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.
Amazonaws is a legitimate cloud service that some online databases flag as a browser hijacker – a type of sites and apps that cause unwanted browser changes. Amazonaws may be deemed a hijacker because hackers sometimes use it for malware distribution.
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 (s3.amazonaws.com) 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.
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?
The Amazonaws Virus
The Amazonaws virus is a browser hijacker element that enters the browser without the user’s informed permission. The Amazonaws virus is known for making unwanted browser changes and triggering automatic redirects to the Amazonaws site, which is actually a legitimate cloud storage service.
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.
|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.|
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Remove S3.Amazonaws Virus
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove Amazonaws Virus from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Amazonaws Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove 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 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—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!