FolderShare Virus


The adware applications are usually known as potentially unwanted pieces of software and many users who end up with them usually seek methods to quickly uninstall them. The reason is, the behavior of these applications can be quite annoying and may disturb the normal web surfing experience in a very unpleasant way. Typically, the adware-based applications have the tendency to fill the screen of the main browser with a never-ending stream of ads, pop-ups, banners and redirect links, which aggressively prompt the users to click on various web locations. These messages are usually very aggressive and don’t go away easily because they are sponsored through pay-per-click schemes and bring revenue to the adware owners every time you actually click on them. Luckily, the purpose of the ads is entirely advertising-oriented and is not aimed at infecting the computer with viruses or malware like Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty infections. That’s why they are not considered as serious threats to the overall safety of your machine. The major problem that most of the people face is being unable to stop the generation of hose sponsored ads and uninstall the adware that is generating them because, in many cases, this task may require some additional steps or a dedicated removal guide in order to complete it effectively. The reason is, most regular programs usually have built-in uninstallation kits but the adware applications don’t. They directly integrate with browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others and place their ad-generating components in various system locations. That’s why, to prevent them from spamming your screen, you need to detect those components and remove them all. Generally, there are two methods which most of the users prefer and in the next lines, we will tell you about them both. In fact, we have prepared a special removal guide on how to remove one recently reported adware called FolderShare “Virus” . You can use the steps below in order to deal with this application or you can simply scan your system with the suggested professional removal tool.

The constant interruptions of your web surfing with various ads, sponsored links, redirect tabs and click prompts may be really frustrating and unpleasant. However, you should know that apps like FolderShare , in most of the cases, are not harmful and are unlikely to be used for criminal purposes. There are much more problematic pieces of software out there, such as Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits and similar dangerous viruses, which will do nastier things to your machine than just spam its screen with pay-per-click adverts. That’s why you shouldn’t get panicked when you face an adware app. Just focus on its effective removal by carefully repeating the steps in the removal guide above or use a trusted removal tool which can automatically detect and delete the related ad-generating components from your system. In the meantime, we advise you to be careful with where and what you click on and what content you interact with because, while FolderShare operates in your system, there would likely be all kinds of pop-ups all over your monitor and the risk of accidentally clicking on something misleading or unsafe may greatly increase.


Name FolderShare
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sponsored ads, pop-ups and colorful banners may constantly cover the screen of your main browser. 
Distribution Method Usually distributed via program bundling, torrents, ads, free downloads, automatic installers and shareware.
Detection Tool

Remove FolderShare “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:

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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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  • 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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FolderShare Virus  Remove FolderShare  from Internet Explorer:

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

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

FolderShare Virus Remove FolderShare  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
FolderShare VirusRemove FolderShare  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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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