What is Dbsync Download? (“Virus” Popup Removal)


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This page aims to help you remove Dbsync Download “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Firefox as well as every version of Windows.

Oftentimes PC users get frustrated by the heavy amounts of advertising content that gets displayed on their screen while they are browsing the Internet. This is understandable since it could get quite difficult and frustrating to normally surf the World Wide Web while constantly getting nagged by random pop-ups, ads, banners, page redirects and other similar forms of advertisement. However, in most cases one could at least stop visiting the sites that generate too many ads or maybe get an ad-blocker and that way stop at least some of the promotional contents that are flooding the screen. However, there is a software category known as browser hijacker and apps that fall under this category have the irritating ability to infiltrate your Chrome, Edge, Opera, Firefox (or any other) browser and replace its previous search engine, add a new homepage, new-tab page or toolbar as well as generate adverts and trigger page redirects that are not coming from any particular site but directly from your browser. Obviously, nobody would want that to happen to their browser. Typically, the changes that hijackers tend to introduce to users’ browsing programs are mostly unwanted and actually make one’s browsing experience worse. Also, the constant stream of ads and redirects to random unknown pages is sure to irritate and frustrate even the most patient of users. Because of that, most browser hijacker apps are regarded as PUAs (potentially unwanted applications) and pretty much anyone who gets one such app on their computer wants to have it removed immediately. Here, we will show you how you can easily and quickly get rid of one particular hijacker named Dbsync “Virus”. This is a recently released app and it’s currently on the rise. Each day more and more customers are getting it installed on their computers by thinking that they are actually installing some kind of useful software. Furthermore, in many cases, the user doesn’t even realize that Dbsync has gotten installed on their computer until the annoyances start to occur. This is due to the rather stealthy and sneaky distribution and installation methods that most hijacker developers use in order to ensure their products reach as many users as possible (more on that later). Anyway, if you truly want to uninstall and fully eliminate this pesky piece of software from your PC, make sure you read all the information that we have provided you on this page. The actual removal instructions you can find down below alongside a trusted removal tool for unwanted and hazardous software which you can also to help you remove the hijacker.

Dbsync Download “Virus” 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 Dbsync 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 Dbsync from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Dbsync 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!

How dangerous?

Dbsync isn’t the most dangerous piece of software out there. Sure, it is annoying and can heavily decrease the quality of your browsing sessions but it is not some malicious Trojan Horse or Ransomware threat. Most hijackers are created with the idea to serve as advertising tools for different products, sites, web stores, programs, apps, etc. The techniques they use to advertise, however, can be quite aggressive at times which is the main reason why such apps are typically categorized as PUPs. That being said, most hijackers have no malicious or harmful code inside of them and are typically not able (or supposed) to cause any damage to your machine and data. However, note that you should still not trust such applications and the main reason for that is the questionable nature of their ads. There are a lot of ad sources out there that are unreliable and sketchy and it is perfectly possible for Dbsync “Virus” to stream ads from such sources on your screen. Therefore, if you aren’t careful enough and click on some hazardous and unsafe advert, you might potentially land on some illegal and dangerous webpage and your machine might get exposed to all kinds of security risks. It’s even possible that nasty malware viruses like Spyware, Ransomware, Worms and Trojans might infect your system if you are unlucky. With that in mind, we advise you to simply keep away from the hijacker ads and remove their source ASAP using the guide and/or the recommended removal tool from this page.

Distribution of hijackers like Dbsync

There are many techniques that hijacker devs might use to distribute apps like Dbsync – spam letters, malvertising, questionable installers, torrents, etc. Therefore, make sure to always be on your guard when online and also be really careful when installing anything new your PC. A lot of free or cheap programs have other apps bundled with them and if you do not opt out of the installation of those bundled apps, you’d get them installed alongside the main program from the installer. To uncheck any optional installs before they get in your PC, always use the Advanced setup menu and make sure to leave out anything that looks suspicious, questionable or unwanted.

Name Dbsync
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacker is likely to alter the appearance of your browser.
Distribution Method Anything from spam messages and sketchy links to random web ads and file bundles can be used for hijacker distribution.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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