Can’t Remove Acinster.info Virus? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove Acinster.info Virus that can be found at the bottom half of this article.
Any of the browsing apps, which you might have installed on your PC might be taken over by a program called Acinster.info. This program can be categorized as a browser hijacker and your Chrome, Firefox, or IE might easily become affected by its annoying modifications. Usually, after this software becomes part of your system, you may quickly notice some sudden redirects, which may start happening every time you try to search for something on the web. Various annoying ads, pop-ups and hard to close tabs might also start to appear and disturb your normal browsing sessions. What is more, some new homepage or a search engine might replace your default settings and might add up to the already negatively affected browsing experience.
For your fortune, an infection with a browser hijacker is not among the most harmful things that might happen to your computer. Such software is fairly easy to uninstall and, unlike a contamination with a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus, after being removed, the hijacker would hardly leave any negative consequences on your machine. As harmless as it sounds, however, a program like Acinster.info could be quite unpleasant and could seriously get on your nerves, that’s why we suggest you use the instructions in the Removal Guide below and remove it on time.
Acinster.info – a piece of software, created to advertise
It is fairly common for the users to get concerned about their system’s safety when a program like Acinster.info invades their PC. However, many of them don’t know that the programs from the browser hijacking type are not computer viruses, but pieces of software, that serve the online marketing industry. They are typically a result from the mutual efforts of online advertisers and software developers, to create effective means of online advertising, directly on the peoples’ screen. The redirecting acts, the ads streaming and the browser changes are just a way for the marketers to expose us to certain promotional content and to make us click on it. The more ads we see and the more frequently we get redirected to sponsored sites, the more effective the advertising process is. In fact, each click often brings profits (the Pay-Per-Click remuneration model) and increases the chances for an actual purchase of the advertised items. This marketing strategy is commonly employed by many online based businesses and software developers, and is considered as perfectly legal.
Is Acinster.info just annoying or is it a virus?
Browser hijackers are generally characterized as special type of software, which is oriented towards browser apps. Truly, no other software on your computer would get affected or modified by this software because it simply cannot access anything else than your default browser. From a security point of view, a program like Acinster.info is a normal advertising tool, which has no intention to harm your system. Therefore, it cannot be considered as a malware of any form, nor can it be called a virus.
In fact, there are some notable differences between a browser hijacker and a real computer virus. A Ransomware, or a Trojan horse, for example, are known computer threats, which can damage your system severely. They are typically designed by anonymous cyber criminals to perform some sort of a cyber crime. What is more, they can automatically infect your machine and hide inside of it without any symptoms. Acinster.info and its siblings are created to advertise, not do to harm and they usually need your approval (known or unknown) in order to become part of your system.
Normally, most of the computer viruses and malicious pieces use tricky transmitters to get distributed on the web. Browser hijackers, on the other hand, may often have their official website, from where they can be downloaded for free, or they can be bundled inside some other software installers and promoted as “suggested” components. Fortunately, if you know how to properly install a software bundle, you will be able to easily leave behind any “suggested” components, which you may not like on your PC, and still will benefit the free software that they may come with.
The secret lies in the Advanced/Custom/Manual installation options, which are usually available on every installation wizard. These options can help you manually customize the installation of the desired program and disable anything additional or potentially unwanted. This way, you will save yourself from the need to uninstall the annoying ad-generating software later.
Acinster.info “Virus” Removal Guide
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Acinster.info software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Acinster.info on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Acinster.info in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Remove Acinster.info From Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Remove Acinster.info From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Remove Acinster.info From Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Remove Acinster.info From Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Acinster.info and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Acinster.info in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.