Remove Astromenda “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)

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This page aims to help you remove Astromenda “Virus”. These Astromenda “Virus” how to remove instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

To have a PC infected with Wse Astromenda means to experience the following symptoms:

  • As this program mainly affects your browser, its default search engine and homepage are typically changed to new ones, which may appear strange or unfamiliar to you. What’s more, no browser is immune to the activities of Wse Astromenda – neither Chrome, nor Firefox or Internet Explorer.
  • Astromenda is in fact a browser hijacker, which makes it an excellent marketing tool. This means that the displaying of many various ads (banners, pop-ups, boxes, pop-unders) is among its main functions.
  • Another crucial component of the nature of such programs is the potential redirecting you might experience, once the program gets installed on your device. Probably you will become a victim of your browser sending you to strange pages that you have never heard of.

After reading all of the above, you may be thinking that Astromenda is a malicious program.

Astromenda Browser Redirect

Astromenda Browser Redirect

However, it does not belong to any virus group that currently exists

As a browser hijacker, Astromenda could be regarded as a potentially unwanted program because of its ability to really annoy the affected users by showing many various pop-up ads, or by changing their favorite search engine, or by leading to unknown web locations. Still, this program is not harmful and hasn’t been identified as a virus. Usually malware performs something dangerous or illegal like copying, selling or using some of your personal credentials (account, banking) to steal money or extort money from you. Also, viruses like Ransomware, for instance, are exploited by hackers for locking up some of your important data and then blackmailing you into paying to get this data back. A browser hijacker does not do anything like that because it is not malicious.

If this program is not a virus and doesn’t sneak into your PC, how do you get infected with it?

To understand the contamination process, you should be aware of the distribution methods. WSE Astromenda could get spread via plenty of possible sources: torrents, shareware pages, video-streaming websites, contagious webpages, etc. Still, the distribution method that is typically used when it comes to browser hijackers and all the other versions of ad-broadcasting software is program bundling.

Via program bundling developers create the so called bundles – groups of programs distributed together, usually for free. Such groups may include games, hijackers, Adware. Once you are interested in such a bundle and download it, you will have to install it. And that’s where most of the contaminations start from. It is essential that you learn to install any piece of software in the most efficient and the safest way. Most users skip that part of putting any program inside their PC. It is very important to choose the right installation feature because it may get your computer infected with something, but it may also prevent it from catching annoying programs and viruses, even Ransomware. The option of the wizard that we advise you to always go with goes by the names Advanced or Custom. This particular feature gives you the chance to install a bundle and choose what exactly from it you will need and what has to be left behind. In this way you may still use the program you are interested in, but you will not be bothered by browser changes and ads. Some of the other installation features should be avoided because they don’t give enough information about any bundle – these are the default, automatic or the quick installation option.

Why do programs like Astromenda exist in the first place?

Such programs are usually harmless and just serve the marketing industry. Their programmers get paid to create a piece of software that will efficiently promote a product or a service, a search engine, a certain website, etc. That’s why WSE Astromenda has also been developed. What’s more, you should know that the more ads you see, the more money goes to the accounts of the people who create browser hijackers and Adware. Many producers believe that the more you are surrounded by advertising materials of a certain product or service, the more you will be inclined to buy them and that’s why Astromenda could sometimes appear irritating and a little intrusive with the intensity of the generated ads. To remove this program and stop being bothered by it, use our Removal Guide for the uninstallation of this hijacker. It should be of great help to you.

SUMMARY:

Name Astromenda
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A great number of popping-up ads, newly-set search engine and/or homepage on all of your browsers and possible redirecting to different, usually unknown, websites.
Distribution Method Various online distribution methods: via bundles, spam, torrents.
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Remove Astromenda “Virus”


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

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Astromenda may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step3

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.

DNS

Step4

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Astromenda 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 Astromenda from Firefox:

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

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

Step5

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.

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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.

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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 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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