Asdbie “Virus” Removal (May 2018 Update)

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

Computer Security Professionals consider Asdbie “Virus” as a potentially unwanted software piece from the browser hijacker type. This program has a specific behavior, which might be irritating for most users and may affect the way they use their Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or other browsers. Asdbie “Virus” may install a new search engine, replace your homepage or change the new tab page of your default browser and force you to use the newly imposed settings without giving you an option to remove them. To reset your browser, you may need to fully uninstall the hijacker with the help of a professional malware removal tool, (a trusted one is available on this page), or by following the instructions in the Removal Guide below.

Why is Asdbie “Virus” hijacking your browser?

The main goal of every software with browser-hijacking characteristics is to increase the traffic and the clicks on certain sponsored and partner web pages and to generate profits from the redirects and clicks. Asdbie “Virus” is a program created with the exact same purpose and its creators basically use it as an ad-generating tool, which prompts the web users to interact with certain links, ads, and offers. To do so, this hijacker inserts a certain element into the default browser (a search engine, a toolbar, a pre-set homepage, etc.) and generates a very large amount of ads each time the user starts to surf the Internet. Different sponsored pop-ups and banners, may appear on web pages that otherwise do not use ads and aggressively interrupt your normal browsing activity.

This is not only irritating but it might also be potentially hazardous for your virtual security because you may eventually get misled into visit insecure web pages and contaminated content. Some of the prompts that Asdbie “Virus” may generate may encourage users to install new software or software updates while others can advertise popular products and services. Yet, most annoying of all is the redirecting activity, which may land you on pages that you never really wanted to visit in the first place. With this in mind, you should probably avoid clicking on the ads displayed by Asdbie “Virus”, as they may redirect you to insecure web locations or, rarely, may contain malicious code that upon execution may lead to the immediate installation of a virus such as Ransomware or a Trojan horse.

Asdbie “Virus” Removal

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!

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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.

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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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Asdbie 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 Asdbie from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Asdbie 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!

Another very annoying activity of the browser hijacker is its ability to collect data about the users’ browsing, their location, IP address, frequently visited pages and likes. Such information is actually highly-valued when it comes to online advertising as it allows the advertisers to generate targeted ads for the users increasing the chance for potential purchases. The developers of the hijacker may transfer the already-collected information to related parties or sell it on the black market for additional profit. In addition, they usually pay little or no attention to the cyber security of the web pages that the hijacker generates, which means that their content may make you visit dubious domains or even infect you with real viruses.

How to remove Asdbie “Virus” and protect your PC?

It is very important to emphasize on the role of professional anti-malware programs when the system is invaded by a browser hijacker like Asdbie. Although this software is not a real virus and likely has no malicious intentions, it may still cause quite a lot of browsing disturbance and indirectly expose you to threats such as Trojans, Ransomware and other nasty infections. For this reason, we generally recommend our readers uninstall the hijacker from their system.

It is possible to remove Asdbie “Virus” manually – the guide on this page will show you how to do that.

Unfortunately, the number of devices, affected by browser hijackers and similar potentially unwanted programs is still surprisingly high. Such pieces of software are often distributed as free components put inside different download managers, automatic installation tools, PDF readers, and other free program installers, etc. Just keep in mind that download sources for freeware are often full of software packages,  that contain additional components such as Asdbie “Virus”.

The Internet is full of warnings by cyber security specialists about how important it is to pay attention to the installation of free programs. If your web browser has unexpectedly started flooding your screen with ads, it means you have probably installed some free software alongside its bundles. In this way, you can allow different potentially unwanted and dangerous applications to become part of your system. If you want to avoid similar invasions in future, follow our advice. When installing new software, select the “User/Advanced/Custom” settings. This way, you will see all the additional programs that might be bundled into the setup and will be able to unmark the checkbox of what you don’t want. Then, you can safely continue with the installation of your preferred program. If you do not forget our advice, you will be able to prevent various dubious tools and even malware from getting inside your PC.

SUMMARY:

Name Asdbie
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different ads, pop-ups, banners and offers may start disturbing your web browsing on a regular basis. 
Distribution Method Software bundles, free program installation kits, ads, freewrae platforms, sharewrae sites, torrents, automatic installation managers. 
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.