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Remove Mobnootiffy “Virus” (June 2019 Update)


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

Our goal within the next lines will be to help you deal with an annoying software component for browsers like Chrome and Firefox by removing it from your system in case it is causing disruptions while you are browsing the Internet. Some of the “abilities” of this app is to redirect the users to various pages on the Internet and to show ads in their browsers. Additionally, it may install a new search engine service in the browser, replacing the previous one, as well as change the address of the homepage and the address of the new-tab page. It is likely that these changes would be advertised as useful for the user. In fact, the whole Mobnootiffy tool is probably going to be promoted as a useful add-on for the browser that would make one’s web experience more pleasant and safer. However, one thing to note here is that the changes may be quite invasive and you may not be able to opt-out of them or to cancel them once they have been imposed unless the whole Mobnootiffy tool gets uninstalled. Also, the random popping-up of ads, banners and page-redirects on your screen while you are trying to find something on the Internet could also be quite irritating, to say the least. Not to mention that the new search engine or the homepage that has been set as default on your browser by the annoying app are likely not going to be anywhere as useful as advertised. In fact, they may make it quite more difficult for you to actually find what you are looking for on the Internet. All of this leads us to the conclusion that Mobnootiffy “Virus” is nothing more than another representative of the well-known category of potentially unwanted software known as browser hijackers. In case you’d like to find help with removing the hijacker, you can find it in the following list of instructions.

Mobnootiffy “Virus”

One more thing…

A very important aspect regarding the apps of the browser hijacker category is that, while they are not as dangerous as Trojans, Ransomware and other similar infections, they are not software that we would advise you to put your trust it. The issue here is that you won’t really have a say in what advertising and commercial content gets brought to your screen by the hijacker. Usually, such apps try to access your browser history and cookies and determine what ads you may be interested in but there’s nothing to say that the algorithm of the hijacker won’t determine that you need to be presented with ads from unreliable sources. And if this happens and you click on some sketchy ad that is linked to a dangerous site, you could get all kinds of nasty infections and malware in your computer. We already mentioned the Ransomware and the Trojan Horse threats but you should know that these are only two examples of the many malware programs that you could encounter if you are not careful with what content you interact with while online.

SUMMARY:

Name Mobnootiffy
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The intrusive ads these applications generate are hard to miss…
Distribution Method Usually, spam messages and software setup bundles are used to spread such apps.
Detection Tool

Remove Mobnootiffy “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 Mobnootiffy 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 Mobnootiffy from Firefox:

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

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