B-ok.org is known by security analysts as a browser hijacker that causes auto-redirects to random websites and ad-supported pages. In addition to these redirects, B-ok.org tends to change the search engine, the homepage, the new tab page and some other major elements of the system’s default web browser.
The majority of internet users are still susceptible to browser hijacker apps, regardless of how protected they think they might be. The explanation is that the so-called browser hijackers or page redirects apps are not malware, in fact. In comparison to a threat from the Trojan Horse type or a Ransomware virus, a hijacker app like B-ok.org, Web.bwanet.ca or s.0cf.io wouldn’t start something harmful or unlawful during the time it operates on your computer. This allows it to easily integrate to browsers such as Firefox, Edge, Chrome and others without being detected as a threat. However, once it gets mounted, it immediately starts showing hard-to-remove popups, banner as, page redirects and other online advertising materials on every web page that you visit. Such an app may also incorporate a new customized search engine or a toolbar inside the hijacked browser or even replace the homepage address without asking for permission.
Of course, such practices could cause a lot of annoyance to the users who need their browser for smooth and quick web browsing and work. Over all, the nagging ads and the unauthorized browser modifications could make accessing the web pages and the data that you’re really searching for more challenging than usual.
The good news, though, is that B-ok.org is not a ransomware infection or some stealthy Trojan and it may not be all that complicated to cope with it if you follow some specific uninstallation steps. What is even better is that you don’t need to seek anywhere else because here we might have everything you need to free your browser and computer from this irritating application.
The B-ok.org Virus
Although browser hijacker apps like B-ok.org are not exactly viruses, many web users and even some software researchers categorize them as potentially unwanted. This is because the unregulated promotional practices carried out by the majority of the browser hijackers and their effects on the overall web browsing experience may really be disruptive and annoying over the long run.
Besides, many of the online advertisements on the internet could potentially be transmitters for dangerous and malicious programs like Trojan Horses, Spyware, Rootkits and Ransomware. One careless click on a missleading pop-up or a random redirect link may really be the difference between not facing such malware or having your computer secretly infected by it. The challenge is that you cannot really tell which advertisements are secure and which could be harmful and related to illegal websites and pages. Thus, your best option is to avoid them all.
And if that is not a good enough reason to permanently remove the sketchy web ads that programs like B-ok.org, constantly prompt you to click on, then the performance of your computer and your favorite web browser probably is. If you let the hijacker on, you may start to experience sudden crashes, browser unresponsiveness, and more unauthorized changes to your browser’s settings.
Uninstalling B-ok.org is the best solution to all the above-mentioned problems and also a preventive measure that you can take in regards to your online safety.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may start to experience random redirects to different ad-supported sites.|
|Distribution Method||The free file bundles are one of the most common methods for Browser Hijacker distribution.|
B-ok.org Virus Removal
To try and remove B-ok.org 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 B-ok.org extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove B-ok.org by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of B-ok.org and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed B-ok.org 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 B-ok.org 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 B-ok.org from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove B-ok.org 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!