How to remove (uninstall) Stixeepou.com

Stixeepou.com

Adware is utilized by hackers to display some simulated visits on the web pages they want to boost and to advertise the things that cannot be promoted in any legitimate way. We’re talking about pirated utilities or audio files, drugs, fake programs and “adult” content. Needless to say, that the ads generated by Stixeepou.com are highly suspicious and you shouldn't click them no matter what. We have told you in the previous parts, that Stixeepou.com isn’t perilous individually, but it grows more hazardous if stays unattended. If adware dwells for long enough inside the laptop, it lends a hand for more dangerous programs to crawl in occasionally turning the machine into a junkyard. You’ve probably seen such systems already, clogged by undesired programs, incapable of starting in less than five minutes, continually lagging, etc. You’d better uninstall adware as soon as possible, to avoid such things happening to your laptop.

Stixeepou.com is an unwanted utility, yet it’s not an ordinary malware. It’s a pro and con in equal measure, and if you wonder why - let us define it. The good news is that any adware is not harmful by itself, meaning that it's not going to destroy operator's files or vandalize the OS as typical viruses do. It's going to display to you a lot of ads in the form of pop-ups, links appearing out of nowhere on the display and large banners. You can ignore them all, but that’s what we call a huge nuisance. What's not good is that as opposed to viruses, promotional utilities are on rare occasions spotted by regular antiviruses. They cannot catch it because of strange operational patterns, and can't reject its installation as customers install it manually.

 

How to protect your PC against Stixeepou.com

Before we launch the uninstalling procedure, you'd better know the ways to secure your PC against Stixeepou.com. Let’s start from remembering the ways of infection. There are plenty infection techniques that unwanted programs use, but the very popular of them for adware is the affiliate installation, AKA bundling. Here’s its method of function:

  • Fraudsters choose a good utility that is popular among the regular users and blend it with several pieces of adware. The installer is created so that you can't see what’s inside until you launch the installation. In some cases, it happens after the installation, when the victim realizes that he has installed more than he wanted.
  • The installer gets put on a well-liked file-sharing site. They upload it to as many websites as they're able, to enlarge the number of possible victims.
  • In time of the installation, a victim notices a menu where he has to choose between a preferable and advanced installation methods. The preferable variant is pre-chosen so that all people who like clicking “OK” selected it right away.
  • When a customer sees a package, he believes that it’s a useful utility and installs it. Some antiviral utilities warn their users about the probably undesired contents of an installer, but web-Internet criminals have an ace up their sleeves to take on that. The useful tools they use as baits are mostly the cracked variants of official utilities. That's why users expect that a bundle will probably raise the alarm and simply disregard the notifications.

If you haven't rejected the pre-selected installation way – you’ve installed a ton of malicious tools instead of a useful program, and we're going to help you with their uninstalling.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You may be interested in how you might detect an advertising utility if even an antivirus didn't manage to do this, but we will explain that in a moment. The point is that the antivirus (if there's one installed on your device), recognizes viruses by knowing their structure. Web-Internet criminals modify the code of their malicious programs every few days by making small updates so that they stay untraceable. We do not advise you to look into adware’s structure, yet we have some experience in the ways by which scammers may hide an undesired program when it stays in front of everyone’s eyes. You need to look at the type of each utility you're installing. Think hard before installing browser enhancement add-ons and programs for social networks which want to give you any kind of new advantages. System cleaners are also extremely questionable, as well as all pirated programs, like PhotoShop, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. If you refrain from using these tools, the chances of penetration will go down dramatically.

How to remove Stixeepou.com

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Stixeepou.com manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Stixeepou.com 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

 

When you want to remove Stixeepou.com – you have two manners. You may perform it manually, or via an AV program. In case you love to deal with undesired utilities without any antiviruses – we may help you with that, but you have to understand that Stixeepou.com is not the only adware in your computer. As we've explained in the previous sections of this article, Stixeepou.com infected your machine via affiliate installation, and you have easily 2-3 more hazardous tools to remove. If you’re OK with eliminating them all at the same time with your own hands – be our guest.

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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 "Stixeepou.com" 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 Stixeepou.com from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Stixeepou.com

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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