Ro01.biz Virus


Ro01.biz

Ro01.biz acts as a kind of browser extension for most popular browsers including but not limited to Chrome, Firefox and Edge. Ro01.biz primarily aims to expose internet users to various advertising materials and sponsored content.

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The Ro01.biz virus

For instance, Ro01.biz will typically fill your browsing program during sessions with popups, in-text links, box messages and banners that promote various products and services. Furthermore, your browser may begin to trigger so-called page redirects and just randomly send you to various web addresses that are trying to sell you something.

This is made possible thanks to ad-generating components that programs like Ro01.biz or Captcha Source Center install in the host browser. And also thanks to this, this application can also gain access to some of the browser’s configurations and changes these to its benefit. For example, most commonly users notice changes made to the default search engine, which is often replaced with a new one. And that new search engine may also be set as the new browser homepage, too. This is done for the purposes of popularizing a given web site and boosting its traffic count. But in addition to that, a custom search engine like this also allows the display of more sponsored search results.

The above rather intrusive behavior is what has earned this particular class of software the name of browser hijackers. And what’s particularly annoying about all such pieces of programming is that they don’t really offer you an obvious removal option. As you know, most software has an ‘Uninstall’ button readily available. That’s not the case here. Hence, we’ve prepared a free removal guide for you to make use of – just below the current post.

The Ro01.biz virus

People mainly worry about whether or not Ro01.biz that has infected them is in reality some kind of virus. And the answer to that is a definitive no. Browser hijackers like the Ro01.biz virus cannot harm your system directly, and that’s not what they are created for.

All software like this wants is to expose you to different ads, so that by clicking on them you can generate revenue for the developers of the browser hijacker. But there’s a lot of background processes that go into this and they may take their toll on your computer’s resources and, therefore, its overall performance. Hence, Ro01.biz could potentially lead to a shortened battery life (if you’re using a laptop), system sluggishness, browser freezes and crashes, etc.

On a more sinister note, the content you may be exposed to isn’t guaranteed to be 100% safe and secure either. Much on the contrary actually, oftentimes the sites that need promotion from a browser hijacker usually have something sketchy about them to begin with. And in some cases that might even mean association with malware such as ransomware, rootkits, Trojan horse viruses, etc. So with that in mind, we wouldn’t recommend allowing Ro01.biz to remain for much longer on your PC. It’s best to not risk contaminating your system and simply see to the prompt and thorough removal of this software instead.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Ro01.biz
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Frequent page redirects, changes to the browser homepage and/or its default search engine; numerous online ads visible during browsing sessions. 
Distribution Method Browser hijackers are usually distributed as added components to the installation managers of various free system optimization tools and similar software. 
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Remove Ro01.biz Virus

To try and remove Ro01.biz quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Ro01.biz extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Ro01.biz by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Ro01.biz and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Ro01.biz removal guide below.

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.

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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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Ro01.biz 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 Ro01.biz from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Ro01.biz 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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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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