Erdnt.loc Virus Removal


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

It sure is annoying to open your Chrome, IE or Firefox browser and be greeted with an impenetrable wall of annoying banners, box messages, adverts, pop-ups and page-redirects to sites you don’t want to go to. This is, however, what usually happens to users when they have a browser hijacker application such as Erdnt.loc on their computer. If you have had one such app installed on your PC, you are likely to experience different forms of browsing disturbance such as the ones we already mentioned. Aside from that, changes might get enforced upon your browsing program (regardless of what browser you normally use) that have not been approved by you. The default search engine tool of your browser might get replaced with another one, different modifications might get imposed on the toolbar and also the starting page and the new-tab page might get changed as well. In addition to all that, due to the constant stream of advertising materials, your browser might start to function slower than usual and even your PC might start to get slowed-down. In some more severe cases, your browser or even the whole Windows Explorer might get unresponsive due to the high use of system resources that is needed for the generation of the advertisements. Due to all that, if you have a hijacker on your computer like the recently released and particularly annoying Erdnt.loc, you’d most certainly want to get rid of the annoyance as quickly as possible. But how can this be done? A typical hijacker will not have an uninstallation wizard and in many cases even if you manage to remove it from the browser using the Extensions manager, it is likely going to come back as soon as you restart the browsing program. Well, if you are faced with a similar struggle, know the guide below can help you overcome this problem and safely and quickly remove the hijacker without it coming back later. Just be sure to closely follow the steps and instructions below and you should have no trouble dealing with the undesirable software element. Still, for those of you who aren’t confident that they could complete the guide on their own, we have an alternative solution – a removal program for dealing with most types of unwanted software which has been added to the guide so that you could use it.

Erdnt.loc 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 Erdnt.loc 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 Erdnt.loc from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Erdnt.loc 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

Additional info about the hijacker software category

Regardless of whether you decide to use the manual removal steps or the professional removal tool from the guide (or both), you must make sure that the unwanted Erdnt.loc (or any other hijacker that might be in your system) gets removed. The problem with apps like this is not only that they are really annoying but also that they might actually sometimes be seen as security hazards. Here, it must be pointed out that Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other similar malware threats are certainly way more dangerous than a mere hijacker. Hijackers are mostly not seen as real virus programs because they are primarily used for online advertising and not for any kind of actual criminal activities. However, there are many different ads that normally get generated by software apps such as Erdnt.loc and not all of them can be verified as reliable and safe for interaction. In many cases, a certain advert might not really be what it seems and might mislead you to go to sites and download software that might be potentially hazardous for your PC. After all, fake and misleading ads are oftentimes used by cyber criminals and hackers to get their malicious programs distributed to more computer. So, if you don’t want to risk exposing your machine to threats like Trojan Horses, Rootkit, Ransomware and so on we advise you to simply take away the hijacker and thus make the ads-generation in your browser stop.

Ways you can land a hijacker application

Erdnt.loc and other similar apps might sometimes have official sites but in most cases they rely on other, sneakier ways of distribution. Such distribution techniques could be spam messaging, malvertising, and file-bundling (as well as others). Normally, most users know to avoid spam messages and to stay away from sites that might generate misleading offers and ads that might land them a hijacker. However, when it comes to file bundles, the majority of users forget to check the installer of any new program for possible bundled content and this is how a lot of people get apps like Erdnt.loc installed on their PC. Now, that you know that, you must remember to always take a look at the details in the setup menu and see if there are any extra components that look sketchy. If you come across anything that doesn’t seem trustworthy, uncheck it to prevent it from getting installed alongside the main program from the installer.

SUMMARY:

Name Erdnt.loc
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The nagging ads and the random page redirects as well as the unwanted changes to your browser are most likely to give away the hijacker’s presence.
Distribution Method Usual methods of hijacker distribution are spam messages, file bundles and malvertising.
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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!


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