SpyAxe

September 6, 2018

What is SpyAxe

SpyAxe is a rogue software that gets into the system with the help of a trojan Zlob

SpyAxe is an illegal and corrupt anti-virus application that is usually downloaded and installed without users’ consent. It then spams fake security messages in the system tray. The pop-ups typically inform users that they are infected with Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Zlob, and attempts to connect to SpyAxe’s official website to make them purchase the licensed version of the program. Nevertheless, this outrageous cooperation between Zlob malware and fake security software developers is only an attempt to monetize on unsuspecting users.

SpyAxe

Zlob malware (which is highly responsible for SpyAxe and other malicious application distribution) is typically obtained when users download and install codec pack from the internet. Nevertheless, it can also be spread via malicious email attachments, or disguised as any executable on the world wide web. Regardless of how the rogue app installed on your machine, it is critical to take care of SpyAxe virus removal ASAP.

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There are various versions of the SpyAxe trojan, and it injects machines with various fake alerts, but one of the most common ones displays the following:

As soon as the user clicks on the pop-up, SpyAxe will be downloaded and installed automatically. In other cases, victims reported that they are led to the payment page of the application. If users proceed and pay for the full version, the program will conduct a fake scan and pretend that the malware is eliminated.

What makes matters worse is that the disclosed credit card information will most likely be used for illegal purposes, such as unauthorized purchases or even identity fraud. Therefore, security experts recommend to remove SpyAxe virus and never disclose any information.

SpyAxe malware can also perform the following tasks:

Download and install additional (malicious) applications; Slowdown the computer operation; Result in several system crashes; Corrupt other software; Install toolbars, browser extensions and similar add-ons without users’ consent, etc.

Because the bogus app is closely related to a trojan, manual SpyAxe removal is not recommended. Instead, users should download and install or for a secure elimination.

How does SpyAxe works

Any executable can be malicious. That means that malicious actors can inject trojans and other malware into hacked websites. Additionally, hackers themselves might create a bogus site that distributes various executables. That is why downloading and executing any type of file is rather dangerous, especially if it was downloaded from a compromised website.

Therefore, refrain yourself from downloading data from file-sharing and torrent sites. Additionally, codec packs are not needed for a long time now, as browsers and software can play video and open other files without external applications.

You should also be careful when opening emails from unknown sources. Various MS office documents can be malware in disguise and should be not opened carelessly. If you need to open that type of file, make sure you scan it using anti-virus software first.

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How to delete SpyAxe

Because of the way the trojan works, it is highly likely that your machine is contaminated with multiple threats, which makes manual SpyAxe removal almost impossible. Thus, merely employ or and perform a full system scan. Note that the virus might block security software from working correctly. In such case, enter Safe Mode with Networking and perform the scan from there.

If you still struggle to remove SpyAxe virus in Safe Mode, then try using System Restore feature. We explain how to do that as well.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to SpyAxe. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove SpyAxe Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for SpyAxe or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall SpyAxe Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for SpyAxe or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete SpyAxe Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for SpyAxe or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If SpyAxe.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove SpyAxe Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for SpyAxe or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that SpyAxe is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the SpyAxe program.
  7. Select SpyAxe or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from SpyAxe

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete SpyAxe

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect SpyAxe, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find SpyAxe in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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