Express News Me Virus

Express News Me

Express News Me is categorized as a PUA (potentially unwanted app) of the browser hijacker category. Express News Me changes some of the browser settings and installs new components in the browser with the aim to boost the traffic to certain sites by redirecting the user to them.

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The virus

There are many types of unwanted apps that, while not necessarily harmful to the system, can still make your computer less optimized and even somewhat more difficult to use. Such are, for example, the browser hijackers. A browser hijacker is a piece of software that operates from inside popular browsing programs like Firefox and Chrome and its main goal is to modify the browser in order to show different ads in it and to redirect the user to some specific sites with the goal to improve their view counts. While this may sound rather innocent, once you start seeing the changes in the homepage, the toolbar, or the search engine of your main browser, and once the ads and the page-redirects start swarming your screen you are likely going to want to uninstall the obtrusive app. Uninstalling a hijacker, however, might be quite a tricky task because most applications of this type lack the regular uninstallation options that normal programs and apps have. You are likely to not find an actual uninstallation executable for a hijacker program, and you will probably not see an entry for it in the Control Panel’s uninstallation list or in the extensions’ menu in the browser. And in the rare cases you do, using any of these to uninstall the unwanted app may prove to be futile as most hijackers install extra elements in the system that allow them to come back even after having been uninstalled. This difficult uninstallation combined with the rather aggressive advertising techniques used by most such apps and their overall lack of useful functions is what leads many users to refer to them as viruses.

The Express News Me Virus

The Express News Me Virus, for example, is a hijacker app you may oftentimes see getting referred to as a virus. The Express News Me virus isn’t really a harmful program in the same way as Trojans and Ransomware viruses are.

It is more of an unwanted software that annoys the users rather than an actual system hazard. Despite that, however, hijackers like Express News Me and Poshukach could potentially sometimes get you into trouble. Their tendency to spam you with all kinds of obscure ads and to automatically redirect you to web addresses you did not intend to visit could be regarded as dangerous behavior because this could potentially land you on phishing sites, sites that try to sell you fake software, or even sites that have Trojans, Spyware, and Ransomware uploaded to them. With this in mind, it really is the better option to stay away from any content that Express News Me may show on your screen, but the problem is that this may be quite difficult if the app is active in your browser. This is why we wish to help you uninstall Express News Me from your computer and to do that we will now present you with a removal guide that you can follow in order to remove this hijacker.


Name Express News Me
Type  Browser Hijacker
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Remove Express News Me Virus

Express News Me may be persistent piece of software but there are some tips that may help you get rid of it quickly. One of these tips is to simply remove any extensions that the browser hijacker has installed inside your browser and see if that makes a difference:

  1. With the hijacked browser open, click on its main menu and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on the browser you are using).
  2. After that find the Extensions tab (typically found on the left) and select it.
  3. Search for unfamiliar extensions on the Extensions page and remove anything that you think could be linked to Express News Me.
  4. Once you are sure there are no extensions that are disturbing you, restart the browser to see how it operates after the removal of the questionable components.

In some cases, these simple instructions might be enough to deal with Express News Me. However, if the browser hijacker is still present, you will need to use a more detailed guide, like the one below, to find and remove all traces and helper components that might be hiding on your computer.


If you want to complete this guide from start to finish, it is important that you bookmark this page now. In this way, you can quickly get back to it after the system reboot and the browser restarts that will be required in the next steps.

Next, we recommend you to use the instructions from the link that follows and reboot your computer in Safe Mode in order to ease up the detection of the browser hijacking processes on your system. Once you are done, get back to this removal guide and proceed to the instructions in step 2.



With the help of the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination, open the Windows Task Manager app and click on its Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Windows 8 and 10).

Next, scroll the processes list until you find a process that you think is related to Express News Me and is problematic. Keep in mind that it is not necessary that the processes related to the hijacker are named after it. Therefore, to check if a given suspicious-looking process is really part of the problem, you need to right-click on it and select Open File Location.


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    End the processes whose files are detected as threats and delete their folders.

    You may need to repeat the scan for any process that grabs your attention as questionable until you are sure there are no processes related to Express News Me that are left running in the Windows Task Manager.


    With the Start and R keyboard key combination open a Run windown and type appwiz.cpl in it.


    Then click OK and you should see a Control Panel window where all your installed programs are listed. Search the list for programs that are installed aroudn the time the browser hijacker appeared, research them online and if you decide they have something to do with the installation of Express News Me on your computer, Uninstall them.

    Next, in the Windows search bar type msconfig and press enter to open System Configuration:


    Go Startigh to the Startup tab and remove the checkmark of any Startup item that you are sure is linked to the browser hijacker and its activity.


    Press toghether Start and R keyboard keys again and copy the line that follows in the new Run box:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    Press Enter and this will open a notepad file named Hosts. Scroll the text of the file and search for Localhost. Once you find it, check if there are some suspicious-looking IPs below.

    hosts_opt (1)

    If you find some strange IP addresses under the “Localhost” section of your file, plese drop us a comment with a copy of these IPs so we can check if they should be removed or not.

    Next, open Network Connections from your Start menu (On Windows 10 you can simply type it in the windows search bar) and carefully repeat the instructions below:

    1. With a Right-click on the Network Adapter you are currently using, select the Properties option.
    2. Next, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), select it and then click on the Properties option at the bottom.
    3. Make sure that Obtain DNS server address automatically is selected and then click on Advanced.
    4. After that, head to the DNS tab and make sure you delete everything that has been added in the DNS server address filed by clicking on the Remove button.
    5. Before you close the window, click OK to save all your changes.



    • Now, it is time to remove any components and settings that Express News Me might have made inside your browsers. For that, make sure you apply the instructions that follow to all browsers that are currently installed on your computer.
    • Note: Google Chrome is used below as an example, but the same should be applied to other browsers that you are using, including Firefox and IE.

    Right-click on the browser’s shortcut icon and then click on Properties.


    In Properties go staright to the Shortcut tab and head to the Target section. If anything has been added there after .exe, make sure you remove it and click OK to save the change that you have made.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Express News Me from Internet Explorer:

    The instructions specifically for Internet Explorer might be slightly different so we want to avoid confusion by exlaining them:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Disable any add-ons that have been installed without your permission and seem to be linked to the hijacker’s activity.

    Next, go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options and if the homepage URL has been hijacked, change it with an address that you trust and click on Apply.

     Remove Express News Me from Firefox:

    The browser-specific instructions for Firefox go as follows:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu > Add-ons > Extensions.

    Remove any extensions that you don’t plan on using or you link to a browser-hijacking activity.

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    Remove Express News Me from Chrome:

    Make sure Google Chrome is closed and then navigate to the following location:

    C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. 

    Search for a folder named “Default” and select it.

    Rename the folder to Backup Default and save it that way. After that, restart the browser

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default


    Go to the windows search bar and type Regedit followed by Enter.

    This will open the Registry Editor where you need to search for entries related to Express News Me. The search process could be significantly speeded up if you press CTRL and F together and write the Name of the browser hijacker in the Find box.

    Next, click on the Find Next button and delete any results with that name by right-clicking on them.

    Finally, to ensure there is nothing left behind, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall anything that you find suspicious in them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    In case this guide isn’t helpful in your case, know that Express News Me can still be removed if you download the professional removal program we recommend or use our free online virus scanner.

    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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