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Remove Fapmeth (Removal Instructions) - Tutorial

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Fapmeth – adware that performs redirects on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Fapmeth malware
Fapmeth - a PUP that attacks Chrome and Firefox browsers mostly

Fapmeth is a PUP (sub-type: adware) that reveals itself with intrusive browser redirects on Chrome, Firefox, etc. When the adware starts engaging with your computer, you are likely to find your web browser filled with helper objects, i.e. plug-ins, cookies. As a result, the added products will supposedly start pushing pop-up notifications, throwing you to odd domains, and tracking your online activities. Fapmeth.com malware is a name given to this adware for a reason. Event though PUPs do not hold the nature of malware, they use deceptive ways to reach computers and perform unexpected tasks.

Name Fapmeth
Type Potentially unwanted program
Sub-type Ad-supported application
IP address The fapmeth.com domain is linked to the 188.72.215.4 IP address
Browsers This adware has been mostly spotted on Google Chrome and Firefox web browsers, however, it also can appear on Safari and other types of browser apps
Main tasks Advertising, redirecting, browsing data recording are the main activities promoted by this adware program
System scan Employ a tool such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner to perform a thorough computer checkup process and detect all suspicious products on your machine
Elimination You can remove Fapmeth virus by using automatical products or step-by-step instructions. Both methods are explained at the end of this article

Fapmeth virus is often promoted by a deceptive marketing technique “bundling”. This method succeeds when the developer inserts his app into a package of original software and the product ends app as an additional “present” on the user computer system. This happens for users who do not mind web security requirements.

According to research, the adware is most likely to appear on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers, however, this PUP sometimes also refers to Fapmeth Safari as it can be found on the macOS-used web browser too. There are more PUPs delivered for Windows OS, however, developers have been releasing apps that are supported by not only one OS.

If Fapmeth is added to your web browser, do not feel surprised that your homepage and new tab search zones have been altered by the adware. Additionally, you might find bogus entries and files in locations such as Task Manager or Windows Registry. If it is macOS that you are using, odd apps are placed in the Applications folder.

Continuously, various AV engines such as Malwarebytes find Fapmeth as a deceptive site and block access to it.[1] In addition, according to the information posted on VirusTotal,[2] antivirus software such as Fortinet and Forcepoint ThreatSeeker detect the fapmeth.com website even as a malicious one.

Fapmeth virus
Fapmeth virus - an adware program that has been detected as malicious by Malwarebytes and some other AV engines

Fapmeth.com (IP:188.72.215.4) is not a domain that you can trust as it is capable of performing suspicious redirects to other locations some of which might turn out to be infected with dangerous malware. Continuously, the app might encourage you to purchase useless products and services for a big price by promoting them via its pop-up ads.

Pay-per-click advertisement is the main income source for Fapmeth developers, however, not the only one possible. Third-parties often plant tracking objects into web browsers so that they could record the user's browsing habits. Collected information is passed on to partners for income or used in delivering targeted adverts.

Seeing messages on your browser such as “Read Fapmeth.com”, “Connected to Fapmeth.com”, “Waiting for Fapmeth.com”, or something similar might be a sign of an adware infection. However, in some cases, Fapmeth might appear while visiting bogus locations and you can try stopping its pop-up ads by installing Adblock Plus[3] on your browser.

Our experts do not see anything positive about this adware and encourage users to remove Fapmeth from their Windows or macOS computer systems. Additionally, note that browser cleaning is another crucial step to take if you want the potentially unwanted program to vanish permanently and not return in the nearest future.

Fapmeth removal would be easier to perform by employing antimalware software, however, there always is a manual option for users. At the end of the article, we have provided step-by-step guidelines that will help you to clean web browser apps from helper components. In addition, try using Reimage Reimage Cleaner for detecting all suspicious content on your computer.

Fapmeth adware

The delivery of adware is always unexpected

We guess that there is no such person that would download and install adware regarding personal likings. That is why third-party developers often think of sneaky ways to distribute their apps, otherwise, they would land on users' computer systems rarely, or, almost never.

Computer experts from Virusai.lt believe that adware applications and their additional products are most commonly downloaded together with other software from unsecured third-party sources. This deceptive marketing technique is known as “software bundling”.

However, this is just one technique of how PUPs might get on computer systems. Developers also find vulnerable websites such as CNET, Softonic and place their apps into hyperlinks or advertisements that launch the downloading process directly once clicked. 

Others use fake Adobe Flash Player updates or other “outdated” software to get there adware through. Some good news is that secret infiltration can be avoided by taking the required security measures. First of all, make sure that you employ a reliable AV tool for automatical security.

Afterward, choose only the Custom/Advanced technique for completing downloads and avoid all Quick/Recommended modes that increase the risk of an adware infection. All in all, be careful while browsing the Internet sphere and keep a distance from sources that look unreliable to you.

Removal steps for Fapmeth virus

If Fapmeth.com has been bothering you only occasionally, there might be no adware in your computer system after all. Installing an adblocking tool should be enough to prevent unwanted advertisements from reappearing.

However, if adverts and redirects keep showing up more frequently than before, there is a big chance that you have been dealing with an adware program. To find out the real situation, you should scan your machine with a reliable tool. Afterward, take action towards the Fapmeth removal process.

You can remove Fapmeth by both manual and automatical techniques. Below you will find a detailed description on how to succeed in both methods. Note that cleaning all browser apps such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Explorer is necessary if you want to prevent the adware from coming back.

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To remove Fapmeth, follow these steps:

Get rid of Fapmeth from Windows systems

To remove the PUP from Windows, complete the following 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 Fapmeth and related programs
    Here, look for Fapmeth 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'

Erase Fapmeth from Mac OS X system

  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 Fapmeth 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'

Remove Fapmeth from Internet Explorer (IE)

To clean Explorer from suspicious content, use these instructions

  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 Fapmeth 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 Fapmeth removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Fapmeth 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, Fapmeth should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Fapmeth from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To reverse Firefox back to its previous state, follow the guidelines below

  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 Fapmeth 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 Fapmeth removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Fapmeth from Google Chrome

To eliminate all unwanted objects from Chrome, complete the provided instructions

  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 Fapmeth 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 Fapmeth removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Fapmeth 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 Fapmeth 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 Fapmeth removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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