This page aims to help you remove the Bigdater.me Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
What exactly is The Bigdater.me Virus
Oftentimes, an software in your computer may seem like a dangerous virus and your antivirus software may even flag it as malware but it may actually turn out to be a rather harmless app that may not really represent an actual threat to your system. This is oftentimes the case with the browser hijacker apps – they are additions to Firefox, Chrome and other browsers and usually look and operate similarly to normal extensions for such browsers. However, most such applications are actually seen as potentially unwanted and if you currently have one such software component inside your browsing program, you are likely to want to have it uninstalled. The usual reason for this are the added changes to the browser’s homepage address and/or to the default search engine service that it uses. One other symptom associated with this sort of apps is the page-redirecting and ad-generating activities that some hijackers are known to initiate. Normally, none of this should be harmful to the computer in which the hijacker has gotten installed. However, the functionality of the browser may get severely worsened by the unwanted and oftentimes unhelpful changes imposed on it. The random ads and page-redirects which are likely to start popping-up every now and then during the user’s browsing sessions won’t make things better either. So, in conclusion, there really is no point in keeping such apps inside your browsers – the hijackers, while not damaging, are also typically not helpful and may actually make it difficult for you to browse and explore the online world in piece.
Below, you will find a useful guide with the help of which you should be able to easily take care of one recently reported app that can be regarded as a browser hijacker. The name of this app is Bigdater.me and if you have it in your machine but do not know how to properly remove it, allow us to show you the uninstallation steps that will enable you to dispose of the invasive software.
The Bigdater.me Virus can be removed
Typically, as soon as Bigdater.me gets removed, all of its annoying activities should cease and there should be no harm done to your system. Bigdater.me is different from a Ransomware and it won’t mess with your computer like a Trojan. However, it is important to remember to keep your distance from the different advertising and marketing materials that this annoying app may expose you to in your browser. Do not click on the ads, do not interact with the pages that Bigdater.me may redirect you to. The reason for this precaution is the fact you cannot be sure about the origins of the commercial content that you are getting shown. Some ads may be legit while others may be redirects to less-than-reliable sites and pages. Due to this, if you don’t want to risk getting your data attacked by a Ransomware cryptovirus or your system corrupted by a Trojan Horse, be sure to avoid the obscure ads that may get shown on your screen by the Bigdater.me hijacker.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||In most cases, you will notice undesirable changes in the settings of your browser once a hijacker gets installed in it.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly via spam messages and misleading advertising materials on different sites.|
Bigdater.me Virus Removal
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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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Bigdater.me from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Bigdater.me from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Bigdater.me from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!