This Spark Cast removal guide will help you remove the Spark Cast virus and unwanted malware to get rid of ads by Spark Cast and other activities on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
What is Spark Cast?
Spark Cast has a scarred online reputation and has been included in reports by numerous malware removal analysts and developers as adware. Once this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is contracted by bundling with freeware or using other suspicious marketing ploys it will use browser helper objects (BHOs), add-ons, and extensions to access and gather user browsing data. It then uses the collected information to configure targeted advertisements or for other marketing purposes.
Spark Cast ads are reported to be associated with browser add-ons and extensions that are allowed to access, collect, or change user browser data and settings due to presets included in the application. Unwanted advertisements may disappear once these attachments are removed and the associated program or BHO is uninstalled. Collected user browsing data may include complete browsing activities, bookmarks, history, and more. Changes made to affected browsers include browser shortcuts, browser homepages, and the default internal search engine. In turn, this will create targeted pop-up advertisements and browser redirects and start-ups to dubious sponsored search engines.
How to remove Spark Cast (Virus Removal)
1. Automatic Removal Guide
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2. 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.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once Malwarebytes has been opened, if a scan or update has not automatically initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.
6. You can chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings that have been changed during this infection. It can also fix system startup up settings and help uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
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.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, 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.
2. Manual Removal Guide
How to uninstall Spark Cast
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).
2. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section (If you are using Windows 8 you will bypass the Control Panel).
3. In the list of installed programs, search for software titled Spark Cast. Once the adware is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program.
How to remove Spark Cast add-ons and extensions
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Spark Cast extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Spark Cast add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Spark Cast add-on and remove it if located.