Complete tips to delete ChannelParameter virus
ChannelParameter is an adware-type app with browser hijacker qualities. It is also called PUA or potentially unwanted application. Any apps considered to be PUAs bear potential to infiltrate in by stealthy as they are often distributed using various deceptive techniques.
Adware enables the placement of third party graphical content on any visited pages. These ads significantly affect the web browsing experience by overlaying the webpage’s consent and slowing down the browsing speed.
Also, they endanger the device and users’ safety. These intrusive ads often endorse various untrustworthy, scam, and even malicious pages. What’s more, some of these ads can download/ install unwanted apps without users’ consent – when they are clicked on.
Browser hijacker applications assign fraudulent web searchers as browsers’ default search engine, new tab/ window and homepage URLs. Thus, web searches performed on the URL bar and any new browsing tabs/ window opened- redirect to the promoted URLs.
Fake web searchers are not capable of generating search results and so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers bear persistence-ensuring techniques so that the users can’t return to the previous browsers’ settings option.
Adware and browser hijackers usually have data tracking capability in common. The information of their interest include URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, personally identifiable data and so on.
These data could be shared with and/or sold to third parties/ potent crooks. Thus, the presence of the potentially unwanted apps on system can cause serious system infections, privacy issues, monetary loss and even identity theft.
To avoid any such issues from happening in future, you should immediately remove all suspicious apps right away upon detection. In order to remove ChannelParameter, use our below mentioned step-by-step guide or employ some reputable antivirus tool for the purpose.
How did ChannelParameter enter my system?
PUAs are often distributed using deceptive bundling method, a method where packing of one app is done with unwanted and malicious additions. By rushing download/ installation processes- users increase the risk of allowing the bundled content onto their device.
Intrusive ads can proliferate in PUAs as well. Once clicked on, these ads can execute certain scripts to make stealthy download/ installation without users’ consent. Some PUAs also have their official promotional/ download pages.
How to prevent PUAs installation?
It is advised to research software and download only from official/ verified sources. Dubious downloading channels such as p2p networks, free file hosting sites and third party downloaders/ installers often offer dubious and/or bundled content.
When downloading/ installing, it is recommended to read terms, study possible options, use Custom/Advanced settings and opt out all additionally attached apps and decline all offers. Intrusive ads can appear legit, yet they redirect to various questionable pages.
If you encounter any such ads/ redirects, you should investigate your system and remove all suspicious apps and browser extensions right away. If the system is already infected, we recommend you use some reputable antivirus tool to remove ChannelParameter from the system automatically.
Remove Files and Folders Related to ChannelParameter
Open the “Menu” bar and click the “Finder” icon. Select “Go” and click on “Go to Folder…”
Step 1: Search the suspicious and doubtful malware generated files in /Library/LaunchAgents folder
Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to Folder” option
In the “Launch Agent” folder, search for all the files that you have recently downloaded and move them to “Trash”. Few of the examples of files created by browser-hijacker or adware are as follow, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.Itvbit.plist”, installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, and “kuklorest.update.plist” and so on.
Step 2: Detect and remove the files generated by the adware in “/Library/Application” Support folder
In the “Go to Folder..bar”, type “/Library/Application Support”
Search for any suspicious newly added folders in “Application Support” folder. If you detect any one of these like “NicePlayer” or “MPlayerX” then send them to “Trash” folder.
Step 3: Look for the files generated by malware in /Library/LaunchAgent Folder:
Go to Folder bar and type /Library/LaunchAgents
You are in the “LaunchAgents” folder. Here, you have to search for all the newly added files and move them to “Trash” if you find them suspicious. Some of the examples of suspicious files generated by malware are “myppes.download.plist”, “installmac.AppRemoved.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist” and so on.
Step4: Go to /Library/LaunchDaemons Folder and search for the files created by malware
Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go To Folder” option
In the newly opened “LaunchDaemons” folder, search for any recently added suspicious files and move them to “Trash”. Examples of some of the suspicious files are “com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preference.plist”, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist” and so on.
