This page aims to help you remove Loutengraver. These Loutengraver removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Not only do we provide you with a step-by-step removal guide, in this page, we will also give you a brief introduction as to what exactly Loutengraver is, as well as what exactly does it do and how does it get inside users’ computers. Please note that you may encounter this under the name of Viz.loutengraver.com.
What is Loutengraver?
Loutengraver is a program designed to create and display ads. It, as well as other similar programs, are classified as Browser Hijackers. These can be notoriously stubborn and hard to remove, on top of being aggressive in its display of ads. However, contrary to a virus, it is not malicious and is not programmed to harm the computer in which it resides.
Viz.loutengraver.com is able to integrate itself with the browsers that are present in your computer, be it Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox. After integrating with the browser, it will, then, track and record your browsing patterns and history. From the gathered information, it will be able to create and produce ads that are not only convincing, but also tempting to you.
These ads may appear in the form of banners, pop-up ads or boxes or even as a separate window. They may be about deals, coupons or proclaiming that you are the recipient of a windfall. Regardless of what its message is, bear in mind that you should not click on the ads at all cost!
Loutengraver is not only capable of producing ads, on occasion, it may also cause page redirects. When you click on a search result, instead of being directed to the page, you are being redirected to another webpage that is not of your intent.
As you can see, this particular program is more of a hassle and a nuisance, than its useful in any way to you. In addition, all of its features will probably annoy the hell out of you.
Why should you not click on the ads?
Why would anyone even want to create a program that produces fake ads? What can the creators get from it? Of course, the answer is money. Every time some poor victim like yourself clicks on one of the Ads the creator of this software will make money! In comparison – you’ll probably get nothing good out of this. Your options:
- You might be directed to a page where the featured deal might be found. On such an occasion, the page will be one that you frequently visit or one that you have, in the recent past, visited. Thus, it holds no real value to you revisiting such sites and only serves to take up your time.
- You might be directed to a page that is one of the many third-party pay-per-click sites. When you enter such sites, the creators of Viz.loutengraver.com will receive a certain amount of money. This, is what the creators want you to do as they get to earn extra income from it.
- You might also be directed to a page which doubles up as a portal for other Browser Hijackers to access and enter your computer. This usually happens without your acknowledgement or permission. With the increase number of Browser Hijackers present in your computer, you will experience an increase in the number of ads that you encounter.
- There is also a possibility that you might be directed to a page which promotes and/or prompts the download of a program. These programs can be of low quality and of questionable origins. If you download said program, it may potentially be a source of security threat in the future.
Thus, you can tell that none of the above-mentioned outcomes are, even in the slightest bit, positive or beneficial to you.
How did you get infected in the first place?
This program is spread by being tied to another more popular program. This method is known as bundling. Through bundling, both programs will be made available together as a set. Such program sets are usually obtainable online and more often than not, tend to be free. The fact that the programs have been bundled will not be made known, instead these program sets usually go under the name of the more popular one.
It is only during the installation process that the presence of a second program will be revealed. Therefore, during installation, instead of opting of the “Automatic Installation” where the various steps will be skimmed through, choose the “Custom Installation”. This is where you will be presented with the list of the files which will be installed onto your computer. During this step then, scan through the names carefully and make sure to uncheck any that seems unfamiliar, dubious or just flat-out weird.
|Danger Level||Medium (Few people will find this program useful in any way)|
|Symptoms||Page redirects and copious amount of ads are some things you may experience.
|Distribution Method||Program bundling, torrents, download platforms, misleading adverts.
|Detection Tool||Loutengraver may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Loutengraver Removal (Viz.loutengraver.com)
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Loutengraver may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Loutengraver from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Loutengraver from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the Browser Hijackers/malware —> Remove.
Remove Loutengraver from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!