Removal instructions for the NymphMiniica browser extension

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What is NymphMiniica, and what can it do to my PC?

In its core, NymphMiniica is a software that can be described as a very aggressive tool. In other words, it is a browser hijacker that starts to interrupt with your browsing settings right after installation. It makes your browser open a few pre-selected pages and changes your homepage or default search engine. However, this is not the end of the disturbance – in addition to the already mentioned changes, NymphMiniica also puts ads on the result page of your search engine auto-redirects you to certain websites. The purpose of this browser hijacking tool is to direct traffic to specific platforms or pages to collect revenue for their publishers. Moreover, the hijacker tracks everything you do on the computer. That means, it knows the things you browser for, visit or click. Subsequently, this data can be sold to or used by third-party advertisers or fall in the hands of people with malicious intentions. 

Screenshot of the NymphMiniica browser extension
There’s no way to click and remove the NymphMiniica virus

How does the NymphMiniica virus get installed?

NymphMiniica virus infections usually occur after the installation of suspicious or unknown software. It also often comes as a package with the setup files of certain free programs, or fake software updates. For example, if you opt for the ‘quick’ or ‘recommended installation settings, you might get tricked into allowing the hijacker to get installed together with the actual software. Moreover, if you regularly visit high-risk sites and click on dodgy links or ads, you might get infected through automatic downloading and installation of the undesirable software.

Does NymphMiniica have any symptoms?

There are some obvious signs that indicate you have a browser hijackers like NymphMiniica, Chromstera or StopAbit on your system. Immediately after you open up your browser, for instance, you may see that the homepage is changed to something you have never seen before, or a new extra toolbar has been installed. or any other website may forcefully open all the time, and there is nothing you can do about it. You may also get an excessive number of windows opening during your web surfing session, and you may receive different types of aggressive ads. Very often, when you visit a site that you know is not using ads, you may get dozens of nagging ads or messages on the screen. 

Why is it not a good idea to click on the NymphMiniica pop-ups?

Clicking on the NymphMiniica pop-ups you see all over your screen is generally not advisable and can be dangerous for several reasons. The first one is that the websites you are re-directed to may end up loading your computer not only with some harmful programs like Ransomware or Trojans, but also try to steal from you some personal or identifiable information through phishing attacks. Aside from that, if you click on some misleading advertisements, more aggressive browser hijackers can be installed on your computer before you know it. In any case, our general advice is to avoid the NymphMiniica pop-ups and to remove the browser hijacker that generates them by using the instructions on this page.

Can NymphMiniica on Chrome make my browser unsafe to use?

If you run a browser hijacker like NymphMiniica on Chrome, this may lead to some problems that can make your browser unsafe to use. Just take in mind the fact that this software may change the settings without your permission, including the default homepage or search engine, and auto-redirect you to unsafe websites. Another potential threat is that this browser hijacker may force you into clicking pop-up ads and notifications that aim to make you install some useless software. So, you can, out of neglect, install on your machine very real security threats such as viruses and spyware. The third danger comes from the fact that NymphMiniica on Chrome can monitor your browsing activity, as well as record all personal information you input into the browser, like credit card credentials, passwords for accesses, and history. In the wrong hands, this info can be used for a lot of illegal activities.

How to stop the auto-redirects to NymphMiniica?

To stop being redirected to NymphMiniica and its related websites, you should remove all the installed add-ons or toolbars, at least those that were not explicitly permitted by you. Resetting browser settings will get rid of the rest of the changes automatically. Investing in a good antivirus program will also come to the rescue. With its help, in the event that the system gets infected with suspicious or even dangerous software, you would be promptly notified to take an action. An antivirus scans the system on a regular basis, and most often can delete programs like NymphMiniica, before they give you a real reason to worry.

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Remove NymphMiniica Virus

 To try and remove NymphMiniica quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the NymphMiniica extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove NymphMiniica by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of NymphMiniica and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed NymphMiniica 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.

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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step1 Uninstall the NymphMiniica app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from NymphMiniica. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to NymphMiniica, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

delete suspicious NymphMiniica apps

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to NymphMiniica.

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete NymphMiniica files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo NymphMiniica changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that NymphMiniica has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by NymphMiniica

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete NymphMiniica IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable NymphMiniica startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete NymphMiniica scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable NymphMiniica services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from NymphMiniica items

    Step3 Remove NymphMiniica from your browsers

    • Delete NymphMiniica from Chrome
    • Delete NymphMiniica from Firefox
    • Delete NymphMiniica from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. irefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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