How to remove Pull Trends (Virus Removal Guide)

Pull Trends (Pull Trends virus, PullTrends) is a potential unwanted program (PUP) and adware that employs deceptive marketing tactics in order to infiltrate a computer system without user knowledge. Pull Trends is known to observe user browsing activities and personal browsing data in order to serve targeted advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Pull Trends

What is Pull Trends?

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  • Pull Trends may bundle with third-party malware, malicious files, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including UniDeals.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Pull Trends can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Pull Trends can read and change your browsing history.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Pull Trends can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Pull Trends can manage your downloads.

How does Pull Trends get on a computer?

The Pull Trends virus is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content, such as freeware, shareware, torrents, and other items. In many cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline a custom offer to install this program; However, the offer to decline the program from installing can be ignored or presented in a deceptive manner by the program.

How to remove Pull Trends

Step 1: Remove Pull Trends add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon on the menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Pull Trends extension and other 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. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Pull Trends add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Step 2: Uninstall Pull Trends

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

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

3. In the list of installed programs, search for Pull Trends and other unwanted programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for malware

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.

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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 Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential Pull Trends malware after using Malwarebytes 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

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

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

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.

4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Pull Trends 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.