Netpatas is a program that operates as a browser hijacker and affects the behavior of the system’s main web browser. Most commonly, Netpatas forces auto-redirects to unknown websites, makes changes to the homepage and the search engine, and fills the visited pages with unwanted pop-up ads.
Additionally, this software tends to make “improvements” to the browser’s search results and installs some additional buttons and shortcuts to the navigation bar. You will know that your browser has been hijacked by Netpatas if you enter a search term in the default search engine and get redirected to pages that don’t necessarily match your request but are actively promoted on the first page of the search results.
The Netpatas Virus
The purpose of such aggressive ads and unauthorized redirects originating from the Netpatas virus is to land you on particular pages that pay for raising their traffic and exposure. The ultimate goal is, of course, to make you purchase something. Clicking on the sponsored ads generated by the Netpatas virus can also be beneficial for the owners of the hijacker if they advertise on a pay-per-click or a pay-per-view basis.
In this case, every time you accidentally or intentionally click on something displayed by a program like Netpatas, this generates revenue for the hijacker owners. All in all, everything that applications like Netpatas do is related to their strive to promote various websites and the products and services they offer. Such apps are essentially not dangerous and are not interested in harming your system, stealing or corrupting data, or performing a cyber crime. Still, despite lacking the malicious abilities of popular online threats like Ransomware cryptoviruses, Trojans and spyware, browser hijackers can be considered potentially unwanted. They can create a lot of web browsing disturbance and, in the long run, it may become incredibly annoying to have such software attached to the main browser.
Another annoying symptom that reveals the presence of the Netpatas.com browser hijacker in your system is that the infected Chrome, Edge, Firefox and other browsers are always flooded with various pop-up commercials, banner ads, text messages, click-bait ads and similar advertising content that is not only very hard to remove but also very intrusive.
That’s why most people typically choose to use a browser that is not “hijacked” by an unwelcome program like Netpatas and set their own web browsing settings. Changing the hijacked browser to another one, however, is not a long-term solution but rather a quick fix because it is only a matter of time for the hijacker integrates with the newly installed browser and starts annoying you again. This is why, instead of trying to avoid the program by changing your browsers, we recommend that you uninstall Netpatas from the system and regain full control over your favorite browsing app.
Luckily, uninstalling such software does not require the skills that you may need when you have to remove a Trojan, a Ransomware or other dangerous virus. All you have to do is use a professional removal tool (such as the one on this page) and follow its instructions or set some time aside to carefully repeat the steps in the removal guide below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A new search engine may replace the browser’s default one. Various pop-up ads may interrupt the users’ search sessions.|
|Distribution Method||Browser Hijackers are often included in free program bundles and distributed as additional components to the main installation kit.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
Netpatas Virus Removal
To try and remove Netpatas 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 Netpatas extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Netpatas by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Netpatas and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Netpatas 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.
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 Netpatas 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 Netpatas from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Netpatas 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!