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Pushokey.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Pushokey.com is a redirect virus that displays fake messages reporting about the infected device

Pushokey.com
Pushokey.com redirect virus is a potentially unwanted program that affects the overall performance of your computer with questionable behavior and processes.
Pushokey.com is an adware virus that appears on the screen in a form of different ads delivered to your screen directly.[1]. These ads significantly diminish users' time online because they keep interrupting victims and redirect them to sponsored websites. However, the main issue is slowdowns that can be notified on all web browsers. According to various users, when you are infected with this adware, you get redirected to Pushokey.com unwillingly and unexpectedly while browsing online. Immediately after the initial redirect, various pop-ups appear on the computer screen with suspicious content. Note that some of these alerts can inform you about cyber infections on your machine which are fake.

Name Pushokey.com
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Main symptoms Delivers alert about infected system, pop-up ads, and causes redirects
Affects Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
Distribution Software bundles during insecure freeware installations
Elimination Clean the device using Reimage and remove Pushokey.com

Pushokey.com virus is called like that by many users because of the silent infiltration that happens without your permission. Unfortunately, you cannot control the infiltration process because, in most cases, these potentially unwanted programs come during the insecure freeware installation when you skip through important steps. 

Additionally to this infiltration method, Pushokey.com can install other programs or browser extensions, add-ons without your permission or knowledge. You may notice browser changes, slowness or unwanted content first but the main intruder – adware is the one that you need to eliminate to forget about these redirects.[2]

Pushokey.com redirect can also:

  • inject advertising banners to websites you often visit;
  • deliver pop-ups and redirects with commercial content;
  • display promotional content about fake updates or software installs;
  • infect commonly visited sites with hyperlinks.

Pushokey.com is the cyber threat that can make your time online difficult because it scares people with messages about the malware on the system.[3] People get in-browser pop-ups and alerts appearing from the system in the taskbar that inform about potential intruders. Although these messages are fake and you shouldn't be scared, the adware program termination requires professional help. 

Security experts[4] recommend employing reliable tools like Reimage for Pushokey.com removal because silent intruders often install other applications and this way remains persistent on the device. Additionally, adware and other cyber threats can alter registry entries to run on the system automatically. 

You need to remove Pushokey.com from the system as soon as possible so you can avoid virus damage on the computer. You also should check your browsers individually to make sure no extensions or toolbars get installed without your permission. 

Always opt for the Advanced installations if you want to avoid these infiltrations

This adware belongs to a category of programs that commonly get bundled with freeware and distributed during installations and downloads. You cannot see all unwanted programs if you skip through installation steps and this way every application gets installed on the machine automatically.

When you opt for Advanced or Custom installation processes, you can de-select unwanted programs and download the software you need. This step and choosing software sources wisely should be in your every routine while you download and install programs. Official websites, reputable providers ensure that there is no additional content bundled with your applications.

Terminate Pushokey.com as soon as possible and clean the system entirely

For the best Pushokey.com removal results, you should rely on professional tools and a full system scan. This is the best tip we as researchers can give you because all those potentially unwanted programs tend to be more persistent than you think in the first place. 

Remove Pushokey.com and all similar or possibly related programs in one step with antivirus or PC repair tools. Employ anti-malware that you trust or choose from our suggestions and scan the device fully. Then you need to follow the suggested steps and terminate indicated intruders.

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 Pushokey.com, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Pushokey.com from Windows systems

Clean the device thoroughly to get rid of Pushokey.com virus

  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 Pushokey.com and related programs
    Here, look for Pushokey.com 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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Eliminate Pushokey.com 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 Pushokey.com 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'
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Erase Pushokey.com 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 Pushokey.com 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 Pushokey.com 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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Remove Pushokey.com 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, Pushokey.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Pushokey.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Since the silent intruder Pushokey.com can install other unwanted content, you should check your browser separately

  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 Pushokey.com 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 Pushokey.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Pushokey.com from Google Chrome

Make sure that every suspicious browser extension or add-on is unintstalled

  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 Pushokey.com 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 Pushokey.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Pushokey.com 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 Pushokey.com 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 Pushokey.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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