This page aims to help you remove Jawego “Virus”. These Jawego “Virus” removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
We all know the feeling: you switch on your computer one day, open your browser, but something doesn’t feel quite right. There’s a new homepage that’s greeting you, perhaps also a different default search engine or even a new toolbar. And then you slowly start to notice the increase in online ads, the different popping notifications, warnings and similar things that weren’t there before. And then you come to the realization that something may have found its way into your system, without you necessarily wanting it to. These are usually what we refer to as PUP’s or potentially unwanted program and one of these PUP’s that we will be discussing today is better known as Jawego. Jawego is a program that has been reported by users numerous times as scamware and below we will try to shed more light on what exactly it does and how you can remove it from your system. For that purpose we’ve also created a useful removal guide, which you can use for free after you’re done reading the article.
What is Jawego and how dangerous is it?
Jawego is marketed as a PC optimization tool, which will seemingly scan your system for different errors. After this it will reveal those errors and urge you to allow the program to fix them. Typically, these will be somewhere in between 100 and 200 different registry errors. And what’s more, these are usually easily fixed by Windows and don’t require external help. As a rule of thumb, the program will detect temporary internet files and ‘corrupt’ registry entries and claim that these are serious threats to your system’s stability. In reality, however, most of these so-called errors are pretty much harmless and can’t really cause any actual damage to either you or your computer. Nevertheless, Jawego will typically insist that these are critical problems that require immediate solving, or else you risk system crashes and sluggish overall performance.
If users would allow themselves to be tricked by the PUP, then they will accept to allow the program to clean the errors. And once they do that, they will be redirected to a webpage, where they will be required to purchase the full version of the program. Alternatively, Jawego will fix a couple of those issues it detected and only then offer you to fix the rest of them after you’ve bought the full version or license. This is quite evidently believed to be a scam and one of the oldest tricks in the book, due to the nature of the errors reported. As pointed out, they’re not genuine risks for your system, nor do they substantially hinder its performance. Moreover, your OS is likely capable of taking care of them on its own.
Now, while this program may be seeking to just make money off of naïve users, that’s not to say that it’s necessarily harmful or dangerous. That’s often the other extreme that people tend to jump to, when encountering such software. Jawego is not an actual virus or form of malware, so there’s no grounds for comparing it to harmful pieces of software like Trojans, ransomware or other such notoriously damaging viruses. However, that’s not to say that it’s completely safe either, as for now we can’t really say what other kinds of scripts these programs may install. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for PUPs of this type to be linked to other programs and even chains of other such programs that mutually advertise each other. Not to mention that you could potentially even be redirected with their help to various shady and perhaps even dangerous pages.
So with all that in mind, it’s best to simply avoid clicking around on the popups and notifications that this ‘registry cleaner’ displays. Also, it’s a good idea to try and prevent these programs from getting installed on your machine altogether. This usually happens with the help of program bundles and that’s probably exactly how you ended up with Jawego in the first place. It’s likely that you ran the setup of some new program without paying too much attention to it and simply clicking through the steps. Try to be more mindful about the installation processes of new programs and don’t rush them. Opt for the custom or advanced settings and pay attention to see if there are any added programs included, so that you can remove them before they get a chance of being installed.
|Symptoms||A notification will appear on your saying a large number of registry errors have been detected and urging you to fix them.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly via program bundles that can be downloaded for free from various file-sharing platforms.|
Jawego “Virus” Removal
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!