This page aims to help you remove the Cwasre Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Something that many users get frustrated by is a type of program known as Browser Hijacker. Today’s article will revolve around one particular Hijacker program known under the name of Cwasre Virus. If you currently have that on your PC, then you have probably noticed various changes to your Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browser. For example, the previous homepage of the browser might have been changed to some unknown website or the default search engine may have been replaced with another one that you have never heard of before. Additionally, it is possible that ever since the Hijacker got installed onto your PC, your browser has started to experience frequent page redirects to random websites that you do not want to visit. If this is your situation, then you are probably looking for a way to bring things back to normal and prevent the unpleasant program from messing with your browser and internet settings. Here, you can learn how to uninstall and fully remove Cwasre Virus but before we show you our guide manual that will help you do that, we must first provide you with some additional info regarding Browser Hijackers.
What’s the purpose of a Hijacker?
At first sight, many programs that can be categorized as Browser Hijackers seem to provide the user with some sort of helpful function. For example, some of those programs are promoted as improving one’s browsing experience or making the the computer safer and better protected. Others might be marketed as PC optimization tools that are supposed to enhance the overall computer performance. However, the truth is that the majority of Browser Hijackers have one single purpose – to profit their developers through the employment of a variety of aggressive advertising methods. This is why your browser gets partially taken out of your control and why there might be page redirects. Surely, there are programs that can be regarded as Hijackers that can still be beneficial to the regular customer but you should keep in mind that for the most part this is not the case.
Many experts seem to refer to programs the likes of Cwasre Virus as malware due to the intrusive and obstructive behavior that most Browser Hijackers display. However, a distinction needs to be made between software of the Hijacker type and actual harmful PC viruses (Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.). Most Hijackers are not supposed to harm one’s computer or mess with the data that is stored on it. In addition to that, it should be noted that many programs similar to Cwasre Virus are in fact legal and some of them are even developed by big and popular software companies. Still, there remains the question “Are Hijackers harmful?”, and we will answer it in our next paragraph.
While Cwasre Virus is probably incapable of causing any actual damage to your system or files, it might still potentially compromise the security of your system. For instance, the page redirects that might occur could potentially open various shady websites with a bad reputation. In addition to that, Hijackers are also known to modify or add Registry keys, which can make your PC more vulnerable to virus attacks. Some programs of this type could also generate and display fake warnings or web-offers that are there to trick you into purchasing some obscure piece of software with questionable functionality. All in all, there is no shortage of potential issues that one might have with a Hijacker program. Therefore, if you want to avoid landing any more unpleasant programs and also keep your machine protected against potential attacks from malicious viruses such as Ransomware or Trojan horses, you should probably remove Cwasre Virus from your machine.
Guidelines for better security
In order to ensure that potentially unwanted programs like Cwasre Virus do not get installed on your computer in the future, you must remember and apply a couple of important rules that will help you improve the overall security of your PC.
- Try to avoid websites that have a lot of shady-looking ads or that redirect you to other pages when you click on something. Oftentimes such websites can land you some unpleasant piece of software.
- If you receive an e-mail or Facebook/Skype message that contains a web-link or a file attachment, do not interact with the contents of the message unless you are absolutely sure that the link/file is safe to open.
- If you want to install a new program, first look through its setup menu and see if there are any applications bundled with that program. If there’s anything added and you are not sure whether it is safe, look it up and if you do not find anything about it or if it turns out to be a potentially unwanted piece of software, uncheck it from the installer before you launch the installation of the main program.
- Having some form of security software on your PC is a good idea if you want to avoid unwanted programs like Browser Hijackers. A good anti-malware tool can greatly help you in the fight against Hijackers, which is why it is always a good idea to have one such program installed on your PC.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Unwanted changes to the user’s browser is the most common symptom.|
|Distribution Method||Different types of spam, misleading Internet offers and adverts, file-bundles.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
Cwasre 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.
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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 Cwasre Virus 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 Cwasre Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Cwasre 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 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!