This page aims to help you remove BikaQ RSS Reader. These BikaQ RSS Reader removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
What is BikaQ RSS Reader?
BikaQ RSS Reader (a.k.a. WizzRSS) is a program/browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and IE that has been flagged as potentially unwanted by a big number of our readers. More worryingly, there are multiple reports linking this program to Adware like Winsnare and aMULEC.
Today, in our article, we will attempt to give our readers detailed information regarding the characteristics of this piece of software and explain why one might be better off without it. For those of you who currently have BikaQ in their computers and want to have it uninstalled and removed, you can find instructions on how to eliminate the program down below.
Why is it unwanted?
Since its release, both regular users and IT experts have pointed out that BikaQ RSS Reader should be regarded as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) due to a number of different negative traits that it might possess. Some even go as far as to refer to the unpleasant software as a virus or malware. Though we believe that BikaQ is not an actual PC virus, we have to agree that it can be quite frustrating to have that piece of software on your PC. It is known to invade all browsers on the computer it has been installed on and fill them with adware (Winsnare and aMULEC in particular) that obstruct one’s normal browsing experience. Additionally, the PUP might also be able introduce unwanted and potentially hazardous changes to the browsers and system of the user’s PC. With all that being said, we believe it is fairly obvious that it is preferable to remove the shady software on time in order to avoid any undesirable and unforeseen consequences.
How harmful can it be?
One important thing that needs to be made clear is that there is a substantial difference between PUP’s and actual viruses. As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, BikaQ RSS Reader is not an actual virus contrary to what many might believe. It is a legit piece of software and even though it might possess certain rather unpleasant traits, it certainly isn’t some sort of a malicious and dangerous Trojan Horse or Ransomware virus.
Nevertheless, we still believe that one should not allow the unwanted application to remain on their PC for extended periods of time. Even though it is not virus, it could still represent a significant security hazard for a number of reasons:
- As was stated in the beginning of the article, one of the most frustrating traits of the obscure software is its ability to generate shady and intrusive browsers ads. Apart from being incredibly annoying and difficult to get rid of, such adverts, banners, pop-ups and box messages could also be potentially harmful. Some of them might actually redirect the user to obscure and hazardous websites should the latter interact with them which is why you are strongly advised to avoid them regardless of how annoying they might get.
- Next, the program we are focusing on has also been reported to mess with the Registry of the computer it has been installed on. Changes to the Registry can be really dangerous since this might expose the computer’s system to all sorts of malware attacks. Before you know it, your machine might get filled with all sorts of Trojan Horse and Ransomware viruses.
- In addition to all that was previously mentioned, BikaQ RSS Reader is also known to drastically reduce the productivity of the PC due to heavy usage of RAM and CPU. This is especially evident among less powerful machines that do not have all that much resources to begin with.
How does it get distributed throughout the Internet?
When it comes to potentially unwanted software the potential distribution methods are many. Developers of such programs employ all sorts of techniques in order to ensure that their products reach more users. Since PUP’s like the one we are currently talking about are usually legal pieces of software, distributing them is even easier. Here, in this final paragraph, we will list some of the most common techniques for spreading BikaQ RSS Reader so that you know what to look out for in order to keep your computer safe and clean from such programs.
- Obviously, the first entry on our list is going to be the infamous spam e-mails/online messages. Those are used for the distribution of most unwanted and potentially harmful programs and PUP’s are no exceptions.
- Another infamous way of spreading shady software is the use of sketchy online ads that are usually integrated within the pages of torrent and files-sharing sites. It is generally advisable to avoid such websites or at least use ones that you are sure that you can trust.
- The third most notable and effective method for distributing potentially unwanted programs is the so called file-bundling. The undesirable application is integrated within the installer file of some other program and gets installed along that other program. To prevent this from happening to you, you must always double-check the installation wizards of new programs you are about to install in order to see if there’s anything added to them. Should you find that there are indeed bundled installs to the main thing, look them up and if anything turns out to be potentially unwanted, be sure to uncheck it before starting the actual installation process.
|Name||BikaQ RSS Reader|
|Symptoms||Obstructive online ads, undesirable browser changes, PC slow-down.|
|Distribution Method||Usually, via file-bundles, though the use of other methods such as spam e-mails and shady banners/pop-ups is possible as well.|
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BikaQ RSS Reader Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
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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 BikaQ RSS Reader 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 BikaQ RSS Reader from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove BikaQ RSS Reader 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!