BikaQRSS Virus Removal

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This page aims to help you remove BikaQRSS Virus. These BikaQRSS Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The paragraphs below are all about a very popular online annoyance nowadays – the generating of lots of online ads (such as banners and pop-ups) inside your browser whenever you try to browse the web. The cause of this behavior  for all of your browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Explorer) is an infection with an Adware-type product, namely BikaQRSS Virus. There are dozens of reports linking this particular software to other unwanted programs, such as WinSnare and Amulesw.  Below we have shared every single detail that you need to know about such infections and this kind of programs. The programs classified as Adware are known to broadcast plenty of online ads inside all sorts and versions of browser apps. Such software will only affect your browsers, no other part of your system will ever be compromised by its activities and effects.

Do such programs lack harmful effects?

Indeed, apart from the potential annoyance and disturbance, which you could become a victim of, Adware has never been reported to cause any negative effects to your PC. You need to understand that no Adware program is the equivalent of a virus program. Malware and the known versions of Adware are very different in nature and shouldn’t be mistaken for each other. In the next paragraph we have explained the basic differences between the ad-generating programs and the virus-based ones.

The differences between Adware and malware in general:

As an illustration, let’s see what BikaQRSS Virus and a type of malware (a given Ransomware-based program) may have in common or whether they lack any similarities. BikaQRSS Virus won’t really do anything harmful to your system. Its usual effects include the broadcast of pop-ups (because it has been programmed to promote services and products efficiently) and the producers of the promoted goods believe that the intensive production of ads is such an efficient method. Nevertheless, all programs that belong to this group are legal. The promotion of services and products has been a successful branch of the industry as a whole and a legitimate process for ages. Another thing an ad-broadcasting program might perform while it is installed on your computer is to review your browser history records. Keep calm, no other data that you enter on your PC is really available to such programs, just the nature of your search requests interests them. These products are usually programmed to keep track of your searches because in this way they show you only the ads that are somehow similar to your requests. This is it.

What a Ransomware-type virus might do to your machine is to sneak secretly inside and to begin a search process for the data that you use most. Then all that data is made inaccessible to you by being encrypted with a very difficult-to-crack encoding key. Following that the hackers require money from you for the purpose of giving you access to your previously blocked files. This is a usual malicious way of behaving, not something a program like BikaQRSS Virus could ever do.

If Adware doesn’t equal malware, how has the infection happened?

For sure, BikaQRSS Virus is NOT a malicious program; nevertheless, some professionals have classified it as potentially unwanted, as any other type of Adware, mainly because of its rather shady ways of distribution. Firstly, let’s explain the potential sources of such ad-broadcasting software. Adware’s hiding places include torrents, pop-ups, shareware websites, streaming web pages, other contagious pages. Usually, however, programs like BikaQRSS Virus could be incorporated in free bundles. Such bundles are available everywhere on the web. They represent various free programs like useful and not so useful games and apps. Furthermore, they are spread around for free and you pay nothing to download and try such a bundle.

The problem, though, never results from the simple act of downloading a program bundle. The actual problem is the way you might venture into installing such a software combo. Usually, the installers contain two kinds of possible options for you to choose – the elaborate ones {Customized/Advanced}, which let you perform a more manual installation; and the recommended ones, which automatically install everything from a program or a bundle {the Recommended/ Easy/ Default/ Recommended ones}. The always working tip about how to stay away from annoying ads is to choose the options from the first list: the ones which let you select what to opt out of and what to really put into your system.

Some effective prevention instructions:

As you already know, you should first wisely install all the software you download from the web. Consequently, what we recommend is to simply purchase a nice anti-virus program as they sometimes detect ad sources and prevent them from infecting you. Moreover, always strive to minimize the time for surfing around suspicious web pages and you will be Adware-free.

SUMMARY:

Name BikaQRSS
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Generation of ads; browser changes.
Distribution Method Program bundles mainly; also inside torrents and shareware, as well as infected web pages.
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.

BikaQRSS 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.

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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 BikaQRSS 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 BikaQRSS Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove BikaQRSS 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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!