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Remove Pushwhy.com “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update


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

Dealing with a browser hijacker such as Pushwhy.com “Virus” can be very frustrating for most users. Especially, when the users don’t even know what exactly they have to deal with. Browser hijackers often appear to be somewhat intimidating and introduce a lot of unexpected changes into the main browser. They may take over popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer or others, and may place some new tools, toolbars, homepage URLs or search engine tools, without asking for approval. These are the very first signs that indicate the presence of an application of this kind on the users’ computers. Usually, the browser modifications are followed by the appearance of a large number of online advertisements such as banners, pop-ups and page-redirect hyperlinks or click prompts, which lead to various web locations. Probably, you have already experienced how difficult it can sometimes be to avoid these ads and redirects simply because they tend to appear everywhere and sometimes even pop-up suddenly just as you are about to click on something in your browser. This aggressiveness, luckily, is not initiated by some nasty virus or malware such as Ransomware or Trojans and can be explained with the nature of the browser hijackers. They are basically tools for aggressive online advertising and as such, their main goal is to advertise all kinds of services, websites, etc. on your screen during your web surfing. Many manufacturers and distributors of such services and goods pay the browser hijacker creators to promote their advertisements. In this sense, the way Pushwhy.com “Virus” may spam your monitor with ads is a completely legal form of cooperation and a very common business model used by the web marketing industry. The majority of the users, however, find it really irritating when they have to deal with the tons of sponsored commercials on their screen and that’s why this article focuses on how to safely remove the unwanted ads and how to uninstall the browser hijacker that’s behind them.

What do browser hijackers like Pushwhy.com do?

If you have come to us seeking help for dealing with Pushwhy.com, you will not be disappointed. The set of instructions above provide a manual and an automatic uninstallation method, with the help of which you can easily remove the annoying application along with all the changes brought by it to your browser. In fact, there are a few good reasons why it is undesirable to allow such applications to stay long in your system. One of them, for example, is the possibility of getting exposed to risky web locations, misleading messages, low-quality sites and fake ads and offers. Especially in the case of the latter, many hackers love to use online fake advertising as a means of distributing Trojans, Ransomware and other nasty threats. They often inject malicious viruses in online advertisements such as a banners or pop-ups, which thereby become compromised and harmful. By clicking on such ads, the users can get redirected to a page infested with malware. In this regard, we recommend avoiding any contact with any advertising materials generated by browser hijackers and similar applications and suggest the fast uninstallation of the latter from any system.

SUMMARY:

Name Pushwhy.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may experience constant generation of sponsored commercials all over your screen.
Distribution Method Some of the most common sources include software bundles, free downloads, automatic installers, ads, spam.
Detection Tool

Remove Pushwhy.com “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.

DNS

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 Pushwhy.com 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 Pushwhy.com from Firefox:

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

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

What do browser hijackers like Pushwhy.com do?

If you have come to us seeking help for dealing with Pushwhy.com, you will not be disappointed. The set of instructions above provide a manual and an automatic uninstallation method, with the help of which you can easily remove the annoying application along with all the changes brought by it to your browser. In fact, there are a few good reasons why it is undesirable to allow such applications to stay long in your system. One of them, for example, is the possibility of getting exposed to risky web locations, misleading messages, low-quality sites and fake ads and offers. Especially in the case of the latter, many hackers love to use online fake advertising as a means of distributing Trojans, Ransomware and other nasty threats. They often inject malicious viruses in online advertisements such as a banners or pop-ups, which thereby become compromised and harmful. By clicking on such ads, the users can get redirected to a page infested with malware. In this regard, we recommend avoiding any contact with any advertising materials generated by browser hijackers and similar applications and suggest the fast uninstallation of the latter from any system.

SUMMARY:

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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