Pqiera.net “Virus” Removal

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

Browser hijackers are annoying and irritating pieces of software that nobody really wants on their computer and although this particular type of software apps is typically not deemed dangerous by most security experts, it’s still preferable if you eliminate any such application from your computer so that your browsing experience isn’t getting unnecessarily interrupted by the activity of any hijacker. In the lines that follow, we will introduce you to Pqiera.net – a piece of software known for its ability to get introduced to the user’s browser and mess with its settings. The app might alter the starting page of the browsing program or add a new search engine to it as well as potentially cause redirects to pages that it’s trying to push (more on that later). It is irrelevant what the browser is – it might be Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera or some other one, Pqiera.net is still likely going to be able to infiltrate it and introduce various modifications to it. The mentioned capabilities of this software are what has lead many experts to categorize it as a browser hijacker and we, too, subscribe to the opinion that Pqiera.net “Virus” belongs to this category of potentially unwanted software. Because of that and also because many of you might have actually come here looking for a way to uninstall this hijacker from their machines since it has already gotten there, we have made sure to offer our readers an effective method of removing the pesky software application from their browsers and from their computers. You can read about how to remove the undesirable software down below, within our removal guide. The instructions there should be enough to enable any of you to quickly eliminate the hijacker. Still, though, if the irritating software still manages to remain on your computer, you can also consider using the suggested removal tool provided inside the guide – it would not only enable you to detect and delete any unwanted hijacker-related data but also enhance the security and the protection of your computer as a whole. Additionally, if you face any difficulty with the removal of Pqiera.net, know that you can always reach out to us by hitting us up in the comment section – we will make sure to give you our reply as soon as we see the comment.

Pqiera.net “Virus” Removal

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!

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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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Pqiera.net 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 Pqiera.net from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Pqiera.net 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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Ads and indirect danger

If you are worried about the safety of your system due to the presence of Pqiera.net on your computer, know that this software isn’t some sort of insidious Trojan Horse or dangerous Ransomware (or any other type of PC virus for that matter). Pqiera.net is considered unwanted software but it shouldn’t really pose any direct danger to the computer it’s installed on. Online advertising is the main reason behind the creation of most hijacker applications and this one is no exception. Any change it might have tried to impose upon your browser and upon your Internet settings is typically for the purpose of facilitating the marketing campaign that the hijacker’s creators are seeking to conduct. Unfortunately (and this is where the main issue with hijackers comes from), such marketing campaigns can be quite aggressive, with little to no regard about how irritating and unpleasant the hijacker’s activity might be for the user. Note that aside from the changes introduced to your browser, it is possible that the unwanted application might also start spamming your screen with different ads, banners, pop-ups and box messages which could further decrease the quality of your online experience. Not only that, but also anything generated by a hijacker software could typically be regarded as a potential security hazard. While Pqiera.net itself will likely not cause any damage to your system, if you interact with the ads it displays, there’s a certain risk that you might end up on some shady website with illegal, pirated and maybe even dangerous content. You might even get your system infected by insidious threats such as Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, Worms, etc. and this is why we typically advise our readers to stay away from anything that Pqiera.net might attempt to put in front of you.

Keep your system clean

To avoid future installation of hijackers, make sure that you only download software from reputed sources and that you never visit shady web addresses, click on sketchy online ads or open any spam e-mails that you might receive. Also, whenever you are about to install anything new on your computer, make sure to check its expanded installation settings (those are typically labeled Advanced or Custom) as there you’d be able to see if any additional applications have been bundled with the main software. This is also a likely distribution method for hijackers so if you see any bundled software that doesn’t look reliable, opt-out of its installation prior to proceeding with the actual installation of the main program from the installer.

 

Name Pqiera.net
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If your browser is getting flooded with ads and has also had unwanted changes imposed onto it, you are most likely have a hijacker on your hands.
Distribution Method Through websites that have low reputation, via spam e-mails and misleading web ads as well as with the help of file-bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.


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