Adware Ghokswa Virus Removal (May 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Adware Ghokswa Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A never ending circus of ads, different intrusive pop-ups, banners and aggressive blinking messages is disturbing you every time you open your browser? Then you most probably have been invaded by an adware program. Whether you have heard about adware before or not, on this page, we are going to explain all of its specifics. We will also discuss one particular representative called Adware Ghokswa Virus, which is the most probable source of your disturbance. This program can integrate with any browser, (whether it is the latest version of Chrome, or Firefox or Explorer) and make it display dozens of potentially unwanted commercial messages. Such activity can be very irritating and may cause frequent interruptions to the users’ normal web surfing, which is why a lot of people are eager to remove the ads along with the adware, which generates them. Fortunately, uninstalling it is not as difficult as dealing with a virus or malware like Ransomware or a Trojan horse, however, it has its own specifics, and in the next lines, we are going to explain them.

Let’s begin with a basic understanding of adware and the way it operates…

Many online users are daily exposed to different advertising materials when they browse the web space. There are a number of ways, in which the ads can reach your screen, but in most of the cases they need special software, which can generate and display them. This software is called adware and Adware Ghokswa Virus is a typical representative that is specially developed to serve the needs of the advertisers and flood your screen with various pop-ups, banners and promotional messages. It does that by integrating an ad-generating script with your default browser or installing a toolbar that delivers the pop-ups.

But what is all that ad-broadcasting about? Well, it is not a secret that there is a lot of money in online advertising and some marketers and developers make their living by implementing different money-making schemes from ads. They use programs like this to position some sponsored promotions or sites directly on the users’ screens and gain profits from the clicks (the Pay-Per-Click model) or they aggressively advertise their own products and services in an attempt to make more sales.

Can Adware Ghokswa Virus be dangerous?

Without having a clue what adware is all about, a lot of people jump to hard and fast conclusions and easily take software like Adware Ghokswa Virus for a virus. We are not saying that such program cannot be mistaken for some nasty infection, especially when it aggressively floods your screen with nagging advertisements that don’t want to go away. However, adware is legal software and it has nothing in common with real computer threats like viruses, Trojans or the recently popular Ransomware infections. A piece like Adware Ghokswa Virus cannot corrupt anything in your system, nor can it lock your data, blackmail you or cause some serious system malfunction. That’s why most security experts don’t consider it to be dangerous. They refer to it as potentially unwanted software, which has the ability to cause some irritation and eventually decrease the quality of the overall browsing experience. Some experts may question the safety of some of the displayed pop-ups or point out activities like “traffic data” collection or unwanted page redirects, as a good reason for this software to be removed. However, you should know that apart from the ads disturbance, nothing fatal could happen to your PC if you have Adware Ghokswa Virus on it.

How you got this adware and how to get rid of it effectively?

It is difficult to believe that someone will install a nagging piece like Adware Ghokswa Virus voluntarily in their system, but the truth is that this is how adware mostly gets inside the PC. Users often give permission to such pieces to become part of their system when they are bundled along with some other attractive software. Whether it is some free installer, an automatic wizard, a new software pack, an email with an attachment, a download link, or a free version of a popular application, if you are not careful when you click “OK” during the installation, you may end up with some potentially unwanted software. That’s why we advise you to always read the EULA and install new software only through the “Advanced/Custom/Manual” options when they are available. This will save you from the need to uninstall programs like Adware Ghokswa Virus later because they may often need some special removal instructions, which may not be easily available. Fortunately, on this page you can find a detailed removal guide, which can help you remove Adware Ghokswa Virus from your system, so if you had enough of nagging advertisements, you can freely proceed to the instructions below.

SUMMARY:

Name Ghokswa
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A never ending circus of ads, different intrusive pop-ups, banners and aggressive blinking messages that disturb your normal web browsing.
Distribution Method Spam, direct download links, software bundles, free installers, torrents, open source download platforms, freeware or shareware sites. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Adware Ghokswa Virus Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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!

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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.

DNS

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Adware Ghokswa Virus 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 Adware Ghokswa Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Adware Ghokswa Virus 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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!