Ffoverloadcheck “Virus” Removal (May 2018 Update)


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

The text that you are about to read is created with the purpose of providing you with the best tips and instructions on how to remove an annoying browser hijacking page-redirect called Ffoverloadcheck “Virus”. If you have recently noticed that your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser (or any other browsing program that you might prefer) has been invaded by this program, stay with us. In the paragraphs below, we are going to discuss the specifics of this hijacker, the changes that it may apply to your browser settings and, of course, the most effective way to uninstall it from your PC. If you wonder why your search engine or homepage has been changed and how dangerous the redirects and pop-up ads that appear on your screen could be, we suggest you carefully read the information that follows.

Browser hijackers – software, developed to serve the marketing industry

Browser hijackers are very common pieces of software, which tend to get integrated within the most popular browsers and create some really annoying changes to them. These pieces of software are generally developed to serve the advertising purposes of the online marketing industry. The advertisers use browser hijackers to promote different products, services, offers, new search engines, toolbars or web pages on your screen. Their main goal is to redirect you and make you click on the advertised content and to achieve that, they program the browser hijackers to impose certain modifications on your browsers.

Ffoverloadcheck “Virus” is a typical example of a browser hijacker, which may also provoke the above-mentioned changes in any browser that you might be using. Fortunately, its activity is not typically regarded as harmful and it shouldn’t be able to cause serious issues to your system. In fact, the browser hijackers in general are legal pieces of software which usually have little to nothing to do with viruses or other computer threats (such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.). Their ad-generating and redirecting activities are typically not illegal despite being quite irritating and unpleasant to the end user. The developers of page-redirecting applications like Ffoverloadcheck usually earn some revenue every time someone clicks on the ads, generated by their software which is why they try to display as many as possible.

Ffoverloadcheck “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 Ffoverloadcheck 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 Ffoverloadcheck from Firefox:

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

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

Though the presence of some pop-ups on your screen may not have fatal consequences for your computer, such activity could still be quite frustrating which is why you might want to uninstall the browser hijacker and thus remove all of its imposed components. For instance,  you may notice that the speed of the affected browser has gone down and from time to time it may not respond to your searches and commands. Instead, it may start flooding your screen with various aggressive banners, ads and new tabs or redirecting you to some sponsored web pages instead of the pages you actually want to visit. Such behavior could be really irritating, especially if you have to deal with it on a daily basis. Not to mention the risk of landing on some unfamiliar or insecure web locations. In some rare cases, if you happen to accidentally click on some of the ads or redirect links, you may get exposed to potentially dangerous content or some real computer threats such as Ransomware or Trojans. That’s why, for your virtual safety’s sake, it is generally advisable to avoid interaction with content, displayed by hijackers such as Ffoverloadcheck.

The fact that the browser hijackers may also access information related to your browsing might be another reason to consider the unwanted software’s removal from your system. Such programs may typically keep track of your search queries and determine what kind of products or services you might be interested in. Then, they may send the collected information to their developers or some third party advertisers. Based on your latest online activities, the advertisers may try to adjust the flow of pop-ups, ads, and redirects or increase their number in an attempt to get more clicks from you.

How can a browser hijacker get installed on your system?

Ad-generating pieces of software, such as Ffoverloadcheck, could be found in many web locations. Since they are not typically malicious and are not considered to be illegal, you may oftentimes freely download them from different websites such as freeware or shareware platforms, torrent sites, ads, spam email messages or browser application pages. The most common way for browser hijackers to become a part of your system, however, is through the installation of a free software bundle. A “software bundle” is an installation package, which usually contains a main program and some additional or suggested components (browser hijackers, adware, browsing toolbars, free applications, etc.) inside the same installer. Sadly, many people don’t know how to correctly install such bundles. They usually follow the Automatic/Quick installation steps and this is how they end up with programs like Ffoverloadcheck on their computers. Selecting the Advanced/Custom/Manual installation settings, however, can make a whole lot of a difference. These settings actually give more control over the setup process and allow the users to prevent the installation of the additional components in just a couple of clicks.

SUMMARY:

Name Ffoverloadcheck
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may install some new toolbars, search engine or a homepage on your default browser. 
Distribution Method Different software bundles, ads, torrents, freeware or shareware platforms, spam messages, automatic installation managers. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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