Completetala is a program that may display pop-up advertisements and other forms of promotional materials. Adware are technically normal programs that were made to intentionally show ads and generate revenue. Other variants of adware are made to install programs, browser add-ons, and hijack home page of the Internet browser to accomplish tasks.

Normal ways to spread Completetala includes freeware or shareware applications. Some may acquire this threat by visiting malicious web site or web page that was uploaded to spread Completetala. Spam emails, links from social networking sites and instant messaging programs are also some of the main cause for adware infection.

When Completetala is executed, it will drop files on the computer. Registry entries are also created to run its code each time Windows starts. Modifications are then carried out on browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome to display ads and redirect requested web address to a different location. The effect of Completetala may differ depending on the browser.

Adware is not a computer virus. It doesn’t spread on local network and you should never worry that it may infect files on the PC. Even though it is not as harmful as ordinary viruses, we still urge you to remove Completetala and other potentially unwanted program on your computer. This kind of software is still unsafe and recommended to exist on the system.

Signs and Symptoms of Completetala Infection:

Internet browser may exhibit pop-up advertisements
Adware, including Completetala are made to generate online revenue by promoting products through ads that it will display on affected browser.

Requested web page will get redirect to unknown URL
With the modifications carried out by Completetala, search results and requested web page will be rerouted to URL specified by the adware.

Completetala can integrate modules on the browser
Toolbar can be added by the adware on the browser which consists of various buttons promoting several web sites and online services.

How to Remove Completetala

1. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from this link and save it on your Desktop.
2. After downloading, double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
3. Follow the prompts and install as default only.

4. Before the installation completes, check on the following prompts:
- Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
- Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

5. Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompt to update the program before doing a scan. Please update.
6. Scan your computer thoroughly.
7. When scanning is finished click on the Show Results button.
8. Make sure that all detected threats are marked, click on Remove Selected.
9. Restart your computer.

Note: Some malware may prevent mbam-setup.exe from downloading and running. You can download and rename this program from a different computer before running it on infected system.


  1. Charles

    I really hope this works…. I REALLY need my computer back to normal.

  2. Charles

    Also, do not go to and download WinRar free for life. That is how I and many others got this virus. BEWARE!

  3. Paris

    I did what was instructed to get rid of it, but it’s still effecting my internet; blocking me from certain sites by sending me to a page with a link to download spyware.

  4. Alan

    I am having the same problem. The virus is gone but I still cannot access certain internet sites. Help somebody!!!!

  5. Alex

    for those affected by websites being blocked, goto your hosts file and delete it.

    this should get your internet back to working

    windows checks your host file for routing information, and redirects you accordingly, it seems comepletatla modifies this to route popular sites, google, bebo, etc to their domain where they try to get you to buy tools to clean their crud.


  6. sab

    I had same problem. This is what I did this morning to make it work. If yours is windows, check hosts file . I think it is under Windows/system32/drivers/etc. If that file has mapping for sites etc.., Remove all those mappings.
    I think empty hosts file is OK. If not just add the following. localhost

  7. N/A

    Noooooooo My dad Brought the thing It told us to buy

  8. anonymous

    wheres host file?

  9. anonymous

    i found it but what do i open it with?

  10. Peter

    It works just fine to erase all the data in the hosts file.
    Open it with wordpad and erase all the text. Then save it and reopen your browser. Now it works fine…

  11. prasad

    hey, it got worked by cleaning up hosts file.

  12. MR G

    Can someone please tell me how to get onto host files and clear the above virus step by step? Would be grateful if you could. Thanks.

  13. sab

    Follow webmasters response on November 2nd, 2008 at 11:51 am.

    That should remove “Completala” from the system.

    After that if you have problems browsing internet, then you need to empty “hosts” file. For this
    a) Close the broswer
    b) Open C:Windowssystem32driversetchosts file with notepad.
    c) remove all the text
    d) Save the file

    Now open the browser and browse internet. It should work fine

  14. webmaster (Post author)

    MrG, heres the link on how to clean Windows Hosts File.

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