How to remove AP Suggestor (Virus Removal Guide)

AP Suggestor virus

AP Suggestor (AP Suggestor virus) is a free web application and ad-serving platform that generates cross-browser advertisements. Ads by AP Suggestor are generally caused by browser add-ons and extensions, as well as browser helper objects (BHOs) and generic third-party programs that run on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

AP Suggestor

If you see ads by AP Suggestor while browsing the web it means that you are infected with adware. The adware can take form of a program, browser attachment, or hidden files. To get rid of ads by AP Suggestor and other adware platforms it may be required to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser attachments.

AP Suggestor adware also schedules new tasks on Windows Task Scheduler and makes unwanted changes Windows Start-up settings. The tasks it manufactures will allow the adware to start every time Windows is booted. Other tasks will check to see if this adware is running, and if not, will enable the program to run. It may also create new tasks that update the adware and allow additional programs permission to automatically install.

AP Suggestor is not technically defined as a computer virus, but the program is still a threat or the sign of a serious computer infection. Potential AP Suggestor malware is known to download and install alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including Browse Pax. This means that it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions to stop all unwanted activities. Apart from manually eradicating the program and others that it bundles with, files may remain undetected to the average computer user. That is why it is recommended to use a reputable anti-malware product to remove AP Suggestor and malicious files that it installs alongside with.

The AP Suggestor extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.
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  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Read and change your browsing history.
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Manage your downloads.

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The AP Suggestor program is usually contracted without user consent or knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, and more.

Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install AP Suggestor adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

In some cases, AP Suggestor and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.

How to remove AP Suggestor (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove AP Suggestor add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall AP Suggestor

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for AP Suggestor and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

Step 3: Remove AP Suggestor malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential AP Suggestor malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.