Adrozek Malware


Adrozek

Adrozek is a computer app that hijackers different browsers, causes unwanted changes in them, and redirects their users to promoted content without prior permission from the user. Adrozek’s main goal is to make money for its creators through different forms of web-advertising.

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Browser infected with the Adrozek Malware

If you have noticed any odd behavior inside your browser similar to what we just described, it is almost guaranteed you are dealing with some form of undesirable software that can be described as a browser hijacker. Any unwanted change in the starting page, the new-tab page, the search engine, or the toolbar of your browser as well as any unusual ad-generation or sudden page-redirects that occur while you are browsing the Internet could be attributed to the presence of a browser hijacker inside your browser.

The Adrozek Malware

The Adrozek malware is only the latest of this category of apps and it can enter Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, or pretty much any other browser that you currently have in your system. Despite the Adrozek malware being a relatively new app, we have already received a big number of complaints from users who have noticed its presence inside their main browsers.

Most people report that browsing the Internet is made very difficult due to the incessant generation of advertising materials and the sudden redirects to different promoted websites. Difficulty browsing the web, however, is actually the lesser of the two main problems caused by most hijackers. The bigger issue associated with this sort of software is the potential risks that the computer may be put at if the hijacker is allowed to stay inside the browser. Security researchers warn that if an app like this keeps spamming your screen with its adverts and page-redirects, you may eventually get sent to a site that contains misleading, hazardous, or unsafe elements. You may even end up on some hacker-hosted page that tries to steal sensitive data from you by presenting itself as a legitimate website. In other scenarios, it is also possible that you may get tricked into downloading some obscure piece of software only to realize upon running it that it is a disguised Trojan Horse infection. We have many articles on what different Trojan Horse threats could cause in an infected system but here all we need to tell you is that those are some very serious computer threats that could download even more malware onto your computer, including Ransomware, Rootkits, Spyware, and so on.

Of course, the mere fact that Adrozek is currently attached to your browser doesn’t automatically mean that you will get attacked by a Ransomware cryptovirus or a malicious Trojan Horse. However, it is best to uninstall the hijacker to make this possibility go away. We assume that some of you have already made an attempt to uninstall Adrozek but since most such apps (Ammi Setup Native, Web navigator browser) are designed to be tricky to get rid of, we have prepared a set of instructions that will show you all the locations where data related to the hijacker may be hidden so that you could delete it. After finishing the removal guide, there should be nothing left of the hijacker on your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Adrozek
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most hijackers immediately start changing different browser settings the moment they get added to the user’s main browser.
Distribution Method Commonly, hijacker apps can be found inside legitimate apps that are, in a way, used as distribution tools for the unwanted browser-hijacking software.
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Remove Adrozek Malware

To try and remove Adrozek quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Adrozek extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Adrozek by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Adrozek and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Adrozek removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    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.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    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).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Adrozek from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Adrozek from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Adrozek from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    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 up 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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