Foodaki is a highly-aggressive and obstructive browser hijacker that will latch onto any browser, causing it to page-redirect the user. If not uninstalled, Foodaki may potentially end up redirecting the user to unsafe web locations, thus exposing device to harmful malware.
The presence of Foodaki Virus on your personal computer is likely the reason powering the high number of annoying pop-up windows or browser page-redirects, which you have been suffering from in the recent days. This kind of programs are generally known as browser hijackers and these are generally created for a purely financial purpose. Numerous people are convinced that browser hijacker programs are built only for the display of adverts and they are really not wrong. Even so, given that few people would usually keep such an application on their own computer for long, numerous browser hijacker applications have some form of functionality integrated into them. Their owners want everyone to keep the application for this functionality regardless of the banners and the ads. This means that not all browser hijacker applications are a total a waste of time – in some cases, they do offer some form of helpful functionality. However, should the disturbance of the adverts outweigh the benefits from using the program, you can say you are dealing with browser hijacker. The guide made for this article can help users purge this threat from their computer system.
Being aware of how Foodaki Virus works will ideally help you uninstall it. You see, a browser hijacker such as Foodaki, Eduratsu or Sadlye is basically a distribution program for online ads. All those ads can be found in all sizes and shapes – pop-ups, banners, messages, possibly even page redirects. The browser hijacker category was created to be as invasive as possible and, on top of that, quite hard to dispose of. Nothing of this, however, should come as a surprise – the end goal of this apps is to earn money every time you click on the advertisements they generate. Browser hijacker software employees the pay-per-click technique so that these programs can generate profits for their manufacturers.
What is Foodaki Virus?
Foodaki Virus is an ad-displaying and browser-hijacking tool that experts label as potentially unwanted. Foodaki Virus puts ads inside the users’ browsers and makes changes in the browser’s settings without allowing the user to have any control over what gets changed.
One identifying characteristic of browser hijacker software programs is their aggressiveness when generating advertisements. Sometimes, the unwanted software could practically cover the computer screen with unwelcome pop-ups, banners and boxes that come in dozens and are extremely hard to remove. Many people arrive at the conclusion that their PC has been invaded by some sort of a dangerous virus after being faced with all those adverts. Despite their intrusive nature, however, pieces of software of the browser hijacker category are not dangerous software like viruses or malware. Unlike malicious viruses the likes of Ransomware or Trojan Horses, a browser hijacker is usually just an unwanted application that is simply frustrating to have on your PC.
The Foodaki Virus app is a browser hijacker software known for its ability to collect data from the users’ browser without permission. The Foodaki Virus app uses the collected information for the purposes of targeted advertising in order to gain more ad-clicks from the user.
Foodaki Virus and other similar adware applications are a pain in the neck – all things considered. They are designed to create unwanted adverts and it’s usually done through installing a plug-in in your browser that might be something like a toolbar where pop-ups, ads and banners appear. Still, who needs to flood your display with ads and with what purpose’ Well, it’s all about money generated by using those advertisements. Remember that most free software programs make use of Adverts to support themselves – browser hijacker just takes this behavior to a new level of frustration.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
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Remove Foodaki Virus
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
To remove Foodaki Virus and ensure it stops spamming you with ads and page-redirects, you need to clean both your system and browser in the following way:
- First, be sure to check the Uninstall a Program section in the Control Panel and delete from it anything that may be unwanted.
- Next, see if you can find any rogue/malware processes in the Task Manager and if you do, quit them.
- Check the properties of your preferred network, the list of Startup items, the Hosts file, and the Registry for hijacker-enforced changes and revoke any such changes you may come across.
- The final step to remove Foodaki Virus is to go to every browser you have and clean its Extensions list and data.
- Try finding in your Chrome extensions Volume Control Center and remove it.
These steps should be enough to rid you of the intrusive Foodaki Virus, but to perform them correctly, we suggest reading the detailed instructions for each of them that have been posted below.
Detailed Foodaki Virus Removal Guide
It’s a good idea to keep the computer you are trying to clean disconnected from the web for the duration of the removal process. Otherwise, Foodaki Virus may reach out to the servers of its creators and re-download any of its data that you may manage to delete.
To search for rogue programs that you may need to delete, go to the Start Menu, search in it for the Control Panel of your computer, and open it, and then click on the Uninstall a Program button you will see there. See if there are any unwanted-looking programs there (especially ones that seem to have been installed without your approval), right-click them, and click Uninstall. Follow whatever uninstallation steps are shown next. It’s important to remember to opt-out of any clauses in the uninstaller that could allow software from the unwanted program to remain in your system even after you complete the uninstallation, so bear that in mind.
