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Poink

How to Remove Poink from Your Computer

To completely purge Poink from your computer, you need to delete the files and folders associated with Poink. These files and folders are respectively listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the Poink files and folders, see the following section How to Delete Poink Files (.exe, .dll, etc.).

How to Delete Poink Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with Poink are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the Poink files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

DoS

A DoS (Denial of Service) attack is designed to disrupt or stop the normal running of a Web site, server, or other network resource. Hackers or malware writers resort to various ways to achieve this. A DoS attack can commonly result in a server being flooded with more network traffic than it is capable of processing. This hinders or prevents the server’s normal operation and sometimes causes its complete failure.

Unlike a DoS attack, a DDoS attack employs multiple PCs. The hacker or malware writer normally uses one infected computer - “master” - to centrally coordinate the attack across other, so-called “zombie”, computers. Typically, the malware writer gains control of both master and zombie computers by exploiting a weakness in an application or the operating system on those computers, in order to install a trojan or other malicious code.

Be Aware of the Following DoS Threats:

Tequila, Backdoor.SpoolSvc, Smile, Mathiew, Net.Spider.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Poink?^

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

  • 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 Poink. 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 Poink.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

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

Detecting Poink^

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

PC is working very slowly

Poink 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 Poink.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

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

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Poink 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

Poink 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.