Disable Cookies Virus Chrome Extension Removal (July 2017 Update)

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

If you’ve been infected by a browser hijacker, there’s little to no chance that it will go unnoticed. The changes that this type of software often introduces in your browser are what give it away in the first place. These are typically a new default search engine and new homepage, as well as frequent page redirects that seem to be initiated by the browser on its own, without the permission of the affected user. What’s more, pretty much all popular browsers are equally susceptible to such infections, so it doesn’t really matter whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or a different browsing program. The aim of this article is to explain what exactly software of this type does and what a particular representative – Disable Cookies Virus – of it is doing on your machine right now. Once you’re finished reading the information presented here, below you will also find a detailed yet simple to comprehend and follow removal guide. With its help, you will be able to locate and delete Disable Cookies Virus from your computer, which will also remove all the unwanted changes it made to your browser.

What do programs of this type do and how risky are they?

Browser hijackers serve one primary purpose and that is to generate income by means of aggressively advertising numerous products and services on the screens of the users, who’ve have the program in question installed. This is, in fact, a very popular business model that allows software developers to finance their work and develop free programs, etc. Usually, it’s remuneration models like the Pay Per Click scheme that are in the basis of such way of making business and this pretty much translates to: your every click on the sponsored ads generates a small profit for the developers. Up until this point everything seems pretty fair and transparent. But wait until you see what’s below the tip of the iceberg.

Disable Cookies 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 Disable Cookies 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 Disable Cookies Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Disable Cookies 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

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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

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You see, relying on chance clicks from users, who have trouble operating their mouse isn’t quite good enough to make a solid profit. And it’s for that very reason that the creators of software like Disable Cookies Virus tend to do a little research into the browsing habits and interests of each and every separate user. This happens when the hijacker integrates with the browser – from then on it can more or less keep track of your every move online. This includes your browsing history, your search query history, even the content that you demonstrate interest towards on social media and other similar platforms. The combination of all of the above allows the browser hijacker to determine exactly which of its ads will potentially be more likely to attract your attention and get you to interact with them. As a result, the potential profit automatically increases as well. However, the issue is that this is, in fact, a privacy invasion. And even though the developers can’t really be charged for it, it still remains that.

And now for the reason why they can’t be charged: little do most users know, but in 100% of the cases they have actually themselves allowed the installation of Disable Cookies Virus and programs like it on their computers. Yes, that includes you. The most common means are by downloading and installing some piece of freeware or shareware and then carelessly running the installation manager using the default or automatic option. Browser hijackers are most commonly incorporated in the setup of such programs and count on you to run the default installation, so that the hijacker can get installed alongside the main program.

Therefore, you can’t say that browser hijackers are viruses or malware of any kind, as they do not have the ability to self-install on your PC. In addition, programs like Disable Cookies Virus also don’t possess any harmful traits and will not try to rob  your of your files and then blackmail you for it, the way ransomware does or steal sensitive data from you, like for example a Trojan horse virus would. Nevertheless, you would be wise to be careful around hijackers anyway and be especially cautious around their ads. Hackers often use online ads as a method of distributing their harmful pieces of software, so it’s best to simply avoid any and all interaction with them and see to the removal of the hijacker as soon as possible.

SUMMARY:

Name Disable Cookies Virus
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The first thing you will be bound to notice are the changes to your browser, such as a newly set search engine and homepage
Distribution Method Various free programs containing the browser hijacker within their setup, when improperly installed
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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