This article aims to help users remove Outsurfing Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
If you are seeing a non-inescapable stream of Ads as you browse the internet then you are likely the latest victim of Outsurfing Virus. These types of programs are called Adware for the reason that they create the Ads you are seeing and they cannot be easily removed like a normal program can – often they cannot even be found in the Control Panel program list.
Remember that for as long as Outsurfing Virus remains on your computer you are in constant risk and your computer will be slower then usual. The Ads you are seeing force their data to be downloaded first and that they are rendered by your hardware before the page can be displayed. For modern computers that also have high bandwidth speed this delay could be a mere (but still annoying) second. Older machines take much longer and can even become temporary non-responsive from the extra load. But this is a mere nuisance compared to the real problems that Outsurfing Virus may cause you.
Programs like Outsurfing Virus often also install other, more dangerous viruses if allowed
The primary goal of Outsurfing Virus is to generate revenue for its creator by showing you Ads, but this is not the only thing it will do. Programs like this often try to install other programs that are either malicious or contain some form of scam. This is most oftenly done through the use of deception.
One such method involves creating fake system messages. These are actually Ads created and rendered by Outsurfing Virus, but made to look as something from your computer. They warn you about dangerous (non-existing) problems that are plaguing your machine. Stuff such as missing plug-ins, required video codecs or media players in order to see something, virus infections, registry errors, problems with HDD health and many more. Usually shortly after Outsurfing Virus will then offer you some free software that can scan your computer and resolve these issues for you.
If this application is not a virus then in the very least it will be useless bloatware. If you make the mistake of downloading it the only thing it will do is to “confirm” that there are problems. You’ll be then most likely required to pay for the full/pro version so it can handle these problems. Of course this software is utterly incapable of doing anything it claims – it will only stop the error messages from appearing giving you a false sense of security.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Outsurfing Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Outsurfing Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Outsurfing Virus
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Outsurfing Virus has likely attached itself to all internet browsers that reside on your computer. If you have Safe Mode on you can now begin to remove Outsurfing Virus. Run Step 2 and Step 3 of this guide separately for each and every internet browser that is currently installed on your PC. Make sure to be through and remove every copy of Outsurfing Virus. If you’d like to remove some older browser that you are not longer using then remove Outsurfing Virus before uninstalling the browser.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Outsurfing Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Outsurfing Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Outsurfing Virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS SECTION BEFORE PROCEEDING!
What follows next is likely the most difficult and also potentially dangerous part of the guide, but it is also vital for the permanent removal of Outsurfing Virus. Make sure you read the instructions carefully and double check before deleting anything – a mistake could result in unpredictable damage to your OS or important programs. If you are not feeling comfortable and won’t like taking any risks you can instead try to download the professional anti-malware program we trust and recommend. It has given us some great results and dealt with everything we’ve thrown at it. The scanner is top-notch quality too and will quickly locate and dispatch any latent or freshly added viruses that may have been installed by Outsurfing Virus.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.