Step 5: Use Combo Cleaner Anti-Malware and Scan your Mac PC
The malware infections could be removed from the Mac PC if you execute all the steps mentioned above in the correct way. However, it is always advised to be sure that your PC is not infected. It is suggested to scan the work-station with “Combo Cleaner Anti-virus”.
Once the file gets downloaded, double click on combocleaner.dmg installer in the newly opened window. Next is to open the “Launchpad” and press on “Combo Cleaner” icon. It is advised to wait until “Combo Cleaner” updates the latest definition for malware detection. Click on “Start Combo Scan” button.
A depth scan of your Mac PC will be executed in order to detect malware. If the Anti-virus scan report says “no threat found” then you can continue with guide further. On the other hand, it is recommended to delete the detected malware infection before continuing.
Now the files and folders created by the adware is removed, you have to remove the rogue extensions from the browsers.
Remove ChannelParameter from Internet Browsers
Delete Doubtful and Malicious Extension from Safari
Go to “Menu Bar” and open “Safari” browser. Select “Safari” and then “Preferences”
In the opened “preferences” window, select “Extensions” that you have recently installed. All such extensions should be detected and click the “Uninstall” button next to it. If you are doubtful then you can remove all the extensions from “Safari” browser as none of them are important for smooth functionality of the browser.
In case if you continue facing unwanted webpage redirections or aggressive advertisements bombarding, you can reset the “Safari” browser.
Open the Safari menu and choose “preferences…” from the drop-down menu.
Go to the “Extension” tab and set the extension slider to “Off” position. This disables all the installed extensions in the Safari browser
Next step is to check the homepage. Go to “Preferences…” option and choose “General” tab. Change the homepage to your preferred URL.
Also check the default search-engine provider settings. Go to “Preferences…” window and select the “Search” tab and select the search-engine provider that you want such as “Google”.
Next is to clear the Safari browser Cache- Go to “Preferences…” window and select “Advanced” tab and click on “Show develop menu in the menu bar.“
Go to “Develop” menu and select “Empty Caches”.
Remove website data and browsing history. Go to “Safari” menu and select “Clear History and Website Data”. Choose “all history” and then click on “Clear History”.
Remove Unwanted and Malicious Plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox
Delete ChannelParameter add-ons from Mozilla Firefox
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser. Click on the “Open Menu” present in the top right corner of the screen. From the newly opened menu, choose “Add-ons”.
Go to “Extension” option and detect all the latest installed add-ons. Select each of the suspicious add-ons and click on “Remove” button next to them.
In case if you want to “reset” the Mozilla Firefox browser then follow the steps that has been mentioned below.
Reset Mozilla Firefox Settings
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser and click on “Firefox” button situated at the top left corner of the screen.
In the new menu, go to “Help” sub-menu and choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click on “Reset Firefox” button.
Confirm that you want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to default by pressing on “Reset Firefox” option
The browser will get restarted and the settings changes to factory default
Delete Unwanted and Malicious Extensions from Google Chrome
Open the chrome browser and click on “Chrome menu”. From the drop down option, choose “More Tools” and then “Extensions”.
In the “Extensions” option, search for all the recently installed add-ons and extensions. Select them and choose “Trash” button. Any third-party extension is not important for the smooth functionality of the browser.
Reset Google Chrome Settings
Open the browser and click on three line bar at the top right side corner of the window.
Go to the bottom of the newly opened window and select “Show advanced settings”.
In the newly opened window, scroll down to the bottom and choose “Reset browser settings”
Click on the “Reset” button on the opened “Reset browser settings” window
Restart the browser and the changes you get will be applied
The above mentioned manual process should be executed as it is mentioned. It is a cumbersome process and requires a lot of technical expertise. And hence it is advised for technical experts only. To be sure that your PC is free from malware, it is better that you scan the work-station with a powerful anti-malware tool. The automatic malware removal application is preferred because it doesn’t requires any additional technical skills and expertise.
Download the application and execute it on the PC to begin the depth scanning. Once the scanning gets completed, it shows the list of all the files related to ChannelParameter. You can select such harmful files and folders and remove them immediately.