This article aims to help users remove 123 Sogou com “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. In reality this is not a computer virus per se, but rather a browser hijacker, however users most commonly reffer to it as a malware or virus.
123 Sogou com “Virus” is malicious software of the browser hijacker variety. It exists to spam your computer with advertisements, which you will see them in the form of pop-up windows, banners, whole pages that are heavily obstructed by Ads. Sometimes it could even turn random keywords into hyperlinks, which will reveal an Ad when you hover your mouse over them. As an browser hijacker virus 123 Sogou com “Virus” cannot disabled or paused – the only way to stop the endless spam of Ads is to remove 123 Sogou com “Virus”. This is, however, a bit tricky and is the reason for writing this article in the first place.
How to handle 123 Sogou com “Virus” while it is on your computer
To put it bluntly – you have to ignore 123 Sogou com “Virus”. Do not click on any Ad, do not download anything. The only thing you should do is to close the windows that appear.
Remember that in its core 123 Sogou com “Virus” is malicious software. The Ads are created to look as real and believable as possible, but this could be because 123 Sogou com “Virus” reads into the history of your computer and only shows you products for which you have searched on the internet in the past. Note that the Ads usually link to little known third world shops, which pay a “finder’s fee” to the developers of the virus. It is, however, also possible to see Ads that advertise products in online stores you frequently visit. Be wary of all such offers, because browser hijacker viruses like 123 Sogou com “Virus” are often used as part of a phishing scam. You visit a site, which looks exactly like a popular, legitimate site and even has nearly the same URL – with a letter or two in difference. Should you try to log-in into this fake site the hackers record your account name and password and then use them to access the real site. Once they obtain control over your account they have access to your billing information and personal details, so you could become the victim of someone making purchases in your name or worse – identity theft.
Any file that is offered to you for download by 123 Sogou com “Virus” is either useless bloatware or infected by a virus. You should never install any executable files (files that end with .exe) on your machine, unless you are absolutely certain those files are safe. And the only way to be certain of that is to download them from the official source or approved distributors. Any forum, torrent or online storage site is a potential cesspit of viruses.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove 123 Sogou com “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove 123 Sogou com “Virus” from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove 123 Sogou com “Virus”
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Now that you have properly initiated Safe Mod it is time to begin the actual removal process. The first part involves deleting 123 Sogou com “Virus” from all browsers that have become infected by the virus – and this likely means ALL of them. Run Step 2 and Step 3 for each browser currently installed on your computer. Note that this includes even browsers you are not using currently, but which remain installed. Remove the virus first if you want to uninstall any such browser!
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find 123 Sogou com “Virus” . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
123 Sogou com “Virus” should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for 123 Sogou com “Virus” and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
WARNING! DON’T SKIP THIS TEXT
Up ahead lies the most difficult&dangerous part of the guide, but one that is also mandatory for the ensured removal of 123 Sogou com “Virus”. Follow the instructions careful, because a mistake could result in damage to your OS or other installed programs. If you are not feeling comfortable doing this you could instead give a try to the professional 123 Sogou com “Virus” remover we recommend. In addition to cleaning the virus you can use the scanner to search for other viruses that could be lurking in the depths of your PC, invisible to the naked eye.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.