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Remove SpringFiles virus (Jun 2016 update) - Removal Guide

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SpringFiles review:

SpringFiles downloader is a potentially unwanted program from Via Advertising Group Ltd. No matter that it is not considered a totally malicious application, its aim is not to help you with your downloads. According to PC security experts, you should be careful with SpringFiles application because of several reasons, including its secret infiltration to your computer, system modifications, aggressive marketing campaigns and similar unwanted activities. Once Spring Files enters your computer, it drops its extension and starts causing continuous pop-up ads in your search results. Beware that it can cause hundreds of different ads that are filled with in-text links, banner ads, coupons and similar information. In addition to that, you may start receiving modified search results on each website that you visit. That’s because, to keep the service free, developers of this potentially unwanted program are sponsored by third parties for the ability to advertise their websites. Thus, if you have just received SpringFiles ads or links within search results, you should better ignore them because it’s not explored yet and may not be safe to encounter. By the way, security experts doubt whether the data that can be downloaded using this tool is reliable. As stated in the Privacy Policy, “SpringFiles makes no warranties that the media you download from the internet will be spyware-free, virus-free, or malware-free,” so you should treat it as a warning sign that data you download may be infected and push you into further computer-related troubles.

Questions about SpringFiles virus

When it comes to program’s distribution, we should note that SpringFiles spreads by bundling which is unfair tactics used to promote potentially unwanted programs like this one. However, not only it can come bundled with freeware but also promote other unwanted or even malicious applications, including,,, and many others. At the moment of writing, it spreads bundled mainly with Thus, if you end up with this download manager on your PC’s system, you may find settings on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari modified, i.e. default start page and search provider replaced by no chances to reset the changes. To prevent these system changes, make sure you remove SpringFiles from your computer. The easiest way to do that is to install Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

SpringFiles virus

How can this movie downloader appear on my computer?

We’ve tried downloading Spring Files virus from its official website. However, we’ve been redirected to the website saying 404 Not Found/ nginx/1.6.2. It means that direct downloading is not possible. It’s obvious then that this PUP can only be downloaded in one pack with other freeware and shareware in a form of ‘optional component.’ As we’ve already mentioned, Spring Files installer can be added to the system with the help of other applications which, unfortunately, cannot be called reliable. Thus, to prevent a whole bouquet of hijackers, adware-type programs, and other PUPs from entering your computer, always check Advanced/Custom settings and uncheck checkboxes saying that you agree to install questionable add-ons, plug-ins or set XXX as your default start page/search provider. Otherwise, you may start experiencing various inconveniences, including SpringFiles redirect problem, browser’s modifications, altered search results, data collection, slowdowns and so on. Besides, you may let its developers track you and collect your non-personal information. To avoid this potentially dangerous activity, you should take care of SpringFiles removal.

How to remove SpringFiles virus?

Although SpringFiles is not used to steal confidential data and money, you should stay away from this program as it may lead you to insecure websites seeking to infect your computer with malware. Also, it is capable of tracking PC users and collecting such non-personal information as computer’s IP address, user’s email address, etc. Beware that this data can be revealed to everyone and the easiest way to protect it is to think about SpringFiles removal from the system. For that, you can use our manual removal guide which is given below or run a full system scan with updated anti-spyware. To ensure removal of the entire bundle that might have entered your machine with SpringFiles virus, you should use the second removal option.

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To remove SpringFiles virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate SpringFiles 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 SpringFiles and related programs
    Here, look for SpringFiles 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'
  5. Remove SpringFiles from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of SpringFiles 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 SpringFiles 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'

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

Erase SpringFiles 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, SpringFiles should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Uninstall SpringFiles 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 SpringFiles 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 SpringFiles removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Computer_Lover says:
    March 17th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Awesome! Thanks so much! This really worked!

  2. nu says:
    June 14th, 2016 at 1:20 am

    hi, i did everything on the list, i used malware, hitman pro etc.but spring files keep popping up everytime. im sick and tired, is there anything else i could do?

  3. Peter1000 says:
    June 20th, 2016 at 5:48 am


  4. victim00 says:
    July 13th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    i did installed anti malware and reimage and i already remove the threat on both of the apps. but it keep persisting to popping ads, etc on my homepage start and i followed all the steps that on removing it and ive resetted all the browsers that im using(chrome,firefox, etc). is there something im still missing here? pls help

  5. Cannot Be Stated For Security Reasons says:
    July 14th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    This Program Does Way More Than That. Once Executed, It Will Slow Down Your Computer. Here Are Some Symptoms.

    -Slows Down Computer

    -Ads Pop Out Of Everywhere

    -It Disables Antivirus

    -Once Restarting Your Computer, It Will Turn Your Desktop Black.

    -Thousands of Files Are Being Copied

    -Blue Screen Of Death Occurs about 5-6 Times

    -Computer Crashes

    -Downloads Spyware

    In Order To Delete This, You Have To Have a Backup disk. Then You Need To Reinstall Windows. (It Seems To Be The Only Safe Way To Get Rid Of The Virus.

    Thanks For Considering What I Said I Hope It Will Work 😉

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