Adware applications and programs are something that most computer and smartphone users have faced at least once at a certain point. On the outside, this type of apps look like normal extensions for different browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox and so on but on the inside, they typically operate in ways and initiate activities that most users would find irritating and unpleasant, to say the least. The most typical things you can expect from an adware application is generation of different advertisements and other commercial and promotional materials on your screen during browsing time. Random pop-ups, banners, download request messages and even automatic redirects to pages you didn’t try to visit are all things that are likely to start spamming your screen once you open a browser that has an adware component integrated into it. Usually, the ads are harmless and even if sometimes they don’t actually redirect you to the site, page or offer they seem to be representing, there is no reason to get panicked if you see such commercial messages on your screen. After all, adware programs are not some form of Trojan Horse or Ransomware malware programs and they are typically not used as means of harassing the users of the machines they are installed on. Nonetheless, it’s understandable if you’d like to remove any adware that might get installed on your computer considering just how irritating and frustrating those apps could be.
Ocean Setup “Virus”, for example, is a seemingly useful browser component which, however, seems to possess many qualities and traits that are typical for an application of the adware category. This is the reason why most users who have it on their computers are dissatisfied by its functionality and would like to have it uninstalled. If you are among those users and have so far been unable to successfully remove Ocean Setup, the guide below might help you eliminate the nagging software piece.
Remove Ocean Setup “Virus”
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 Ocean Setup 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.
Removing Ocean Setup
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 Ocean Setup 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 Ocean Setup 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 Ocean Setup and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Ocean Setup 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.
Keep your computer safe by staying away from the ads
Even if here we aren’t dealing with a real malware infection from the ranks of Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware and other similar malware hazards, applications like Ocean Setup still can’t be regarded as perfectly safe despite the fact that they are usually legitimate pieces of software. It’s always a potential security hazard having random questionable advertisements spammed on your screen and even if most of the ads coming from Ocean Setup won’t actually harm you, it’s still possible that there are such ones among them which may be linked with unsafe web addresses. Considering this, it seems that it is simply better to remove the adware, especially once you factor in the fact that you won’t really get much use out of it anyway. So, our advice for you is to use the recommended removal program in the guide or the instructions that we have posted above to remove the pesky adware component and also to be more careful with what software you install on your computer in the future so that you don’t accidentally get another adware app on your computer again.
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.