RunAroundsWell Virus

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RunAroundsWell

RunAroundsWell is a piece of software that belongs to a family of programs known as browser hijackers. Contrary to popular belief, RunAroundsWell does not pose an immediate risk to the safety of a computer’s operating system or its data. In fact, this software is typically embedded inside some other piece of software that is perfectly legal, which also makes the hijacker legal.

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The RunAroundsWell virus will display pop up ads and notifications

On the other hand, despite the fact that such software components do not pose a threat to users’ computers or engage in harmful behavior, they are nonetheless able to irritate users of the internet and should better be removed.

Applications like RunAroundsWell, Tinyurl5.ru, Best Lucky Cat are built to implant themselves in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and other browsers and to advertise particular sites, search engines, or other online services on the screen. A browser hijacker is essentially a specialized tool for the advertising of online content and services. If a certain page with the name RunAroundsWell is stored inside the user’s browser, for instance, a hijacker may use it to page-redirect the user to a different web location.

If you have the RunAroundsWell browser hijacker present on your system, it is quite possible that the homepage of the search engine of the browser has been altered to redirect to RunAroundsWell, which could be enough to want to uninstall this program.

In addition to replacing the homepage, it’s possible that some other settings of your browser may be modified as well, and all of this will typically occur without your direct approval. For instance, while you are browsing the Internet, you may begin to experience a variety of browser disruptions, such as sudden and unwanted page-redirects, invasive pop-ups that appear on your screen to mess with your browsing experience, and even fake warnings about issues with your computer that are intended to sell you some obscure piece of software that could supposedly deal with the problems inside your system – problems that you most likely do not even have.

This is typical of hijackers, and RunAroundsWell is not an exception. Therefore, if you want to save yourself from this annoyance, the best course of action would be for you to remove RunAroundsWell as well as the hijacker components that are related to it. In order to be of assistance to you in this task, we have prepared a series of instructions that can be discovered in the RunAroundsWell removal guide located on this website.

Safety

Even if you do not think that this is such a significant problem and that you are able to tolerate the annoyance that is caused by the hijacker, you should be aware that there is really another, much more serious reason why the unwanted program has to be uninstalled from your computer.

A hijacker may make your system less secure than you would want it to be, despite the fact that the software itself does not pose a threat by itself. If you have such software attached to your browser, you may experience random redirects to sites with dubious content, as well as misleading clickbait banners and online pop-ups. This could easily lead you to unsafe online addresses, and as you probably already know, there are far more malicious pieces of software available on the Internet, such as Ransomware cryptoviruses, sneaky Spyware programs, harmful Trojan Horses, computer viruses and so on and so forth. With this in mind, the presence of a hijacker like RunAroundsWell inside your browsing application might significantly raise the risk of coming across malicious software. For this reason, removing the hijacker is the course of action that we recommend you follow in this situation.

SUMMARY:

NameRunAroundsWell
TypeBrowser Hijacker
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Remove RunAroundsWell Virus

To try and remove RunAroundsWell 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 RunAroundsWell extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove RunAroundsWell by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of RunAroundsWell and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed RunAroundsWell 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

    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.

    More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

    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 RunAroundsWell 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 RunAroundsWell from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove RunAroundsWell 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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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