Note: There is a chance that you may not be able to complete this uninstallation. Don’t worry if this happens, and simply move on to the next steps. After you complete the whole guide, try to uninstall the potentially unwanted program from the Control Panel once again.
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To find and delete rogue processes, press together the Ctrl, Shift, and Alt keys, and then select Processes in the Task Manager window that opens. It’s likely that you won’t find a process with the Foodaki Virus name, but if you see other strangely-named items there that seem to have excessive memory and/or CPU usage, investigate those processes in the following two ways to find out if they are linked to the hijacker:
- First, Google the suspiciously-named process and see what information you may find about it. If there are articles or posts on security forums that warn against it and state it is malicious, it would probably be a good idea to trust such information (provided that it comes from reputable sources).
If there’s malware inside any of the files in the location folder, then the process those files are related to must also be a threat.
If your suspicions are confirmed and one or more of the processes in the Task Manager are malicious/rogue, make sure to quit them (right-click > End Process) and then delete the folders where their files are saved.
It’s very important to not allow Foodaki Virus to keep starting its processes, and the best way to prevent it from doing this is to boot your computer in Safe Mode, so go ahead and do that now.
Use the search bar that’s in the Start Menu to find the following four items, then open them, and complete the instructions we’ve given for each of them:
- Ncpa.cpl – This opens the window with the networks you’ve connected to in the past – select the one you typically use with the right-click of your mouse, open its Properties, and double-click the Internet Protocol Version 4 item. Make sure both the Obtain an IP address and the Obtain DNS server address options are checked, then open the Advanced settings, go to DNS from the top, and if you see any IPs shown in the DNS server addresses list, remove them, after which save the changes you’ve made by selecting OK on every window.
- msconfig – Opening this will take you to a window named System Configuration where you must click on Startup, search the list of items for unfamiliar entries and/or ones shown to have unknown manufacturers (check the manufacturer column), uncheck such items, and click the OK button.
- notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts – This starts the Hosts file for your computer – if this file has been hijacked, there will be IPs below the two “Localhost” lines – if you see IPs there, send them to us down in the comments and once we figure out if they are from Foodaki Virus, we will let you know if you are supposed to delete them.
- regedit.exe – Opening this app will get you to the Registry Editor, but you will probably first need to provide your Admin approval by clicking Yes when asked for it, so go ahead and do that. Then, when the Editor shows up, press Ctrl + F, type Foodaki, and press Enter to commence the search for related items. All Foodaki Virus items must be found and deleted, so be sure to perform one more search after each deletion, just to make sure there aren’t any remaining rogue items.
After you’ve taken care of all XXX entries, go to those three locations in the left panel, search them for randomly-named items that look out of place (for example: “903e0jd90824ur0e9j2d0948ou3jd094oitj09d23u”), and if you find anything, tell us about it – we will get back to you soon, informing you if those items must be eliminated.
Right-click the icon of the main browser on your computer, click Properties, and then Shortcut. Have a look at the text in the field next to Target, and see if there are any characters written past “.exe” – if you see such characters, delete them and click OK.
After that, start the browser, go to its menu (the icon for it should be in either top corner of the screen), an open Extensions/Add-on, or, if you are using Chrome, first go to More Tools and from there select the Extensions option.
On the Extensions page, find, disable, and then remove anything that’s not familiar to you or that you suspect may be from the hijacker.
Next, go to the menu once again, and click Settings or Options, depending on what browser you are using at the moment. Then find and select the Privacy/Privacy and Security settings section.
From there, you must find an option labelled Clear Browsing data, Clear data, or Choose what to clear – select it when you find it.
A window with different types of data listed in it should appear – put checkmarks next to all types of data except Passwords, click Clear Data, and wait for the process to be finished.
Finally, go to your other browsers and repeat this step for each of them, even if it doesn’t seem like they’ve been affected by Foodaki Virus.
If you are still having problems with Foodaki Virus
One probable reason for one’s inability to delete Foodaki Virus despite following the steps from this guide is that the hijacker may be receiving help from a second rogue program (possibly a more dangerous one such as a Rootkit or a Trojan), which is allowing it to stay in your system in spite of your efforts to delete it.
A good solution in such cases is to find a powerful and reliable security tool that can conduct a deep scan of the system, finding all rogue data and settings hidden in it, and then delete anything it may have found at the same time, so that if there’s indeed a Trojan or some other threat that’s helping Foodaki Virus, it won’t have the chance to complete its job.
Our recommendation here is to use the advanced removal tool included in the guide that has been tested numerous times against both intrusive hijackers and much more serious threats, the likes of Trojans, Spyware, Worms, and more. It is capable of cleaning your system and also keeping it secure in the future which makes it perfect for a situation like this.
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