Azym.live Ads Virus. How to delete?

Written by Valdis Koks

Azym.live search hijacker is a kind of virus that squeezes into your PC, and afterwards switches the search engine settings in your browser to one which it wants. It also makes some unwanted changes that may cause private information leaks, in addition to various other malware penetration. In this post, you will see the tutorial of Azym.live hijacker removal in various strategies, and also the procedure of making your web browser as good as new.

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Azym.live Info

Name Azym.live extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Azym.live hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Azym.live hijacker.

The ways of injection of Azym.live search hijackers are various. Many of them belong to the malware spreading with the malvertising or malicious web links of different internet sites. In some cases, your system might be contaminated with this malware with the trojan-downloader, which is put to use to disperse different other malware. There is a single form of this unwanted program – web browser plugin that can build into any kind of web browser which supports the add-on setup2.

You will not likely install this plugin by yourself, because their names are quite dubious, and the functionality is very questionable. The “developers” of Azym.live hijacker normally mention that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to save the entire website on your disk. It is extremely hard to imagine if someone can be needed in such features in 2022, when the Web access is not time-limited and every computer is able to start the needed .docx documents at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their impracticality, they can simply be spotted in the Chrome Web Store. Certainly, virus experts sound the alarm regarding such spam right into the legit source of web browser extensions, calling for the Google reaction – removing these extensions from their place. But they are still not hurrying to deal with that protection issue.

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Is the Azym.live virus?

At the first blush, you can believe that these redirects are only frustrating, but not hazardous. As a result of this reason a lot of people are simply playing for time as opposed to getting rid of this malware, obtaining much more possibilities of being contaminated with different other malware, which are far more major than Azym.live is.

Besides the changed search engine or search engine result, you may also see different ads even on those internet sites that do not have any kind of advertisements on it by default. And you may just misclick while shutting off the promotion, and start the downloading of an unknown file, which may be a virus, or a potentially undesirable program, and even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your browser is corrupted as a result of the Azorult trojan task, the system may start malfunctioning soon – this symptome is among the most common in case of trojan injection.

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How to remove Azym.live?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Azym.live malware injection. It is extremely easy to discuss the options of securing your system from such irritating things as browser hijackers, but it is quite easy to be caught on this bait perhaps even being a skilled user. As it was discussed above, this virus can hide after the attractive (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with various other adware you may get in dozens of methods. However, regardless of the typical difficulty of the infiltration techniques, it is extremely easy to stay clear of the Azym.live hijacker presence in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Azym.live.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Make sure you have this hands-on tutorial always all set to utilize.
  • Carry out a back-up of every one of your information, including the kept logins, passwords and also various other qualifications. You need to support your info with a cloud back-up option and also make sure your files are shielded from any kind of kind of loss, also from one of the most serious infections.
  • Wait till the resilient back-up process mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Azym.live and related software from Windows

Right here is a technique in few very easy steps that must be able to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Azym.live from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Azym.live on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Azym.live. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Azym.live with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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