Before answering the question, we should figure out the real property of securepaths.com. Securepaths.com usually pops up with random ads and its URL is followed by a long line of letter and number combination. This is what we call pop up which belongs to adware. Clearly, Securepaths.com is not technically a virus, it is at worst being put to the category of PUP (potentially unwanted program) that does impact adversely on surfing experience. While anti-virus program fights against infections, Securepaths.com popup cannot be removed/stopped by automatic methods.
Don’t take ads by securepaths.com for granted. The occupation of the limited internal resource is the exact threat source. With more CPU being occupied, the response to commands will be delayed. To maintain the normal operation, computers are programmed to extract source from pivotal parts of a system when the surplus resource is running out. In other word, security center and the .dll files that dominate services will be compromised to give a fat chance for infections planning on penetration.
To ward off potential threats and to regain joyful user experiment, securepaths.com should be removed as soon as possible. Below is the thread to follow up. If you are not a computer savvy, it is advisable to contact VilmaTech Online Support by starting a live chat here when facing difficulty or confusion.
Step1. enable pop-up blocker functionality in first place.
Internet Explorer – click on Tools menu and select Options; tap Privacy and tick “Block pop-ups” option under pop-up Blocker section.
Mozilla Firefox – click on Tools menu to select Options; tap “Content” and tick “Block pop-up windows” to block ads by securepaths.com.
Google Chrome – hit on Tools menu to choose Options; tap “Under the Hood” tab to enable “Content Settings” window; locate “Pop-ups” section on the left pane and block ads by securepaths.com by ensuring that it is not in the “Exceptions” list.
Opera – click on Opera’s menu to choose “settings” and then “Preference”; tap General and tick “Block Unwanted Pop-ups” at “Pop-up” section.
Safari – click on “Safari” menu to choose “Preference”; tap “Security” and check “Block pop-up windows” box.
Step2. dig out the related extension/plug-in by checking “more information” and remove them.
Internet Explorer – choose “Manage add-ons” from Tools menu; try to find out the extensions/plug-ins associated with securepaths.com according to the provider name and creation day shown in “More Information” from ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and ‘Search Providers’; remove them.
Mozilla Firefox – bring up Option window from Tools menu; try to find out the extensions/plug-ins associated with securepaths.com according to the provider name and creation day shown in “More Information” from ‘Add-ons’ and ‘plugins’; remove them.
Google Chrome – click on the spanner icon and select “Tools”; try to find out the extensions/plug-ins associated with securepaths.com according to the provider name and creation day shown in “More Information” from ‘Extensions’; remove them.
Opera – bring up Extensions window from Opera menu to select Manage Extensions; try to find out the extensions/plug-ins associated with securepaths.com according to the provider name and creation day shown in “More Information”; remove them.
Safari – bring up Preferences window from Safari Menu; tap Glims/Extension to remove the ones related to securepaths.com according to the provider name and creation day shown in “More Information”.
Step3. we should reveal all the hidden items and remove the ones created on and after the day when ads by securepaths.com were detected.
Windows 7/XP/Vista – click on Start menu to access ‘Control Panel’; double click “user accounts and family safety” and access ‘Folder Options’; tap View to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
Windows 8 – access Windows Explorer and hit View tab; tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’; press on “OK” button to show all hidden items.
The folders to be inspected:
Steps to arrange files chronologically:
Right click on the space of a window.
Hover mouse over “arrange”.
Mac OS X – click on Finder launchpad icon and access Utilities folder to bring up Terminal window; copy and paste the line in “defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES”; hit Return key; followed by the line “killall Finder”; hit Return key.
The folders to be inspected:
Home folder/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
Don’t take any doubt on the fact that securepaths.com would introduce in additional applications. What securepaths.com aims is to intercept as huge traffic as possible for profitable income by:
It is not ruining PC performance like what it appears to be. Downloading additional applications is also for money. But this does impose another potential threat – the additional applications can be virus/rogueware sometimes. To get easy money, securepaths.com won’t filter out the junk software. Should any roueware/malware be introduced onto a machine, BHO computing technique that is originally applied to websites/web applications for better browsing will be utilized maliciously, resulting in information and identity theft.
As what has made clearly in the preceding paragraphs that massive caches and data files will be stored in the machine. It is time consuming to remove them all. Therefore, VilamTech Online Support suggests defragment after the complete removal of securepaths.com to affiliate the process. Here’s the video to show how.