Exterminate It! Antimalware

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Known threats:699,443 Last Update:July 17, 22:52

Testimonials

Dear Jean,

Thank you for your follow-up. I did indeed use the Submit State feature last night and this morning, your team sent me instructions to run an 'update' and then re-run Exterminate It! on the PC. I just finished that process and the new update wiped it out. I ran my regular anti-spy/anti-virus to double-check and it wasn't able to detect it either. I appreciate the support from both you and your team.

Linda D.

DataDoctor

How to Remove DataDoctor from Your Computer

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

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

Ransomware

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts the hard drive of the infected computer or the files holding important information. The hacker then extorts money from the computer’s owner in exchange for the possibility to have access to the data again.

Be Aware of the Following Ransomware Threats:

SpyAway, PCPrivacy.Tool, Spyonthis, Windows System Defender, StorageProtector.

How Did My PC Get Infected with DataDoctor?^

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

  • 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 DataDoctor. 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 DataDoctor.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

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

Detecting DataDoctor^

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

PC is working very slowly

DataDoctor 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 DataDoctor.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

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

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

DataDoctor 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

DataDoctor 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.