Remove rich-countries.pl Hijacker

By | Posted on July 2, 2014 | Updated on August 25, 2016

rich-countries.pl is a malicious web site that originates from various advertising domains. This pop-up aims to entice computer users from availing what is being endorsed in the ads. In this case, rich-countries.pl is was made to deliberately serve excessive ads to its visitors.

If you ever see rich-countries.pl pop-up, you will be safe by just closing them. Clicking on this link may only open a malicious browser window that may contain harmful code which affects your Internet browser. Additionally, seeing rich-countries.pl pop-ups may indicate that malware is already present on the system. However, it is not always the case. This misleading pop-up is also exhibited when visiting compromised web sites.

When rich-countries.pl pops-ups on the browser, we highly suggest closing all open window. Then, disconnect your Internet connection and run a virus scan immediately. You may also want to block the web address where rich-countries.pl originates so it will not have any chance of bothering you again.

rich-countries-pl

Keep in mind that pop-ups that are suspicious can always cause harm when followed. Thus, we highly suggest installing a security program that has real-time monitoring on your Internet. In that case, malicious online traffic will be blocked at once.

Online Security Scanner Report for rich-countries.pl:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: July 02, 2014
MCAfee Site Advisor Not yet rated Feedback: No Data Updated: July 02, 2014
AVG Threat Labs Currently safe Ratings: No Data Updated: July 02, 2014

rich-countries.pl Removal Guide

Step 1 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall rich-countries.pl

The main cause of adware and malware presence could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.

1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list.

2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.

rich-countries.pl Removal

3. Look for and uninstall VideoMediaPlayer, EasyVideoPlayer, or VideoPlayer entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.

4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.

Note: If you cannot uninstall VideoMediaPlayer, you may need to end relevant process. To do this, Press CTRL+ALT+DEL on the Keyboard. Click on Start Task Manager. Click the Process tab. Select Winsys.exe and click on End Process. Proceed to uninstall procedure once you have completed this step.

Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
– Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to rich-countries.pl. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove Adware Add-on linked to rich-countries.pl and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted rich-countries.pl from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (this will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of rich-countries.pl on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with rich-countries.pl. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from rich-countries.pl. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.

2. Click on the Menu (three-bar icon) located on the upper right side corner of the browser.

3. From the pull-down menu, click on Settings.

Chrome_Settings

4. Once your are on chrome://settings/ tab, click on ‘Show advanced settings…‘ at the bottom of the window.

5. Navigate to the bottom of the page and click on Reset browser settings button.

6. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed rich-countries.pl extension.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to rich-countries.pl.. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tuneup. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. rich-countries.pl should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by rich-countries.pl and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

Stage 4: Cleanup Internet Browser’s Shortcut Link

One method that starts your home page to unwanted address like rich-countries.pl is by integrating the link to browser’s shortcut link. On this section, we will discuss the proper removal of unwanted entries on shortcut link.

1. Locate the shortcut icon for affected Internet browser and right-click on it.

2. Select Properties from the drop-down list. This method opens the Shortcut settings for Internet browser application.

3. Under Target field, you will need to remove extra path pointing to rich-countries.pl. Please refer to image below.

Shortcut for rich-countries.pl

4. Do the same thing for the rest of Internet browsers that were compromised with rich-countries.pl.

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