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Remove Relieve Stress Paint (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Relieve Stress Paint – freeware that hides Stresspaint Trojan

Relieve Stress Paint virus

Relieve Stress Paint is a free tool that pretends to be a painting program for kids and adults that contain Mandala and other entertaining anti-stress coloring paintings. Despite looking an attractive entertainment for some active living people, the tool is highly malicious. According to cybersecurity experts, it's a Trojan horse[1] or Infostealer, which aims at stealing people's Facebook log-in details[2] and similar personally identifiable information.

Name Relieve Stress Paint
Classification Trojan. Some vendors classify it as adware
Danger level High. Can steal Facebook login credentials and other personal information
Distribution Fake aol.net website
Elimination possibilities Automatic Relieve Stress Paint removal recommended with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Relieve Stress Paint malware is currently distributed via the hacked website, namely aol.net. The site renders Unicode and Punycode characters to look like a legitimate domain, while in reality, it contains nothing else except RelieveStress malware. The website represents the tool as follows:

Relieve Stress Paint. Download, It’s free. Relieve fatigue, long-term work pressure! Improve your work needs for your brain; it’s the most important! Inspirational ideas. Music production, graphics production, documentation! When these lose their inspiration, open it and move around.

If the potential victim falls for the trick and decides to try the Relieve Stress Paint app, he or she unconsciously agrees with the installation of the painting app bundled with a Trojan. Upon the installation, the Trojan opens Facebook in the background without authorization and aims at collecting the following information:

  • Login credentials;
  • Session cookies;
  • Network traffic;
  • Search data;
  • Name;
  • Address;
  • Telephone number, etc.

Some security vendors claim Relieve Stress Paint to be adware. NoVirus.uk[3] team noticed that this tool might also generate an excessive amount of pop-up ads. Please, be very careful with the ads it causes because you may be tricked into downloading other malware or even severe cyber infection, such as ransomware or worm.

In a nutshell, this app is not what you expect it to be. Instead of having anti-stress features, it can cause you serious problems leading to Facebook account's hack. Therefore, we highly recommend you to initiate Relieve Stress Paint removal asap.

It may not be difficult to remove Relieve Stress Paint v1.5 tool manually. However, you can face difficulties to initiate Stresspaint Trojan removal as it may root deeply into OS and evade removal with the help of other malicious objects. Therefore, we recommend using a professional security tool, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Relieve Stress Paint Trojan horseRelieve Stress Paint is a Trojan that targets Facebook login credentials.

Hackers use phishing site to spread the Trojan

This malware has been first spotted by malware researchers in the second half of April 2018. According to them, it appeared to be hugely successful from the perspective of cybercriminals.

The primary distribution source is fake aol.net site, which is programmed using Unicode and Punycode characters. The site looks quite professional. It represents the software and contains a download button. Once clicked, button installs the paint tool and runs the Trojan, which, as pointed out above, opens Facebook in the background and starts collecting personally-identifiable information.

In addition to a phishing site, this fake tool can also be distributed via legitimate sources, such as Google Play Store or third-party download sources. In case security vendors did not inform legitimate software providers about this Trojan, it's only a matter of time when it will be banned. Nevertheless, you have to beware of this case and bypass the download in case you are redirected to the fake aol.net site.

Relieve Stress Paint removal instructions

Relieve Stress Paint removal may be a tough nut to crack. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to use a professional security tool. In case you were the lucky one who downloaded this tool without a Trojan, you may simply open Control Panel and eliminate it using a built-in uninstaller.

To get rid of a Trojan, use a professional anti-virus program. Restart your PC into Safe Mode with Networking and run a full system scan. Upon elimination of the main installer and malicious components, we would also recommend you to reset web browser's settings to disable malicious extensions that would keep redirecting to aol.net and similar phishing sites.

NOTE: If Relieve Stress Paint virus has already attacked you, we would strongly recommend you to change Facebook's password and other saved login credentials.

Manual removal is not recommended in this case because you can hardly eliminate Trojan completely if at all. Thus, we would recommend you to scan the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security programs. After that, reset your web browser's settings as explained below to immunize unwanted extensions. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Relieve Stress Paint, follow these steps:

Uninstall Relieve Stress Paint from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Relieve Stress Paint and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Relieve Stress Paint removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Relieve Stress Paint from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Relieve Stress Paint-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Relieve Stress Paint 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 Relieve Stress Paint 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Relieve Stress Paint removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Relieve Stress Paint 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 Relieve Stress Paint 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Relieve Stress Paint removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Relieve Stress Paint 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 Relieve Stress Paint or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Relieve Stress Paint, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Relieve Stress Paint removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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