This page was created for the removal procedures of the virus known as WordShark in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, compatible with all versions of Windows.
WordShark Virus is a program that has infected your computer at some point in the past. It will create advertisements (Ads) whenever you start your internet browser or load a page/tab/link while using it. Ads may be of all shapes and sizes – they might be pop-ups, banners or even whole new pages covered in Ads. Don’t trust these things even though they might offer thing that might interest you. To do that it reads your browsing history and search queries and makes an estimate of your interests. This behavior is very dangers and generously associated with viruses.
How else can WordShark Virus harm your computer
The Ads WordShark Virus creates are not really capable of harming your computer – at least not directly. What they will do, instead, is to try to trick you into give money to the thieves that made them or download another virus on your computer.
The thing is that WordShark Virus does not discriminate between harmful fraudulent sites and their legitimate cousins. The Ads can take you to either of those and of course any money you pay to the fakes is lost. Thus clicking on the Ads and following them is generally a horrible idea.
In addition to the rip-off ties the Ads can also try to install some kind of virus on your computer. Usually it will come in the form of free software offered to you by WordShark Virus. It might come accompanied by bogus messages about non-existing problems with your computer. Things like virus infestations, missing plug-ins, problems with the registry and more. All of these messages are fake and are only used as an incentive in order to download the free program that will “fix” them. In fact you’ll be installing a virus AND overriding with your authority the defense lays your computer gets automatically.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove WordShark 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 WordShark Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove WordShark Virus
Before we start you should know that WordShark Virus and other programs similar to it often exist in different versions. They all work the same, but the real difference in-between is the things you have to do in order to remove them. We can’t be sure what version of WordShark Virus you have on your computer so we’re added everything necessary to remove any version. Unfortunately because of this a few of the steps in this guide may not be necessary for all users.
Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.
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.
Next we’ll have to clean WordShark Virus from ALL of your internet browsers – even those you still keep on your computer, but are no longer actively using. This involves running Step 2&3 for each different browser. We’d also like to remind you that Internet Explorer comes with all versions of windows and should be cleaned even if you use another browser. Removing all copies of WordShark Virus is important, because otherwise the virus can clone itself from any remaining copy.
While you remove WordShark Virus you might see some confirmation messages before removing them for good. Read them carefully. WordShark Virus may try some trick in order to install another copy of itself on your computer under a different name. Don’t allow any software to install while WordShark Virus is on your computer.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find WordShark 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.
WordShark 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.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
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 WordShark 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.
WARNING! ABSOLUTELY READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING
This is likely the most difficult and dangerous, but also mandatory if you want WordShark Virus gone for good. So be VERY careful. Doing this wrong could damage your PC significantly, especially if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable with this, we advise you to download a professional WordShark Virus remover. Another excellent reason to take this route is because professional software is capable of scanning your computer for other, more subtle viruses. Things like trojans, rootkits and keyloggers which could steal your credit card numbers and passwords.
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.