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Remove PUP-FNK

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as PUP-FNK ads, PUP-FNK virus, Ads by PUP-FNK | Type: Adware

What is PUP-FNK?

PUP-FNK is a term that reveals that a program, which was labeled a PUP (potentially unwanted program), is hiding in your computer. According to PC security experts, you should look for such questionable applications as ClearThink, Yontoo, Conduit and similar adwares/browser hijackers. Beware that PUP-FNK is capable of hijacking each of web browsers without users' permission asked and implement a variety of unwanted activities on each of them. If your web browser delivers much more advertisements (pop-up, pop-under, banner, in-text ads) that are labeled 'Ads by PUP-FNK', there is a possibility that your web browser has been hijacked. As you have probably heard, adware-type programs are not malicious; however, due to several things, PUP-FNK and other adwares are not recommended. First of all, they may start showing previously mentioned ads that may start annoying you to death. In addition to that, adwares, including PUP-FNK virus, are capable of using PC's resources and slowing it down. This way, your web browsing activities may be seriously disrupted. Even more, they may start causing redirects to unknown websites, so you should be very careful and avoid clicking on their ads. Otherwise, you may be redirected to unsafe websites that may be involved to the distribution of malware. Finally, beware that PUP-FNK may interfere with your privacy. It may spread along with cookies and then may start collecting personally non-identifiable information about you. However, no one can guarantee that sensitive information will not be collected as well. Therefore, keeping all these facts in mind, we highly recommend you to employ a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner , and eliminate this adware from your PC..

How can PUP FNK hijack my computer?

When PUP-FNK hijacks a computer, it may cause lots of inconveniences during people's browsing. It may slow down the system, track them, display annoying and potentially dangerous PUP-FNK ads, cause redirect and so on. It may even connect to the Internet without user's permission asked and this way download other potentially unwanted program. If you want to prevent all these issues, you have to keep in mind that this misleading adware may infiltrate your computer along with other freewares, such as download manager, PDF creator, media player and so on. It means that you should either avoid installing such program or check them carefully before installing. If you have already decided to install a freeware, we recommend you to read EULA, Privacy Policy and other relevant information about it. Besides, it's a must to select Advanced or Custom installation. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to see 'additional components, such as add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars. Select Advanced installation and carefully check every check box with an intention to spot and deselect aforementioned 'optional downloads'. Make sure that your selected freeware is free from additional components and only the finish the installation. Otherwise, PUP-FNK redirects may start bothering you.

How to remove PUP-FNK virus?

If PUP-FNK has already started showing the signs of its presence on your computer, you should waste no time and take needed actions to get rid of it right now. For that we highly recommend using automatic removal because there is no guarantee that after selecting manual removal you won't remove needed files and applications.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove PUP-FNK, follow these steps:

Eliminate PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK and related programs
    Here, look for PUP-FNK 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'

Remove PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK 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'

Get rid of PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete PUP-FNK 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, PUP-FNK should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK 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 PUP-FNK removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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