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Remove StrongVault Online Backup (Free Guide) - updated Feb 2019

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StrongVault Online Backup – a suspicious program which might install other PUPs together

StrongVault Online Backup virus

StrongVault Online Backup is an online backup program, which has been included in our database for several suspicious things. Officially, it is presented as a valuable tool that can help people locate and secure their important files. However, before installing it, you should also keep in mind that this application may start initiating several problems on your PC. Users have been complaining that this rogue application tries to install on the computer via Norton Utilities 15 and the installation process is hard to cancel.[1] The biggest issues, which are related to this application, are the advertising activity which might show up once keeping this software on your PC, the data collecting from your browsing history, also web browser hijacking and even redirecting to questionable-looking websites or other content. 

Name StrongVault Online Backup
Type Potentially unwanted program
Danger level Low. Does not harm the computer system and its components
Brought PUPs This rogue app can bring also Webcake adware, Babylon browser hijacker, and Optimizer Pro with itself
Tries to install via Users have complained that this PUP tries to install thru Norton Utilities 15
Spreading sources Other programs, unsafe links, ads, websites
Detection software Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego
Removal Delete the app by using our step-by-step guide or with computer tools

According to cybersecurity experts, StrongVault Online Backup virus brings some potentially unwanted content together with it during the installation process. These components are:

  1. Webcake adware.
  2. Babylon browser hijacker.
  3. Optimizer Pro fake system tool.

As you can see, StrongVault Online Backup might not be the worst part itself as it might bring other suspicious programs to the system which are also capable of performing a big variety of unpleasant activities (advertising, redirecting, browser hijacking, etc.). If you know that you have never downloaded this application on your PC manually, you should waste no time and remove it from the system.

Another important reason to remove StrongVault Online Backup virus is that this program also acts like an adware application. It can make several changes in web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. You might experience dubious modifications in the homepage and new tab URL section. Additionally, adware programs[2] are capable of adding rogue extensions to the infected browsers.

Furthermore, StrongVault Online Backup can also start providing rogue pop-up notifications which might intrude your browsing work. If you do not get rid of the cyber threat on time, advertisements will keep on showing up even more frequently and start causing browser slowdowns or crashes. If such thing happens, you will not be able to browse properly anymore until you terminate the potentially unwanted program from your web browsers and computer system. 

For the StrongVault Online Backup removal, you have two options – you can use either the manual or automatic removal method. Please, be very careful after deciding to use a guide that is given below because each of these steps should be performed in the right order! If you would decide to opt for the automatic removal option, note that you need to perform a full system scan at first. For this purpose, try Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

StrongVault Online Backup suspicious programStrongVault Online Backup is a suspicious application which can bring other rogue software such as adware, browser hijacker, and even fake system tools to the computer system.

Suspicious apps appearing on a computer is not an uncommon thing

Potentially unwanted programs can be downloaded from various websites that are involved in their distribution. However, there are thousands of PC users who claim that they found rogue programs on their machines without downloading them there. That's because potentially unwanted apps such as adware, browser hijackers, and other, can be downloaded not only voluntarily. They can also enter your machine in a bundle with other programs as a free addition of them.

In order to avoid this, you should select only Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware because these installation methods help people to see what components have been added to freeware and shareware.[3] If you are likely to, you are given the possibility to stop any incoming downloading process that you do not want to perform anymore. However, according to experts,[4] there are also other ways in which the PUP appears on the computer.

For example, potentially unwanted applications might reach a system thru third-party websites. Developers often infect suspicious content in unprotected hyperlinks and advertisements. Once a user clicks on such content, he/she launches the adware/browser hijacker installation process. We recommend all users staying away from unknown web pages as you cannot know where a sneaky suspicious program might be hidden.

Remove StrongVault Online Backup virus from infected browser apps and the PC

If you are wondering how to get rid of the annoying software that has installed on your computer system lately, we can inform you that the elimination process can be done in a couple of ways. You can remove StrongVault Online Backup virus by yourself if you think that you are well-skilled enough to complete the elimination without any help.

Just remember, if you opt for the manual technique for the StrongVault Online Backup removal, you will need to carry out ALL actions on your own. The most important thing is to clean all infected web browsers from adware-related content such as browser extensions, plug-ins, etc. Also, do not forget to check your computer system for adware signs too!

However, if you think that removing StrongVault Online Backup on your own seems a little bit difficult to you, you can also rely on reputable and expert-tested anti-malware programs. These tools will scan your system for cyber threats, detect all suspicious content, show results, and make sure that you get rid of the PUP safely and without any struggles.

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 StrongVault Online Backup, follow these steps:

Delete StrongVault Online Backup from Windows systems

You can terminate all adware-related components and processes from your Windows operating system by using these instructing steps:

To remove StrongVault Online Backup from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to StrongVault Online Backup (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of StrongVault Online Backup from Mac OS X system

If your Mac machine got infected with adware, you can use these guidelines to eliminate the potentially unwanted program from the computer system:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove StrongVault Online Backup from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for StrongVault Online Backup-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove StrongVault Online Backup, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to StrongVault Online Backup and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the StrongVault Online Backup-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase StrongVault Online Backup from Internet Explorer (IE)

Get rid of the adware-application and all rogue activities from your Internet Explorer web browser. Use this helping guide if necessary:

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 StrongVault Online Backup 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,
  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 StrongVault Online Backup removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall StrongVault Online Backup from Microsoft Edge

If Microsoft Edge got infected with adware, use the below-mentioned guide to eliminate the potentially unwanted program and all content that relates to it:

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 StrongVault Online Backup-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

Remove StrongVault Online Backup from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Terminate all suspicious-looking content from your Mozilla Firefox web browser by using these below-mentioned guiding instructions:

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 StrongVault Online Backup and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case StrongVault Online Backup 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 StrongVault Online Backup removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate StrongVault Online Backup from Google Chrome

If you have spot adware-related content in your Google Chrome web browser, be quick to eliminate it by looking thru this step-by-step guide:

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 StrongVault Online Backup 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the StrongVault Online Backup-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 StrongVault Online Backup removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete StrongVault Online Backup from Safari

Use these below-provided guidelines to eliminate all rogue content from Safari and reverse all changes that were performed by the browser-hijacking app:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to StrongVault Online Backup 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

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 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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  1. GG says:
    March 31st, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    This program was running but when I go to look for it I cant find it anywhere??? Add and remove, Chrome, IE and all of them. Really weird

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