Remove Ibb.co “Virus” (March 2019 Update)


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

Heavy generation of pesky adverts on your screen, frequent redirects to random websites that are unknown to you and different, mostly unwanted, changes to important elements of your browsing program are likely to occur if an app the likes of Ibb.co has nested in your system. For example, some of the unwanted modifications that may get imposed on your browser are the default address of your browser’s homepage as well as the search engine tool that used to be there may get replaced and there may also be certain alterations to the toolbar of the browser and to the add-ons that are installed. All of this is likely to happen without your direct and informed permission. Also note that the effects of apps like Ibb.co can be experienced on pretty much every browsing program – from Chrome to Firefox, from Edge to Safari and so on and so forth. This means that it won’t really help if you try to change the browser that is set as your default – the pesky app will likely find its way inside the new browser as well. This really leaves you with only one option if you have Ibb.co “Virus” inside your computer and would like to make it stop messing with your browser and that option would be removing the nagging piece of software. Due to its intrusive characteristics and traits, Ibb.co can be categorized as a browser hijacker or browser redirect. Most such app are not really harmful and are not used in criminal schemes – they are not like Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, Rootkits, Trojan Horses and so on. Instead, they are mainly supposed to make money through aggressive advert generation which normally has nothing to do with harming your computer. However, because of their purpose, they may be rather difficult to uninstall if you aren’t experienced. We, however, can help you get rid of this hijacker with our guide on how to remove it that you can find right below.

Ibb.co “Virus”

 What hazards may be related to a browser hijacker/browser redirect?

Right off the bat, we should tell you to stay away from the advertising content spammed by this sort of applications. While a hijacker in itself isn’t really a dangerous threat like a Trojan or a Ransomware cryptovirus program, it still isn’t what most software security experts (our team included) would regard as safe. The main reason for this has to do with the unknown nature of the sketchy advertisements that these apps may show on your browser screen – not all (if any) of them are guaranteed to be safe and some may even land you on various shady online locations that you certainly should not visit if you care about your computer’s safety. All in all, our best advice for you in case your browser has indeed been invaded by Ibb.co is to get rid of the nagging app with the help of the detailed instructions from the guide above and/or the professional anti-malware tool that we have linked on this page.

SUMMARY:

Name Ibb.co
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The typical signs of a hijacker’s presence in your browser are typically related to the generation of some kind of invasive ads on your screen while you are browsing the web.
Distribution Method Usually, hijackers don’t get distributed alone, instead, they get added to the installers of other software.
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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!

Remove Ibb.co “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 Ibb.co 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 Ibb.co from Firefox:

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

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

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