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Remove Screen Maker (Removal Instructions)

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Is Screen Maker virus a dangerous application?

No, Screen Maker virus is not a dangerous application. However, this program can lead you to serious havoc while you are browsing the web and looking for needed information. According to PC security experts, this browser add-on should definitely be marked as a “potentially unwanted program” and “adware”. Unfortunately, but there are hundreds of PC users who have been tricked into downloading it as it is presented as a useful application designed to help people take screenshots. If you are one of these people who have been convinced that this add-on is useful, you should think about Screen Maker removal.

Questions about Screen Maker

The main problem, which is noticed while having this program on the system, is continuous pop-up ads that are filled with price comparisons and similar deals. However, after clicking any of Screen Maker ads, you may find yourself on unsafe website. Besides, as soon as you add this browser add-on to the system, it may start collecting non-personally identifiable information about you. If you are surprised after hearing that this adware is capable of tracking you, you should know that there are hundreds of similar adware-type programs that are capable of doing that. Data, which is usually registered by Screen Maker includes people’s search queries, their computers’ IP address, browsing history, etc. This seemingly harmless collection may lead you to some issues as there is a high risk that the collected data will be shared with unknown third-parties. They use it to maximize personal revenue and, definitely, do not care about violating your ] right to keep your non-personal information confidential. Therefore, we advise you to stay away from this program as far as you can. To remove Screen Maker, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

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How does this program function and how to prevent it?

Screen Maker redirect activity is mostly initiated to make people visit predetermined websites. They are initiated right after the victim is tricked into clicking the pop-up ad that is labeled as “ads by Screen Maker” or “Screen Maker ads”. To avoid them, you should not let this program slip into your system.

What are the main tips you should keep in mind to stay safe and prevent the appearance of Screen Maker ads? Beware that the most of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) tend to spread via “bundling” – marketing method preferred by many scammers. Though you can also find this adware on its official website or other download websites, we do NOT recommend downloading Screen Maker virus o your computer. Please, check the Internet for alternative programs. When discussing bundling method, beware that this application can be attached to different kinds of freeware, such as audio or video editors, download accelerators, media players, etc. Beware that scammers have been actively trying to hide this program among the free attachments of the freeware. If you do NOT monitor its installation process, you may consequently download this app to your computer. That is why we strongly recommend paying attention while installing new software, opting for “Custom” installation and deselecting all unnecessary attachments. If this becomes your habit, it can save your computer from Screen Maker hijack.

How can I effectively remove Screen Maker ads from my computer?

You can opt either for manual or automatic removal of Screen Maker virus. The former option is NOT recommended if you can’t call yourself an experienced PC user since countless cookies and files of this adware might escape your attention. As a consequence, inefficient removal of all traces might increase the probability of the appearance of this program in the future. While scanning the system with the anti-virus app might be insufficient because the most of such programs do not detect the PUP, you should install a reliable anti-spyware application. Programs that you can use for Screen Maker removal and its manual removal steps are given below.

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To remove Screen Maker, follow these steps:

Eliminate Screen Maker 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 Screen Maker and related programs
    Here, look for Screen Maker 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'

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

Uninstall Screen Maker 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, Screen Maker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Screen Maker 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 Screen Maker 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 Screen Maker removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Screen Maker 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 Screen Maker 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 Screen Maker removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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Olivia Morelli
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  1. Oscar Delgado says:
    March 1st, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Ughhh,,, took me AGES to delete this virus.

  2. hley2011 says:
    March 1st, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Where do I download this SpyHunter?

  3. Ishaq7 says:
    March 1st, 2016 at 6:35 am

    i get viruses like this all time. Need to buy antivirus for sure

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