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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 ReimageIntego.

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 ReimageIntego, 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 ReimageIntego 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 ReimageIntego. 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Relieve Stress Paint and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Relieve Stress Paint did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Relieve Stress Paint removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Relieve Stress Paint from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Relieve Stress Paint by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Relieve Stress Paint in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Relieve Stress Paint-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Relieve Stress Paint removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Relieve Stress Paint from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Relieve Stress Paint and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Relieve Stress Paint registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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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.

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