This page aims to help you remove Roboverify. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Roboverify is an application from the browser hijacker type, specialized in web-rerouting and ad-generation. For the most part, Roboverify will continuously display various pop-up messages, ads, and banners on the web browser’s screen and will redirect user search requests to partnering websites.
If the short description above applies to your situation, you might have unknowingly landed this browser hijacker on your Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari web browser. Fortunately, the article you are about to read can help you to safely uninstall Roboverify and remove its annoying ads once and for all. Besides, in the next paragraphs, we will explain to you how these programs work and why do they tend to change the homepage and/or the search engine configurations of your main web browser.
You may already know what stands behind the term “browser hijacker” but in case you don’t, this word refers to computer programs that are designed to display paid advertisements (pop-up ads, banner messages, on-screen notifications, etc.) as you surf the web. They are also capable of redirecting user searches to specific URL addresses and, in this way, to drag traffic and clicks to certain websites.
The Roboverify Virus
Pieces like Roboverify can collect information about your web surfing activities from the hijacked browser without your knowledge or consent. This is typically done purely for marketing purposes as it helps the developers to determine what kind of ads to display to you based on the products and services you are looking for.
Nevertheless, they may have the opportunity to sell the collected details about your latest search queries to third parties, most often sellers who want to offer something to you. This may result in even more ads, banners, and pop-ups on your screen and more targeted page-redirects to unfamiliar websites.
Many browser hijacker-like apps, however, could also reroute the search queries to commercial websites or other unsafe web pages, infected with genuinely malicious software such as Ransomware or Trojans. That’s why a lot of web users are concerned when they face a program like Roboverify and seek assistance to safely uninstall it from their computer. In reality, however, the browser hijackers are not capable of causing the type of harm that a real virus can cause. Yet, such applications are often known to employ some aggressive online advertising methods that may cross the line of the users’ patience.
Being exposed to so many promotional materials while browsing the web, however, could come with some risks. Indeed, some users may find it useful to see ads related to their searches. However, clicking on every random pop-up may not be a good idea from a security point of view. The reason is, some of the generated promotional messages and links could be misleading or worse, they could be compromised by viruses. Once clicked on, these fake ads and links can deliver an infection as notorious as a Ransomware or a Trojan horse. Fortunately, users can gain control over the intrusive ad-generation activity if they safely remove the browser hijacker that initiates it. The removal process is not too difficult, especially when a combination of a manual removal guide and a professional removal tool are used.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may detect unapproved changes in the browser’s new tab page, the homepage or the preferred search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Browser Hijackers are typically distributed via program bundling, torrents and free download managers.|
Roboverify Virus Removal
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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Roboverify from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Roboverify from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Roboverify from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!