Naijawide is a page-redirecting browser add-on that installs in the browser without user knowledge and begins to reroute the browser’s traffic without permission. Naijawide must not be allowed to stay in the browser as its sudden redirects may end up exposing you to danger.
It is really easy to fall for some clickbait or to unknowingly install a program that has actually had some added and potentially unwanted application in its setup file. And, after you do that, you may be forced to experience a particularly annoying form of online disturbance caused by the appearance of many ads and page-redirect banners in your browser. Another thing that could happen is the starting page if your browser as well as its new-tab page may get replaced with online addresses that you really don’t want to visit as they may further swarm your screen with pesky advertisements each time you open your browser. Some users even report that the search engine tool of their browser has gotten replaced without their permission. This is a thing that could happen in almost all browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Edge and, at times, even Safari users complain about such a thing happening to their browsers and though the affected browser program may be different, the cause of the disruptions and disturbances remains the same.
The category of the browser hijackers is a well-known and very widespread one. Unlike what many people may believe, these apps are not exactly harmful or illegal in spite of their rather invasive nature. If you compare a typical hijacker to a cryptovirus Ransomware or to an infection of the Spyware or Trojan Horse category, it becomes obvious that the a browser hijacker isn’t all that scary or harmful. What it is, however, is extremely annoying and obstructive. If you currently have an app of this category in your main browser, you surely know what we mean by that.
Naijawide is one of the newer examples of an app that can be categorized as a representative of the browser hijacker family. As soon as it enters the user’s main browser, the changes in the search engine, the toolbar settings and the starting page take place. Of course, there will also be adverts and banners on the screen, trying to to lure you into clicking on them. The idea of this is, of course, greater exposure for the advertised site and an increase in the possibility that someone would buy the products that are getting advertised. And, to make the ads more relevant to the individual user, an app like Naijawide and Captcha Smart is likely to gain access to your browser’s search history, visited sites, previously purchased items, etc. so that it could present you with offers that you may be appealing to you specifically. Some users may even find this convenient as they would be getting ads of products they may want to buy. However, no matter how you look at it, this is still a privacy invasion which, sadly, is rather accepted and seen as normal nowadays.
Nevertheless, even if you do not think that the ads or the privacy invasion conducted by apps like Naijawide are such huge problems, we still advise you to uninstall Naijawide as the ads it presents you with could at times be unreliable. Hazardous software like Trojans, Rootkits and Ransomware oftentimes gets distributed through the use of various obscure and misleading advertising messages and you can never know what really awaits you on the other side of a given online advert.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.|
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Remove Naijawide Virus
To try and remove Naijawide quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Naijawide extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Naijawide by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Naijawide and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Naijawide removal guide below.
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
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 (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). 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:
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.
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.
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.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Naijawide 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 Naijawide from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Naijawide 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.
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—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!