When you've been infected by adware or a rogue browser extension it's just one more thing that most of us don't have the time, patience or inclination to deal with on top of all the other things we have to worry about. When you've got deadlines to meet or gaming levels to beat, getting waylaid by something such as Fake Plugin Activity 2 is the last thing you need. However, you need to remove adware and rogue browser extensions from your computer as soon as possible.
What is adware?
Adware is program that displays adverts on your computer. Most adware programs install rogue browser extensions to track your web browsing habits and search terms. This information is used to deliver more targeted adverts. Rogue browser extensions are also used to display ads on your web browser. When a rogue browser extension attempts to download an advert from a web sever it triggers the Fake Plugin Activity 2 signature. That's why you keep getting "Fake Plugin Activity 2 Detected" alert about infected computer and serious security threats.
Another problem is that adware has not been designed with good intentions in mind: it doesn't care if your browsing and internet searches are now easier or more fruitful. It has other things in mind.
What can adware do to your computer?
Not only display ads, obviously. Adware programs have been created to install new applications – such as rogue web browser extensions – on your computer. Some adware programs also inundate you with relentless pop-up adverts while others will send all of your internet search queries to websites of the programmer's choice – no matter what URL or keywords you typed in.
And that's not all because aside from their capability to hijack your browser, they can also weaken your operating system, causing vulnerabilities in your PC's security and opening you up to further abuse and Fake Plugin Activity 2 attack from even more serious types of malicious software.
How does adware get onto your computer in the first place?
In the majority of cases adware programs are installed alongside another program – in particular free software – known as freeware, or files that are shared - shareware. However, they can also package themselves with reputable programs. Because the adware is bundled with this program, when you download that, you also download the rogue browser extension.
How do you avoid installing it?
First and foremost, the biggest thing to remember is to pay attention when you're downloading software. Read the small print in the license agreement properly and make sure you uncheck (or check) any boxes that say add-on programs or added extras are included. Note that boxes may be checked to automatically install the adware or rogue browser extension, so please do take a few moments to read the agreement properly. If it's already too late and you keep getting Fake Plugin Activity 2 notifications like every five minutes or so, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Fake Plugin Activity 2 Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2 related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2 related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove ActiveDeals, SalePlus, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2 related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove ActiveDeals, SalePlus, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Fake Plugin Activity 2 related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.