Premiumbros Virus


Premiumbros

Premiumbros is a potentially unwanted app that belongs to the browser hijacker category. Online marketers use software such as Premiumbros to drive traffic to their sites and land user clicks on their sponsored ads.

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The Premiumbros virus

 

In the event that your web browser has been invaded by a browser hijacker called Premiumbros, it is important not to panic. First and foremost, know that you haven’t been infected with a virus or malware as dangerous as a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware, so there is no need to worry about your system being fatally damaged or compromised in any way.

Typically what you can expect from a browser hijacker is for it to connect with your main browser (no matter if you are using Chrome, Firefox, or another one) and alter its settings. The alternations may include a change in the default homepage, a new search engine or some new toolbars and buttons that may constantly redirect your queries to specific unwanted sites. You may also notice that different pop-up adverts, banners, and text messages may randomly start to appear on every website you visit. Probably the most irritating thing is the fact that no matter how hard you try to remove them, they come back again and again.

Fortunately, we’ve prepared a removal guide below to help you deal with this issue quickly and effectively. We suggest you first read through the information provided in the next lines and then head down to the specially created removal guide to follow its instructions and thereby safely uninstall Premiumbros and remove its browser changes.

The Premiumbros Virus

The Premiumbros virus exist primarily to expose you to different types of online ads. The Premiumbros virus can display hundreds of pop-ups, banners, box messages, links, new tabs, etc., in their attempts to aggressively promote certain services and products.

The main goal of the developers behind programs such as Premiumbros and Humisnee is to get you to click on the displayed ads as this is what brings them income. Every time you click on some of the displayed promotional messages, the hijacker’s developers financially benefit thanks to a method known as Pay-Per-Click. From a legal point of view. Pay-Per-Click is a very lucrative online advertising business model and you’d be surprised to know how many businesses are benefiting from it.

The problem with this model and the programs that are based on it is that, in their attempts to generate more clicks, the browser hijackers tend to be quite aggressive and disturb the users’ regular web browsing. Due to their aggressiveness when it comes to ad-generation and browser modification, most programs like Premiumbros have gained their reputation as potentially unwanted programs.

Of course, we cannot compare these programs to malicious software such as Trojans, Ransomware, or Worms, because their purpose is not to cause harm to your system. Yet, we must still point out that it is generally a good idea to uninstall them from your system. For one, they can indeed affect the way your web browser operates and may cause issues like browser unresponsiveness, sluggishness, and even sudden crashes. Moreover, sometimes, the browser hijackers may expose you to misleading ads which, once clicked on, may redirect you to insecure web locations where real Ransomware, Trojans, and other viruses may lurk.

SUMMARY:

Name Premiumbros
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A new search engine or a new homepage may replace the browser’s existing one and may start redirecting you to pre-defined web locations.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers are commonly distributed in torrents, ads, spam messages and free download links, as well as in a bundle with different free software packages.
Detection Tool

Remove Premiumbros 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 Premiumbros 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 Premiumbros from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Premiumbros 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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    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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