How to remove Vmxclient Virus (July 2017 Update)

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

In the event that your computer has been infected by a program known as Vmxclient Virus , you might want to read what we have to say on this matter. For starters, you’ve contracted a browser hijacker. This is a particular class of software known for the distribution of numerous online ads and also for making certain changes to the browsers they integrate with. This can be Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera or pretty much any of the other popular browsing programs out there. And the most common changes they make, which also likely tipped you off about Vmxclient Virus in the first place, include setting a new browser homepage and replacing your standard default search engine with a new one. What’s even more frustrating is that you just can’t change these setting back to their original state. Furthermore, from then on you’re forced to deal with popups, banners, page redirects and various other unnecessary things. But not to worry – as soon as you have this hijacker removed, everything will go back to normal and you can use your browser again in peace. We’ll even show you how you can effectively uninstall Vmxclient Virus with the help of our detailed removal guide below.

Can a browser hijacker cause any damage?

The first thing that most users tend to worry about when they’re faced with a browser hijacker is whether or not it’s safe. Especially for most first-time encounters, people are likely to think they’ve landed a virus infection. Luckily, this isn’t the case with Vmxclient Virus and you’re not in any form of direct danger because of it. Browser hijackers are generally considered harmless, but most experts refer to them as potentially unwanted programs. There are many reasons for this, but we’ll cover the most important ones here, as you are entitled to knowing them. But before we mention any of them, we should first point out that the primary reason for a hijacker’s existence is profit for its developers. Usually, they earn revenue based on the amount of clicks their ads land from users such as yourself. But it’s the means by which they tend to earn those clicks is what’s bothering.

Vmxclient 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

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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 Vmxclient 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 Vmxclient Virus  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Vmxclient 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

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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!

Browser hijackers are often programmed to keep track of each user’s browsing patterns and extract certain information from their browsing history. Most commonly this includes social media activity, online search requests, bookmarks and favorites, as well as most frequently visited pages. This information typically paints a picture for the program in question, allowing it to determine, which of its ads will be more appealing to each individual user. That way it can rearrange the whole ad flow in accordance with that data and potentially earn more clicks on the said ads. This is without a doubt prying into your personal life and that’s certainly not okay, even though it’s still not doing any harm.

But here’s where things get darker. You know all those redirections we mentioned, along with the endless streams of popups and banners? Well, those can actually have the potential of landing you some serious infections. We did mention that Vmxclient Virus is not a virus and can’t cause you any real damage, but despite that it can still expose you to programs that can. Such are ransomware viruses, Trojans, spyware, etc. You can bump into any of these by simply clicking on the wrong ad or ending up on the wrong website. Another thing to consider with regards to the hijacker is that it can actually weaken your PC’s defense mechanisms by altering your system registry, which can in turn also lead to virus attacks. Not to mention how slow your computer can become as a result of the constant ad-distribution running in the background, which relies on your PC’s resources.

As you can see, you’re probably better off without Vmxclient Virus , but once you’ve removed it, it’s important that you don’t end up with something similar again. You can do that by learning how to deal with its most common source, namely program bundles. These are sets of programs, distributed as a package with one main install, whereas the added components are typically not advertised. If you recently installed some new software, that’s likely how you got the hijacker. So, from now on be sure to always check the more advanced installation options, so as to gain more controls over the setup. That way you will also most likely get a list of optional installs to choose from, where you can opt out of any components you don’t want.

SUMMARY:

Name Vmxclient
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Numerous ads on your screen when using your browser; a new browser homepage not set by you and a new deafult search engine
Distribution Method You’re most likely to land a browser hijacker from within a program bundle, typically downloaded from a file-sharing or similar site
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.