Remove teracreative (Detailed Removal Instructions) - Jan 2021 updated

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

What is known about the teracreative virus?

Teracreative virus is an adware[1] program that is created for delivering commercial content and generating pay-per-click[2] revenue for the developers. The developers do not care that an excessive amount of ads might bother and interfere browsing the Internet; they deliver so many pop-ups, banners and other online ads that browsers tend to crash or freeze regularly. Teracreative adware is a mid-level computer parasite. It cannot damage affected computer’s system or encrypt files; however, it can organize a meeting with computer infections that are capable of doing that. The program delivers ads that might lead to the suspicious third-party websites that have been created for spreading malware[3]. Adware uses a ‘virtual layer’ that allows placing third-party ads even on legitimate Internet sites. These ads might look like the real ones or feel familiar. This feeling might appear because the virus is capable of tracking your data and using your latest search keywords on the advertisements. Be careful with Teracreative ads. No matter how great online shopping offer or discount they provide, it might be only a cheap trick to get your click. Every click is worth some money, so developers use every possible way to reach their goal.

Teracreative redirect issues are also concerning. The virus can initiate sudden and unexpected redirects to various promotional sites or its affiliated websites. It often initiates redirects to, or sites. The purpose of these redirects is to boost traffic to the particular websites and help them to rank higher in the search results in Google. However, after the unwanted visit to the third-party site, you might catch serious computer infection such as ransomware or Trojan. Teracreative removal will help to avoid all these issues and protect your PC from cyber-threats. It might be hard to delete adware manually because it might have modified Windows Registry and added additional applications. However, it’s not enough just to remove adware-related components from the computer. It might have installed suspicious extensions to Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari browsers. We highly recommend opting for automatic Teracreative removal and clean your PC with ReimageIntego.

The example of Teracreative virus

How does adware spread?

Similarly to other potentially unwanted programs[4] this adware also spreads as an additional program in the software package. Users, who install software using ‘Basic’ or ‘Recommended’ setup, can expect teracreative hijack. Installation wizard does not openly disclose about additional programs and install them by default. However, if you opt for ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ installation mode, you will be given a chance to see the list of additional applications and stop their installation. When you encounter the list of pre-selected applications, you just have to deselect them and continue the process. If you want to avoid other potentially unwanted programs, you should download new programs from reliable and safe sources. Keep in mind that file-sharing websites or online advertisements are not secure sources. Also, before installing any new software, read the EULA[5] and the Privacy Policy. These documents reveal important information about tracking data, third-parties, etc. If you do not agree with some of the statements written in these documents or they seem shady, you should not install the program and look for another one.

Suggestions for teracreative elimination

We have no doubts that you want to get away from these annoying ads, so we have some good news. You can get rid of them quite easily. All you have to do is to find and delete adware with all its components. At the end of the article, you will find detailed instructions how to remove teracreative manually. However, if this method seems complicated or you don’t want to waste your time with virus elimination, you have the second option – automatic teracreative removal. We highly recommend choosing this method for those computer users who does not have lots of experience in viruses. All you have to do is to install and/or update reliable antivirus or anti-malware program and run a full system scan.

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To remove teracreative, follow these steps:

Uninstall teracreative in Windows systems

For teracreative removal you have to find and delete all suspicious programs that have been recently installed on your PC. Look for DNS Unlocker, teracreative or similar.

  1. Go to Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs). Go to 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, open 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open 'Quick Access Menu'. Then click 'Control Panel' and select 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Remove teracreative and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find teracreative or other programs that you do not remember installing.
  4. Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes. Right-click every suspicious program and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall teracreative in Mac OS X system

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for teracreative or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete teracreative from Internet Explorer (IE)

After teracreative hijack, your Internet Explorer might be affected as well. Fix your browser as shown below.

  1. Delete suspicious browser add-ons
    Launch Internet Explorer, and then open IE by clicking on the Gear icon, which is located at the top right corner of the Internet browser. Then, click Manage Add-ons. Open browser menu and go to 'Manage add-ons'
  2. Manage Add-ons window will appear on your screen. Now, search for teracreative and other questionable browser add-ons. Right-click them on each of them and select Disable. To eliminate malicious applications, right-click on each of them and click 'Disable'
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the Internet browser and then click Internet Options. Stay in General section.
  4. Now, delete malicious URL and enter Delete suspicious URL, type in your preferable site name and click 'Apply' to save
  5. Reset all Internet Explorer settings
    Click on Gear icon and then opt for Internet options. Then go to Advanced section.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. A new window appears, and then you have to tick Delete personal settings and click Reset to finalise teracreative removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.

