Remove Expext/MetaDirect from Chrome, Firefox, IE
Name of the threat:Expext/MetaDirect
Command or file name:pruthct.exe
Affected OS:Win32/Win64 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)
Affected browsers:Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
Converts web browser's default search page to a ordained WWW site without consumer agreement. Some Expext/MetaDirects are bad-quality, they waste too much machine resources and conflict with installed programs. Some honorable programs and browser plug-ins may be also injured by Expext/MetaDirect working. They open buyer's personal information to advertisers and even hackers. Powerful antiviruss include real-time monitors that avert the setting up of known risks and unauthorized platform differentiation. These instructions allow the user to by yourself remove all the files, directories, registry entries and other objects that belong to a Expext/MetaDirect.
Expext/MetaDirect intrusion method
Usually Expext/MetaDirect comes bundled with freeware downloads. During installation you can be offered to change default homepage and search engine to Expext/MetaDirect. Expext/MetaDirect copies its file(s) to your hard disk. Its typical file name is pruthct.exe . Then it creates new startup key with name Expext/MetaDirect and value pruthct.exe . You can also find it in your processes list with name pruthct.exe or Expext/MetaDirect. Also, it can create folder with name Expext/MetaDirect under C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData. If you have further questions about Expext/MetaDirect, please ask below. You can use programs to remove Expext/MetaDirect from your browsers below.
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This problem can be solved manually by deleting all registry keys and files connected with Expext/MetaDirect, removing it from startup list and unregistering all corresponding DLLs. Additionally missing DLL's should be restored from distribution in case they are corrupted by Expext/MetaDirect.
To get rid of Expext/MetaDirect, you should:
1. Kill the following processes and delete the appropriate files:
Warning: you should delete only those files which checksums are listed as malicious. There may be valid files with the same names in your system. We recommend you to use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool for safe problem solution.
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2. Delete the following malicious folders:
3. Delete the following malicious registry entries and\or values:
Warning: if value is listed for some registry entries, you should only clear these values and leave keys with such values untouched. We recommend you to use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool for safe problem solution.
Uninstall Expext/MetaDirect related programs from Control Panel
We recommend you to check list of installed programs and search for Expext/MetaDirect entry or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below are instructions for different version if Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If Expext/MetaDirect won't uninstall or gives you error message that you do not have sufficient rights to do this perform below instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking or use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool.
Remove Expext/MetaDirect related extensions from your browsers
Expext/MetaDirect in some cases can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option Toolbar Remover under Tools in Spyhunter Remediation Tool to remove unwanted browser extensions related to Expext/MetaDirect. We recommend you to perform scan your PC with Removal Tool or Spyhunter Remediation Tool. To remove extenions from your browsers manually do the following:
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Expext/MetaDirect can affect your browsers which results in browser redirection or search hijack. We recommend you to use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Spyhunter Remediation Tool to reset all the browsers at once. Mention that you need to remove all files and kill all processes belonging to Expext/MetaDirect before doing this. To reset your browsers manually and restore your homepage perform the following steps:
Warning: In case this option will not work use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Spyhunter Remediation Tool.
Warning: This option might not work if in Google Chrome you use online synchronization between PCs. In this case use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Spyhunter Remediation Tool.
Warning: This option will also clean all your account passwords for all websites. If you don't want it use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Spyhunter Remediation Tool.
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