NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove NW.exe “Virus”. These NW.exe “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In the following article we are going to talk about NW.exe. This tiny piece of software is what may drive all of your browsers crazy, no matter whether you have Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Explorer. If this program has found its way into your PC, it may become more difficult for you to browse the web, if you actually could browse at all. All the pages you want to open will come with small presents in the form of pop-ups, boxes and banners. Those small objects are actually ads. And believe us, they could become so incredibly annoying that you will want to deal with them quickly and efficiently, as soon as possible. So, here comes our detailed and structured article as well as our removal guide. They are designed to help you solve your issues with NW.exe “Virus”. Good luck!

Is NW.exe a “Virus”?

NW.exe actually represents a program that is specialized in displaying various kinds of advertisements. They could be in the form of banners, text boxes, new browser tabs or most usually – pop-ups and pop-unders. The common name of all ad-producing software is Adware.  You can catch Adware everywhere on the web, for example, from torrents, websites or shareware. Most commonly, though, you can find NW.exe and the programs similar to it in software bundles. Software bundles are in fact mixtures of software that developers create in order to distribute their own programs for free, but still get paid from the advertisements that come with the Adware. Obviously, the reason for such a mass production of ads is money. Programmers and vendors, they are all after your money. The first ones want to earn some profits to sustain their companies; the second ones want to advertise their products so you can get convinced to buy something from them.  This online marketing strategy is called pay per click. The more ads get generated and are clicked on, the more money both parties make.

However, you should know that Adware is a completely legal software. There is nothing malicious about it. NW.exe, as a typical Adware-based product, will only show as many ads as possible. It can’t steal any personal credentials, nor can it spy on you or crash your entire PC.  What’s more, NW.exe can’t block any of your files or blackmail you for getting them back as Ransomware usually does. Still, we can consider some of the actions this Adware performs quite shady and questionable. For instance, have you noticed that the ads you see usually resemble the last search enquiries that you have entered into your browser. The matching of the generated ads to your personal tastes is something typical for Adware-like programs. They use your surfing history to do that and in this way, as you keep seeing only ads of the products you like, you may be more willing to click on a pop-up and buy the given product from this vendor, who is advertising it. Also, sometimes, the generated pop-ups, boxes and banners might be very hard to close and may consume a ridiculous amount of system resources. All that can lead to the freezing of your computer or to something even worse. Another possibly unpleasant aspect of some of the ads is that they may be able to redirect you to suspicious places on the Internet that may contain malware and far more serious threats than Adware.

In fact, Adware becomes a part of your system when…

This is a very important part of the article. Maybe you think that you have caught NW.exe simply by downloading a software bundle, an email attachment or a torrent. The truth is actually slightly different. If the Adware comes from a software bundle, you need to first install it on your PC willingly in order to let it display ads on your monitor. Many naive users choose to incorporate NW.exe into their systems by making one very common mistake regarding the installation process of any software. Remember, no matter what you are installing on your PC, you need to be wise when it comes to that. The simplest thing you can do is to always go with the option of the installer that is called either ADVANCED or CUSTOM. In this way you will get all the details about the bundle and you will be informed about all the programs that are included in there. Avoid the other features like QUICK, AUTOMATIC or DEFAULT at any cost. Also, pay attention to our removal guide below. The instructions there are carefully chosen and especially prepared to help you with this situation.


Name NW.exe
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Many ads in the form of popups, banners, box messages, etc. constantly appear on the screen.
Distribution Method Mainly via infected torrets, program bundles, spam messages and shareware.
Detection Tool NW.exe may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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.


NW.exe “Virus” Removal


NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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).

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – NW.exe may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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:

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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:

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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).

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

NW.exe “Virus” Removal  Remove NW.exe from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  NW.exe “Virus” Removal —–> Manage Add-ons.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to NW.exe “Virus” Removal —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal Remove NW.exe from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  NW.exe “Virus” Removal  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
NW.exe “Virus” RemovalRemove NW.exe from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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.


Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

NW.exe “Virus” Removal

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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