infected with adware – perform the following actions to get rid of all PUPs:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Cloud1.pw or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase Cloud1.pw from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Cloud1.pw and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Cloud1.pw removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Cloud1.pw from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Cloud1.pw should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Cloud1.pw from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

make sure you reset Mozilla Firefox if you had adware installed on your machine:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Cloud1.pw and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Cloud1.pw removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Cloud1.pw from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Cloud1.pw and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Cloud1.pw removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Cloud1.pw from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Cloud1.pw or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Cloud1.pw removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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