Pushnott Virus

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Pushnott is one of the latest browser hijackers to be released on users yet. Pushnott targets most popular web browsing programs such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge and others.

The Pushnott virus will introduce a new homepage and also a new default search engine

The reason why it is known as a browser hijacker is that once it becomes incorporated into your system, it will immediately also embed itself in the main browser and start tampering with its settings. Hence, you may start noticing rather drastic changes to your main web browser’s interface. For example, Pushnott may add a new toolbar or other elements to it. But most significantly, it will likely introduce a new homepage and quite possibly also a new default search engine. What we should also point out is that you won’t be given the chance to change those settings back either. As long as Pushnott exists on your computer, you will be forced to put up with its configurations of your browsing program.

But if you would like to change that and not have to deal with endless streams of popups, banners, other ads and even automatic page redirects, then you will need to remove Pushnott from your PC entirely. But since the developers of such software have no interest in that happening, they don’t tend to include an obvious uninstallation option in apps like Pushnott. Hence, why we have put together a removal guide for this particular program. By following its instructions you should be able to easily and without much effort remove Pushnott along with all of its components from your system. And after that, you will have the chance to reconfigure your browser to your liking.

What purpose does Pushnott serve?

You may be curious to know what the point of browser hijackers is, since they don’t really benefit you in any way. Well, they benefit someone – and that someone is typically their developers. Namely, they generate profit for them based on the number of clicks or views on the displayed popups and banners that we mentioned.

This is also the reason why the ads shown by browser hijackers like Pushnott and iStart are typically positioned in a highly aggressive fashion, so that you are often left with no choice but to interact with them.

This is also the same reason why users are often led to believe that they may have contracted some dangerous virus or malicious program. And especially after realizing that deleting the program in question isn’t the easiest thing to do, it’s very possible to give into panic and assume the worst.

Luckily, however, Pushnott is not a virus program and it will not harm your computer in any way. That doesn’t mean you ought to let your guard down just yet, though. Browser hijackers are still considered to be potentially unwanted programs, partially because of them being associated with the risk of unintentional exposure to malware and viruses. For example, you could end up being redirected to a page that’s been compromised by hackers and is used as a distribution hub for ransomware and other kinds of malicious code.


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Remove Pushnott Virus

If you don’t want to waste a lot of time getting rid of Pushnott , you can try to find and remove the extensions that are linked to it from the hijacked browser.

In order to do that, you first need to open the browser that you’re having trouble with, click on its main menu icon (top right), and then choose More Tools (or Add-ons).

Next, look for the tab called Extensions and click on it to see what it looks like. There, you should be able to see a list of all the extensions that are already on your browser.

You should look for extensions that you think are causing problems with your web browsing and remove them by clicking on the “remove” button next to them.

Soon after you finish that, restart the browser to see how things work. Pushnott might not bother you anymore if you follow these steps. But don’t get desperate if it doesn’t work. Below, you’ll find a detailed removal guide that will show you how to find and remove all of Pushnott ‘s extensions and other related components and settings from your system.


For a smooth and error-free completion of each of the steps below, start by rebooting your computer in Safe Mode by following the instructions in the link that we provide you with.

You should, however, first click on the “Bookmark” option in your browser to save this guide. In this way, you’ll be able to quickly get back to it and finish all the steps after you restart the computer.



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In order to open the Windows Task Manager, you’ll need to press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time.

When you’re done, go to the Processes Tab and then click on it (on Win 8 and 10 it is called the “Details” Tab).

Once you get there, be very careful when you scroll through the list of processes. You want to look for a process that is linked to Pushnott and its ad-generating and page-redirecting activity.

As soon as you find a process like this, right-click it and choose the Open File Location option. This will let you see the files that it has.


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    Afterward, it will be easy to figure out if the process you’ve selected is dangerous and should be stopped or not. To end a process, right-click on it and choose “End Process.” Also, go to the file location folder and get rid of the dangerous files and their folders there.

