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Remove Gotwidores.info “Virus”


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

If you came on this page because you found a application in your system that you identified as a browser hijacker, then here we will tell you everything you need to know about these applications and will also show you how to cope with them. In fact, in the next lines, we will speak about one specific representative of this group called Gotwidores.info which could be the potential source of the ads, banners, pop-ups and automatic page-redirects that you might have been experiencing lately. Just like most browser hijackers, this app can place some changes to your main browser (the browser could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another one) and install a new homepage, a new search engine, a toolbar or some buttons which automatically redirect to pre-defined web pages full of aggressive commercial content. Fortunately, these changes can’t really harm your computer or cause other serious issues like in the ways that real viruses, Trojans or a Ransomware infections could. However, no matter what you do, you may not be able to remove the changes made by the hijacker as long as Gotwidores.info operates in your system. On top of that, your normal web browsing may get heavily disturbed by the constant stream of ads, pop-up messages, banners and redirects which may interrupt your surfing when you least expect it. Not to mention the annoying click prompts which may ask you to click on different links and pages which may be totally unfamiliar to you. All in all, dealing with a browser hijacker may not be the most pleasant experience even if this software does not pose a direct danger to your computer. That’s why, in the removal guide we’ve shared below, we will show you how to safely and quickly detect and remove the application that is responsible for your web disturbance and how to uninstall all the changes that might have been imposed to you without your approval. But before proceeding, it would be good to familiarize yourself with the real nature of this software and the potential issues that it may cause.

What do applications like Gotwidores.info do and are they dangerous in any way?

Browser hijackers such as Gotwidores.info are basically a kind of online marketing tools. Their main goal is to generate and display a large number of online advertising materials within the main browser in order to promote some sponsored products, services and their websites. The search engines, URLs and toolbars they install are typically set to display certain links and pop-up prompts which try to redirect you to the websites you need to visit. This is how the hijackers do their advertising job and how they generate revenue for their owners on a pay-per-click basis. Gotwidores.info is not an exception and it also starts seeking to expose you to as many paid commercials and sponsored links as possible from the very moment you open your browser. In order to customize its ads, the application may also monitor your browsing history, web search terms and other traffic data and try to display ads that you are more likely to click on, based on your interests. Clicking on every random pop-up message, however, is a huge risk because, sometimes, malicious ads, fake messages and misleading links may also get displayed and may redirect you to real security hazards, such as Trojans or Ransomware. If you uninstall the hijacker, however, this can remove all the random ads and eliminate the risk of getting exposed to nasty malware.

SUMMARY:

Name Gotwidores.info
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may experience constant page-redirects to different sponsored pages and some browser changes.
Distribution Method Spam, ads, free software bundles, torrents, automatic installers and updates, shareware platforms. 
Detection Tool

Remove Gotwidores.info “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 Gotwidores.info 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 Gotwidores.info from Firefox:

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

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