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Remove PickPlus (Removal Instructions)

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PickPlus pretends to be a free, useful application enhancing your Internet browsing experience. It will show up in your browser as soon as you are infected. PickPlus, which is developed by JNCMarketing Co, Ltd, is classified as a potentially unwanted adware-type program. Even though it does not pose any major threat to your computer, activities of this virus can be very annoying and slow down your system’s performance. Therefore, if you are concerned about its possible impact on your system or wondering how to remove PickPlus from your computer, keep reading this article and you will find all the needed answers.

What should you know about PickPlus virus?

Since PickPlus is an adware-type program, this means that the infected computer’s user will be exposed to an extensive amount of ads while browsing the net. The ads are injected with the help of a browser extension. This browser extension can infiltrate itself into such popular browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Typically, PickPlus ads are displayed with a reference to their provider. So, if you notice inserts like “Ads by PickPlus” or “Powered by PickPlus” next to the advertisements, it means that you have already been infected with this ad-supported virus. In order to generate its ads, PickPlus malware tracks users’ browsing activities and collects data about their browsing history and search queries. Later, the collected information reflects in the suggested coupons, discounts, special price offers, and other commercial deals displayed in the ads. However, we do not advise clicking on any of them, even if you are interested in the offers they are proposing. You should keep in mind that the ads displayed by this virus may be sponsored by third-party companies, and so the main goal of these ads is to lure the computer user to click on them. Therefore, by clicking on any of these ads, you will be forced to visit third-party websites that seek to be promoted.

PickPlus virus
With an intention to attract the users’ attention and gather more clicks, different pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and other advertisements generated by the PickPlus virus tend to be extremely intrusive and pushy. Therefore, such activities are obstructing your work and slowing down your system. Also, you never know what sites you will actually be redirected after you click on these links. Some of them may be harmful and contaminate your computer. To avoid such threats, you should start considering the PickPlus removal as soon as possible. The easiest method to do it is to run a system scan with a professional malware removal tool, for instance, Reimage.

How did PickPlus hijack my computer?

Questions about PickPlus

Just like the majority of adware nowadays, PickPlus may sneak into your system bundled with other free software downloaded from the Internet. This may be any type of software, including music players, video recorders, PDF creators and so on. Usually, such programs offer “Basic” or “Standard” installation settings by default. The trick is that these particular settings do not disclose the additional programs which are being installed along with the downloaded software. Typically, such information is hidden in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation settings which are often skipped by a regular user. To avoid installing additional bundled programs, be sure to use these particular settings and deselect all proposals to install optional software alongside the software of your choice.

If you want to remove the discussed adware from your computer manually, jump to page 2 to find manual PickPlus removal instructions.

How to remove PickPlus adware?

We know that continuous ads and redirects to unknown sources may be annoying and potentially dangerous. Therefore, we advise you to remove PickPlus virus from your system to get rid of the inconveniences it may cause. However, you should know that simply uninstalling the software with which the unwanted program was bundled will not eliminate the virus and you will keep seeing the ads. In order to achieve the ultimate PickPlus removal, you should scan your system with some anti-malware tool, for instance, SpyHunter. Or, if you are not willing to obtain any antivirus programs, you can delete this application manually. A detailed guide on how to do that step-by-step is provided below.

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To remove PickPlus, follow these steps:

Uninstall PickPlus from Windows systems

  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 PickPlus and related programs
    Here, look for PickPlus 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'

Eliminate PickPlus 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 PickPlus 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'

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

Erase PickPlus 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, PickPlus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of PickPlus from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Remove PickPlus 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 PickPlus 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 PickPlus removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall PickPlus 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 PickPlus 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 PickPlus removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. zabiella says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 8:39 am

    found pickplus on my computer after scanning it with antimalware program. filthy virus! guys, i believe pickplus was the reason why my computer was working so slowly for quite some time. you should get rid of it completely -.-

  2. bernniede31 says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 8:41 am

    This program produces really A LOT of ads. That is why I have decided to remove it. Glad that i did so – after reading this article, I am sure I want to increase my PCs protection even more. Ill try spyhunter.

  3. devilsbreath says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I love to shop online, but believe me, Pickplus does not help you to save money. It only promotes suspicious websites. I removed it manually – it wasnt easy to do so. If you notice these deceptive ads, do not click on them!

  4. malavi says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 9:01 am

    this adware used shady method to get into my computer! i did not download it myself!

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