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Remove Neat Dude Cool “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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

Neat Dude Cool displays all kinds of pop-up windows and ads, but the main purpose is to make you subscribe for its Push notifications.

To trick you into subscribing to its mailing list and to receive notifications, the Neat Dude Cool  site will display the following message:

Will you allow to send notifications?

 Allow Notifications | Not Now

The presence of Neat Dude Cool “Virus’ on your computer is probably the reason behind the big number of unusual online ads or page-redirects you might have begun to encounter lately. There are many people out there who want to make money by filling people’s browsers with annoying adverts and those people are the ones accountable for the creation of software apps such as this one. In many cases, the browser hijacker programs are meticulously sneaked alongside other programs that may actually have some beneficial features However, any piece of software which crosses the threshold between profiting through adverts and becoming a harassment tool can be identified as browser hijacker, and for a good reason.

Having said all of this, it should now be obvious that the browser hijacker programs like, , are not always totally worthless and many people may even be convinced to keep them on their PCs simply because they get something for free. Many of these people learn to ignore the adverts and aren’t seriously aggravated by them. Readers of this article, nevertheless, are most likely looking for a method to eliminate the browser hijacker without any hesitation and we’ll attempt to assist them. We believe that getting rid of browser hijacker software is at all times better than trying to get used to the latter which is the reason for this article’s existence.

Don’t allow any more hijackers in your computer

If Neat Dude Cool is presently in your machine, it is definitely worth spending a few minutes to discover how the unwanted program has actually gotten inside your machine. Something you ought to keep in mind is the fact that the browser hijackers are often a pain to eliminate, but are very easy to spot and prevent from getting installed in the first place – especially if you know what to look out for.

A frequently used technique to get browser hijackers inside a computer is the use of the so called program bundle. This is basically the installer of a certain application which carries a number of other applications inside. The browser hijacker applications need the user’s approval in order to get installed and one of the methods for this to happen is for the browser hijacker to hide itself under the default/quick installation option in another program’s installer. Any user that chooses to use the quick installation setting basically gives his agreement for the installation of everything hidden inside the installer file. Understanding this, now you see why making use of the advanced installation is always the best course of action – this allows you to control what will get installed on your system. Antivirus organizations are aware of the problems resulting from browser hijacker agents, yet they cannot do anything about it. The reason is that even though these programs are seldom wanted by computer owners, the hijacker applications themselves are almost always legal and if the antivirus creators attempt to make their security programs delete the browser hijackers, lawsuits would be administered. This is why the browser hijacker utilizes the aforementioned tactic to obtain the user’s approval when making its way inside their system.

Promotion emails and aggressive clickbait ads are other likely ways to get people to willingly install a browser hijacker. Very often, intimidation tactics are also utilized to trick users into believing that their PC needs the browser hijacker. Such underhanded methods are usually utilized by developers who seek to advertise various kinds of system optimization and computer health software. Producing exaggerated or even completely fake error notifications can be quite effective against individuals that freak out easily or are concerned about the wellness of their machines. Sometimes, even applications that you have had for a very long time may be turned into browser hijackers through updates.


Name Neat Dude Cool
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.
Distribution Method The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.
IP Address
Detection Tool

Remove Neat Dude Cool “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


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).



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.


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.



  • 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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Neat Dude Cool 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 Neat Dude Cool from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Neat Dude Cool 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.


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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