Total-block.net Ads Virus. How to delete?

Written by Valdis Koks

Total-block.net search hijacker is a type of virus that injects into your system, and then modifies the search engine settings in your web browser to one which it desires. It likewise makes some unwanted changes that may trigger personal data leakages, as well as to other malware penetration. In this article, you will see the manual of Total-block.net hijacker elimination in various techniques, as well as additionally the solution of making your browser as good as new.

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Total-block.net Info

Name Total-block.net extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Total-block.net 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 Total-block.net hijacker.

The ways of injection of Total-block.net search hijackers are different. The majority of them belong to the malware spreading via the malvertising or malevolent links of various web sites. Occasionally, your personal computer can be infected with this virus through the trojan-downloader, which is utilized to distribute different other malware. There is a single kind of this undesirable program – web browser plugin that might build right into any type of browser which supports the add-on installment2.

You will not likely setup this plugin by yourself, since their names are pretty uncertain, and also the capability is very debatable. The “developers” of Total-block.net hijacker normally mention that it can save the .doc/.docx files from the websites already to .pdf format, or to download the whole website on your disk. It is rather difficult to imagine if someone may be needed in such operations in 2022, when the Internet access is not time-limited and every computer is able to start the needed .docx documents at Google Docs.

However, besides their impracticality, they may simply be discovered in the Chrome Web Store. Certainly, virus experts sound the alarm relating to such spam right into the legitimate source of web browser extensions, requiring the Google reaction – removing these extensions from their site. But they are still not hurrying to fix that safety issue.

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Is the Total-block.net virus?

At the first sight, you may think that these redirects are only annoying, but not dangerous. Due to this reason a number of users are just playing for time rather than getting rid of this malware, getting increasingly more possibilities of being contaminated with different other infections, which are a lot more harmful than Total-block.net is.

Besides the changed browser search engine or search results, you can additionally see different advertisements even on those sites that do not have any type of advertisements on it by default. And you may unintentionally misclick while closing the ad, and launch the downloading of an unrecognized file, which can be a virus, or a potentially unwanted application, or even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your browser is corrupted because of the Azorult trojan activity, the system may begin malfunctioning quickly – this symptome is one of the most typical in case of trojan penetration.

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How to remove Total-block.net?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Total-block.net virus injection. It is very easy to discuss the tactics of shielding your system from such frustrating things as browser hijackers, but it is really easy to be caught on this lure even being a skilled user. As it was discussed above, this unwanted program may hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with other adware you can get in dozens of methods. But regardless of the usual intricacy of the infiltration approaches, it is really easy to stay clear of the Total-block.net hijacker appearance 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 Total-block.net.

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

  • Make sure you have this manual tutorial constantly ready to make use of.
  • Execute a back-up of every one of your information, consisting of the kept logins, passwords as well as various other credentials. You must support your information with a cloud back-up service and also make sure your documents are secured from any kind of loss, also from the most extreme infections.
  • Wait up until the lasting back-up process is over.

Step 1: Uninstall Total-block.net and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few very easy stages that must have the ability 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 Total-block.net 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 Total-block.net 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 Total-block.net. 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 Total-block.net 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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