Distero.com “Virus” Removal (Sept. 2018 Update)


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

Programs like Distero.com are not malicious, but they can be very irritating and annoying. The reason why so many people want to remove them is these pieces of software tend to replace the search engine or the homepage of their browser and start to redirect their searches to sites full of nagging ads, pop-ups, and banners. Usually, this activity is known as “browser hijacking” and the programs, that do that are called browser hijackers. You probably landed on this page because you are already facing a similar disturbance and looking how to uninstall Distero.com “Virus” from your Chrome, IE or Firefox. Fortunately, in this article, we will introduce you to a detailed Removal Guide, which will help you deal with this program. We will also tell you a bit more about the browser hijackers in general, as well as the possible risks they may expose you to.

What is a browser hijacking program?

A browser hijacker is a piece of potentially unwanted software, which would normally get into the default browser that is on the computer (Chrome, Firefox, IE or any other) and modify its settings in favor of some sponsored sites, search engine tools and commercial messages. Such software may often spam the users’ screen with various irritating adverts, pop-ups, box messages, banners, new tabs and similar content in an attempt to bring traffic and clicks to specific paid commercials. The main purpose of this aggressive ad-generating activity is to gain money through Pay-Per-Click methods. Many software developers and online advertisers use programs like Distero.com for this purpose and with their help, they generate income for their business through sponsored advertising. The users, however, may experience a significant decrease in the quality of their browsing and some potentially unwanted redirects to sites and web locations with questionable content. In some cases, the browser hijacker may even expose them to various PC threats such as viruses, Ransomware, Trojans, and other security hazards. But is this software really harmful? Let’s see.

Distero.com “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 Distero.com 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 Distero.com from Firefox:

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

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

Are browser hijackers harmful?

Above we just mentioned that hijackers may potentially expose users to security hazards. This, however, does not mean that a program like Distero.com “Virus” is designed to harm your system. This kind of software is quite different from an actual virus and has no intention to cause corruption or destruction of your PC. If we take a Trojan horse or Ransomware virus and compare it with a browser hijacker, the latter is actually a legitimate piece of software which is usually developed by a software company, while malware is an illegal creation of anonymous cyber criminals. With this in mind, we cannot place Distero.com alongside viruses.

Still, it is recommended to remove this program if you want to save yourself from automatic redirects and exposure to various sketchy and unfamiliar ads, pop-ups and banners. Moreover, the safety of these popping ads and the sites you may land on may not be confirmed. Technically, there is always a risk of bumping into some insecure or infected content, which could be potentially harmful, that’s why we advise you to avoid clicking on the suggested links, generated by the hijacker, until you fully uninstall it.

Protection and prevention.

After all that we said above, it is easy to understand why most people simply don’t want programs like Distero.com on their computer. But is there a reliable way to keep them away and avoid getting them installed on the system? Well, fortunately, preventing a browser hijacker is not that difficult, as long as you follow some basic rules. Generally, you should know that these pieces of software are widely distributed all over the Internet and to prevent landing on one, you should keep away from their sources. Some of the most popular places where you can find browser hijackers are the freeware and shareware platforms, the torrent sites, the free software installers and automatic setup managers, the free download links, as well as various ads, pop-ups, spam messages and emails with attachments. In most of the cases, the hijacker is bundled inside the installer of another attractive free application, which you can find on the above-described web locations. The moment you download and run the setup of the desired free program, the entire bundle gets installed by default. Fortunately, this can easily be avoided if you customize the setup settings via options like Advanced/ Custom/ Manual. Carefully read all the small text and pre-selected checkmarks and simply deselect the suggestions you don’t need.  This tip can save you from any additionally bundled software and even prevent the installation of a potential malware.

SUMMARY:

Name Distero.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may often find yourself redirected to various sponsored sites, ads, pop-ups and commercials. 
Distribution Method Freeware and shareware platforms, torrent sites, free software installers and automatic setup managers, free download links, as well as various ads, pop-ups, spam messages and emails with attachments.
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.


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