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Remove Productkeyupdate ads (Easy Removal Guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Malware

Why do I see Productkeyupdate ads on my computer?

Productkeyupdate virus is classified as tech support scam, so you should never fall for its ads. When this malware enters your computer, it starts showing fake notifications alarming you of an expired product key. The developers of such viruses expect to receive quite a big income from credulous users who are prepared to pay the money in order to use their computers without any disturbances. If you have become a victim of such scam as well, do not give into the persuasion of the scammers and restrain from making any reckless decisions. What you need to do is to remove Productkeyupdate virus instead of paying the money.

This virus is closely associated to another malware called Windows Activation Pro virus, which shows fake alerts of an outdated Windows OS. Users, who are not aware of such scams, may recklessly call the provided number. We do NOT recommend that as you can connect to a supposed technical support specialist who will encourage you to buy a new product key. Also, he or she can encourage you to purchase software to “delete viruses from your computer”. Please, do NOT do that because you can lose your money! Also, if you follow the instructions given you by scammers working behind this virus, you can be redirected to a malicious websites. Beware that Productkeyupdate redirect issue may end up on a site infected with malware.

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Questions about Productkeyupdate ads

As we have already mentioned, if you buy the software which is said to solve all the OS issues, you can end up with losing your money. Besides, you may continue seeing fake alerts similar to Productkeyupdate ads offering you to dial a specific number and reach qualified exerts. In most of the cases, such telephone conversations are charged really expensively and victims are left with huge telephone bills.

When did the malware causing Productkeyupdate ads infect my PC?

Since Product Key Update is malware, which is sometimes added to adware category, it uses the same technique to invade computers as other PUPs. Being aware of users’ unwillingness to read the installation guides, scammers have developed “bundling” technique. The main principle lies in disguising adware under “Recommended” settings of a free popular program. Since usually an attachment is a tiny one, the majority of users overlooks it and installs it along with the primary program. Likewise, Productkeyupdate hijack occurred. In order to escape the fate of getting infected with adware again, upon installing new software, select “Custom” mode and unmark all programs which you find unnecessary. Let us proceed with Productkeyupdate removal.

How can I remove Productkeyupdate?

You can get rid of Productkeyupdate virus automatically and manually. We highly recommend you to install an anti-spyware program which will ensure complete elimination of this PUP. Moreover, it will also delete all potentially malicious programs which might have been installed by this adware. You may perform Productkeyupdate removal manually as well. You are free to use the ones provided below but we cannot guarantee that you will find an exact “Productkeyupdate” entry in your Task manager. That’s why we believe in automatic elimination of this malware. At the end, we would like to remind you to be cautious of such scams and not to make any financial transactions without knowing who are you dealing with.

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To remove Productkeyupdate ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Productkeyupdate 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 Productkeyupdate and related programs
    Here, look for Productkeyupdate 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'

Uninstall Productkeyupdate 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 Productkeyupdate 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'

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

Remove Productkeyupdate ads 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, Productkeyupdate should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Delete Productkeyupdate 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 Productkeyupdate 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 Productkeyupdate removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Dave says:
    May 20th, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Too bad it didnt work for them to coax out money from me.:)

  2. Vanessa says:
    May 20th, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I guess, Ill need to download another anti-malware app.

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