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Remove Putlocker virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - updated Oct 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Putlocker is a set of domains that provide links to pirated movie and series streams and may also host malware like HTML/ScrInject.B

Putlocker adware
Putlocker virus is an adware that pushes annoying offers and promotions straight to the user's browser

Putlocker is a site that was first established in the UK back in 2011 under the domain, and its primary purpose is to allow users to stream thousands of movies and TV series for free. Since its founding, the website got popularised by various events, such as Megaupload closure in 2016, and its main domain was changed multiple times. As it is common to numerous online streaming sites, Putlocker is banned in several countries and also led to multiple arrests[1] due to copyright infringement violations. 

Besides being an obvious concern for content authors, Putlocker has also not been so kind to users who prefer to visit it. Over the years, multiple copy-cats enabled malicious versions of the domain (such as,[2] as reported by Malwarebytes in 2016, and visitors could infect their computers with threats like HTML/ScrInject.B or other malware. Besides, users also reported that Putlocker ads had been a major problem on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers, as notifications were spamming them with intrusive content.

To remove Putlocker ads, users may have to locate and uninstall a potentially unwanted program  on their computers (such as a malicious extension or a standalone application) or disable the previously-enabled notifications from the site via the web browser settings – we explain how to perform all of the actions in the bottom section of this article.

Name Putlocker
Type Adware/Malware
Main dangers It can take you to malicious websites and infect your system with malware
Domain names,,,,,,,,,,,,
Activities Putlocker specializes in hosting file index lists that lead users to online streaming content, such as movies and TV series, which can be viewed for free (in some cases, illegally)
Copyright issues The website was blacklisted in the UK by a High Court order in 2016; Motion Picture Association of America listed Putlocker as a major piracy threat
Issues The developers of Putlocker are known to change the domains frequently due to them being banned by several bodies worldwide – this led to multiple copy-cat sites that are injected with malware or intrusive and potentially dangerous ads
Removal If you visited one of the domains by Putlocker, you should immediately scan your computer with security software. Additionally, if you see multiple redirects and other commercial content on Google Chrome or another browser frequently, you should check your machine for adware – we provide instructions below. Finally, if you noticed intrusive pop-up notifications from the site, you should disable them via browser settings as explained below
Recovery To keep your machine running smoothly after the infection, we suggest you scan it with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. If can fix all the corrupted system files and restore normal operation of the OS in just a few minutes

Putlocker website has a bit of a shady past. According to research, it has been reported as a piracy-related threat and also blocked by a High Court order three years ago.[3] As you can see, even the original version of this domain might cause trouble for you and your computer system, so you should avoid using it if you want to ensure full machine safety.

There have also been many complaints about Putlocker virus from different types of users. For example, one person reported that its ads kept appearing on Google Chrome constantly and that he or she had major problems when trying to get rid of them.[4] A macOS user also complained that he/she encountered annoying sliding ads while using the Chrome browser.[5]

Furthermore, technology experts have even been releasing reports about questionable safety that Putlocker provides. In general, downloading copyrighted content from the site is illegal and even punishable by local laws. Nevertheless, if you do want to risk it and want to visit such sites, we highly advise you use tools like ad-block extensions that can prevent malicious Putlocker ads from installing malware on your machine automatically. These ads are often inserted by hackers illegally, and they can ensure the placement of malicious ads by simply exploiting known vulnerabilities.[6]

Putlocker ads

Putlocker notifications, ads, and other issues

Putlocker virus is known for its intrusive advertising capabilities. This intruder might appear on any type of web browser and start pushing a lot of advertising content straight to your desktop. Nevertheless, this PUP provides a “Show notifications” dialogue box and tries to convince users to click on the “Allow” button for ad display.

Nevertheless, if you have been dealing with Putlocker virus recently, you might even have received some rogue offers from its website directly. The app might offer Putlocker Premium Membership as a free product, also, it tries to convince users to buy other sponsored services for a membership:

Buying the services from our partners you will get Putlockers Premium Membership. Two in One!

Putlocker can not only push banner ads and pop-ups but it can also perform redirecting activities. Once you visit a third-party website that relates to this service and click somewhere on the page, you might be taken to another domain. Usually, it is a sponsored source which lacks recommended protection and might include malicious objects.

