This page aims to help you remove ssl.gstatic.com “Virus.” These ssl.gstatic.com “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
While you could just skip this section and head straight for the removal instructions, we highly recommend you read the text below before using the removal guide. It is of utmost importance for you to understand at least to a reasonable degree what you’re dealing with. That will help you take action more effectively, help you prevent this from happening in the future and most of all it will teach you basic knowledge on your enemy of the day: (and the reason why you are here) ssl.gstatic.com.
What is ssl.gstatic.com?
What differences do they have when compared to Viruses? Now, it is important to comprehend that ssl.gstatic.com is classified as an browser hijacker, which isn’t a Virus. Most experts on this subject all agree that browser hijacker has enough differences to be differentiated from Viruses. Most notably it is in their degree of severity. Viruses are considered High priority for removal, while browser hijacker is usually low-to-medium. This doesn’t mean that they should be ignored, in fact it’s quite the opposite. They can introduce more browser hijacker (or even malware) into your machine by tricking you into clicking on one of the ads they place. Most of the popular browsers like Chrome or Firefox are all subjected to these pieces of software.
Viruses have the tendency to alter your computer to a severe level, much more than what an browser hijacker would normally do. They not only replicate themselves on other files or even hard drivers, but they can sometimes be FUD (term meaning Fully UnDetectable by anti-virus software). When infected, the PCs are most commonly robbed from their resources such as RAM space, CPU time, disk space. They can also often access private information on your machine, which can vary from passwords to credit card information. Sometimes they aren’t as destructive, though. The general description is a piece of software that is self-replicating and installs itself without user consent.
browser hijacker, on the other hand, is considered by many to be a form of malware, because it spreads ads around your browser. More often than not they can be rather obstructive and usually diminish the general browsing experience. The ads they utilize range from simple banners, in-text ads to pop-ups that can take your whole browser window. While banners are placed at the sides of the web page, in-text ads are integrated into the text itself and serve as hyperlinks to malicious websites.
browser hijacker also tends to document any browsing related information such as IP addresses, browsing history, search queries. That is then sent to the creator of the software and is used to further personalize the ads you see to seem a bit more alluring. They may display products you like, but that shouldn’t fool you as those are only used as bait. In addition to that, the ads displayed also serve the double purpose of providing pay-per-click revenue to the creator.
Whichever it is, they always lead to suspicious locations on the internet that can deceive you into installing some program that will most likely end up harming your machine rather than helping. You should always avoid any interactions (clicking for example) with these ads, because they are of no benefit to you and can only worsen your situation.
How did ssl.gstatic.com end up in my computer?
Usually ssl.gstatic.com is bundled with software installers downloaded from various free software download sites. They hide themselves in the advanced options and install without your explicit consent. It is recommended for you to be increasingly careful when installing programs. You should pay extra attention to every step in the installation process. Uncheck any option that tells you it will install “bonus” programs on your PC.
Keep in mind that removing ssl.gstatic.com can be difficult or intimidating to some users. While you should generally have a good experience if you follow our steps, you also have the option to use the removal tool we recommend. Otherwise, continue to the uninstall procedures outlined below.
|Danger Level||Medium (Ads are annoying, may open your computer to additional risks)|
|Symptoms||Various advertisements displayed on the user’s screen, also possible search redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Commonly inserted in the installers of other applications, but can also be obtained from misleading online Ads and more.|
|Detection Tool||Browser hijackers are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
It is generally a good idea to start in Safe mode first – it can be impossible to delete certain files unless you do.
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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- It’s possible that files associated with ssl.gstatic.com are hidden so they can confuse you. Reveal them by enabling the relevant option.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You should be now looking at a large list, that contain pretty much all software installed on your PC. Look through the full list and delete anything that you find underisrable. It’s possible that a misleading verification menu such as the one below might appear. Pick the option that won’t lead to anything invading your PC.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
You’ve just opened the hosts file – run through it. If your computer has actually been hacked into you’ll identify a group of IP lines listed. Our image can help you with what to look at.
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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 ssl.gstatic.com from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click –> Manage Add-ons.
Find the suspicious entry —> Disable. Go to –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove ssl.gstatic.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the threat —> Remove.
Remove ssl.gstatic.com 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.
- At this point your problem is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are malicious or otherwise not supposed to be there. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the suspicious processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
It is likely that there are a few remaining threat files in the registry. Looking for them all by yourself will probably be difficult, so locate them by holding CTRL+F, then write the name of the threat. In case you get any outcomes right click and remove them. In case this fails to work get them manually by browsing through the directories.
- 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
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