How to remove (uninstall) Xml.oceanreefs.xyz

Have you noticed annoying ads in the browser, tagged as “ads by Xml.oceanreefs.xyz”? Did you see the presence of Xml.oceanreefs.xyz somewhere else in the system? If those things are true – your system is infested by an advertising program, and our item will help you in removing it.

Xml.oceanreefs.xyz

The virus that generates banners is called Xml.oceanreefs.xyz, and it is an advertising utility. Xml.oceanreefs.xyz cannot do anything helpful, as it was created to do one thing: to drive you crazy. Well, the driving-crazy stuff isn’t its real task, but you'll be annoyed in any case until adware does its job – shows the advertising content. When the penetration is complete, it modifies the browser controls and delivers you tons of ads, to make sure that you will see some of them. Scammers get a little money for every click you're making, so you can realize why the links appear again and again: it’s a honeypot. In the following parts of our guide, we will tell you how adware infected the machine and how you might guard it against such viruses. If you are not interested and simply want to delete adware as soon as possible – don't mind the following parts and look at the uninstalling advice.

As soon as the penetration is performed, Xml.oceanreefs.xyz modifies the controls of the browsers. It’s everything that it can do, because the core function in this system is given to the “super search” which emerges in your browser when you install Xml.oceanreefs.xyz. So, Xml.oceanreefs.xyz clears the default homepage and your favorite search and places the unreliable webpage in their place. Now, instead of searching via the reputable Bing, Google, Yahoo or another search system you like – you will surf the Net via the wretched scammers' website, giving away wrong websites ads pop-ups and other suchlike trash. The virus also alters the settings of the shortcuts of infected browsers in a way that even if you return the good settings, you will automatically open the untrusted search in the starting tab.

If you've already bothered to erase the virus, you might have noticed that it returns, regardless of the number of times you erased it. It occurs thanks to the virus' protective mechanisms, and we'll explain to you their essence:

  • The easiest way of security is to develop a scheduled task on the restoration of the adware after its elimination. Scheduled tasks are not frequently used by usual computer operators, so Xml.oceanreefs.xyz simply sets a task to check if it’s working, and if it isn't – to download and set it again. This task is being run every time you reboot your PC, and thanks to it Xml.oceanreefs.xyz is so difficult to erase.
  • Another method has the similar goal, but it uses the system registry instead of the Scheduled Tasks service. You should inspect the registry to defeat this method, but it’s a very complicated thing for a newbie. All other registry entries are required for the device to function, and by removing one of them, you may bring serious damage to the system.

 

How Xml.oceanreefs.xyz was installed in the system

To clarify the things a bit, we will picture the process in total. 99% of the advertising utilities are each other's replicas, duplicated thousands of times and sold to various fraudsters with minor changes made. Some bad dudes got Xml.oceanreefs.xyz in the Dark Web, set it up and put it on file-sharing sites all over the Web. And after that, there was you, downloading it. Wait, you're saying that you haven't searched for a program to annoy you? Possibly, you looked for the best method to endanger your system, and someone gave you a link to Xml.oceanreefs.xyz installer? Did we get it wrong again? Okay, in that case, you wanted to download some utility that is actually good. Kind of a toll-free program created by a not-so-famous developer, or a cracked version of some paid tool you didn’t want to buy.

This technique is known as “affiliate installation”, and it's based on that fraudsters unite the installers of 2-3 perilous programs and a single good utility to create one "bundle". The bottom peculiarity of that package is that it’s called by the name of a useful software, and you don’t know what’s in there before the installation starts. On one of the middle stages, they display a suggestion to download additional utilities, with the required checkmarks filled and the natural decision is to download them and proceed. And you pressed that button. It could be slightly different: there could be the “installation manners”. It's pretty simple: the advanced installation technique means that user may manually choose where you wish this software to be installed, and how many additional utilities do you need. In Xml.oceanreefs.xyz's case, picking the suggested way of installation means that you allow all the garbage from the package into your PC.

Methods to remove Xml.oceanreefs.xyz

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Xml.oceanreefs.xyz manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Xml.oceanreefs.xyz from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you know how Xml.oceanreefs.xyz works, and you are aware of its sneaky manners of infection. We’ve explained almost everything, besides the highly important thing: how to delete Xml.oceanreefs.xyz. Let’s fix that. Xml.oceanreefs.xyz might be deleted with the help of two simple methods. One of them is what you have just attempted to perform – manual elimination. We know how to make it right, and under this part, you will see the advice on manual uninstallation. The significant flaw is the incapability to eliminate several advertising tools through it since it will require many hours to do. It's better to try another technique: you may fully delete the adware in 10 minutes via Spyhunter AntiMalware. This antivirus has many advantages, and among them are round-the-clock support service, increased operation speed, the compatibility with many antiviral tools and moderate price. It's time to stop trying to guard the computer with unpaid software – try the genuine antivirus. Push the button below to scan the system via the unpaid scanner.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Xml.oceanreefs.xyz" and delete these elements

 

Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Disable notifications in the browser

Google Chrome

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Advanced
  • Site settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

  • Launch Mozilla Firefox
  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Privacy and Security
  • Notifications
  • Settings...
  • Remove suspicious websites

 

Opera browser

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • Advanced
  • Content settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

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