Research on “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus
“Potentially unwanted app found” alert is caused by Adware infection. Users of Edge, Chrome, Firefox and IE all got hit by this virus somehow, from our research, we confirm that “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus malware is mainly packed in third party freeware installer. Most of victims downloaded a free software or software update from file sharing websites and installed it with the provided installer, then they started to encounter tons of commercial ads by “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus when open websites.
Besides the commercial ads, “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus can also promote some deceptive popup pages to scam you. For example, it generates a spam software update popup to cheat you to update your Chrome or other software on unsafe website, which actually will install hijacker and rogueware instead of the so-called update. Besides, it will redirect you to fake virus alert pages reported threats and asking you to call toll free hotline to get virus removal service. These bogus messages are used to help virus maker get your money, so you should not trust anything related with “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus.
There are some worse problems come to you if you do not get rid of “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus malware, because it can used as a source for spreading all kinds of infections. Once your Internet is connected, a tunnel between your browser and remote server will be established by “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus, thus other viruses such as trojan, spyware, ransomware and hijacker will all have chance to infiltrate your system silently. That will be a disaster to you since these threats not only degrade system performance, but also put your personal files and private information in danger. Before “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus makes more troubles, you need to uninstall “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus and all connected malware as quickly as possible. Should you failed to remove the threats on your own, execute the “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus removal steps below:
How to Manually Remove “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus from Windows OS? (Steps)
>> If you are a Mac OS user, please read the Mac guide: How to Manually Remove Virus & Malware From Mac OS?
( Remember to BOOKMARK this page because some operations in the removal process may quit this page)
Step 1 – Uninstall suspicious and unwanted programs from Control Panel:
1. Uninstall suspicious and unwanted programs from Windows 10
- Click Start menu at bottom-left corner of your Win 10 screen:
- Select System :
- Select Apps & features, and then select “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus related apps or unwanted programs, then click Uninstall:
2. Get rid of suspicious and unwanted programs from Windows 8
– Press the Windows Key to open Start Screen. If it does not comes out, then use this option:
- Win 8 User – Hover the cursor in the bottom-left corner of your win 8 screen and wait for the Start Screen appears, then click on the icon to toggle over to the Start Screen
- Win 8.1 User – Click on the Start icon in the lower left-hand corner to open the Start Screen.
– Select “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus related apps or unwanted programs, and then click on Uninstall:
Win7 & Vista
3. Remove suspicious and unwanted programs from Win7 & Vista
- Click Start button and select Control Panel:
- Select “Uninstall a program”
- Select “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus or related unsafe apps , and then click Uninstall
Step 2 – Delete suspicious and unwanted extensions from Web Browsers
Delete suspicious and unwanted extensions from Google Chrome
Start Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon at the top right corner >> Select More Tools and click Extensions:
Identify suspicious extensions related with “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus and click click trash icon to remove it:
Uninstall suspicious and unwanted extensions from Mozilla Firefox
Start Firefox and click the 3 parallel lines icon at the top right corner and Click Add-ons :
Under Extensions tab: If you see unknown or suspicious add-ons listed, select it and click Remove:
Remove suspicious and unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
Start IE: Click on the cogwheel icon at the top right corner and click Manage Add-ons
Under Toolbar and Extension tab: Select suspicious extensions and click Disable button
Remove suspicious and unwanted extensions from Microsoft Edge
If you have enabled Extensions function on Edge, follow the steps here to delete suspicious and unwanted extensions:
Start Edge: Click the More (…) button ahe tog right corner and click Extensions:
Select the extensions you want to remove and click Uninstall
Remove suspicious and unwanted extensions from Opera Browser
Start Opera Browser: Click Menu button at top left corner and select Extensions:
Select “All” list: Select suspicious and unwanted extensions and click the “X” button to uninstall it:
Step 3 – Delete harmful registry files related with “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus from Regedit Editor.
1. Press Windows key and R key at the same to launch “Run” window >> Input regedit and click OK to launch Registry Editor:
2. In Registry Editor: Select Edit button and click Find >> Then type the virus name and click Find Next:
3. Right-click on the malicious registry files you find and click Delete:
Step 4 (Optional) – Reset web browsers to remove malicoius items installed by “Potentially unwanted app found” Virus.
Reset Google Chrome
Start Chrome browser and click on (☰) icon at top right corner And select Settings:
Type “reset” into search box and click Reset button at the bottom:
Click RESET to confirm:
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Start Firefox: click on (☰) icon at the upper right corner >> Click Help >> Click “Troubleshooting Information”
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button and click another “Refresh Firefox” button when dialog box will appear on your screen.
Reset Internet Explorer
Start IE browser: Click gear icon at the upper right corner and select “Internet option”
Now click“Advanced” and click on “Reset” button.
Check out the “Delete personal settings” box and click on “Reset” button.
Reset Microsoft Edge
Start Microsoft Edge browser: Click More (…) icon on the top right corner and select Settings :
Click Clear browsing data button and then click Clear to confirm:
Start Opera browser: Now click Help menu and select About Opera:
Copy the Paths of Profile and Cache, and then open them one by one by pasting them into the Search Box of Start Menu:
Delete the two folders: Profile and Cache and your opera will be reset.
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