Ne04 Virus

Ne04

Ne04 is a browser hijacker program that has earned its name due to the changes that it is capable of enforcing in your browsing program. Ne04 can affect most popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others. And once it has integrated with your browser, it will typically modify some of its settings in order to more effectively generate promotional and advertising content.

Ne04

The Ne04 virus

One of the most obvious changes to your browser that you will notice is the change in your usual homepage, for instance. And soon after that you will be bound to also take note of the unfamiliar new search engine that has replaced your default one. And then you will start to become aware of the vastly increased number of online ads you become exposed to. You will find yourself bombarded with popups, banners, in-text links, and colorful box messages showing up randomly all over your screen.

So, how does one deal with all of this effectively? There is only one solution to all the havoc that Ne04 is wreaking on your browser – removing it. And for this purpose we have prepared an easy removal guide below.

Is Ne04 a threat to my system?

Ne04 is very often mistaken for a virus, and luckily for everyone it has nothing to do with an actual virus. That being said, it cannot inflict any harm on your computer. But it can, however, potentially expose you to genuine threats such as Trojans, ransomware, worms, spyware and whatnot. No thanks to all the constant page redirects that it makes you suffer through, there is a danger of you landing on some infected website and getting contaminated by malware. Furthermore, cybercriminals can also insert their malicious programs in online ads (called malvertisements), and all it takes to download the virus is one click on your part.

So we cannot stress enough the importance of being mindful of your browsing habits. Please be sure to only interact with proven safe content and stay away from anything that looks remotely suspicious.

Other unwanted effects that a program like Ne04 and Poshukach  may have on your system include tracking your browsing activity and monitoring things like your web searches, social media activity and the type of websites you spend the most time on. This information is gathered by software like browser hijackers in order to optimize the flow of their ads and tailor it to each separate user. But that doesn’t at all mean that these activities are welcome.

Furthermore, all this background activity can require a hefty chunk of your CPU and RAM. And that could potentially worsen your computer’s overall performance and even interfere with the work of other applications. Not to mention that the intensive ad-generating can even lead to your browser constantly freezing up and crashing.

Thus, since you shouldn’t have to put up with any of this, you have everything you need in order to rid your PC from Ne04 at your disposal. Namely, the removal guide we mentioned is located just below, and if you’d rather have this task completed automatically, we have a special removal tool that you can use as well.

SUMMARY:

Name Ne04
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser hijackers tend to introduce new homepages and search engines to the affected browsers.
Distribution Method You are most likely to end up with a browser hijacker by downloading programs from various freeware and file-sharing platforms.
Detection Tool

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Remove Ne04 Virus

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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Ne04  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 Ne04  from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Ne04  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

    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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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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