How to remove Reimage (Virus Removal Guide)
Reimage (often referred to as Reimage virus or Reimageplus) is a publisher of multiple computer security programs, browser attachments, and other products including Reimage PC Repair, Reimage Smartbar, Reimage Community Smartbar, Reimage Customized Web Search, and others. Many of these programs are detected by reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware products as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and adware.
The internet security community claims that Reimage computer security programs are misleading and potentially harmful for many reasons. Once Reimage programs, such as Reimage Repair (and others) are installed they will begin to scan a computer system for alleged issues. The scan will ALWAYS result in a large amount of errors. Even if the computer is brand new and completely updated the scan will claim that the computer is in danger. Once the scan is complete the program will claim that the system status of the used computer is “Bad” with a very high damage level. The program will not fix any alleged issues it finds if the user does not purchase the product. This is a marketing tactic that may programs like this employ. These type of deceptive marketing tactics are usually designed to scare victims into purchasing the software, which is why these programs are often described as scareware.
To make matters worse, Reimage will not likely download and install as a standalone program. It’s usually never alone. It is known to bundle with third-party unwanted programs, malware, adware, and other malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.
Reimage programs and additional programs that they bundle with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this possibly deceptive program can also cause other issues for computer and internet users including pop-up advertisements, browser redirections, and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if Reimage is manually removed, it is possibly that the program or another potential threat will return before a week has passed.
Furthermore, if you notice Reimage ads while browsing the web it is likely that your computer is infected with adware. A lot of different variants of adware are known to promote products developed by this publisher.
How did Reimage get on my computer?
Reimage programs usually contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user alongside third-party programs and files, such as freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content. The potentially unwanted programs and files that deliver the snake oil can be introduced to a computer system and affected internet browsers with or without user authorization.
Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install Reimage programs, such as Reimage Repair and other items during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline Reimage software from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline Reimage from installing and the unwanted program will install against user consent and knowledge.
- Reimage bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
- Reimage can arrive on a computer system packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as download.com, Softonic, and others.
- Reimage injects visited webpages with pop-up, pop-under, in-text, and in-image advertisements.
- Reimage changes existing browser settings. This causes browser redirects to search.reimage.com, reimageplus.com, and other webpages.
- Reimage makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks allowing it to run every time Windows starts and to check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has previously been disabled it will enable itself to run.
How to remove Reimage (Removal Guide)
- Step 1: Remove Reimage extensions
- Step 2: Uninstall Reimage from Windows
- Step 3: Remove Reimage virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner by Piriform
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Step 1: Remove Reimage extensions
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1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Reimage extension 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 the Reimage add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.
1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.
2. Find the Reimage extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.
Step 2: Uninstall Reimage from Windows
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 Reimage by ACP Software LLC (or other publisher) 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. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.
Step 3: Remove Reimage virus with Malwarebytes
1. Download and install the free or full edition of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full edition of this program enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is only a free scan and removal tool.
2. Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Click the Scan Now button or go to the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. When the malware scan is complete you will notice a list of files it has detected including PUP.Optional.GlassBottle.A. Click the Remove Selected button, then click Finish, and reboot your computer.
Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
1. Download and install the free or full edition of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.
4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.