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PsdRunner. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as PsdRunner ads, PsdRunner virus | Type: Adware

PsdRunner – an adware program which displays overloading advertisements and intrudes browsing sessions

PsdRunner
PsdRunner - adware which appears in the system due to bundling.

PsdRunner, also known as Psdreuunner, is another ad-supported program,[1] which causes commercial pop-up notifications during people's browsing. This program is actively promoted using unfair distribution method, which relies on third-party programs. In most of the cases, it infiltrates computers as “additional download”, so if you don't pay enough attention to freeware installation, you can easily agree to install it on your computer. That's why there are hundreds of PC users who have reported about unexpected PsdRunner's infiltration and have called this program 'virus'. In reality, it can't pose harm to any computer but we still recommend avoiding this adware. Once installed, this potentially unwanted program[2] appears as an add-on or extension in the web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer, or Safari.

Name PsdRunner
Type Adware program
Sub-type PUP
Also known as Psdreuunner
Signs Dubious redirecting, numerous adverts, browser changes, browser slowdowns
Arrival The adware application can come in bundles or it might infiltrate the system via unknown pages
Prevention Turn on the Custom/Advanced installation mode only, stay away from dubious sites
Elimination Delete this PUP as soon as you spot the first symptoms, use Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner to detect all rogue components

By the way, you can install PsdRunner on your machine voluntarily after falling into believing that this program can help you run Adobe Photoshop Document files and prevent errors that are related to them. Please, don't do that if you are not prepared for continuous pop-up ads and similar inconveniences. Such advertisements can start overloading your web browser and intruding your browsing sessions. 

You can recognize PsdRunner virus from these symptoms:

  • an increasing amount of ads are showing daily while performing browsing work;
  • redirects are taking you to dubious-looking webpages;
  • browsers have been modified without asking any permission;
  • you have spot questionable add-ons or extensions[3] in your web browsers.

If you spot these signs, note that an ad-supported program has occupied one or some of your web browsers. What you have to do is remove PsdRunner virus from your computer system and web browsers. Furthermore, we advise using anti-malware tools such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes to detect all rogue components in your PC. Otherwise, you will have to get rid of unwanted browser extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins on your own.

Note that PsdRunner requires fast removal if you want to stop annoying advertising. Adverts can come in forms of pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, and even coupons. Such posts can try to trick gullible users and convince them to buy completely useless products or services. This can relate in unnecessary money losses which we think you definitely do not want to experience.

Additionally, adware such as PsdRunner can collect all information that relates to your browsing sessions and habits. This type of data might include IP addresses, various websites visited, saved bookmarks, pictures and videos viewed, search queries entered, and similar. Developers collect this information to be able to create attractive ads and gain more money from the pay-per-click marketing technique.[4] 

Adware spreading techniques

According to cybersecurity experts from NoVirus.uk,[5] potentially unwanted programs such as adware applications and their components are actively distributed by using unfair distribution method, which is known as 'bundling'. In order to prevent infiltration of adware programs, you should choose only Custom or Advanced installation method and then find the check mark that says that you agree to install the program itself and similar extensions on your machine.

An adware program can reach the computer system via unknown websites also. Some web pages come provided by third-parties and might lack needed protection. As a result, you can easily get infected with a potentially unwanted application or even malware by stepping on a questionable link. Be careful when visiting a suspicious webpage, or even better – do not visit such sites at all. Additionally, download and install a reliable anti-malware program which will protect your computer system automatically.

Remove PsdRunner

Annoying ads, redirects, and similar issues are the clearest signs showing that your computer is affected. Don't ignore these things. In order to keep your computer secure, you should remove PsdRunner virus from your computer system. For that, you can use this our below-given manual removal guide or try reputable anti-malware programs which will complete the entire process in a few minutes.

Performing the PsdRunner removal manually requires getting rid of all adware components from infected web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari. All PUP-related content needs to be removed, otherwise, the adware program might renew its activity. Furthermore, do not forget to take precautionary steps the next time you decide to browse the web. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove PsdRunner, follow these steps:

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Eliminate PsdRunner from Windows systems

Get rid of the adware program from your Windows operating system by using this helping guide:

  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 PsdRunner and related programs
    Here, look for PsdRunner 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'
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Remove PsdRunner from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean your Internet Explorer browser by performing these below-given steps:

  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 PsdRunner 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 PsdRunner removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase PsdRunner from Microsoft Edge

Use these instructions to get rid of the adware-type program from the Edge web browser:

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, PsdRunner should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete PsdRunner from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Refresh the Firefox web browser to get rid of unwanted adware-related effects. If help is needed, use this guide:

  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 PsdRunner 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 PsdRunner removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of PsdRunner from Google Chrome

If Google Chrome got hijacked by a potentially unwanted program, make sure you delete all unwanted components such as add-ons and extensions from your browser:

  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 PsdRunner 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 PsdRunner removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate PsdRunner from Safari

To clean and refresh the Safari browser, use these below-given guidelines:

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

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