Delete teracreative from Microsoft Edge

Reset settings in Microsoft Edge (Technique No.1):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser, then click on More button, which is situated at the top right edge of the screen
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu.
  3. When the Settings panel appears, find Clear browsing data section and hit Choose what to clear button. Open Settings and click on 'Choose what to clear' button
  4. Then mark all components that you wish to delete and after that hit Clear. Click 'Clear'
  5. Right-click the Start button (that has Windows logo on it) and choose Task Manager. Right-click the Start button again and choose 'Task Manager'
  6. Go to Processes tab and look for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and select Go to details. If there is no Go to details option, select More details and carry out previous instructions. Right-click on 'Microsoft Edge' and choose 'Go to details' option If 'Go to details' option does not show up, choose 'More details' instead
  8. Once Details tab appears, look for entries that contain Microsoft Edge name. Right-click on such individual entries and choose End Task option to terminate them. Locate all entries that relate to Microsoft Edge and click 'End Task'

Reset Microsoft Edge (Technique No.2):

In case the Technique No.1 did not help you to fix the problem, use advanced Edge reset option.

  1. Important: you must backup your files before you use these tips
  2. Locate this folder on your PC: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select all items in this folder and right-click with your mouse. Select Delete. Open Microsoft Edge folder on your PC, click every entry with the right mouse button and select 'Delete'
  4. Click on the Start button (that has Windows Logo on it) and in Search my stuff field, type in window power.
  5. With the right button of your mouse, click on every entry and select Run as administrator. Locate where Windows PowerShell is, right-click on it and click on 'Run as administrator' option
  6. Once you get Admin's rights, Windows PowerShell window should show up shortly. Paste this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and hit Enter. Copy and then paste the necessary command and hit 'Enter'

After completing these steps, Microsoft Edge should be teracreative-free.

Delete teracreative from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Look through the list of extensions and if you see DNS Unlocker or teracreative, or similar suspicious applications, uninstall them as shown below.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Launch Mozilla Firefox, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Add-ons Extensions. Open browser menu and go to 'Add-ons'
  2. Now, locate teracreative and other suspicious extensions. Click Remove to eliminate them. Go to 'Extensions' and locate malicious browser add-ons. Hit 'Remove' button to delete each entry
  3. Reset all Mozilla Firefox settings
    Click on the Firefox at the top left corner and then click the question mark. Then, select Troubleshooting Information. Open menu by clicking on the indicated icon and on '?'. Then select 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  4. Reset Firefox to its default state message should appear then. You will see Reset Firefox button. Click this button a few times and finalise teracreative removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

Delete teracreative from Google Chrome

Check the list of extensions and remove all extensions that are related to DNS Unlocker or teracreative, or similar.

  1. Remove malicious extensions
    Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools Extensions. Open browser's menu, then click 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Now, look for teracreative and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them. Find malicious extensions and click on the Trash bin icon to remove them
  3. Open Chrome menu and go to Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. Once you open browser's 'Settings', click on 'Manage search engines...' button
  4. In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  5. Reset all Google Chrome settings
    Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
  6. Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it. When in 'Settings', click Show advanced settings and then find 'Reset browser settings' button. Click on it.
  7. Click Reset to approve this action and finish teracreative removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.

Delete teracreative from Safari

In the list of extensions look for DNS Unlocker or teracreative, or similar applications. Once you find them, uninstall without hesitation.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for teracreative or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and remove untrustworthy extensions
  3. Reset all Safari settings
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete teracreative removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'

Even if you have completed all the steps above, we still strongly recommend you to scan your computer system with a powerful anti-malware software. It is advisable to do that because an automatic malware removal tool can detect and delete all remains of teracreative, for instance, its registry keys. The anti-malware program can help you to easily detect and eliminate possibly dangerous software and malicious viruses in an easy way. You can use any of our top-rated malware removal programs: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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Recover files damaged by a dangerous malware attack

Despite the fact that there are various circumstances that can cause data to be lost on a system, including accidental deletion, the most common reason people lose photos, documents, videos, and other important data is the infection of malware.

Some malicious programs can delete files and prevent the software from running smoothly. However, there is a greater threat from the dangerous viruses that can encrypt documents, system files, and images. Ransomware-type viruses focus on encrypting data and restricting users’ access to files, so you can permanently lose personal data when you download such a virus to your computer.

The ability to unlock encrypted files is very limited, but some programs have a data recovery feature. In some cases, the Data Recovery Pro program can help recover at least some of the data that has been locked by a virus or other cyber infection.

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