“Five Virus” Removal (June 2018 Update)

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

If your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser (or any other browser on your PC) has been invaded by a program named “Five Virus”, you most probably are experiencing some annoying page redirects and intrusive ads generation all over your screen. These activities are typically caused by Adware programs and it looks like “Five Virus” is one of them. The very moment it gets installed in your system, “Five Virus”  may start to display hundreds of pop-ups, banners, new tabs and similar aggressive adverts on your default browser without asking for your permission. The most bothering part is that you might not be able to remove these popping ads and stop them from disturbing your web browsing no matter what you do provided that the Adware remains on your PC. In fact, you might have already tried to uninstall the Adware a couple of times without having any success. The moment you open your browser, this nagging ad-generating software somehow appears again and would simply not go away and leave you in peace. Is this a virus? How could you deal with “Five Virus”  in such a way that it never comes again? This is what we are going to discuss in the next lines. So, if you really want to learn what to do in order to get rid of the disturbance permanently, stay with us and read on.

What is Adware and how dangerous could it be?

Hundreds of people face Adware on a daily basis and are forced to deal with its intrusive ad-generating activities without knowing how to get rid of them. Such pieces of software could cause a lot of browsing disturbance by constantly interrupting the web surfing of the user with sudden pop-ups, blinking boxes and random page redirects and raise a lot of concerns among the affected users. Some of them get panicked the moment their browser starts bombarding them with ads, however, there is no real need for panic and frustration. The programs from the Adware type are not some nasty viruses which cannot be removed. Instead, they are simple advertising tools (albeit, rather aggressive at times). Their purpose is to promote certain products, services, web pages and software programs directly on the users’ screen as well as to generate profits for the developers through clicks on paid ads. “Five Virus”  is a typical example of an Adware app and although it can be quite irritating, it should not be able to cause damage to your machine as it’s not some kind of nasty and harmful malware virus like a Trojan,a Ransomware a Spyware or something else similar. For your luck, this program is unlikely to cause serious damage to your computer.

“Five 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!

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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.

DNS

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 Five Virus 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 Five Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Five 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 the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Still, due to its excessive ads generation and page redirecting activities, you may prefer to uninstall this software instead of tolerating it. In fact, keeping the Adware on the system might not be a good idea. For one, because it can hardly provide you with some actual functionality which could be worth putting up with the extreme annoyance. And secondly, being redirected to random and unfamiliar pages and being forced to interact with intrusive ads hides certain security risks. We do not claim that every time you click on ads or land on web pages you will face a Ransomware or a Trojan virus but in theory you may potentially come across some malicious transmitters or compromised content. That’s why, our advice is to be careful what content you interact with because nowadays various nasty infections are lurking everywhere on the Internet.

Where does Five spread and how to prevent it from entering your system again?

Many users think that “Five Virus” has “infected” their computer out of the blue and are unable to deal with it effectively, let alone to understand exactly how this software has entered the system. However, unlike the typical computer viruses and malware, an Adware cannot “infect” any device without the users’ permission. Now, this might sound a bit confusing but let us explain what we mean. Most ad-generating programs such as “Five Virus” are typically distributed throughout the Internet for free and are commonly bundled in different software packages along with some other much more desirable and attractive applications. Oftentimes, they are promoted as “additional” or “recommended” components to the main installation. Practically, the adware components need you to agree on their installation but the way they get your approval, in most of the cases, could be misleading. What usually happens is, the moment the user downloads and runs a given installation bundle, they automatically agree to install the entire content of the bundle if they opt for the Standard/Automatic setup configuration. This is entirely a user’s mistake which is mostly due to lack of attention and negligence during the installation process. Fortunately, there is a very easy way to prevent the additional components form the bundle from getting installed. One only needs to select Custom/Manual/Advanced setup instead of the Automatic one and to customize the installation configuration so that any potentially unwanted programs are left out.

Name Five Virus
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Aggressive generation of ads, pop-ups and banners all over your screen. 
Distribution Method Free software bundles, automatic installers, torrents, shareware platforms, freeware sites, spam. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.