Paintjimmy is deemed a browser hijacker known for changing the new tab page of the infected browser, redirecting user searches to unwanted websites. Paintjimmy will display all kinds of pop up ads, banners and pay-per-click advertisements.
Paintjimmy an application which may make some potentially unwanted changes to the way your main browser functions and it’s also likely to heavily disrupt your browsing experience. Typically, the application affects popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Explorer but may also get installed onto other browsing apps as well. The most obvious symptoms of its presence are the modifications that may take place in the main search engine or homepage as well as the appearance of some new buttons and toolbars on the toolbar menu. The Paintjimmy Virus typically installs some sponsored homepage URLs or a new search engine, which immediately starts to redirect the users’ searches to some predefined third-party links, pages, ads and offers. Many people who are facing such software for the first time may easily mistake it for some nasty virus and may think that there is something wrong with their computer. The unusual amount of advertisements on the screen of their browser and the constant page redirects may not only cause interruption to the regular web browsing but may also make the computer operate in a sluggish manner. Moreover, the attempts to remove the imposed changes and return to the old browser settings may not be effective. Paintjimmy may reinstall itself again the very moment the browser is reloaded. This is something very frustrating and it is not surprising that many inexperienced users may arrive at the conclusion that this is actually some sort of nasty malware piece the likes of a Trojan Horse, a Spyware program or a Ransomware cryptovirus.
The Paintjimmy Malware
The good news is that the browser hijackers, in general, are not identical to viruses and other malicious threats. They actually greatly differ from harmful programs such as Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, etc. and usually can be uninstalled from the system without any negative consequences. In fact, applications such as the Paintjimmy malware are pretty harmless and do not contain code that can cause damage to your system.
Even though there is no direct risk of having a browser hijacker on your system, we recommend you uninstall it when you have the chance to. The reason is, you can never trust its browser changes, aggressive ads, random offers and pop-ups because, in one click, they may redirect you to various unfamiliar web locations with questionable contents.
One of the main pieces of advice we give to our readers when it comes to protection against browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications is to pay close attention to the online content that they interact with. Oftentimes, different ad-generating and page-redirecting applications (and sometimes even malware like Trojans or Ransomware) can be found bundled inside free installers, ads, download links, torrents, browser add-ons and fake or real update requests. That’s why it is really important to always be selective when it comes to the sources of your software and carefully check the settings of the installation packages of the programs that you want to install. Potentially unwanted bonus software components usually hide under the Advanced/Custom menu and can be manually removed from there. The standard automatic installation option, however, may not clearly disclose the optional components that a given setup package may contain and, for this reason, we advise the users to opt for the most detailed advanced or custom settings in order to have full control over the software that they install.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may experience frequent ads interruptions, automatic page-redirects to different sponsored sites and some browser changes.|
|Distribution Method||Spam, ads, free downloads, program bundles, freeware sites, torrents and program updates.|
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Remove Paintjimmy Malware
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
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).
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 Paintjimmy 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 Paintjimmy from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Paintjimmy 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 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!