How to remove ScreenFreak (Virus Removal Guide)

ScreenFreak New Tab is an adware program and browser attachment that is recognized by reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware programs as such. The primary objectives of this adware is to redirect users to sponsored webpages and serve different variants of pop-up, in-text, banner, and pop-under advertisements on the web browser. The adware serves advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, and other web browsers from various advertising platforms. The adware will also change your homepage, internal search engine, and the webpage that opens when you open a new tab.

Threat Details

Name ScreenFreak, ScreenFreak virus, ScreenFreak New Tab, Screen Freak
Detection Type Adware
Short Description The adware is promoted as a free web utility.
Symptoms The user may experience unwanted advertisements in the web browser.
Distribution Method The adware bundles with freeware and dubious files.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool

What is ScreenFreak?

ScreenFreak is promoted as a free web utility and toolbar that contains quick links to online content and special features.

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Once ScreenFreak adware is contracted it automatically change your default browser settings, which causes you to redirect to sponsored search engines. It will display intrusive ads on the internet and Windows desktop. Various user details may also be obtained from the adware to formulate ‘targeted’ advertisements it feels you are most likely to click on. Details include your browser history, bookmarks, apps, and more.

ScreenFreak Removal Steps

ScreenFreak can usually be uninstalled manually from your computer and internet browser. We have provided several steps below the article to show you how remove ScreenFreak and other threats. However, if you have clicked on any random ads or have been redirected to suspicious websites, your system may have been exposed to malware and other threats. To make sure your PC is completely clean and your information is protected from cyber criminals, we recommend that you follow all the steps below.

Step 1: Uninstall ScreenFreak from Windows

Follow the instructions to uninstall ScreenFreak and other programs that it may bundle with from your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computer. If you do not find ScreenFreak installed on your computer but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files.

1. Open Windows Start or Task menu and go to the Control Panel (or directly to Programs and Features).

2. In the “Programs” section click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove programs).

3. Search for ScreenFreak, Chromium, and other programs in the list of installed programs and double click the program you want to remove to uninstall it. You can also select ScreenFreak with your mouse and click the Uninstall button once it appears. Once you have uninstalled ScreenFreak look for other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs and uninstall any if they are found. A general tip is to click “Installed On” to locate any programs that installed around the same time.

Step 2: Remove unwanted browser attachments

Follow the instructions to remove ScreenFreak add-ons and extensions, as well as other attachments that it may bundle with from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer & Edge, and Apple Safari. If you do not find a ScreenFreak attachments installed on your internet browser but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files. To remove ScreenFreak from Microsoft internet browsers you must uninstall the program.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the ScreenFreak extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the ScreenFreak add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the ScreenFreak extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 3: Remove ScreenFreak with Malwarebytes

Follow the instructions to remove ScreenFreak with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

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4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

Step 4: Remove ScreenFreak with HitmanPro

Follow the instructions to remove ScreenFreak with HitmanPro second-opinion software.

1. Download and install HitmanPro second opinion scanner and removal tool.

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3. Once Hitman Pro is installed, open the program and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

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4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button again to delete any threats or traces on your system.

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5. If you are initially using the free version, to activate it, enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

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6. Restart your computer by selecting Reboot.

Step 5: Clean and repair your computer with CCleaner

Follow the instructions to clean your computer and repair your computer’s settings.

1. Download and install CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and go to the main Cleaner screen 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. If you find any thing suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Finally, go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

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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.