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Snarer “Virus” Removal

This page aims to help you remove Snarer “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A lot of reports have recently been received by our team regarding an adware program called Snarer “Virus”. According to the affected users, this program has managed to latch onto their Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser and has made it display an uncontrollable amount of different ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored messages. Here, we will explain how exactly this program manages to get inside your system and how it operates, how harmful it can be and, of course, how you can remove it without any special skills by just following the steps in the removal guide below.

The primary purpose of the adware

Generally speaking, any program, the main activity of which is related to the generation and distribution of advertising content on the users’ screen is usually regarded as advertising software or in short – adware. Having this said, Snarer “Virus” can be seen as such advertising software, which primary purpose is to display certain advertisements on your monitor. For that, it usually integrates with your browser and starts to generate different offers, pop-ups, banners, promotions or web pages, which aggressively prompt you to click on them. This aggressiveness has the potential to heavily interrupt one’s usual web browsing and may eventually end up as a serious browsing-related irritation and disturbance. What is more, in most of the cases, programs like Snarer “Virus” fail to provide some actual benefit for the users who have to endure its constant ad-generation, therefore, a lot of people consider such software rather useless and have no reason to keep it on their system. The people, who usually benefit from the adware are its developers, who implement it in aggressive ad-generating campaigns like Pay-Per-Click or sponsored impressions, which bring them profits every time users click on some of the displayed ads.

Problems that Snarer “Virus” may cause

For the users, who have to face a wall of ads every time they open their browser, the adware can be a real nuisance. This is the main reason for them to seek for options to remove it. On top of that, a program like Snarer “Virus” rarely can offer anything of value that can eventually compensate the eventual disturbance it may cause. Thanks to its invasive activity, the affected browser may start to crash or freeze or become unresponsive to your searches. The owners of the program may use it also as a good marketing research tool that can track your web activity, latest searches, browsing history and bookmarks. This way, they can collect some “traffic data” from you and use it to expose you to more of their ads, which are matching your interests. The problem is that if you don’t want to be part of it, you may not be able to stop or disable this data tracking activity unless you fully uninstall the adware from your system.

Does Snarer “Virus” pose a security risk for your system?

Nagging software like Snarer “Virus” which tends to interrupt your browsing and bombard you with ads can surely be alarming and there are a lot of people who mistake it for a nasty virus. However, the adware has no intention to cause serious system harm the way that a real computer virus would do. As we already said, its primary aim is to simply advertise, not to corrupt your PC. It is exactly opposite with the malicious pieces of software. Ransomware or a Trojan based virus, for example, will most probably affect not only your browser, but your whole system and the data found on it. The consequences of a threat of this type can be really harmful to your entire PC. Moreover, Ransomware, Trojans and all forms of malware are absolutely illegal pieces of software, while the adware is legally utilized according to the law. In fact, many online based businesses, software developers, marketers and vendors use it as an advertising tool and display their promotions directly on the users’ screen without posing any serious security risk. Still, the number of people, who prefer to uninstall the adware because of its aggressive advertising approach, is huge and despite not being malicious, this software is commonly referred to as unwanted. 

How to prevent adware?

Usually, adware gets inside the system thanks to the users’ negligence when they install a new software setup (which contains additionally bundled adware) on their computer. That’s, why, if you don’t want programs like Snarer “Virus” to take over your browser and bombard you with ads, you should be very careful not to let them get installed on your PC in the first place. Read the EULA before running any installer, especially if it is a free one, and always use the “Advanced” or “Custom” option to check the bundle for programs you may not want.


Name Snarer
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program can be a source of an uncontrollable amount of different ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored messages.
Distribution Method Software bundles, different free installers, torrents, free downloads, spam, emails with attachments, shareware platforms.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Snarer “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



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.


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.



  • 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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Snarer “Virus” 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 Snarer “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Snarer “Virus” 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.


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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