Remove s3 amazonaws Virus (Jan. 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove the amazonaws virus. In case you are wondering what is amazonaws and why is s3 amazonaws being flagged as a potential computer virus we are here to answer those questions for you.

In this article we are going to do our best to shed some light on the amazonaws virus and explain why a seemingly reputable Amazon service has been accused of wrongdoing, it is a somewhat complex situation so if you are amongst the affected users we recommend reading through this initial information first before plunging into our removal instructions. The reason why we ask this of you is you need to familiarize with the issue first, because s3 amazonaws is not malware per se. Bear with us and we will try to explain in as much detail as possible.

What is amazonaws?

A most important question indeed. S3 Amazonaws is an online cloud based storage web service. The S3 actually stands for Simple Storage Service. It has been around since March 2006. It has been most commonly used for file hosting, web hosting and as a storage for backup systems. So far so good, nothing wrong with this service at first glance. And you would be right to assume so for the most part. As we already mentioned s3 amazonaws is not a malware. So why is it being flagged as a potential virus, more specifically the type known as browser hijacker by a number of online databases?

What is the problem with amazonaws?

A number of users have reported various problems with the service being labeled “unsafe” or “malicious” by Chrome and Firefox amongst others. The typical symptoms for a Browser Hijacker are present:

  • Whenever you click on a link you are being redirected to another website. A definite symptom of a Browser Hijacker infection.
  • The unwanted pop-up ads are also present of course. While seeing references to the domain in question ( is definitely not problematic in itself, the fact that users can essentially store more or less any file in S3 makes it virtually impossible to know whether someone uploaded malicious files are there.
  • In the past the AWS (Amazon Web Service) credentials have been a common theme for hacker attacks so it’s also quite possible that an account owner has been compromised. If you are among the affected and recognize the clear cut signs that you are in fact dealing with an amazonaws virus then it is high time you start reading our removal instructions, there is absolutely no reason why you should not remove this from your system right this instance, again you will be removing the amazonaws virus, not the legitimate service. It can contend with one of the more dangerous viruses our there Zeus Virus

In essence, the amazonaws virus is a “browser hijacker” or possibly a malware. Browser hijackers are not legally considered to be a crime, but are merely crude promotional tools. Unlike normal advertisements, browser hijackers come bundled with free software and other programs. This usually requires a warped variant of user consent to infiltrate your PC. They reside in a legal grey area with no consensus from the online community whether you clicking on “next” in an installer is a consent. So, the browser hijacker basically tries to make you go to a specific websites or search engine to promote it and divert traffic towards it.

A far scarier situation is if a malware is the one responsible for your problems. In that case, things may be dire. The files responsible for the infections may have brought something else on your PC as well and your personal information may be exposed. Frequent examples of malware include stealing all sorts of personal information from you, including accounts and passwords to sensitive websites, like online banking credentials, amazon, ebay, alibaba and so forth. Depending on whether the malware in question is a trojan horse, the hacker may even have a direct access to your PC. The most disturbing violations even include the ability for the perpetrator to see you through webcams. While the chances of this last part actually happening are slim, we advise you to be extremely cautious when reading the steps in our guide below. In case you really do have a malware in your system, and you fail to take actions, you may end up with a Ransomware (see our Spora Ransomware Removal Guide for example) in your system – and that can be particularly disastrous if you do not have backups of your important files.


Name Amazonaws
Type Browser Hijacker or Trojan
Danger Level Medium or High
Symptoms Numerous website redirects. Unwanted pop-up Ads.
Distribution Method Most probably malicious files stored on s3 amazonaws.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

WARNING! If you are an android user, please refer to this page for the removal.

Remove Amazonaws Virus (s3 amazonaws)


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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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 Amazonaws Virus 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 Amazonaws Virus from Firefox:

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

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


To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Rehaan,

    Did you go through the rest of the guide?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome William. We are glad we could help you. Keep us posted if you have any other difficulties:)

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi David,
    you should delete these IPs

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Hannah, try running Notepad as admin first (search for notepad, right-click -> run as admin). Now open Notepad, select File-> Open and manually navigate to the file in C/Windows/System32/Drivers/Etc

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Schmoop,
    at this point i would suggest to you to download SpyHunter from one of our banners above and use the free scan feature. The scanner will locate any infected files where you can delete them manually. Keep us posted if you need further help.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Random Guy,
    what do you mean you cannot find the notepad?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Simz,
    by delete we mean to erase them from the hosts file. Treat it as a normal text document and just delete them.

  • Simz

    Thank you HowtoRemove. Do i save the notepad after i delete the text? It says that i dont have permission to save in this location (Windows > System32 > drivers > etc) and says i need to contact the administrator to obtain permission, or i can save to the documents folder instead. What should I do about that?

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi Sims,
      you should not delete all the text. Only the IPs that are suspicious. Keep us posted for if you need further help.

  • MrEquals !

    MacKeeper IS the virus. It said that I had four viruses and there IS NO WAY that a website can scan my computer.