This page aims to help you remove Fishjane “Virus”. These Fishjane “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Fishjane “Virus” is a type of software that demonstrates its presence on your PC by affecting your browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Explorer – and showing plenty of diverse ads (usually pop-ups, pop-unders, tabs, boxes and banners) on your monitor, once it has been installed on your computer. Some users find it among the most irritating software ever developed. In this article we will discuss how exactly your machine has ended up being contaminated with this program. To understand that completely, we have to clarify the type of the program and the distribution methods.
Fishjane “Virus”: type and distribution
Fishjane “Virus” belongs to the constantly growing group of ad-producing software. This group consists of Adware and browser hijackers. Normally, Adware is spread via various sources – sometimes these programs appear incorporated in a website, sometimes they may get to your machine through torrents and shareware. Other times Fishjane “Virus” could be distributed by spam emails and even text documents, however, the most typical way of spreading any piece of ad-generating software is within bundles. The so-called software bundles usually consist of a piece of Adware or a browser hijacker, as well as other programs, like games, for example. There are two reasons why developers might choose to spread Fishjane “Virus” around. The first one is that by combining it with the programs that they have themselves created the programmers can offer their bundle for free. The second one is that they could still distribute such bundles for free and make their own programs popular among users worldwide; while still being able to profit. The money usually comes from the displayed ads. This is an online marketing strategy, similar to any other ad campaign you have ever been exposed. This practice is NOT against the law of any country in the world, which leads us to the next important question about Adware…
Is Adware dangerous?
What we can state for sure is that this type of software could be particularly annoying. Sometimes the ads that it produces may be very hard to avoid. Sometimes they might even redirect you to websites that you find suspicious or strange. Sometimes their production could lead to a slowdown of your machine, due to the consumption of CPU and RAM by their campaigns. You may be able to find some more features that may seem shady to you – for example, you may notice that all of the generated ads match the profile of your current search requests. If you have been, say, looking for a new laptop online and your PC has been infected with Fishjane “Virus”, it will likely display only ads containing laptop deals. This feature is not necessarily negative, as you may really find the products and services you have been searching for at decent prices. However, such a research-based approach has only contributed to Adware’s questionable image and all such programs have been identified as potentially unwanted. Still, a potentially unwanted program doesn’t equal a malicious one. Fishjane “Virus” is NOT malware. If it were a type of malicious program, it would be capable of doing something evil to your system like encrypting your files and asking for ransom to grant you with a decryption key (as Ransomware does). It could also be able to explore your computer’s weak spots, like an outdated anti-malware tool or other program (like Trojans do). Maybe it would be the reason for the crash of your entire system. However, it cannot do any of the aforementioned typically malicious activities and you can be sure it is not a virus.
Many users might mistakenly think that Fishjane “Virus” could self-install on their machines and this is how they have ended up contaminated. However, no ad-displaying software can ever do that. Actually, users let such programs inside their systems by installing the software bundles they download in a wrong way. This might be your case as well. Maybe you cannot remember installing exactly Fishjane “Virus” on your PC, but this might come from the fact that you have been too excited to use a certain other piece of software from a single bundle and you have wanted to install it as quickly as possible. That’s why you have chosen what most users normally select as an installation method – the Quick or the Default option. Bear in mind that you shouldn’t do that, because this way you put all the content of the bundle in your computer. Instead, go with the other possible wizard feature – the Custom (or Advanced) one, which will allow you to choose the particular products you need from the bundle and install only them.
Luckily, you should be able to remove Fishjane “Virus” yourself from your PC if you follow the simple Removal Guide we have assembled for you below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A great number of diverse ads disturbing your online activities.|
|Distribution Method||The most typical method – within program bundles. Still, Fishjane “Virus” could be found inside torrents, spam or shareware websites.|
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Fishjane “Virus” Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
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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).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Fishjane “Virus” successfully!
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 Fishjane “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 Fishjane “Virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Fishjane “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.
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!