According to researchers, Putlocker virus can be related to a big variety of third-party domains. Some of them appear to be named like this:

  • ao8k.bikereddint[.]info.
  • e367.bikereddint[.]info.
  • uo3w.bikereddint[.]info.
  • fx8e.bikereddint[.]info.
  • p8.bikereddint[.]info.
  • dh3e.bikereddint[.]info.
  • dnu0.bikereddint[.]info
  • lva1.bikereddint[.]info.
  • pixel.bikereddint[.]info.
  • p7.bikereddint[.]info.
  • p1.bikereddint[.]info.
  • p5.bikereddint[.]info.

Avoid any possible danger that Putlocker virus might cause and stay away from its services. If you are interested in watching movies online, search for a trustworthy network and avoid piracy websites. Be aware that visits to odd websites might relate to successful malware installation which later on will supposedly relate to severe and hardly-repairable machine damage.

Putlocker virus
Putlocker virus is a term used to describe a chain of video-watching services that might be infectious

However, if you have only been receiving ads from Putlocker occasionally or some offers to use its services, you can try using an ad-blocking tool on your browser app. If that does not help, try these steps:

  • Launch the browser that has been troubling you with an ad flow.
  • Locate the menu in the upper right corner of the window.
  • Enter Settings and Advanced.
  • Find the Notifications section and search for any Putlocker or other suspicious domains.
  • Remove the dubious websites from the list.

If this guide did not appear to be helpful, you should use a reputable anti-malware tool for Putlocker virus removal process. These programs are very handy because they are capable of completing full system scans, detecting, and removing infections in a single scan. Additionally, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to ensure the corrupted system files are fixed, and the OS is not crashing or experiencing other aftermaths of malware infection.

Additionally, after you remove Putlocker virus from your computer system with the help of anti-malware software, you can do a repeated check on your browsers. Look at the bottom of the page and find instructions on how to refresh browser applications such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.

Putlocker malware
Putlocker - a movie-streaming website that has been considered as a piracy threat

Distribution methods of adware programs

According to tech experts from,[7] having adware on your system should not be a surprise if you are a common visitor of third-party networks such as piracy websites, porn pages, or online gaming services. The best thing to do here is to stay away from such unknown content and enter only official and trustworthy pages.

Additionally, be aware that software bundles of original programs might plant adware on your computer if you are downloading this type of software from secondary sources. A tip for you would be to use only original installers and opt for the Custom/Advanced configuration instead of any Quick or Recommended modes.

Furthermore, having an antivirus program on your system will not hurt. Get a reliable tool that includes as many protective features as possible and does not be afraid to invest in your own security as if you do not take care of your machine safety later, you might deeply regret it when having to deal with malware.

Removal techniques for Putlocker virus and its siblings

You should use reliable anti-malware for Putlocker removal if you have been dealing with this threat constantly. You can choose a specific tool from our provided list or any other type of software from your wantings. However, if you are looking for manual instructions, take a look below.

If you opt for manual elimination, make sure to remove Putlocker virus correctly. This includes completely cleaning all infected web browser applications such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer, and Safari as the adware program might have left suspicious components (extensions, plug-ins) in these directories.

If anti-malware scan did not find anything malicious on your device and you are still seeing Putlocker notifications, you can get rid of them by following these instructions:

Google Chrome

  • Go to Menu Settings
  • Click Advanced
  • Under Privacy and security, select Site Settings and then Notifications
  • You should see Putlocker under Allow
  • Click More Actions and then choose Block


  • Select Safari and then Preferences…
  • Under Websites tab, choose Notifications
  • Click on Putlocker an pick Deny

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click Menu and select Options
  • Pick Privacy & Security section and select Notifications Putlocker notifications
    You can stop Putlocker ads and notifications by disabling them via Firefox settings
  • Go to Settings – you should see Putlocker entry
  • Click on the the drop-down menu and pick Block
  • Save Changes

MS Edge:

  • Click More and pick Settings
  • Choose View advanced settings
  • Go to Advanced
  • Pick Manage permissions
  • Locate Putlocker and turn off notifications by toggling the switch to the left

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To remove Putlocker virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Putlocker 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 Putlocker and related programs
    Here, look for Putlocker 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 Putlocker from Mac OS X system

Erase adware from Mac with the help of these steps:

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

Remove Putlocker virus 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, Putlocker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Putlocker from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Optimize and refresh Firefox after the adware attack. Use these helping lines to achieve such goal:

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

Get rid of Putlocker from Google Chrome

Clean your Google Chrome web browser by using these instructions:

  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 Putlocker 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 Putlocker removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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