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Remove TechFreeHelp ads (Virus Removal Guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

What do appearing TechFreeHelp ads tell you about the PC?

A number of various distractors, i.e., advertisements, banners, etc., suggest that TechFreeHelp virus took a liking of your computer and infected it. Surprisingly, you might not suspect that the adware-type application has invaded the computer until the pop-ups become a real burden. Though this adware is not particularly damaging, you should not delay TechFreeHelp removal procedure. Otherwise, diverse commercial offers will cram your online screen. What is more, the program might also install other unwanted and hardly practical tools. It would be better to remove TechFreeHelp from the device at once.

Questions about TechFreeHelp ads

Their main feature which causes suspicion over the reliability of the app is its description. If you pay attention, you will see that the owners describe the program in a too exalted flattery. What is more, such definition does not reveal any crucial information what they do and what their quality standards are. If you ignore TechFreeHelp ads and let this adware reside on the computer, there is a high probability that various sorts of malware attempt to hijack your computer. They tend to mislead you not only to sponsored domains. Since the developers of this adware do not provide an informative privacy policy, there is a risk that you get redirected to an infected website. Likewise, TechFreeHelp redirect tendency might not be only an irritating occurrence but the menacing phenomenon.

The illustration of TechFreeHelp adware

Though the title of this fishy program offers you free services of a tech support specialist, it is highly questionable whether you will truly receive aid. Such adware type programs tend to promote cheap tools or software. Frequently, it might be a scanner or a PC optimizers. Do not get tempted to install any product promoted by Tech Free Help application. There is a risk to install a futile or a malicious application. In addition, the PUP spies on your browsing activities by collecting information about visited domains. Later on, this data might fall into the hands of advertising companies. After processing the data, they are likely to bombard your computer with customized advertisements. Therefore, eliminate the adware with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

When did the adware appear on my PC?

The PUP tends to infiltrate computers using freeware as a disguise. It does so by clinging into free applications under “Basic” settings. You can detect similar PUPs when you opt for “Custom” mode. It discloses all optional programs. Even Java or Skype applications often come with an unwanted “packages.” Therefore, you need to be vigilant and careful while conducting the installation. You should not let your guard down even on a legitimate website. Thus, when you start installing a new application, opt for the previously mentioned settings and unmark all unnecessary attachments. Cautiousness will help you escape TechFreeHelp hijack.

The removal process of the PUP

You can easily remove TechFreeHelp with the help of an anti-spyware application. What is more, it is apt in detecting even a minor potentially malignant file. The software also works perfectly while eliminating such cyber threat as ransomware. The automatic TechFreeHelp removal does not take long. On the other hand, there is also an alternative solution. You can get rid of TechFreeHelp virus manually. The instructions are delivered below this article. They will also help to clean your browser from any secretly infected adware scripts.

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To remove TechFreeHelp ads, follow these steps:

Delete TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp and related programs
    Here, look for TechFreeHelp 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'

Erase TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp 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'

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

Uninstall TechFreeHelp ads 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, TechFreeHelp should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp 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 TechFreeHelp removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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  1. dylan says:
    September 6th, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Their advertising text is ridiculously funny.

  2. DarkLlly says:
    September 6th, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Its their fault for getting this cheap bait.

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