This page aims to help you remove Dopig Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Has your browser started to redirect you to sites you had never wished to visit? Or perhaps many annoying ads have been appearing inside it? Or maybe the homepage or default search engine you normally use have been disabled and have been replaced with new and unfamiliar ones? This is what some pieces of software may do to all your browsers – Firefox, Chrome, and/or Opera. They are called browser hijackers and below you will be able to read some valuable information about them as a whole, and about one specific hijacker – Dopig Virus, in particular. We really believe that this article can help you understand the characteristics of these sometimes irritating programs and after that – remove them from your computer.
Specifics of the so-called hijackers:
We have already talked about the ways in which such a program could affect your device. The targets of these products are your browsers and none of them are really safe. Dopig Virus and its siblings tend to change the way your Firefox, Chrome or Explorer browser functions and how it looks. Perhaps you haven’t noticed that the redirecting and the ad campaigns you may be experiencing are actually related to your search requests and browsing preferences. If a version of a hijacker accesses your browser apps, it may also review their history records and link the advertising campaigns to the results of this research. As a result, you might only notice pop-ups and redirecting just to the websites the hijacker developers expect you could be interested in.
But isn’t such browser history review against the law?
It might really come across as too intrusive to some of the affected users, but these programs cannot access any account credentials and, consequently, they cannot do anything illegal. They are in some cases regarded as potentially unwanted due to this feature, and the tricks they could exploit to get distributed. Nonetheless, nothing harmful can ever result from that, and whatever they may do is strictly marketing-oriented. Browser hijackers represent the “fruits” of the collaboration between programmers and producers (and/or service providers) to popularize their services and products. It is believed that the more you advertise something, the more people will like it. Thus, goods producers usually encourage developers to come up with programs that can advertise their services/products really well. For instance, the developers could get paid on the basis of the number of the produced and clicked-on pop-ups and other ads that Dopig Virus generates.
Does Dopig Virus have anything to do with malware?
To our delight, no matter how suspicious hijackers could be, they have never possessed any malicious features. For instance, if your computer has been infected by a Ransomware-type virus, you are very likely to be harassed. Firstly, such a virus never needs any willing or unwilling permission from your side in order to reach your system and get installed. Secondly, it will thoroughly research all your files and select the most regularly accessed ones in order to encrypt them in the future. Although you may never notice the ongoing encryption process, you will get notified about it when it is finally completed. A frightening message will appear on your screen. If that occurs, fighting the contamination could become extremely hard, and close to impossible. You already know that a hijacker like Dopig Virus could never be that dangerous.
What if you don’t remember the installation of any hijacker into your system?
It is probably the case because generally, these programs could trick you into unknowingly installing them. To begin with, we need to point out which the biggest source of browser hijackers is: freeware and shareware in the form of bundles. Such combos of various apps, games and programs are usually free and you can download them from the Internet. Often they may contain some fascinating apps and you might want to try them so much that you could completely ignore performing the installation process correctly.
Simply make sure that any program (or a software bundle) gets carefully incorporated into your computer so that you will not become a victim of sudden changes, bothering ads or malicious effects after that. The only proper way of installing anything is to perform the process mainly manually by choosing as many aspects of the installation as possible. The features that could provide such a thorough process are called ADVANCED and CUSTOM/ MANUAL. Only select one of them. All other features tend to implement a quick or automatic installation, without letting you choose the exact programs or components of the programs that you need. In such a case, the entire content of a bundle may end up on your PC, along with the hijackers or the Adware inside it.
How to deal with the infection?
For a safe and efficient removal process, we recommend that you follow the steps in the guide below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Browser changes – some related to a massive generation of ads; others – to the redirecting to unwanted web pages.|
|Distribution Method||Many common sources, including program bundles, spam and torrents.|
Dopig 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 Dopig 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 Dopig Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Dopig 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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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!