This page aims to help you remove the Background_Fault “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Has your browser app started redirecting you to a page you have never wanted to visit? Or sometimes many irritating pop-up ads appear? Or perhaps the homepage/ search engine you love using has been removed and new ones have been set in their place? This is what some pieces of software may do to all your browsers – Firefox, Chrome, and/or Opera. They are called browser hijackers and below you will be able to read some valuable information about them as a whole, and about one specific hijacker – Background_Fault “Virus”, in particular. We really believe that this article can help you understand the characteristics of these sometimes irritating programs and after that – remove them from your device.
Specifics of the so-called hijackers:
We have already briefly explained how such a program may affect your PC. The targets of these products are your browsers and none of them is really safe. Background_Fault “Virus” and its siblings tend to change the way your Firefox, Chrome or Explorer browser functions and how it looks. Perhaps you haven’t noticed that the redirecting and the ad campaigns you may be experiencing are actually related to your search preferences. If a version of a hijacker accesses your browser apps, it may also review your search requests records and connect the promotion campaigns to the results of such research. As a result, you might only notice pop-ups and redirecting just to the websites the hijacker developers expect you could be interested in.
But isn’t such browser history record review against the law?
Really, it might appear a little too intrusive to some of the affected users, but these programs cannot access any account credentials and, consequently, they cannot do anything illegal. They are in some cases regarded as potentially unwanted due to this feature, and the tricks they could exploit to get distributed. Nonetheless, nothing harmful can ever result from that, and whatever they may do is strictly marketing-oriented. Browser hijackers are products of the mutual efforts of programmers and goods producers and service providers to spread the word about their services and products. It is believed that the more you advertise something, the more people will like it. As a result, producers and providers encourage programmers to create programs that will promote their goods really intensively. For instance, the programmers could get paid on the basis of the number of the produced and clicked-on pop-ups that Background_Fault “Virus” generates.
Is there anything malicious about Background_Fault ?
To our delight, no matter how suspicious hijackers could be, they have never possessed any malicious features. For instance, if your computer has been infected by a Ransomware-type virus, you are very likely to be harassed. Firstly, such a virus doesn’t need any knowing or unknowing permission from your side in order to reach your system and get installed. Secondly, it will thoroughly research all your files and select the most regularly accessed ones in order to encrypt them in the future. Although you may never notice the ongoing encoding process, you will get notified about it when it is finally completed. A frightening message will appear on your screen. If that occurs, fighting the contamination could become extremely hard, close to impossible. You already know that a hijacker like Background_Fault “Virus” could never be so dangerous.
What if you don’t remember the installation of any hijacker into your system?
It is probably the case because generally, these programs could trick you into unknowingly installing them. To begin with, we need to point out what the biggest source of browser hijackers is: freeware in the form of bundles. Such combos of various apps, games and programs are free and you can download them from the Internet. Often they may contain some fascinating apps and you might want to try them so much that you could completely ignore performing the installation process right.
Please, remember that any program or software bundle should be carefully incorporated into your PC so that you will not become a victim of sudden changes, annoying ads or malicious effects after that. The only proper way of installing anything is to perform the process mainly manually by choosing as many aspects of the installation as possible. The features that could provide such a thorough process are called ADVANCED and CUSTOM/MANUAL. Only go with one of them. All other features tend to implement a quick or automatic installation, not letting you choose the exact programs or components of the programs that you need. In such a case, the entire content of a bundle may end up on your PC, along with the hijackers or the Adware inside it.
How to deal with the infection?
For a safe and efficient removal process, we recommend that you go with the steps in the guide below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Browser modifications which may include substitutions of default search engines; setting new homepages; broadcast of ads and some redirecting processes.|
|Distribution Method||Inside bundles in most of the cases; possibly hiding inside torrents and on various web pages.|
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Background_Fault “Virus” Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
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If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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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:
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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:
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 Background_Fault “Virus” 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 Background_Fault “Virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Background_Fault “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 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!