Remove Womatonsha Pop up Ads “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)


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This page aims to help you remove Womatonsha Pop up Ads “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Ads spamming your screen during browsing time is a very common and also a very irritating issue that many users face each day. Oftentimes, the culprit behind the obnoxious ads is some website that uses aggressive advertising to earn money. However, this is not always the case and while you can simply avoid such sites, dealing with the other potential reason for the intrusive ads invasion requires more effort.

Here, we will tell you about Womatonsha “Virus” which is a piece of software that belongs to the adware category. You might have already heard about adware apps – they are usually available for pretty much every browser you can think of including Chrome, IE, Firefox, Edge, Opera and others and they oftentimes tend to get added to these browsers without asking for a direct user permission. And once there, they start to generate pop-ups, banners, blinking messages, page redirects and all other kinds of intrusive and invasive advertising materials that are sure to cause frustration and irritation in most users. Due to their aggressive advertising behavior and also because might oftentimes be unclear when and how they got installed on the system, adware apps like Womatonsha are often called viruses and categorized as malware. Now, there are different opinions on whether or not an app like Womatonsha “Virus” should be referred to as a virus but what we can tell you here is that it is certainly not a software piece that is as dangerous as a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Trojan Horse infection. Most adware apps are, in fact, technically legal and normally cannot (and are not intended to) cause harm to a given computer. Despite that, their behavior and their constant ads generation is what makes them quite undesirable and leads most users to uninstalling them. However, it might sometimes be difficult or remove an adware app like Womatonsha and this is why we have prepared a guide for you where we show you how you could do that.

Security concerns

As we already made it clear, Womatonsha “Virus” is not a nasty Ransomware or an insidious Trojan or Spyware infection and will likely not harm your machine. However, it is also not an overly-secure application. Even if the ads don’t bother you too much, you still got to keep in mind that they might not always be safe and it’s generally better if you don’t interact with any of them. Sure, most of them would be actual legitimate offers or would at least not be hazardous but there is still the chance that some of the advertisements might link you to less secure web locations. In general, adware apps are regarded as unsafe due to their oftentimes uncontrolled ads-generation and this is something that you should not ignore. Therefore, it’s best if you use the guide or the removal tool added to it and through them remove Womatonsha from your system. Also, remember to avoid visiting sketchy and questionable sites and also do not download software from unknown and unreliable developers and sources to avoid adware in the future.

SUMMARY:

Name Womatonsha
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The ads are the most typical and the most obvious symptom triggered by the presence of adware on a given PC.
Distribution Method Free program installers and software bundles as well as random spam letters with unreliable attachments and misleading online requests, prompts and download offers are the most typical distribution techniques for adware.
Detection Tool

Remove Womatonsha Pop up Ads “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).

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.

DNS

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 Womatonsha 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 Womatonsha from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Womatonsha 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

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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