Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] Removal Guide

What is Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]

Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] detected by your virus removal program likely means a generic possibly not wanted software (PUP) has entered your device. Such programs are generally categorized as rather minor threats because their goal is not to damage your PC. It wouldn’t be shocking if the PUP is disguised as some kind of handy application. It may be disguised as a computer cleaner or an security application. Applications are categorized as PUPs when they ask users to pay money for worthless services and when their authors use software bundling to distribute them. You will be prompted to buy worthless software if you’re dealing with a PUP that pretends to be a system optimizer or an anti-virus tool, and adverts will be regularly interrupting your browsing if the PUP is a browser plug-in. There’s a reason it is classified as a PUP, thus it’s recommended that you uninstall Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP].


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How do PUPs install

The PUP has an official page so it is likely you downloaded it yourself, wrongly thinking of the application as beneficial. In case you did install the PUP purposely, next time, before application installation, we suggest doing extensive research.

It’s also possible for the program to have installed via bundled software. Here’s how the bundling method works. If additional items come added to freeware, they can install alongside. If you are questioning how the items manage to trick users into installing them, it’s because the offers are undisclosed when installing free software.

If you don’t pay attention to software installations, you will be stuck with unwanted programs on your system. Since Default settings will conceal the added offers, choose Advanced (Custom) settings. Advanced options will also give you the option of unchecking all offers.

Should you be concerned with Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]

Security tools like Kaspersky, Symantec, Avast, Malwarebytes, TrendMicro and ESET will use the detection name Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] for certain generic PUP infections. Most anti-virus software will detect it, but it is not actually malicious. The PUP will attempt to convince you to either buy worthless applications, or expose you to a lot of adverts for money. The first symptom of a program being a PUP is a sudden growth in advertisements.

In case you missed the memo, it’s suggested to not purchase complete versions of PUPs as they commonly do not actually work. We would also like to remind you that PUP adverts are not trustworthy, therefore engaging with them poses certain risk.

Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] elimination

If your computer is secured by anti-virus utility, it might not erase Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP], even though it finds it, which may be the reason you happened upon this report. You may need to install a different anti-malware utility or do everything manually in case your current anti-virus tool isn’t capable of eliminating Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]. To help with manual Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] uninstallation, you are welcome to use the guidelines we’ve placed below this report. In certain cases, your anti-malware tool may react to what’s known as false positive, which means an issue that’s not actually in your computer is reported.

Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] Behavior

  • Changes user's homepage
  • Distributes itself through pay-per-install or is bundled with third-party software.
  • Integrates into the web browser via the Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] browser extension
  • Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] Shows commercial adverts
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] Connects to the internet without your permission
  • Slows internet connection

Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] effected Windows OS versions

  • Windows 10 29% 
  • Windows 8 38% 
  • Windows 7 18% 
  • Windows Vista 2% 
  • Windows XP 13% 
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Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] Geography

Remove Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Windows

Remove Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Windows XP:

  1. Open menu by clicking Start.
  2. Control PanelAdd or Remove Programs. win-xp-control-panel Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
  3. Remove the application.

Remove Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. StartControl PanelPrograms and Features win7-control-panel Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
  2. Find the unwanted program, right click on it and select Uninstall.

Remove Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Windows 8/8.1/10:

  1. Right-click on the Metro UI screen, All appsControl Panel. win8-control-panel-search Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
  2. Select Uninstall a program, find the program you want to uninstall, right-click and select Uninstall.

Remove Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Your Browsers

Remove Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Internet Explorer

  • Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  • Select 'Advanced' and click 'Reset'. reset-ie Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
  • 'Reset Internet Explorer settings' → 'Delete personal settings' → 'Reset'.
  • Press 'Close' and then ‘OK’.
  • Press Alt+T and select Manage Add-ons. Press Toolbars and Extensions and remove the unwanted extensions. ie-addons Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
  • In Search Providers you can set any page as your new search tool.

Delete Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Mozilla Firefox

  • Type in about:addons in your browser’s URL field. firefox-extensions Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
  • Go through the list of extensions and remove the unwanted ones.
  • FirefoxHelp (Help in menu for OSX users) → Troubleshooting Information → Reset Firefox. firefox_reset Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]

Terminate Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP] from Chrome

  • Type chrome://extensions in your browser’s URL field. extensions-chrome Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
  • Go through the list of extensions and remove the unwanted ones.
  • Type in chrome://settings in the URL bar.
  • Advanced settingsReset browser settings. chrome-advanced Win32:Patcher-AO [PUP]
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