Settings Manager virus
Settings Manager by Aztec Media Inc, also found as the Settings Manager virus is a potentially unwanted program or potential malware categorized as adware, a browser hijacker, and spyware that primarily installs to a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system without user consent. Settings Manager often installs alongside adware, and uses browser add-ons, BHO’s, and extensions to attach to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer in order to change existing browser settings, such as the homepage and search engine, as well as to display pop-up advertisements.
Once Settings Manager malware is installed to a Windows machine, the program and software that it bundles with like Linkey will start to collect user information and will display target advertisements, deals, offers for searched items or currently viewed websites and products on retail websites. These programs may also cause unwanted browser redirections and startups to websites such as default-search.net.
Settings Manager advertisements are displayed in a variety of forms and may be introduced by third-party software. Some advertisements are pop-under browser redirects that take up an entire browser window or computer screen, in-text ads that say “Ads by Settings Manager” on them, or pop-up advertisements that appear in images and say “brought by Settings Manager” on them.
SettingsManager is essentially used by Aztec Media software and bundles with software published by the same company. This program may be used to update these additional programs in the background, as well as to perform other tasks.
How does Settings Manager malware get onto a computer?
Users are sometimes given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Settings Manager software and other items; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.
How to remove the Settings Manager virus
- Automatically remove Settings Manager virus – Scan for and automatically remove Settings Manager and third-party malware
- Manually remove Settings Manager virus – Remove/Uninstall Settings Manager and third-party malware (if necessary)
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1. Automatic Settings Manager virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Settings Manager and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
4. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
5. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Settings Manager adware and associated third-party 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 Settings Manager (by Aztec Media Inc.) and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Settings Manager, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Settings Manager virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Settings Manager and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Settings Manager
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Settings Manager (by Aztec Media Inc.) and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button. Keep in mind that Settings Manager may use a different title name than suggested.
How to remove Settings Manager add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Settings Manager add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party browser 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 Settings Manager 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 Settings Manager 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 Settings Manager add-on and remove it if located.