How to Remove Vidsquare “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox) Oct. 2017 Update

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

Several users have been recently reporting an unstoppable ads and pop-ups disturbance on their Chrome and Firefox browsers, caused by an adware program called Vidsquare “Virus”. The chance is that you also have it on your computer but you may not know how it got there. This program has most probably been installed on your system without your notice and is now flooding your screen with dozens of ads, new tabs and page redirects every time you try to browse the web. This strange and rather aggressive activity has been troubling many and on this page we are going to give answers to all the questions that you may have. The good thing is that this adware is nothing malicious from the rank of Ransomware, Trojans, viruses or other harmful threats. So, even if you have Vidsquare “Virus” on your PC, this is not a malware infection. However, this program still has some questionable activities, which we will describe in detail below. In case you wish to remove it, at the end of this article you will find a step-by-step removal guide that will help you successfully uninstall the adware from your system. So, let’s begin.

What is Vidsquare “Virus”?

Vidsquare “Virus” is specific software, which is generally created to earn revenue for its owners by displaying paid advertisements on your screen. Such software is mostly known as adware and many users are facing its disturbing activity since it is widely distributed on the web. In general, adware is considered potentially unwanted software and the main reason for that is its intrusive behavior and the rather questionable tasks it may perform on your PC. In most cases, when a program like Vidsquare “Virus” operates on your computer, it is very likely that it may change your homepage, redirect your searches, replace your search engine with another one and display tons of aggressively popping boxes, banners, ads, notifications and links on your screen. This activity may constantly interrupt your normal browsing unless you uninstall the adware completely.

How did Vidsquare “Virus” get inside your PC?

If you are thinking that this program snuck inside your PC like a virus or Ransomware, you are wrong. Adware doesn’t do that. The most likely scenario is that you have installed Vidsquare “Virus” on your computer along with other software you’ve recently installed. In fact, such software is mostly found in software bundles where it comes packed with another attractive application that users download and install. The most common places where such bundles are distributed are freeware platforms, torrent sites, open source download platforms, direct downloads, installation managers, and even spam emails with test software packages.

The software developers, who pack these bundles, mostly rely on people’s negligence when it comes to installing such packages and this seems to be working, as many people end up with a bunch of potentially unwanted programs on their computers installed this way. Unfortunately, most users make a simple mistake during the first clicks of the setup they intend to install. Firstly, they rarely read the EULA carefully enough to see what additional programs are included in the installer. And secondly, they normally proceed with the standard installation option, which doesn’t give them much control over the programs that will be installed. Many don’t know that if they click the advanced/custom option in the setup, a detailed menu will open where they can manually deselect all the additional software that is hidden in the installer. This way they can easily prevent the installation of any programs they don’t need or can’t recognize and only install the desired ones.

A few prevention tips

Searching for ways to remove the unwanted software is without a doubt more troublesome than simply knowing how to prevent it. The “Advanced” option in the setup is one sure way to disable adware, different components, potentially unwanted programs and sometimes even malware from sneaking inside your system unnoticed. However, some general safety rules should also be applied in order to minimize the possibility of encountering such software. Be selective when downloading and installing different programs from the web and bear in mind that it is safer to rely on reputable sites with no sketchy content attached. Trusted sources and trusted software is of utmost importance for your system safety. A reliable antivirus is also a necessity nowadays and combined with a reputable anti-malware tool it will surely provide adequate protection for your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Vidsquare “Virus”
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Unstoppable ads, banners and pop-ups appear on your browser
Distribution Method Software bundles, freeware platforms, Torrent sites, open source download platforms, direct downloads, installation managers and even spam emails.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Vidsquare “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

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

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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 Vidsquare “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 Vidsquare “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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