Profile.json/ “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Profile.json/ . These Profile.json/  removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Dear User,

Thank you for reading our article on how to deal with Profile.json/ . You have come across our page because this ad-generating program has been bothering you lately. To make the removal process easier and the whole picture about this issue clearer, we have discussed the typical features of Profile.json/ thoroughly and we have also prepared an uninstallation guide to help you deal with it once and for all.

Profile.json/ – does it ring a bell?

First of all, we are going to explain everything about Profile.json/ in the following paragraphs.


The program you now have to deal with is classified as Adware.  All software products, whose specialty is generating a lot of diverse ads, are identified as Adware-like. They are programmed to work in this way because it has proven to be very profitable – every single shown ad generates revenue for its developers.

In what way can you get acquainted with Adware?

Most probably you have no idea how you have come across this program that is now showing so many ads while you are surfing. Of course, there are several options:

  1. Free software from the Internet: indeed, the most commonly used method of spreading Adware as a whole is the so-called software bundling. Developers sometimes distribute the programs created by them for free. However, still they have managed to find a way to earn money – by mixing their software with Adware. So when you venture into downloading and integrating such a program into your system, you are likely to be presented with a secret gift – an Adware-based product;
  2. Torrents and shareware: movies or anything that comes via torrents are not actually completely free of charge. Often there is Adware inside them for the same reasons as with software bundles – making a profit;
  3. Spam emails or any suspicious letters from senders that seem strange or unfamiliar to you.

Of course, there might be more different distribution methods of Adware; however, the ones mentioned above are the most common.

Can Profile.json/ cause any damage to your PC?

Fortunately, the answer to this question is NO. Profile.json/ as well as the other known types of Adware can really cause NO significant damage to your system. Nevertheless, they may still do that to your patience, as they may appear extremely annoying with displaying such a great number of pop-ups, banners and even opening new browser tabs. Apart from that, Adware does NOT resemble any virus in any way. Neither is it able to replicate itself, not is it capable of encoding, destroying or stealing any private data on your PC, as is often the case with actual viruses such as ransomware and Trojans.  Also, it cannot spy on you through your webcam or copy and use any credentials you enter while browsing.

The only rather shady method it usually exploits is doing some research on your surfing tastes – it may determine what products and software you have been looking for using your browsing history.  It may even sell that data to 3rd parties, who are mainly vendors wanting to sell something to you. However, such actions aren’t usually harmful, just a little privacy-invasive, as the ad campaigns might renew themselves using that research and display only ads related to your recent searches and personal preferences.

Now that we know what Profile.json/ represents, how can we stay away from it?

Well, there is no concrete recipe for avoiding Adware-like software, but still, there are some general prevention tips that may come in handy to you.

  1. Most importantly – if you learn how to install new software in the best possible way, that will prevent Adware and many malware programs from becoming a part of your PC. You should always strive to choose the option that reveals the most information {it may be under different names: Advanced; Custom}. Under no conditions should you complete any installation process with the other possible features of the wizard – for example, Default; Quick; Easy;
  2. Always try to ensure the safety of your machine. What do we mean? We mean purchasing a reliable anti-virus piece of software; using a pop-up blocker and a functional Firewall. What’s more – mind your surfing habits, always try to stay away from suspicious websites and spam emails.

What should you do if your PC has been infected?

Luckily for you, our removal guide at the end of the article is ready to assist you in removing Profile.json/ . If you perform the steps carefully, they will solve your present issue. Break a leg!


Name Profile.json/
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Plenty of possibly irritating ads may disturb your browsing. Sometimes your PC may become slower.
Distribution Method Inside anything from a torrent to an infected webpage. However, most often found inside software bundles.
Detection Tool Profile.json/  may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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Profile.json/ “Virus” Removal

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

This was the first preparation.


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Profile.json/  may have hidden some of its files.

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.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.


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.



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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Profile.json/  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 Profile.json/  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Profile.json/  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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


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.


This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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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.



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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