This article was created as a removal guide for the virus/malware known as ViceIce. To remove ViceIce Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer just follow our instructions below.
Dear reader, if you are checking this article it is likely because you’ve been infected by ViceIce Virus and correctly recognized it as a threat to the safety of your computer. ViceIce Virus is indeed working in a way similar to a type of viruses called Adware do – it created advertisements (Ads) and harasses you with them. And it won’t stop until we remove it from your computer – which all of this article is above!
These Ads will be shown to you in the form of pop-ups or banners, maybe even whole new pages made of Ads. Sometimes you might even see different words in any text you open become blue and have a hyperlink added to them, they could also show the Ad as a picture if hovered over. Even more troubling is the fact that Ads created by ViceIce Virus will try to offer you products that you have searched for in before. This is attributed to ViceIce Virus’s ability to read your browser’s history and search logs and is indeed a valid cause for concern.
ViceIce Virus – what dangers does it hide?
First of all ViceIce Virus will slow down your computer. Whenever you load a page your CPU also has to load an Ad – and this mean both download it from the internet and render it on your screen. This will add delay to all operations you perform on your browser and especially if your CPU is not top notch /or you are using a laptop/ it might even cause screen freezing and browser becoming temporarily unresponsive.
The Ads themselves do not discriminate between legal sites that try to sell you goods and fakes that will only rip you off if given the chance. Telling real from fakes is hard and thus the risk of buying anything from an Ad made by ViceIce Virus is unjustified. You are better off ignoring all Ads altogether.
The wort danger comes from ViceIce Virus trying to install viruses on your computer. These will be offers for free program downloads – when in fact the executables downloaded will be infected with different viruses. For this reason you should NEVER trust anything that ViceIce Virus offers you to download.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove ViceIce 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 ViceIce Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove ViceIce Virus
From here begins the actual removal process and our Steps will guide you through it smoothly. Be aware, however, that some of them might not be necessary for the removal of ViceIce Virus on your computer. Different users reported different results and we’ve made the guide to encompass all known and needed operations. Unfortunately this also means that some of these might not be required for your version of ViceIce Virus (but they won’t do any harm so don’t fret)
Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.
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.
Next we’ll be cleaning ViceIce Virus from your internet browsers. Notice the plural on browsers – when ViceIce Virus first came in contact with your computer it infected ALL browsers currently installed on your computer – even those you are not actively using. ViceIce Virus must be deleted from all of them, otherwise it could clone itself back from any remaining copy on reboot. Run Steps 2&3 for any browser currently installed.
Please note that while you delete ViceIce Virus it might spawn a message as a final trick on you. It can use convoluted wording and promise rewards, compensations or replacement software. Do not fall for it’s tricks – the only thing you can possible get from it is a renamed version of itself. Don’t even install anything offered by ViceIce Virus.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find ViceIce 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.
ViceIce 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.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
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 ViceIce 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.
WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, but also the most important one to ensure ViceIce Virus is permanently removed. Be extremely careful. Doing this could damage your OS significantly, especially if you make a big mistake. If you are feeling nervous remember that it might be a good idea to let a professional anti-malware program delete ViceIce Virus from you – risk free. Another reason to think it over is because such software could scan your computer for more subtle and dangerous viruses like ransomware, trojans and keyloggers that can blackmail you or even steal your credit card number if not spotted and removed in time.
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.