How to Remove Campaign Notifier “Malware” Chrome/FF/IE (June 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Campaign Notifier “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser hijacker applications are very common on the Internet and you can get one such app installer on your machine without even realizing it at first. However, sooner rather than later the signs and symptoms will start appearing and then you will see that the homepage or new-tab page of your browser has been replaced and that the same has happened to your browser’s default search bar. Also, it is likely that you will also start experiencing different kinds of browsing disturbance caused by nagging ads, redirects to different web locations, flashing banners, pop-ups and other kinds of pesky advertising materials. This could affect any browser – you could be using Firefox, Google Chrome, IE, Opera, Edge or some other browsing program and if you get a hijacker app installed on your computer it will more than likely be able to latch onto your browser and start flooding it with its intrusive contents and making unauthorized changes to it. Naturally, such irritating activity can heavily affect your regular browsing activity and make it difficult to navigate through the Internet and do whatever it is that you are trying to do online. Due to this, it is widely accepted that hijacker apps fall under the category of PUPs/PUA’s (potentially unwanted programs/apps). Therefore, most users who get faced with hijacker app on their computers are eager to get it removed as soon as possible so that the intrusiveness caused by its activity ceases. However, eliminating such a software might oftentimes require additional steps aside from simply pressing the uninstall button. That is why we have made sure to offer our readers with a more detailed suggestion on how to get rid of a hijacker app. In this case, we will show you how to handle Campaign Notifier “Malware” which is a newly developed and released browser hijacker that many users are currently struggling to remove. If you have this pesky app on your machine and don’t know how to eliminate it, the guide below is just the thing that you’d need in order to get rid of the irritating browser page-redirecting application. Just scroll down to the guide once you’ve finished reading this article and implement the steps – Campaign Notifier “Malware” should be gone in no time.

Campaign Notifier “Malware” Removal

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


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

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. 

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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 Campaign Notifier 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 Campaign Notifier from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Campaign Notifier 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

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!

Is Campaign Notifier “Malware” a harmful piece of software?

Campaign Notifier “Malware” is actually not some nasty virus and it is very different both in purpose and in functionality from real malware threats the likes of Trojans, Worms, Ransomware, Spyware and so on. Despite that, many users normally see hijackers like this one as some kind of dangerous and highly harmful programs when in reality most browser-hijacking apps are relatively safe and are not really capable of causing any direct harm to the computers they’ve been installed on. Notice, however, how we said that hijackers cannot cause direct harm. Despite their relatively safe nature, the ads and redirect pages that such apps could generate on your screen might not always be reliable. We advise you to keep away from anything that Campaign Notifier or any other hijacker might try to put on your screen. There are many shady and obscure advertising networks out there and a hijacker might sometimes stream ads and other promotional materials from such networks to your browser. Thus, interacting with the wrong ad might make your PC exposed to various types of online hazards and you might risk getting your machine infected with insidious and noxious cyber threats like Trojans and Ransomware. It is simply better to avoid interacting with hijacker-related content if you want to ensure that your machine stays safe. Besides, there are already enough ads on the Internet as it is so there’s hardly any need to allow the hijacker’s promotional contents to get in your way.

How do such apps find their way inside people’s computers

When installing a new program, which is the setup option that you normally choose? The majority of users would typically say that they tend to go for the Quick install as it is more convenient. However, this is actually a mistake that hijacker developers oftentimes use in order to ensure that their products get to as many PCs as possible. You see, if you go for the Quick install every time, you’d also likely be automatically allowing the installation of any software apps that might have been bundled with the main program. If one of those added apps is a hijacker, it’d also get installed on your machine if you use the Quick setup option. A good way of preventing this from happening while still getting the main program is going for the Custom/Advanced setup menu where you can choose to leave out the optional installs that you might not want to get on your PC. Do that every time you are about to install anything new and the chances of landing some pesky hijacker like Campaign Notifier would drastically go down.

Name Campaign Notifier
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Typically, a hijacker will change the front page and the search engine of your browser which is how you know you have had your browser hijacked.
Distribution Method Most distribution methods include some form of spam, malvertising or file-bundling.
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