How to remove Appimaker (Virus Removal Guide)
Appimaker is a bogus root certificate for machines running the Windows operating system. Appimaker is used alongside third-party adware (such as TabNav) because the certificate has the abilities to examine and manipulate all network data and encrypted data protected by a legitimate SSL. Appimaker takes over existing SSL certificates and can gather information that internet users submit into on line forms over an encrypted network. Information that is usually encrypted and protected can now be gathered by Appimaker and third-parties. This includes usernames, passwords, and information to access bank accounts, email accounts, social media accounts, and more. Adware often bundles with Appimaker because the root certificate can assist the adware in generating advertisements over an encrypted connection and can help them target users based off of all of their private activities.
If Appimaker is installed, you may notice a websites identification may be linked to Appimaker. The identification may say “appimaker (98496) has identified this site as example.com.” Furthermore, those who have become infected with what is known as the Appimaker virus (although it is not technically a computer virus) may notice error messages while browsing the web.
When browsing sites, you may find warnings that display alerts stating there are certificate errors. For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer may display errors such as:
Content was blocked because it was not signed by a valid security certificate.
For more information see “About Certificate Errors” in Internet Explorer Help.
There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.
The security certificate presented by this website was not issued by a trusted certificate authority.
Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server.
On Google Chrome you may notice a message that says “Your connection is not private” with a Net::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID error.
How to remove Appimaker (Removal Guide)
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- Step 1: Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions
- Step 2: Uninstall Appimaker
- Step 3: Remove Appimaker malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner by Piriform
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Step 1: Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions
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.
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 Appimaker
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 Appimaker 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.
4. Restart your computer.
Step 3: Remove Appimaker 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.
3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.
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.
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.