This article aims to help users remove Word Wizard Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Word Wizard Virus is an annoying Adware that works by creating advertisements and constantly spam-harassing you with those as you browse the internet. The trigger for spawning the Ads involves starting the internet browser or loading a page/tab link while working and as you can see that amounts to a lot of Ads. These could be pop-up windows, banners, perhaps new pages opening, which may contain bits of useful into like weather forecasts – and a brick load of Ads of course. Ads created by Word Wizard Virus are known to advertise goods for which you have recently searched for, potentially in sites you frequently visit. If you think that is worrying that is absolutely correct – Word Wizard Virus scans your internet browser for the history files and past search queries. Adware like Word Wizard Virus will often send that data back to whoever created it, thus violating your online privacy.
Methods Word Wizard Virus Virus may have used to enter your computer
As a rule of the thumb Word Wizard Virus, along with many other viruses, will infect your computer through an executable file. These files are used by programs to modify content on your computer and once ran can do everything – including root access to all system functions and that’s what makes them so dangerous. Legal programs are executable files too, but these companies have a reputation to defend and thus their .exe files are usually safe. Hackers have no such qualms. Infected executable files operate outside of legal and official sites. You can obtain such a file from a torrent, online storage site, forum, blog or very commonly – via an email attachment.
Remember that just installing a well known and trusted program is not a safe shield against viruses like Word Wizard Virus. It matters where you obtained the installer from. If it was obtained from unsafe source as detailed above it is possible that the virus was added to the installer. You’ll still get the program, but the virus will also creep in unseen.
In any case the best protection there is is to avoid installing .exe files, which were downloaded from random or otherwise potentially unsafe sources. If you want to install a program look for the official developer for that program or for approved mirrors if you have trouble downloading from the official site. Failing that you should buy an anti-virus solution, which can be set up to scan executable files before they are launched.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Word Wizard 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 Word Wizard Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Word Wizard Virus
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.
It is time to begin the actual removal process for Word Wizard Virus now that Safe Mode is in place. First we will target parts of the virus that are attached to your internet browser. Run Step 2 and Step 3 for every browser installed on your computer. Don’t forget to also include browsers you are not using, but still remain installed. Internet Explorer is a good example, as it comes with every installation and lies forgotten for people who use Firefox/Chrome/Opera.
Also be on the lookout for messages spawned by Word Wizard Virus when you try to delete it. These confirmations may have hidden meaning and convoluted text where No means Yes or the reverse. It may even try to install another Adware application, so read the text very carefully before pressing Yes or No.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Word Wizard 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.
Word Wizard 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.
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 Word Wizard 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.
YOU NEED TO READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Up next is likely the most important step of the guide, but you need to know that it could also be very dangerous if mishandled. It involves deletion of virus-related files, who can be easily mistaken with other files. Doing this wrong can damage OS or other programs significantly, so make sure you double check everything before pressing the Del button. If you are not feeling comfortable we advise you to take the safe approach – download a professional Word Wizard Virus remover. Also note that accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed if Word Wizard Virus managed to install another virus on your computer. You can use the automated system scanner to search for those and neutralize them before they are able to cause any trouble.
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.