Remove Ratenwilbet.info


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

Ratenwilbet.info is the name of a new browser hijacker application which constantly redirects the users’ searches to various promotional web pages, ads, banners, pop-ups and sponsored links. The application typically operates as an additional component to popular browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, but it may also hijack other browsing apps, which have been installed as default on your computer. You may accidentally make it part of your system along with some other free add-ons or applications, especially if you perform a quick and careless installation. The good news is that Ratenwilbet.info does not hide like a Ransomware or like a Trojan-based virus and you can easily detect it. The moment it becomes active, this application may change the homepage URL of your main browser, replace the default search engine, install some new toolbars and/or page-redirect buttons without asking for approval from your side. As a typical browser hijacker, this application may also display various pay-per-click messages, hard-to-remove ads and offers and collect some traffic data related to your browsing habits and preferences. In order to do that more effectively, Ratenwilbet.info and the applications of the same kind typically use tracking cookies, different scripts and other tracking technologies which transfer the collected data to the servers of the creators of the application.

The collected information may include:

  • Bookmarks
  • Search requests
  • Latest visited web pages and duration of the visits
  • Links that you click on
  • IP addresses
  • Internet Service Provider’s details and other similar non-personal data, which typically helps the advertisers display personalized advertisements on your screen based on your search queries and web browsing behavior.

All these activities are tied down to one thing – generation of profits from clicks, redirects and sponsored ads positioning for the owners of the application.

If you won’t want to deal with the activities that Ratenwilbet.info is linked to, we suggest you use the instructions in the removal guide below to safely remove the unwanted application and uninstall all of its related components.

Why is it a good idea to uninstall Ratenwilbet.info?

Despite the rather disturbing activities which Ratenwilbet.info may be linked to, the nature of this application is generally harmless. Such piece of software is not capable of encrypting your data like a Ransomware cryptovirus and it can’t spy on you like a Spyware and this is definitely relieving news. However, it is very important to understand that not everything this browser hijacker may display may be safe and reliable. In most of the cases, the danger may not come from the application itself, but from the randomly generated links, ads and sponsored pop-ups, which may redirect you to various unfamiliar web locations if you happen to click on them. That’s why, in order to minimize the chances of encountering security hazards, we generally advise you not to click on the prompts and the messages that applications like Ratenwilbet.info may show on your screen. In fact, if you don’t see any value in the way this browser hijacker operates, it is best to remove it from the computer and, thereby, bring your favorite browser’s settings back to normal. On this page, you can find detailed instructions on how this can be done both manually and automatically.

SUMMARY:

Name Ratenwilbet.info
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program usually places some changes to the main browser and forces intrusive advertisements on the screen.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common distribution method for most browser hijackers. 
Detection Tool

Remove Ratenwilbet.info

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 Ratenwilbet.info 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 Ratenwilbet.info from Firefox:

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

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