How to Get Rid of Walmart Gift Card “Virus” (Safari/Chrome/FF) March 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Walmart Gift Card “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Mac.

The most usual reason why many computer users have issues with uncontrolled and overly intrusive generation of online ads in their browsers is the presence of a browser hijacker in the midst of their systems. A hijacker is an application capable of replacing the starting page and/or the search engine of the targeted browser as well as making other modifications to it such as adding new toolbar buttons and introducing page-redirecting services to the browser. At a first glance, a browser hijacker may seem to be similar to any other extension for a popular browser like Safari, Firefox or Chrome. However, the main purpose of hijacker apps is to earn money through online advertising campaigns and pretty much everything this type of software components do is aimed at showing you more and more commercial materials in order to boost the overall profit from the ads. Of course, this would invariably lead to frustration and irritation among the users who are forced to deal with the aftermath of the installation of a hijacker app on their computers. Oftentimes, the ad-generation and the changes imposed on the user’s browser can make it rather difficult to navigate through the Internet.

Walmart Gift Card “Virus”

And, to make matters even worse, aside from being annoying, those advertising activities may also be hazardous for your system’s safety if allowed to continue for extended periods of time. This doesn’t mean that hijackers are as dangerous as Trojan Horse infections or Ransomware cryptoviruses but it is certainly better if you remove any hijacker-like software from your computer in case you currently have such an app in your machine’s system. In this regard, we may have some good news for you – the next guide will show you how to eliminate and fully uninstall Walmart Gift Card “Virus” which is one new and really annoying hijacker app which is also likely the reason many of you have come to this post.

Remove Walmart Gift Card “Virus”

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


Step1

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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Step2

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Walmart Gift Card 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 Walmart Gift Card from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Walmart Gift Card 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.

Step6

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

More information you need to be aware of on the topic of browser hijackers

Walmart Gift Card isn’t some scary and nefarious virus – it won’t try to lock up your files and harass you to pay a ransom for their release like a Ransomware cryptovirus would and it won’t attempt to mess with your system and damage your computer in any way. However, it is advisable that you remove Walmart Gift Card from your computer because such apps may not always show you legitimate advertising content. Oftentimes, you may see fake or misleading ads, download suggestions that try to trick you into installing more junk software on your PC, overpriced purchase offers labeled as discounts and so on and so forth. Some unlucky users may even get infected by malware if they click on the wrong advert while browsing the Internet. Therefore, we advise you to stay safe by removing the hijacker and also by being careful in the future with regards to the kinds of software that you install on your machine so that you don’t get any more hijackers like Walmart Gift Card that may expose your machine to potential threats.

SUMMARY:

Name Walmart Gift Card
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The expected symptoms are changes to different browser components and annoying generation of big numbers of web advertisements.
Distribution Method The hijacker can be distributed in many ways, mostly, though, that would happen through the help of spam messages and installation bundling.
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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!


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