What is SH.ST/AEOTZ?
SH.ST/AEOTZ ads are injected into all your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
SH.ST/AEOTZ ads can be identified by spotting a small text that is normally located above (top-right) or below (bottom-right) of the ads. The text will normally say "Ads by SH.ST/AEOTZ". If SH.ST/AEOTZ ads are served as pop-ups, you can identify them by spotting the URL in the pop-up window.
What types of unwanted behavior do Ads by SH.ST/AEOTZ exhibit?
Ads by SH.ST/AEOTZ are intrusive and invasive, often displaying irrelevant and objectionable content. Sometimes, the user's default home page and/or search provider are substituted with pages serving SH.ST/AEOTZ ads.
Ads by SH.ST/AEOTZ can appear when you open a new tab in the browser. In these cases, sites with SH.ST/AEOTZ ads will replace your default web page displaying when you open the browser, and deliver altered search results when you fire a search in the browser.
Some reports suggest that SH.ST/AEOTZ ads may appear immediately after your computer starts up. If this is the case, the corresponding Web page was injected to autostart with a simple "explorer http://SH.ST/AEOTZ" command.
SH.ST/AEOTZ ads are often added to Web browser shortcuts on your computer's desktop, Start menu and/or the taskbar.
If this is the case, the browser shortcut will contain an altered command line to launch your default Web browser every time you want to open a new browsing session.
SH.ST/AEOTZ ads can be launched without altering browser shortcuts by altering Windows Registry to specify a modified path to your default Web browser. This also results in SH.ST/AEOTZ opening every time you launch a new browsing session.
Ads by SH.ST/AEOTZ can be injected into Web pages by installing a signed netfilter driver sniffing your Web traffic and injecting the ads into HTML code of Web pages./p>
How SH.ST/AEOTZ got on your computer?
Just as malware or potentially unwanted programs, ads by SH.ST/AEOTZ get installed to your computer with browser toolbars, fake extensions and plugins (fake YouTube plugins, fake codec packs and fake "PC Cleaner" and "Windows Accelerator" type of products are among the most common), or simply downloaded with software obtained from suspicious sources.
In order to display SH.ST/AEOTZ ads, some files are copied to your computer, some browser settings and/or registry keys are modified.
A browser toolbar, extension or plugin can be installed into your Web browser. In certain cases, existing browser plugins are infected by substituting manifest files or plugin source code.
Sometimes a new startup key is created to automatically launch SH.ST/AEOTZ ads when your computer boots up. After installation, SH.ST/AEOTZ ads begin showing up as ads, pop-ups, and banners on your computer or in your Web browser.
You have 2 ways to remove SH.ST/AEOTZ:
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Here’s how to remove SH.ST/AEOTZ virus automatically:
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How to remove SH.ST/AEOTZ manually:
STEP 1: Check all shortcuts of your browsers on your desktop, taskbar and in the Start menu. Right click on your shortcut and change it's properties.
You can see SH.ST/AEOTZ at the end of shortcut target (command line). Remove it and save changes.
In addition, check this command line for fake browser's trick.
For example, if a shortcut points to Google Chrome, it must have the path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.
Fake browser may be: …\Appdata\Roaming\HPReyos\ReyosStarter3.exe.
Also the file name may be: “chromium.exe” instead of chrome.exe.
STEP 2: Investigate the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown recently installed programs.
STEP 3: Open Task Manager and close all processes, related to SH.ST/AEOTZ in their description. Discover the directories where such processes start. Search for random or strange file names.
STEP 4: Inspect the Windows services. Press Win+R, type in: services.msc and press OK.
Disable the services with random names or contains SH.ST/AEOTZ in it's name or description.
STEP 5: After that press Win+R, type in: taskschd.msc and press OK to open Windows Task Scheduler.
Delete any task related to SH.ST/AEOTZ. Disable unknown tasks with random names.
STEP 6: Clear the Windows registry from SH.ST/AEOTZ virus.
Press Win+R, type in: regedit.exe and press OK.
Find and delete all keys/values contains SH.ST/AEOTZ.
STEP 10: And at the end, clear your basket, temporal files, browser's cache.
But if you miss any of these steps and only one part of virus remains – it will come back again immediately or after reboot.
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