Footjane “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)


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

In case you found that a piece of software named Footjane “Virus” has been disturbing you lately, the information that you are about to read now will give you a good idea about the nature of the program that you are facing. In the paragraphs that follow, we are going to explain to you why Footjane “Virus” tends to take over your browser, (be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or some other) and are the strange page redirects and the changes to your homepage or search engine harmful for your system. We are also going to give you a free removal guide, in case that you want to remove this annoying software from your PC. So stay with us to find out more and clean your system from the browsing invasion.

Footjane “Virus” – a typical browser hijacker

If we have to speak about Footjane “Virus” we need to say that there are some typical features, which generally categorize this program as a browser hijacker. It is very usual for most of the browser hijackers to broadcast a huge amount of aggressive advertisements, pop-ups, and banners. They may also redirect the users’ web searches and impose certain modifications to their browsers such as replacing the homepage or the search engine, or installing a new sponsored toolbar. This is exactly what Footjane “Virus” does, once it gets inside your system, and usually, the most affected program from its activity is your default browser.

As a user, you may really not enjoy being bombarded with different intrusive ads and find yourself on pages which you never intended to visit. That’s why it is understandable if you are frustrated and are looking for a way to remove the aggressive pop-ups and the imposed browser changes. However, unlike most of the programs you install on your PC, a hijacker like Footjane “Virus” may require a bit different approach. If you would like to get rid of its aggressive behavior you may need to fully uninstall it from your system because it doesn’t really give you an option to stop or reverse its modifications.

Is Footjane “Virus” related to viruses or malware like Trojans or Ransomware?

In terms of annoyances, browser hijackers like Footjane “Virus” can easily top the list as some of the most irritating pieces of software you may encounter. When it comes to maliciousness, however, they really aren’t representing a serious security risk. According to the security experts, a hijacking program isn’t a virus nor does it have the damaging capabilities of malware from the rank of Trojans or Ransomware. This type of software is basically used as a harmless ad-generating tool, which usually serves the advertising needs of a certain vendor, a marketer or a software developer. This being said, you really don’t need to worry too much about having Footjane “Virus” in your system.

Still, it doesn’t mean that you should keep this program if it really disturbs your normal browsing activity. Many users simply get irritated by the constant flow of ads that they may have to deal with. Moreover, the hijacker may use ant invasive data tracking marketing method to adjust its ads according to the users’ latest searches and keep a track on their browsing activities. Some other side effects of having a browser hijacker operating on your machine are the frequent browser crashes, screen freezing, and system lags it may cause. So, if you don’t feel like tolerating all that, you can use the instructions in the removal guide below and safely uninstall Footjane “Virus”.

Do you want your PC to remain hijacker-free?

We are sure that if you closely follow the steps shown below, you can easily remove Footjane “Virus”. However, this doesn’t guarantee that you won’t catch another similar program soon. These pieces of software are widely distributed on the web, that’s why it is a good idea to learn how to avoid them. You should basically beware of different spam messages, emails with attachments and free offers, automatic software installers, torrents, intrusive ads and links that prompt you to download a free application or some attractive new software. These are the common sources of browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs, which usually come bundled inside a setup of another program that you wish to install. To prevent them from being introduced to your system, we advise you to avoid non-reputed software sources as the ones that we mentioned above, or if you really have to install a given bundle, make sure you carefully read the EULA and customize the installation pack through the “Advanced/Custom” option. This way, you will have full control over the entire software bundle and can easily disable anything, which you don’t want. 

SUMMARY:

Name Footjane
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Strange page redirects and  changes on your homepage or search engine.
Distribution Method Spam messages, emails with attachments and free offers, automatic software installers, torrents, intrusive ads and links that prompt you to download a free application or some attractive new software.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Footjane “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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 Footjane “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 Footjane “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Footjane “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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!