    The file scanning method can be used for any process you think is part of the browser hijacker or something else that isn’t quite trustworthy.


    In this step, press the Windows and R keys at the same time. This will open a Run dialog box. Type appwiz.cpl, then click the OK button:


    A Control Panel window with a list of all the programs you have on your computer will show up on the screen. Carefully look through the list of programs to see if there is a new app that could be linked to the installation of Pushnott on your computer. A good idea is to get rid of this program if you find one. When you remove all of its entries from the computer, you won’t have any files that can be used to reinstall the hijacker program.

    Next, open System Configuration In order to check the Startup tab. You can type msconfig in the Windows search field and select the result.


    Start-Up Items that are clearly linked to Pushnott and its activities should not be checked. Also, remove the checkmark for any other entries that look suspicious or have “Unknown” Manufacturer.


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    Use the Windows and R keys together to open a new Run dialog box on the screen, then copy the following line in it:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    If you click OK, this should open a file called “Hosts” on the screen. It’s important to search for “Localhost” in the text and look for suspicious IP addresses like those shown on this picture:

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    It would be great if you could make a copy of any suspicious-looking IPs that you find in your file, and then leave a comment below this post. We’ll look at the IPs and let you know if they’re dangerous.

    Next, from the Start menu, go to Network Connections (you can search for it in the Windows search field to save time). After that, you can right-click on your Network Adapter and choose Properties from the menu.

    Find Internet Protocol Version 4, then highlight it, and click Properties as shown in image.

    Take a look and make sure the option to Obtain a DNS server address automatically is checked. If it isn’t, choose it and then click on Advanced.

    In the DNS tab, click the Remove button to remove everything that has been added there as a rogue DNS. To save your changes, click the OK button and close the window.



    Please follow the next steps to remove any settings and extensions that Pushnott has imposed on your browsers.

    In the first place, right-click on the shortcut icon for the browser. Then, click on the Properties option.

    NOTE: The instructions below show how to clean Google Chrome, but they can also be used with Firefox, IE (or Edge), or any other browser that is affected.


    In the Properties window, select the Shortcut tab and then click on it.

    You then need to remove everything after “.exe” and then click on the OK button to save your changes.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Pushnott  from Internet Explorer:

    Internet Explorer users can click on the gear icon top right and choose the Manage Add-ons option from the slide down menu.

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    Once you’re on the Add-ons page, make sure to DISABLE any add-ons that are causing your browser to behave strangely, and then click OK.

    Then, click on the gear icon once again, but this time choose the Internet Options. Make sure to change the homepage address if Pushnott has changed it to one of its sponsored URLs. Then, apply the changes and enjoy your new homepage address!

    firefox-512 Remove Pushnott  from Firefox:

    If you have a Firefox browser, click on the tree vertical lines icon top right, then click on Add-ons. Then select extensions on the left and remove any extensions that you don’t use or think are making your browsing slower.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Pushnott  from Chrome:

    Quit the Chrome browser in case that is open and manually navigate to the following location on your computer:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. 

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    When you find the “Default” folder, change its name to “Backup Default“. Save it with that name, then restart the browser to get it to work again.


    One more thing that you need to do is to check the Registry for files that Pushnott might have added in there it without your permission. There is an easy way to do that: type Regedit in the Windows search bar and then press Enter. Use Find (CTRL and F) to look for Pushnott . Simply write the name of the hijacker in the Find box and click on Find Next. Right-click to delete anything that’s found.

    Each of the directories below should also be checked for hijacker-related entries that need to be removed.

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. Ask us in the comments if you can’t decide which folder is related to the hijacker.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    After you finish this guide, Pushnott should be gone for good. If the browser hijacker is more persistent than you thought, you can use the professional removal tool that we recommend to get rid of any leftovers that are bothering you or scan any files that look suspicious with the free online virus scanner.


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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