Check Out This Site “Virus” Pop-up Removal (April 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Check Out This Site “Virus” Pop-up. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Today we are going to discuss some web page-redirecting browser applications/add-ons that nobody wants to be affected by. Their name is browser hijackers and they may really influence the usual ways in which your browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer look and behave. What these redirects are capable of doing is fully changing the look of your browsers by setting some unfamiliar homepages or search engines as your default ones. Another change that might be experienced is the possible redirection you could experience as a result the presence of those hijackers on your PC. Perhaps, the most irritating part of the “infection” caused by any hijacker are the many different advertisements that will be layered over your tabs and windows while you are surfing the Internet.

Something else that we are going to discuss below is the one particular browser redirect, a software piece called Check Out This Site that has recently become a very common online inconvenience and has gotten onto many user’s computers.

What’s the aim of the so-called browser hijackers?

These web page-redirects affecting your browsers are, in reality, advertising instruments. They are used to promote something in the online world such as a software product or a service. Redirects of this kind function according to the pay-per-click scheme, which means that the more redirection and ads you are exposed to daily, the more efficient the advertising process is considered to be. Respectively, a lot of money is to be made by the creators of this software and by the people whose content is getting promoted.

If the infection by Check Out This Site “virus” has already occurred, what could possibly be done?

A set of instructions has been designed to help you remove Check Out This Site “Virus” from your PC. You should simply follow them closely and you will succeed in this operation. The removal guide is available on this page.

Check Out This Site “Virus” Pop-up 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!

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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 Check Out This Site 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 Check Out This Site from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Check Out This Site 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!

Is there anything dangerous about such pages redirects?

Though irritating and intrusive, hijacker software is considered to be relatively harmless, in most cases. Such applications are merely tools that are used for online promoting and usually lack any dangerous effects. However, you may want to take into account the fact that they might still possess certain rather unpleasant features such as:

  • There are indeed no exceptions within the affected browsers by the redirects such as Check Out This Site “Virus”, which could be really annoying.
  • The browsing history of your apps might be accessed and reviewed by these page-redirects that could later determine what kind of products or services you are interested in so that relevant ads could be produced and presented to you in the future. This might be the most bothering and suspicious feature of these hijackers.
  • You could be prevented from browsing fully by the new homepages and search engines set on your browsers because they might not be very functional,.

How could pages such as Check Out This Site “Virus” get distributed without anyone noticing?

The usual sources of such pages are spam, torrents and shareware. Such redirects may, in many of the occasions, be incorporated into the so-called program bundles. In fact, this means the presence of any hijacker might be hidden at the moment of downloading and installing any bundle on your PC. That’s why you need to be particularly careful with the installation processes you conduct.

Basic installation tips regardless of whether you are installing a bundle or a separate program:

You need to be cautious and informed when installing anything on your PC. You are supposed to read carefully all the EULAs and all the offered ways of installing software upon seeing any installer.

There are generally two kinds of installation choices:

  • The Advanced/ Manual/ Custom ones: Such choices feature an installation process which is entirely under your control. This means that all the content of any bundle and all the features of any program will be presented to you so that you can choose individually which of them are necessary and which aren’t. In this way, you will easily avoid the unwanted installation of any suspicious programs, pages and plug-ins included in the bundles. Make sure that these are the steps you use every time you install something into your system.
  • The Easy/ Recommended/ Basic ones: Normally, these are the options that provide a quick installation process. They are useful if you fully trust the developer and know that there won’t be anything potentially unwanted bundled with the main program. Nonetheless, this might mean that you are not going to be asked about your preferences in what is to be installed. That way you, might end up being bothered by browser redirects and all other kinds of online annoyances.

SUMMARY:

Name Check Out This Site
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Certain changes of the installed browsers – new homepages appearing as well as some pop-ups and redirects to promoted pages.
Distribution Method From bundles to torrents and spam – everything could be a source of hijackers.
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.