Maoha WiFi “Virus” Uninstall


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This page aims to help you uninstall Maoha WiFi “Virus”. These Maoha WiFi “Virus” uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

It’s time for you to get rid of those never-ending ads!

If you are reading this, then it is probably because you have had your PC infected by a program called Maoha WiFi “Virus”. This unwanted piece of software falls under the Adware category. Adware programs are notorious for flooding your browser with obstructive and irritating pop-ups, box messages and banners and it does not matter whether you are a Chrome or Firefox user or you if you prefer some other browsing program like IE. Ads are going to be there and there’s very little that you can do to get rid of them, as long as the program that’s generating them remains on your PC. Fortunately, removing the Adware itself is not that difficult. In fact, you can eliminate the nagging applications right now, without the need to call in a specialist. Simply go to our Adware removal guide that is located right below this article and follow the instructions. You will have the invasive program out of your computer system in no time. However, we advise you to take your time and read all the information provided in the article itself. Bear in mind that even if you remove Maoha WiFi “Virus”, there are a lot more similar programs that seek to get inside your PC and the only way to prevent that from happening is to get a better grasp of how do these programs work and how do they get installed onto people’s computers. You can acquire that knowledge right now as long as you keep on reading.

Understanding Adware

It is important to have a general idea of what these programs are all about. For example, many people start panicking once they see the ads and realize that something’s not quite right with their browser. This is because users often mistakenly think of Maoha WiFi “Virus” and other similar applications as viruses. This is very far from the truth. Adware is not malicious and in most cases does not pose any threat to your machine. On the other hand, an actual harmful program like, for example, the notorious Ransomware can lock your files and demand ransom if you want to regain access to them. When we compare this to Maoha WiFi “Virus”, we can clearly see the huge difference between the two – all that Adware does is nag you with its ads along with some other fairly harmless, yet annoying activities. Therefore, unwanted but safe programs such as Maoha WiFi “Virus” should not be mistaken for noxious viruses like Ransomware.

Why you still need to remain careful

Sure, Adware applications are relatively safe, but there’s still several reasons why they are unwanted. The first and most obvious one is the bothersome browser adverts. However, there are several other questionable traits regarding Adware that you need to be acquainted with. Apart from being annoying, sometimes some of the ads might actually turn out to contain certain risks. In some cases, clicking on an ad might redirect you to webpages with shady and potentially illegal and hazardous content. This is pretty rare, but we still advise you to be careful around those pop-ups and banners, since you can never be 100% sure that they are risk-free. Additionally, Adware might attempt to track your browsing history. This is done in order to enable the unwanted program to modify its ads, so that they could seem more appealing to the specific user. This, in turn, increases the chance of any of the ads getting clicked – after all, this is their main purpose. Since Adware applications exploit the infamous Pay-Per-Click method in order to generate profit, the more ads are clicked on, the higher the revenue gained. Also, last but not least, Maoha WiFi “Virus” might cause a slow-down to your machine’s performance due to high CPU and RAM consumption caused by the unwanted piece of software.

Keeping it away in future

After you uninstall and remove the invasive Adware, you’d need to make sure no more similar applications get installed on your PC. In order to do that, you must be aware of the most common methods for Adware distribution. Most commonly employed techniques for spreading this sort of bothersome programs are spam e-mails, shady links and banners throughout suspicious file-sharing sites and torrent files. However, as long as you use your common sense when browsing the web, those should not prove to be overly effective. On the other hand, the infamous file-bundling method somehow always manages to stay under people’s radar and thus seems to be the most effective when it comes to installing unwanted software. Still, since it actually is a legal method, it is quite easy and simple to counteract. All you need to do is simply use the custom/advanced installation settings every time you are about to install any new program, especially if it is a free or a cheap one. By doing this, you will be given the opportunity to see any software that might have been bundled with the main program. If you think that any of the add-ons seem suspicious and unwanted, uncheck them in order to leave them out and then you can safely proceed with the actual installation.

SUMMARY:

Name Maoha WiFi “Virus”
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Obviously, the most common symptom is the unwanted browser ads. Other symptoms might include changed browser homepage or default search engine and unusual browser behavior.
Distribution Method Spam e-mails, torrents, deceptive links, file-bundles, etc.
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.

 

Maoha WiFi “Virus” Uninstall


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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Maoha WiFi “Virus” successfully!

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Maoha WiFi “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 Maoha WiFi “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Maoha WiFi “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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


  • Carl Adrian Barcelo

    “If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.”

    Hey Man, good day. Got about 9 of them. Might need your help.

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Well, you should probably copy them and send them to us here, in the comments. If you do not want to do that, it is still probably better to delete the shady IP’s and save the changes to the file.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Does the account you are currently using on the computer have Administrator rights?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Go to your Start Menu search bar and paste this line “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts”. Right-click on the first search result and select Run As Administrator. Now, you should be able to implement changes to the Hosts file.

     
    • Mere Jones

      uhm, should it be blank?
      if i run it as an admin it’s blank if i just open it , it tell me this which looks normal
      # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
      #
      # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
      #
      # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
      # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
      # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
      # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
      # space.
      #
      # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
      # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.

      i did not copy it all but if i run it as an admin it heading changes from hosts notepad to untitled notepad. is that normal and if so what should i do from there.

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        We’d like to know whether there are any strange IP addresses at the bottom of the text file when you do not open it with the “Run as Administrator” option.