This page aims to help you remove 9oogle “Virus”. These 9oogle “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
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If you’ve ended up on this page, reading this article, then there’s a high probability that you’re currently dealing with a program known as 9oogle. This is one of the so-called browser hijackers, as it shares most of its traits with other programs of that type. This kind of software is notorious for its intrusiveness and tendency to frustrate people with what it does, namely messing with people’s browsers and displaying irritating adverts. Those ads do not seem to go away as long as the unwanted program remains on your PC. This also applies for the possible changes to your browser that are caused by the browser hijacker. Therefore, here we will give you a possible solution to this problem. We will help you remove the invasive and bothersome software from your PC with our detailed guide below this article. However, keep in mind that such unpleasant applications such as 9oogle are all over the internet. This means that there’s a rather high possibility of you landing another one of those programs if you do not know how to recognize them and protect your machine from them. That is why we strongly recommend that you read the rest of this article instead of rushing directly to the removal part. It won’t take much of your time but will certainly provide you with crucial information that will undoubtedly come in handy later on.
How browser hijacker developers profit from their products
Obviously, no one would willingly install such a useless and intrusive application that basically does nothing helpful for the user, let alone pay for it. This leads us to the question how exactly do the 9oogle creators profit from the program they have created. Well, it all has to do with the pay-per-click strategy that is heavily exploited by browser hijacker developers. As a matter of fact, this revenue-earning method is the sole reason for the existence of this type of programs in the first place. This is actually why the various pop-ups, banners and box messages that you see are being so incredibly annoying and invasive – the more clicks they receive, the higher amount of money is generated by the browser hijacker.
But is 9oogle harmful to the PC?
Most experts claim that browser hijackers are safe and harmless for your system, despite their rage-inducing behavior. One thing’s for sure, 9oogle and other similar pieces of software are very different from malicious software such as viruses and malware. There’s a very distinct difference between noxious software such as Ransomware and Trojan Horses and a browser hijacker like 9oogle. While the Ransomware and Trojan viruses are currently some of the most dangerous and damaging threats around the web, a browser hijacker is simply an annoyance for the most part.
However, it is important to bear in mind that, as harmless as a browser hijacker might be, those programs are still unwanted and in some cases might even expose your computer to certain threats. One particularly unpleasant trait of this type of programs is their tendency to keep track of your online activity. The gathered info is used to help produce user-oriented ads and could later be sold to other promoting companies. Also, sometimes, some of the ads might turn out to serve as a hyperlink to certain sites and webpages with questionable contents that might even be harmful for your machine. Our advice concerning the adverts is to keep away from them – under no circumstances should you click on them!
How does a browser hijacker get inside your computer system?
One more very important aspect concerning browser hijackers is how they find their way to people’s computers. There are quite a few popular methods for that. The most common examples are spam e-mails, hidden links among free-source file-sharing sites and torrent files that contain the invasive software. However, there’s one particular method that seems to be the most effective of them all. We are talking about the file bundling technique. It must be said that this method is 100% legal and thus does not get detected as a potential threat from any security software. The trick to avoid getting 9oogle via a file bundle is to always opt for the advanced installation settings when about to install any new program (especially if it is free). Using the advanced option would allow you to see if there’s been any added content to the main piece of software. This is where a hijacker might be hidden. If you notice that any added install seems shady and suspicious or outright has the name 9oogle (or anything similar), be sure to uncheck it before carrying on with the installation of the main thing.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||If your browser is filled with invasive and obstructive ads, then it is surely either 9oogle or some similar program.|
|Distribution Method||The file bundles are the most successful method. Other common browser hijacker distribution methods are the obligatory spam e-mails and certain file-sharing and torrent sites.|
|Detection Tool||9oogle may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
9oogle “Virus” Removal
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – 9oogle may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove 9oogle from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove 9oogle from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove 9oogle from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!