GubZL “Virus” Removal

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

The nature of programs based on Adware

All the software, programmed to generate various online advertisements like banners, tabs and pop-ups, usually affects the most popular browsers that you may have downloaded, such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera. Such programs, including GubZL “Virus” – the one we are going to elaborate on in the paragraphs that follow, could be extremely irritating and might appear to be intrusive to some users. As a program identified as Adware, GubZL “Virus” can become a part of your browser and start producing many annoying ads. However, please note that we are not talking about a type of malware here. No Adware is a virus. Normal viruses like the ones based on Trojans or Ransomware typically perform some really damaging and dangerous activities while on your PC. Their possible effects could include destruction of files, corruption of sensitive data, identity theft, a slowdown of the entire system, encryption of important files, spying on and stalking you as an individual. Nothing like that is typical of any ad-broadcasting program. Don’t be worried, it is a harmless type of software with annoying effects, but nothing more.

Why might the programs based on Adware produce so many ads?

All ad-broadcasting software is completely legitimate. Such programs appear to be the result of the mutual work of both goods producers and software developers. The ones who order such software are manufacturers and providers interested in promoting what they produce and offer. The ones who create GubZL “Virus” and its sibling programs are the programmers, who are interested in making some additional profit. These contracts are legal and ensure that promotion of goods will happen through ad campaigns on the web. This is an advertising technique just like those you see on TV or hear on the radio. In case you are wondering how exactly programmers get paid, this is according to a business model based on the number of the produced and/or opened banners, tabs and other types of ads. This is a strategy more commonly known as the pay-per-click scheme.

How is it possible to contract Adware like GubZL “Virus”?

What bothers users around the world most is basically the way such ad-generating programs get around. Their means of distribution could be quite shady but they get inside someone’s system only with this person’s personal approval, no matter whether it is informed or uninformed. Most of the time users install such software unknowingly and then wonder how on the Earth they have been infected with Adware. The best sources of GubZL “Virus” are the following:

  • GubZL “Virus” could come as spam emails, either within links in the letters themselves or as an attachment.
  • All Adware-based programs could be incorporated in contaminated websites and video and torrent-sharing pages. You can get one from there.
  • In some cases Adware might come as a drive-by download that you have no idea has happened. This happens when you open or click on something contagious and get that disturbing program in return.
  • GubZL “Virus” mostly comes in bundles. Bundles are several different programs assembled and distributed together, usually for free. Any bundle might consist of ad-producing software, games, various apps and new programs. However, just downloading such a bundle won’t result in an infection. Most of the problems with Adware-type programs occur when the bundles that include them are not properly installed.

What is the safe way of installing GubZL “Virus” on your machine?

In case you do want to use something from a bundle, make sure that you incorporate that bundle into your PC in the correct way. By the correct way we mean by selecting the wizard installation feature that gives you control over the entire installation process. Such options could be the Custom and the Advanced one – they will give you the opportunity to select or deselect the products from the bundle that you need or don’t really need. Remember: no Quick or time-saving installation feature will do you any good. Don’t fall for the Default installation trap. Be wise, avoid all such features. However, the best way to solve a technical problem is to avoid its occurrence. Please, make sure you keep your distance – don’t use or visit suspicious online locations and don’t download anything from shady sources. In case you would like to remove GubZL “Virus” for good, follow the Removal Guide we have provided below.

SUMMARY:

NameGubZL 
Type Adware
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsGeneration of plenty of diverse ads – pop-ups mostly. Possible slowdown of the whole device.
Distribution MethodVariety of sources – from software bundles to spam and torrents. Infected websites are always a possible option.
Detection Tool

 

GubZL “Virus” Removal


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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove GubZL “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. 

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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 GubZL “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 GubZL “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove GubZL “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!
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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

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