This page aims to help you remove View Similar. These View Similar removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you’ve found yourself being harassed by constantly appearing advertisements that disrupt your everyday browsing – you’re in the right place to get help. You have most likely fallen victim to View Similar – a type of adware program, which integrates with your browser and starts pouring tons upon tons of annoying ads on you. These may include pop-ups, banners all over websites you know didn’t include them before, or perhaps you’ve noticed that parts of a text on some pages are converted to hyperlinks.
Adwares are more of an annoyance, than they are a threat. Don’t confuse them with viruses, which are a type of malware (from ‘malicious’ and ‘software’). While the latter are an actual danger and might harm your computer, the former can’t hurt you. Not directly, anyway, but we’ll get into detail further in the article. It is, however, of importance that you follow the steps in this guide in order to remove this program quickly and don’t follow any of the links or banners that tend to show up everywhere.
Why is this so important if View Similar isn’t a threat?
Again – not directly. First, let’s understand what View Similar does and how it works. View Similar is not a computer virus, contrary to what most users believe. Legally it does not fall under the “virus” category. View Similar is an Adware. Software of this type are designed to earn money for their developers by getting you to follow all those intrusive ads. That’s it. There might not even be a legitimate website you’ll be re-directed to, or an actual product to back the many coupons and such. This is where the so-called Pay per click scheme comes in effect, where your click of the mouse is all that counts. And here is where the harmless part ends, because the alternative to those fake links might be links to malicious websites, infested with viruses and other potentially dangerous programs just waiting for some unsuspecting person like yourself to come along.
Another highly unpleasant point to make about View Similar and adwares in general, is they tend to collect your browsing history details. All those things you search for, all the data you type in – all of that is gathered and analyzed in order to produce more relevant ads. This is only natural for a scheme that focuses on making something look or sound attractive enough, for you to want to find out more about it. BUT, all of your precious details can and most likely will be sold off to third parties, of whom you will know nothing about. This opens the doors for even more annoyance or maybe even dangerous data misuse, which in any book should be reason enough to uninstall View Similar as quickly as you can.
How did View Similar wind up on my computer in the first place?
Adware developers like to apply sneaky tactics in order to get you to download and install their product. Most commonly, they will bundle it up into some other program – one you would actually seek out voluntarily and want to download – and, voila, the cat’s in the bag. Or in the bundle.
You then will have most likely opted for the default setup of that program and with it allowed View Similar to become integrated into your browser (Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.). This could have easily been avoided simply by choosing the advanced or custom setup over the lazy default one. In doing so, you will be enabling yourself to see what hidden programs came tagging along and decide whether or not you’ll let them get installed.
By following the steps in this guide, you will rid yourself of the annoying View Similar with its ridiculous amount of advertising, but you should also keep in mind the simple truth that avoiding a problem is easier than having to deal with its consequences later on.
Elementary precautions, such as using an adequate antivirus and not downloading things from various open-source download sites (which are notoriously unsafe, mind you), are already sufficient enough to prevent unwanted programs from accessing your system again. In addition, do make sure to check your computer for any leftover components of View Similar, after you’ve completed the bellow instructions. Should you find any of those still present, delete them and run a virus check to make sure they were the last of it.
|Danger Level||Medium (Most people find the ads obnoxious and they could potentially lure you into downloading something unsafe)
|Symptoms||The interference in your browsing experience is enough to spot the Adware, but there could be other symptoms such as PC loading slower than usual.|
|Distribution Method||Most often hidden inside the installers of other programs, download helper tools and more.
|Detection Tool||Adware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove View Similar “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – View Similar may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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.
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 View Similar 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 View Similar from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove View Similar 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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