How to uninstall Chameleon Explorer Virus (September 2018 Update)


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

In the next article, the readers of this post will be introduced to a PC program named Chameleon Explorer Pro. On the outside, it appears to be a useful file-manager tool that adds a number of neat functions to your Windows Explorer which help you navigate folders more quickly and more efficiently. However, although this program might seem useful and helpful, there are certain features or traits that it seems to possess which might actually lead to its categorization as a PUP – a potentially unwanted program. But what is a PUP? Well, PUPs are pieces of software – programs, apps, software tools and so on, that are typically not harmful for the user’s system. They are not like viruses (Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.) and would hardly ever threaten to harm your computer in any given way. That said, they are regarded as unwanted due to certain traits that they might have which make their presence on the computer unpleasant. One of the best examples of a feature/trait that would make a given piece of software unwanted is its use of intrusive ads. There are indeed many programs out there (a lot of which quite useful) that are still seen as PUPs due to their tendency to spam the user’s screens with obnoxious and highly irritating advertising materials such as banners, pop-ups, blinking boxes, flashy online message requests and so on and so forth. Some PUPs also try to gather telemetry data from your PC and browser to make their targeted advertising more accurate and effective. It’s even possible that a potentially unwanted program tries to impose alterations to your machine’s settings by tinkering with its Registry Editor and modifying different Registry keys or by making changes to your default browser. There are indeed many ways a PUP could negatively affect your PC system despite not directly harming it.

Back to Chameleon Explorer Pro

So, why is Chameleon Explorer Pro seen as a PUP? Well, according to a number of reports from disgruntled users, this piece of software tends to put irritating advertising materials on their screen whenever it is active on the PC which, in turn, makes it rather irritating and difficult to use the computer normally. The could come in all shapes and sizes and are sure to nag you with their presence until you try to manually close them. This, however, is something we’d advise you not to do because it might simply result in you getting redirected to some obscure website whence the ad came. The reason this might not be the best scenario has to do with the risk of actually landing on some dangerous and unreliable website. PUPs, for the most part, are not as dangerous as, say, a Trojan Horse virus or a Ransomware infection. However, through their ads, they might indeed indirectly compromise the safety of your machine as you could never be fully certain that a given ad wouldn’t land you on some hazardous webpage that is being used for malware distribution. That is why, it’s best if you find a way to cease the ads generation so that there would no longer be any risk of getting redirected to random websites that you might not want to visit.

So, how to stop the ads?

Well, since in this particular case, the Chameleon Explorer Pro application seems to be the main cause of the ads generation, the best way to make the adverts go away would be by removing the program that is causing their appearance. Now, some of you might actually find Chameleon Explorer Pro as an useful tool and that’s perfectly fine. As we said in the start of this post, many PUPs are actually rather helpful program that unfortunately possess some unpleasant trait which makes them unwanted. In the case of Chameleon Explorer Pro, it is up to each and every one of you to decide whether keeping the program is worth the irritation and the potential risk of landing on some sketchy site or if it you’d be better off uninstalling the PUP.

In case you decide to go for the latter option, you can find a useful removal guide on this page that can help you eliminate the nagging app and make its ads stop appearing on your screen. As far as avoiding PUPs in the future is concerned, make sure you always use sources for new software that are reliable and also that you always check the Advanced installation settings and use them to install new programs so that you could manually leave out any bonus components that might be categorized as PUPs.

Chameleon Explorer 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.

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 Chameleon Explorer 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 Chameleon Explorer from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Chameleon Explorer 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!

Back to Chameleon Explorer Pro

So, why is Chameleon Explorer Pro seen as a PUP? Well, according to a number of reports from disgruntled users, this piece of software tends to put irritating advertising materials on their screen whenever it is active on the PC which, in turn, makes it rather irritating and difficult to use the computer normally. The could come in all shapes and sizes and are sure to nag you with their presence until you try to manually close them. This, however, is something we’d advise you not to do because it might simply result in you getting redirected to some obscure website whence the ad came. The reason this might not be the best scenario has to do with the risk of actually landing on some dangerous and unreliable website. PUPs, for the most part, are not as dangerous as, say, a Trojan Horse virus or a Ransomware infection. However, through their ads, they might indeed indirectly compromise the safety of your machine as you could never be fully certain that a given ad wouldn’t land you on some hazardous webpage that is being used for malware distribution. That is why, it’s best if you find a way to cease the ads generation so that there would no longer be any risk of getting redirected to random websites that you might not want to visit.

So, how to stop the ads?

Well, since in this particular case, the Chameleon Explorer Pro application seems to be the main cause of the ads generation, the best way to make the adverts go away would be by removing the program that is causing their appearance. Now, some of you might actually find Chameleon Explorer Pro as an useful tool and that’s perfectly fine. As we said in the start of this post, many PUPs are actually rather helpful program that unfortunately possess some unpleasant trait which makes them unwanted. In the case of Chameleon Explorer Pro, it is up to each and every one of you to decide whether keeping the program is worth the irritation and the potential risk of landing on some sketchy site or if it you’d be better off uninstalling the PUP.

In case you decide to go for the latter option, you can find a useful removal guide on this page that can help you eliminate the nagging app and make its ads stop appearing on your screen. As far as avoiding PUPs in the future is concerned, make sure you always use sources for new software that are reliable and also that you always check the Advanced installation settings and use them to install new programs so that you could manually leave out any bonus components that might be categorized as PUPs.

SUMMARY:

Name Chameleon Explorer
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level PUP (not particularly dangerous but still undesirable)
Symptoms  Ads might start appearing on your screen due to this app’s presence on your PC.
Distribution Method Could get distributed via its official site or with the help of installation bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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