IBuddy Removal (September 2018 Update)


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

The presence of an Adware application on your PC and inside your browser is probably not going to directly harm your computer’s system or compromise the security of your files or virtual privacy. However, if you have an Adware on your computer, it is pretty much certain that you’d be subjected to various forms of browsing disturbances mostly caused by the appearance of nagging and unpleasant online ads on your screen during each and every browsing session that you attempt to open. The different pop-ups, box messages, banners, page redirects and blinking boxes will follow you on every site that you visit and even an ad-blocker is unlikely to help you with this predicament. It is also irrelevant what browsing program you use on the computer since the majority of adware apps tend to be compatible with all the popular browsers (Chrome, IE, Firefox, Edge, Opera, Vivaldi and so on). Obviously, it can be particularly irritating and even frustrating to have such a software piece on your computer. Unfortunately, however, adware apps are actually very widespread and you could find them everywhere on the Internet. Also, since in most of the cases the methods used for their distribution can be rather sneaky, you could easily land an adware on your PC without even initially realizing it. Still, there is some good news – adware programs aren’t dangerous virus threats like Spyware, Trojan Horses or Ransomware. They are mostly harmless to the computer they’re installed on and although uninstalling them might not be the easiest task there is, it is still significantly easier and more likely to successfully get rid of an adware program than it is to handle an actual malware infection. Here, we will give our readers an example of how they could deal with one particular adware program that was recently released. The name of the potentially unwanted app is IBuddy and in the guide from this page, you can all find instructions on how to manually get rid of the pesky software piece so that it would no longer spam your screen with its nagging and intrusive adverts and page-redirects. If you feel like the manual instructions might not be for you, know that you can also resort to the removal tool available in the guide. It is a tested software program for eliminating all kinds of undesirable and potentially hazardous programs and should thus be able to make quick work of IBuddy or any other unwanted adware app.

IBuddy 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 IBuddy 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 IBuddy from Firefox:

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

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

How could an adware program indirectly threaten the security of your machine

Since we aren’t talking about a real virus such as a Trojan Horse, a Ransomware, a Spyware or some other similar form of malware, it should be obvious that IBuddy wouldn’t normally be capable of inflicting any damage to your machine or to the data stored in it. Despite that, whenever there is uncontrolled streaming of ads to the user’s screen, there’s always a certain possibility for the occurrence of different hazardous situations. The thing that you should be the most concerned with is the potential for generation of unsafe adverts that could get displayed in your browser by the adware. Here, we aren’t trying to imply that IBuddy would purposefully attempt to expose you to hazardous advertising materials but since, in most cases, the developers behind such adware apps do not really take responsibility for the content their products display, it’s perfectly possible that you end up getting exposed to ads that are fake, unreliable or maybe even hazardous. Due to this, we strongly recommend you try your best to avoid any form of interaction with any of the various pop-ups, banners, box messages and otherwise advertising materials that IBuddy may try to stream to your browser. In such cases, it’s pretty much always better to simply eliminate the adware so that you’d no longer worry about the potential display of unsafe ads on your screen.

Bundles and adware

File-bundling is when there are optional apps added to the installer of a certain program and this is a method widely used for adware distribution. The thing here is that most users rush through a given installation manager and forget to opt-out of any optional clauses that might allow the installation of something undesirable or unneeded. Also, in many cases, the options that would allow you to disable the installation of the bundled content are only available inside the Advanced/Manual setup menu. This is why, you should always carefully explore each setting and menu inside every installer for a new program and opt-out of everything you might not want to become part of your system. Only then would it be safe to continue and launch the installation process in order to get the one program that you actually want.

SUMMARY:

Name IBuddy
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If your browser is constantly getting spammed with nagging ads and page redirects, then you probably have an adware on it.
Distribution Method Web ads, misleading links, software bundles, spam messages, etc.
Detection Tool

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!


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