Greatene.com “Virus” Pop-up ad Removal (Chrome/Android/FF/IE)


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

If a browser hijacker has infiltrated your Chrome, IE, Firefox or any other browser that’s on your PC, then you’d probably want to remove the hijacker due to the irritating effects it’s likely to have on your browser. What we mean by that is the hijacker will probably try to fill your browser with an endless stream of ads, banners, pop-ups, box messages, blinking windows, page redirects and other similar intrusive forms of advertisement. In addition, you might have your browser’s default homepage and search engine replaced with new ones that the hijacker has added to your browser without your permission. Such activities are likely to make your browsing experience highly irritating and unpleasant. Aside from that, the random ads coming from all kinds of sources might, at times, expose your machine to potential hazards like viruses such as Ransomware and Trojan Horses. Due to all that, it’s typical for hijacker apps to be regarded as potentially unwanted. Understandably, most users would prefer to get rid of any hijacker that might have founds its way inside their systems. However, removing such a software piece might not be as easy as uninstalling a regular program. First of all, oftentimes there isn’t a built in way of uninstalling a hijacker. Most such apps have no uninstallation manager or an uninstallation entry in the list of programs within the Control Panel. In addition, if you try to simply remove/disable the app from within your browser’s extensions manager, it’s likely going to come back the next time you open a browsing session. All of this makes it rather tricky to successfully and fully eliminate a hijacker app. However, as long as you know what you are doing and where to look for the hijacker’s date within your PC, you should have no problem doing away with the irritating piece of software. All the information that you’d need in order to get rid of a hijacker app has been provided for you down below, inside our removal guide. We have given an example with Greatene.com “Virus”, which is one of the latest and most annoying hijacker apps out there. If you presently have Greatene.com “Virus” in your system, we advise you to carefully read the rest of this write up and then head down to our guide and use it to eradicate the pesky software component from your PC and your browser. In case you feel like the instructions from the guide are too complicated or not clear enough, you can always request our help by using the comments section and you can also try the recommended removal tool which is yet another good method of getting rid of Greatene.com “Virus”.

Greatene.com “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 Greatene.com 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 Greatene.com from Firefox:

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

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

What are browser hijackers?

Unlike what many of you might think, a browser hijacker isn’t some scary and insidious virus like a Ransomware or a Trojan. Hijackers are mostly advertising-oriented and their main goal is to make profits for their creators through conducting aggressive advertising campaigns. This means that an app like Greatene.com will likely not try to inflict any damage on your PC, it will simply spam you with ads and use the modifications it has imposed on your browser to facilitate its advertising campaigns by showing you modified search results and redirecting you to promoted pages. Again, none of this should be directly harmful to your computer. However, since the source network of the generated ads might not always be a reliable on, there’s some chance you might end up landing on shady and hazardous web locations where all kinds of virus programs like Spyware, Rootkits, Trojans and Ransomware might lurk. Because of this, it is always preferable to keep your machine safe by staying away from ads generated by a hijacker. Also, the best way to ensure the security of your computer would be to simply uninstall the unwanted app which is what we’d advise you to do as soon as you finish reading this write-up.

The distribution methods used to spread browser hijackers

There are many different ways such an app can find is way to your computer. Spam messages with attached links or files, fake and misleading online adverts generated by unreliable sites, shady and/or pirated downloadables, etc. Many customers also get apps like Greatene.com installed on their machines after installing some other program with which program the hijacker has been bundled. The good news is that, as long as you pay attention to the setup menu, you should be able to easily leave out the unwanted app from the installation process by unchecking it from the menu. Just remember that sometimes you might need to use the Advanced/Manual setup option in order to do that.

SUMMARY:

Name Greatene.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijacker make their presence known by making unwanted alterations to the targeted browser as well as through filling it with irritating ads.
Distribution Method The usual methods used to distribute those pesky apps are malvertising, spam and software bundling.
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