Athirstinwind is a type of browser hijacker that markets different sites and products within the user’s browser without giving the user the option to stop its ads. Athirstinwind can also track your online activities to later tailor its ads according to your browsing habits.
Many users face a similar problem and a lot of them actually think that the cause behind it is some nasty malware program such as ransomware, a Trojan horse or a spyware infection. However Athirstinwind and other apps similar to it, although potentially unwanted and quite annoying, are not really malicious in their nature. The idea behind most such software pieces is that they’d use the user’s browser to advertise things like different products, sites, online services, other software apps and programs and so on.
It is typically irrelevant what your browser is since most popular browsing programs like Chrome, IE and Firefox can get “infiltrated” by an app like Athirstinwind . Also, switching to another browser is likely not going to solve anything as the unpleasant piece of software might latch onto the new browser as well. The best thing to do in case you have Athirstinwind on your computer is find a way to have it removed from it and here, we will show you exactly what you need to do in order to bring your browser back to normal.
The name of the software category to which Athirstinwind cam belongs is browser hijackers. These are actually really widespread apps and software components that can be found all over the Internet. Since they aren’t real viruses, the methods of distributing them are oftentimes legitimate which makes it more likely for users to get Athirstinwind cam installed on their computer without even realizing it.
As we said, the best way of dealing with the pesky ads and unwanted changes to the browser is by removing the hijacker. However, doing that might not be all that easy if you have never before encountered and removed one. Therefore, we have made sure to provide the visitors of this page with the necessary tools for uninstalling and removing hijackers like Athirstinwind and Omnatuor . Below you can find manual removal instructions as well as a professional removal tool for unwanted and hazardous software. Use either of them or both of them to get rid of the unwanted app.
The importance of removing such software
Many users don’t actually mind the ads and the page redirects all that much. They are simply able to ignore them and are okay with putting up with them. However, there is actually a more important reason for removing hijackers like Athirstinwind than the sheer intrusiveness that comes from them. A browser hijacker, though technically harmless, is not the safest software piece to keep on your PC.
Pretty much all security experts advise that users keep away from ads coming from such software pieces because it is possible some of the banners, the pop-ups and the page redirects might originate from sources that are rather unsafe and hazardous. Surely you wouldn’t want to land some more problematic piece of software like a Trojan or ransomware due to the hijacker’s presence on your PC, yet this is exactly what might happen if you carelessly click on the ads displayed by the undesirable ad-generating piece of software. That is why, interacting with any content that comes from Athirstinwind is inadvisable and also why the best thing you could do if a hijacker app is currently on your PC is use the guide on this page to have it removed once and for all. In addition, it’s important that you don’t allow any more hijackers to get installed on your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The unpleasant effects that the hijacker is likely to have on your browser are the most evident symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Common methods of distribution for such apps are installation bundling, spam messaging and linking the hijackers to random web ads.|
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Remove Athirstinwind Virus
To try and remove Athirstinwind quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Athirstinwind extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Athirstinwind by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Athirstinwind and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Athirstinwind 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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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:
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.
- 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.
Remove Athirstinwind 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 Athirstinwind from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Athirstinwind 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.
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—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!