How to remove (uninstall) Samcunningham.pro

Do you notice irritating pop-ups on the Internet, flagged as “pop-ups by Samcunningham.pro”? Have you seen the presence of Samcunningham.pro somewhere else on your device? If something similar occurred in later days – your machine is infested by an advertising program, and this entry will assist you to uninstall it.

Samcunningham.pro

What is Samcunningham.pro

When the infection takes place, Samcunningham.pro switches the controls of your browser. That's its most important aim, as the head role in this play is left for the fake search engine which takes over your browser when you download Samcunningham.pro. So, the virus removes the pre-set homepage, as well as the default search engine and puts the unreliable website instead of them. Now you cannot use the reputable Google, Bing, Yahoo or whatever search you're used to – you will browse the Net through the crippled Samcunningham.pro search, showing pop-ups untrusted pages advertising banners of all forms and colors. Adware also modifies the settings of browser icons in a way that in case you recover the normal controls, you'll see the untrusted search in the starting tab.

Samcunningham.pro can't be uninstalled as a common utility, and if you try it - the virus will recover. It happens because of the adware’s defensive systems, and we'll explain to you how they work:

  • The most common method of protection is to create a scheduled task on the restoration of the virus after its removal. System tasks are not often used by usual computer operators, so Samcunningham.pro just develops a task to inspect if it’s installed, and if it’s not – to download and set it again. This task is being launched each time you turn on the computer, and thanks to it Samcunningham.pro is so difficult to reinstall.
  • Another way is pretty much like the first one, but it utilizes the OS's registry instead of the system tasks. Hackers add a specific value to your registry and you should find and erase it, which is a bit not easy. The regular registry items are crucially important, and by deleting one of them, you can inflict significant harm to the system.

The virus that generates ads is called Samcunningham.pro, and it is an advertising utility. Samcunningham.pro cannot do anything good, as it’s developed to do one thing: to annoy you. We're joking, your irritation is not its real task, but it’s lightly achieved while Samcunningham.pro does what it does – distributes the advertising content. It gets into the device, it modifies the settings of the browser and shows you tons of pop-ups, making sure that you will see some of them. Hackers earn a couple of cents for each click you're making, and now you understand why the banners appear again and again: it’s a gold mine. In the next paragraphs, we will explain in which way Samcunningham.pro infected the PC and how it might be guarded against similar viruses. In case you know everything that you need on that topic and simply want to remove Samcunningham.pro as soon as possible – ignore the following parts and look at the removal tips.

 

How Samcunningham.pro got on your computer

To clarify the things a bit, we’ll depict the process in total. 99% of the advertising tools are clones of each other, duplicated thousands of times and passed to various web-criminals with lesser alterations made. Some evil lads got this one from the Dark Web, tuned it and published it on file-sharing sites around the Internet. That’s where you picked it up, right? Wait, you're saying that you haven't looked for adware that will irritate you? Maybe, you looked for a perfect screwing-it-all-up utility for your PC, and found a direct link to Samcunningham.pro download? Missed again? Well, then, you wanted to download some tool that's actually good. Some free utility created by an unknown developer, or a cracked version of a well-known software you're not going to pay for.

We know this way as the “bundled installation”, and its essence is that hackers are combining the installation files of several viruses and one helpful tool into one package. The essential peculiarity of the installer is that they call it by the name of a useful utility, and a victim cannot know its content before the installation begins. On some of the steps, you're allowed to see an offer to get extra tools, with the required checkmarks placed and the first desire is to download them and proceed. We assume that you clicked, as you're on this website now. It might have been a bit different: they might have done this through the “ways of installation”. It's pretty simple: the sophisticated installation way is basically a manual choice of where you want a program to be installed, and how many extra programs do you need. In Samcunningham.pro's case, picking the suggested manner of installation means that you allow all the viruses from the package into your computer.

Methods to remove Samcunningham.pro

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Samcunningham.pro manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Samcunningham.pro 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

At this moment you understand how Samcunningham.pro works, and you know in which way it infected your system. We’ve told you almost everything, besides the very important thing: how you can delete Samcunningham.pro. Here we go. You can uninstall Samcunningham.pro through following two simple methods. The first one is what you have just tried to perform – DIY removal. We know how to make it easier, and under this paragraph, you will find the instructions on by-hand uninstallation. The significant shortage is the incapability to erase lots of viruses through it as it will require many hours to do. We present you another manner: you might completely remove the adware in five minutes through Spyhunter anti-viral software. It has multiple benefits, and among them are 24/7 customer support, the compatibility with many anti-viruses, moderate price and fast deletion. Don’t waste time, trying to clean the PC with free software – switch to the proper anti-viral tool. Click the link below to download a trial 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 "Samcunningham.pro" and delete these elements

 

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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. Remove Samcunningham.pro from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Samcunningham.pro

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

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

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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