Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor virus (Removal Guide)

By | December 14, 2014

Remove Gen:Variant.StrictorGen:Variant.Strictor is a virus detected by Microsoft and several Antivirus or Anti-Malware software vendors. This Gen:Variant.Strictor threat is classified as PUP a Potentially Unwanted Program or PUA a Potentially Unwanted Programs because it inflicts and acts as a malicious threat or virus into your Windows computer system.

Gen:Variant.Strictor is adware which is bundled using custom installers and dropped on your computer during the installation process. Most users have no idea how this Gen:Variant.Strictor threat is installed on there computer and what it is, until their Antivirus or Anti-Malware software detects it as a malicious threat or virus. Follow our instruction to remove this Gen:Variant.Strictor threat and protect your computer against another virus or adware infection.

If your protection detects Gen:Variant.Strictor virus, it is not marked for deletion by default. It is detected as malicious and advised to remove Gen:Variant.Strictor from your computer. This is because some users might have installed Gen:Variant.Strictor themselves. Alot PUP or PUA software is distributed by custom installers or as browser addon for a better internet experience, like toolbars etc pretend to be. We advise MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (free software) to remove Gen:Variant.Strictor from your computer. We also added Junkware Removal Tool and Adwcleaner to clean your browser and possible additional adware from your computer.

It is advised to follow our simple removal instruction to remove Gen:Variant.Strictor after removing it using MalwareBytes-Anti-Malware. By using our simple removal instruction you make sure the Gen:Variant.Strictor threat is fully removed from your computer and there is nothing left. This instruction will also speed up your computer and removes any possible other threats from your computer.

Please note, all software we advise to remove Gen:Variant.Strictor from your computer is free, no registration or license needs to be bought in order to remove Gen:Variant.Strictor or any other possible threat.
Follow all steps to remove this threat and clean up your computer.

Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfuly remove Gen:Variant.Strictor .
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop and ask for assistance using the comments at the end of this instruction.
Step 1 – Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor using AdwCleaner

Step 2 – Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor using Junkware Removal Tool

Step 3 – Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner (Download opens in a new Window)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

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AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:adwcleaner)

Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor left overs using Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool will not only remove this threat from your computer, but Junkware Removal Tool will scan and remove any threat from your computer that is malicious. Junkware Removal Tool is a great tool to completely clean your computer from any threat and highly recommended to use frequently to keep your computer clean and healthy. Best of all it’s free and updated regularly.
Download Junkware Removal Tool (Official link and direct-download)

Select JRT.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow JRT.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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As described on

Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer.  A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue.  This tool will help you remove these types of programs.

Please note: Close all your browsers, save any work and then press any key to continue.
Your desktop may blink or a new window may open during the scan and removal process of junkware removal tool.

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When Junkware Removal Tool is done scanning and removing malicious items from your computer a logfile will open.

Remove malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and protect your computer

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  • Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
  • Perform a Scan Now
  • After the scan follow instruction to remove any threat of virus from your computer.

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  • Reboot your computer
  • Enjoy a malware free computer.
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. Every day I blog about new adware threats as they are released. I am also active in various online communities to help people with their computer problems. Stay safe!

3 thoughts on “Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor virus (Removal Guide)

  1. AvatarKristofer Skaug

    hi Max,
    a desktop application I’ve built with Delphi is now being flagged by Cisco AMP as potentially a Variant.Strictor.81504 …
    I want to be able to use this app without having to fight my antivirus program all the time.
    Do you know by which criteria this assessment is made?
    If I could somehow pinpoint what the offending code is, I could try to eliminate or replace it.

  2. AvatarKristofer Skaug

    thanks Max, I will look into it (with some help from our Security Admins…).

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