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How to Remove Austral from Your Computer

You can effectively remove Austral from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Austral in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.


A hoax is a fake warning about presence of viruses or other malware on a user’s computer. Typically, a hoax is spread in the form of an e-mail message warning the reader of new dangerous viruses and inducing the recipient to forward the message to others. Hoaxes themselves do little harm, but their distribution often causes fear and uncertainty among users.

Be Aware of the Following Hoax Threats:

Security.iGuard, FakeAlert, PayPal, cookie, SULFNBK.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Austral?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Austral:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Austral. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Austral.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Austral, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Austral^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Austral:

PC is working very slowly

Austral can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Austral.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Austral can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Austral may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Austral may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Austral may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.