Pushbesttools Virus


Pushbesttools is a malware extension for Chrome, Firefox, and other popular browsers that secretly installs in the browser and takes over its settings. Pushbesttools is capable of replacing the search engine service and using it to cause sudden page-redirects in the browser.


Pushbesttools Virus

The Pushbesttools Virus will display pop up windows and ads

The browser hijacker that’s currently interrupting your regular browsing activities is an unwanted app which is unlikely to cause harm to the computer or corrupt the files stored on it, but it is still software that should be uninstalled if its activities are being too intrusive. Some of the symptoms that you have probably already noticed are changes made to some important browser elements such as the starting page address or the default search engine tool. Additionally, most hijackers tend to initiate page-redirects to various sites with the aim to boost their exposure and traffic, so don’t be surprised if Pushbesttools automatically lands you on a site that you didn’t intend to visit. On top of all that, most hijackers are well known for their ability to spam the screens of browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Chrome with ads that always seem to appear right on top of the most important part of a given page. For instance, if you are watching a YouTube video or reading some online article, the browser hijacker is likely to superimpose its ads over the video/article. This is done so as to force the user to click on the ad in an attempt to remove it. However, clicking on any part of the advert (even on its X/Close button) would most probably result in a page-redirect to some other site. There’s probably no need to tell you how irritating this could be, but what some users may not realize is that such ads may also lead to exposure to different online threats. There are much scarier security hazards than a browser hijacker out there, but if you click on the ads that Pushbesttools spams you with, your computer may get targeted by such hazards. Some of the possible infections you could land if you carelessly interact with random online advertisements are Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, and Trojan Horses.

Dealing with the Pushbesttools hijacker

The best way to return your browser to normal and also stop the ads from appearing on your screen and redirecting you to questionable sites is to uninstall Pushbesttools. To do that, you will likely need some help as most browser hijackers do not offer a simple and straightforward uninstallation option. Nevertheless, with the proper guidance and/or with the help of a strong anti-malware tool, you should have no trouble liberating your computer from the presence of this irritating piece of software. Our suggestion is to take a careful look at the instructions we’ve prepared for you and closely follow them. After completing the guide, the Pushbesttools hijacker should no longer be inside your system. However, there may be something related to the unwanted app that you have missed and thus failed to remove, which is why we also advise you to scan your system with the advanced anti-malware tool linked down below.


Name Pushbesttools
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser hijackers take over the settings of the affected browser and change them without your permission.
Distribution Method Popular distribution methods for hijackers are malvertisements, spam messages, and installation bundles.
Detection Tool

Remove Pushbesttools 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

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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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:

Pushbesttools Virus

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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Pushbesttools Virus

  • 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.

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Pushbesttools Virus  Remove Pushbesttools from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Pushbesttools Virus —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Pushbesttools Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Pushbesttools Virus Remove Pushbesttools from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Pushbesttools Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Pushbesttools VirusRemove Pushbesttools from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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!


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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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