Big picture pop “Virus” Removal (August 2017 Update)

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

Big picture pop “Virus” is a browser hijacking piece of software that may cause redirection to unfamiliar domains, replacements in your browser’s homepage or search engine and generation of various intrusive ads. This type of software has become one of the most irritating and disturbing problems in the virtual world. Aside from its aggressive redirects and annoying pop-ups, Big picture pop “Virus” may also be accused of collecting some browsing-related data from the users and promoting certain sales links among their search results without their approval. Victims of this browser hijacker may become users of Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or practically any other browser. If you’ve recently noticed some potentially unwanted and frequent redirections to other domains (these pages may be well known as well as unknown to you), it’s a good idea to take the necessary steps to resolve the issue. In the next lines, we are going to tell you how to do that in a safe and quick way, so stay with us if you want to uninstall Big picture pop “Virus” effectively.

How dangerous is Big picture pop “Virus”?

Big picture pop “Virus” typically functions as a browser hijacker and for this reason, most security experts consider it a potentially unwanted program. However, compared to real viruses or infections from the Ransomware or the Trojan horse type, this program has no severe effect on your system. Its primary purpose is to redirect you to certain sites or ads with the idea to bring traffic and clicks, which later transfers into remuneration to the owners of the hijacker. This is basically a form of online advertising, which serves the needs of vendors and website owners, as well as the developers of such software. Some of the authors of browser hijackers are usually united with online advertisers or certain related parties in a scheme called Pay-Per-Click. By redirecting users to certain web pages, they get a certain share of web traffic and click profits.

As already mentioned, some of these sites may be completely harmless and even popular ones (such as Yahoo, Bing, Facebook or others), but that does not apply to all of them. Sometimes, criminal hackers tend to compromise the browser hijackers and insert some fake or misleading links or ads. If you happen to click on such links or get redirected, you may unknowingly get infected with some nasty virus, a Trojan horse, Ransomware or some other dreadful threat. For this reason, it is usually recommended to restrict your interaction with the suggested ads, pop-ups, and sites, or just remove the annoying program and get back your browser to normal.

Big picture pop “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.


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

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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.

DNS

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 Big picture pop “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 Big picture pop “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Big picture pop “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.

Step6

WARNING!
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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!

How to get your browser back to normal?

To get rid of Big picture pop “Virus” permanently, the best solution can be the use of one of the methods below. We normally recommend using the instructions in the removal guide that follows because they are very detailed and with their help, anyone can easily delete Big picture pop “Virus” as well as all the files and registers associated with it. These manual instructions, however, require some attention to detail and may take you some time to complete. Launching a specialized browser hijacker removal tool is another, faster way to start the Big picture pop “Virus” uninstallation process. Such software will automatically detect and delete registry entries that are related to this program and will completely remove all of its traces from your system. You can choose the method you are more comfortable with and once you eliminate the browser hijacker, you can renew your favorite browser settings. 

Tips for avoiding Big picture pop “Virus” and similar programs!

Browser hijackers are basically legal components, which can often be found for free on many web locations such as free download sites, torrent platforms, freeware or shareware sites, automatic installation managers, ads, and links. They mostly come in a pack with some other free software, which users download for its attractive functionality. At first glance, it may seem that installing a free app from a trusted source will exclude you from stacks of potentially unwanted programs or malware. Yet, few users realize that even a careless installation of Skype or Java updates can result in the installation of potentially unwanted items such as ad-generating software and browser hijackers like Big picture pop “Virus”.

What you need to do in order to prevent this from happening is to monitor the installation process of every new piece of software (especially a free one) carefully. Choose the Custom or Advanced Installation Settings. They reveal components that are not required to be installed but are bundled in the setup and if not disabled manually may become part of your system by default. That’s why you need to uncheck the inappropriate add-ons.

SUMMARY:

Name Big picture pop
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Frequent search redirects, new homepage or search engine, generation of intrusive ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs.
Distribution Method Free download sites, torrent platforms, freeware or shareware sites, automatic installation managers, ads, and links.
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.