How to remove Focalink

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Name

Focalink

Description

A Focalink is a form of data that can be installed on a user's computer and used to track Web surfing habits. Third parties will often send a cookie through a Web browser, which subsequently shares the cookie with third party servers and can include long-term surfing history.

Type

Tracking Cookie

Manual

How to manually remove Focalink guide. Only for ADVANCED users.

  • Step 1: Basic check for Focalink activity

    Check running processes on your system. Usually you can find Focalink process running. Use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc buttons combination to open system information window and click Processes tab. Scroll down the whole list and try to find the process named like Focalink. If you find Focalink process running, right click on it and choose “End Process”. It will disable Focalink for the current Windows session, but remember that if you do not completely remove Focalink using next steps, then your PC will stay vulnerable to malware attack. Next steps are much more important in removing Focalink.

  • Step 2: Disconnect your PC from the Internet

    Prevent the malware from leaking or spreading your personal data. Tracking Cookie usually uses the Internet to transfer all possible and important information you have. Some Tracking Cookies are not so “Active” and they can simply disable some Windows features and options. To disconnect your PC from the Internet you need to plug-off LAN cable (if you use LAN connection) or to turn of the Wi-Fi module (if you use Wi-Fi Internet connection). Most of (not 100%) Tracking Cookies can not access Wi-Fi module preferences. Turning off the Internet will disable Focalink from transferring any data from your PC.

  • Step 3: Enter the safe mode.

    The next step is very important in removing Focalink. After turning off the Internet and disabling Focalink process you will need to reboot your PC in so-called Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a Windows mode which allows you to start the System using only important applications and services. Safe Mode does not usually allow Focalink to load when the system boots (!!!but exceptions can appear!!!). Choose Restart in Windows Start menu and wait until the screen turns off.

    After that you have to follow the next instructions according to the versions of Microsoft Windows you use:

      Windows XP:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Advanced Options Menu and press ENTER.

      Windows Vista, 7:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Use the arrow keys from Windows Advanced Options Menu in order to select Safe Mode and press ENTER.

      Windows 8, 8.1, 10:
    1. Press and hold the Shift button when left-clicking the Restart button on Windows log-on screen.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Troubleshooting boot screen and press ENTER.

  • Step 4: Removing virus files

    Having booted your PC in Safe mode you have to start cleaning your PC manually by deleting every file associated with Focalink one by one. Here is the list of all files associated with Focalink. Delete all files listed below using the Shift+Delete buttons combination. Always double check the file name as sometimes Tracking Cookies use very similar filenames as very important system files do and you can mistakenly remove important system file what will harm your system and you will not be able to boot your PC at all.

    Please, remember that viruses are always progressing and sometimes new files can appear. If you are using our offline PDF guide on How to remove Focalink, please check if you have it’s latest version.

    We do not guarantee that Focalink has the same file structure at the moment of deleting.

    After removing all files associated with Focalink that were listed above, reboot your system in normal mode and check if your PC works fine or you still have any troubles.

    It it is OK – congratulations! You have made a great job!

    If it is still NOT ok – use OSHI Defender to check your PC.

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How did my computer get Focalink?

Focalink is a tracking cookie. Tracking cookies are small text files that are saved on your computer after you have visited certain websites. Each file contains information on your visit.

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I detected Focalink on my computer. What do I do?

There is no need to worry. All you need to do is remove Focalink. It cannot do any significant harm to your computer.

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What damage can Focalink do to my computer?

Tracking cookies are mostly harmless. However, Focalink can track your Internet behavior and send this information to website owners.

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What are the main symptoms of Focalink?

Contact-list spam
Pop-up windows

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Can Focalink spread to other computers?

No. Focalink appears on your personal computer only after you’ve visited certain Web pages.

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Countries with the highest Focalink infection rates.

US

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The first recorded appearance of Focalink

2016-02-22

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