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Aswrd.exe “Virus” Removal

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

Adware programs like Aswrd.exe “Virus” can be a real nuisance if you allow them to remain on your computer for too long. They tend to mess with your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser that you are using and force it to display hundreds of intrusive ads, pop-ups, banners and different blinking messages. Not only that, but they can have some potentially negative effects on your overall online experience, that’s why a lot of people feel disturbed by their activity and prefer to uninstall them from their machines. If you also are having some issues with Aswrd.exe “Virus” on your PC, then read the paragraphs below. There you will find some useful information about the nature of the adware, its typical functions, as well as the potential problems it may cause. We will also show you how to remove it and all the traces that might be left behind after its uninstallation. So stay with us, because here you will find a detailed removal guide with all the instructions that you may need. 

Is Aswrd.exe “Virus” some sort of a threat?

At first, an aggressive program like Aswrd.exe “Virus” may seem just like some sort of strange computer virus or a dangerous threat similar to a Trojan horse, Ransomware or some other type of malicious software. However, the truth is that this adware is not a real virus and even though it may be intrusive, it doesn’t actually contain the harmful abilities of real malware. Adware is generally used for advertising and is one of the best aggressive online advertising tools that the marketing industry implements. In order to be more effective in its advertising, the adware employs some very nagging and often very obscure techniques, which have gained it the reputation of potentially unwanted software. For instance, adware often floods the screen of the affected browser with various promotional messages, which are placed in such a way that makes them very hard to be ignored or closed and often times leave no other option for the users but to click on them. Getting the clicks is the most important part of the whole ads invasion because this is how the adware generates money for its developers. Such software is usually involved in Pay-Per-Click campaigns or some sponsored ads positioning, which aim to promote certain products or services and generate profits from the clicks on the advertised items. From a legal point of view, there is nothing harmful or destructive in such activity, therefore it is not considered dangerous. What is more, compared to a real virus, a Trojan horse or Ransomware, any adware, including Aswrd.exe “Virus”, is basically harmless because it cannot cause file corruption, system destruction, malfunction or other criminal activity.

Common problems caused by Aswrd.exe “Virus”

Even though Aswrd.exe “Virus” does not represent a serious system threat, it can still cause some potential issues to the users. Some common complaints that give people a good reason to remove this software, are related to the frequent browser crashes, freezing and sluggishness, which tend to appear soon after the adware starts to operate on their machine. This is a side effect from the huge amount of advertisements that the software tries to display. Another issue the users face is with the safety of the generated ads. Some of them are not only nagging but sometimes even misleading, and tend to redirect the users to some shady web locations where potential security hazards may lurk. This is the reason why we generally discourage people from interacting with the stream of random pop-ups on their screen or better, completely uninstall their source to minimize the chance of bumping into some virus.

Where Aswrd.exe “Virus” spreads and how to stay safe

Increasing the security of your PC should be your major concern because the web is full of tricky software. Some pieces like Aswrd.exe “Virus” are not as harmful as others, but having them on your system may still be unpleasant. That’s why we advise you to build some healthy browsing habits and stick to only reputed and trusted web locations. Don’t click on different sketchy spam messages, links, pop-ups, and especially sites that offer you software for free. Adware is usually distributed for free and normally comes in a bundle with some other program. That’s why you should never install new software from developers you don’t trust and should always customize any setup that you want to run on your machine. Use options like “Advanced” or “Custom” to manually disable any program that you don’t want to become part of your system and always read the EULA before giving permission for any software to get installed.


Name Aswrd.exe
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hundreds of intrusive ads, pop-ups, banners and different blinking messages may take over your default browser.
Distribution Method Sketchy spam messages, links, pop-ups, automatic installers, software bundles, and especially sites, which offer you software for free. 
Detection Tool

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.

Aswrd.exe “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.


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).



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. 


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. 


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:

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.



  • 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).


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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Aswrd.exe “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 Aswrd.exe “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Aswrd.exe “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.


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!

1 Comment

  • The IP’s you’ve send us should be deleted from your Hosts file since they are more than likely coming from the undesirable program. Delete them and save the changes.


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