Remove Minisrclink.cool “Virus” (April 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Minisrclink.cool “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A browser hijacker such as, for example, the recently reported Minisrclink.cool is not a software piece to be afraid of – it doesn’t have any malicious or crime-intended abilities and unlike Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware and other similar threats, the likelihood of it actually causing any serious issues to your computer is rather low. Still, most researchers regard this app as potentially unwanted and categorize it as a browser hijacker due to its ability to “infiltrate” popular browsing programs the likes of Edge, Chrome or Firefox and to spam the with page-redirects and ads as well as tinker with their settings and with some of their components (such as the addresses for the homepage and the search engine, the toolbar buttons, the search engine tool that is set as default and so on). Since our job is to help our readers deal with different kind of software issues and since the presence of Minisrclink.cool inside a given computer is normally considered such an issue, we’ve made sure to provide you with an article inside of which we give some important info on the abilities of Minisrclink.cool as well as a reliable way of uninstalling this app and keeping it away from your system in the days to come.

First and foremost, what we need to tell you about Minisrclink.cool is what it’s “mission” actually is. Some users think of it as an useful app (since this is how many hijackers are initially promoted) while others may mistake it for some nasty virus program or some malicious Trojan or Ransomware infection. The truth, however, is that Minisrclink.cool is neither of those things. It is instead an advertising tool that tries to spam you with ads in every way it can and in that way make more money for its creators. Understandably, you likely want to get rid of this annoyance and the next instructions will help you remove and uninstall everything related to the hijacker.

Some general safety rules you ought to remember and apply

Users should know just how dangerous some of the less-reliable ads and commercial messages on the Internet could be. They could be a source of all kinds of hazards – misleading offers that try to trick you into purchasing overpriced products or products with questionable quality, phishing pages linked to the ads you see in your browser and even some sites that may be illegal and used to infect users with malware. All in all, you really need to be careful with the intrusive online content that may get spammed on your screen. Obviously, the fact that a hijacker app is in your PC greatly increases the risk of clicking on some sketchy and unsafe advert or banner which is why you should be twice as careful while the unwanted software is still operational. Also, this is why it’s such an important thing that you ensure to quickly remove the hijacker without allowing you to further spam you with its obstructive and invasive ads, page-redirects, pop-ups, pop-unders and so the browser.on.

SUMMARY:

Name Minisrclink.cool
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some of the typical symptoms include nagging browser ads, pop-ups, page-redirects and unwanted changes to
Distribution Method Spam messages, misleading links and web offers as well as file bundles are commonly used to spread this type of apps.
Detection Tool

Remove Minisrclink.cool “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


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).

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Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. 

Step3

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.

Step4

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.

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Step5

  • 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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Minisrclink.cool 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 Minisrclink.cool from Firefox:

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

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

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 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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