Staticnode “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2018 Update

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

Browser hijackers – most PC users have, at a certain point, encountered this annoying category of software in one form or another. Basically, a browser hijacker is similar to a browser extension – it gets added to the user’s browser the moment it’s installed on the PC. However, unlike other browser extensions that are actually of some use for the customer, the majority of hijacker applications are regarded as unwanted and undesirable. The main reason for that has to do with their ability to alter certain browser settings in order to make your Chrome, IE, Firefox (or any other browsing program you might have) more susceptible to the hijacker’s advertising-related agenda. The changes that are most likely to occur are replacement of the homepage of the browser and of its default search engine as well as frequent redirects to promoted web pages that the hijacker is trying to push. Some such applications might also change the new-tab page of your browser. Another rather irritating trait of most software applications that belong to the hijacker class is the potential for generation of intrusive and obstructive advertising materials each time you try to use your browser – ads, banners, box-messages, pop-ups and so on. All of this is likely to make one’s browsing experience rather unpleasant which is why it’s typically better if the user makes sure to eliminate the hijacker as soon as possible. In recent days, a new application/browser redirecting software was released and many user have reported it claiming that it obstructs their regular browsing activities. According to security researchers, the said software shares many characteristics with the browser hijacker category which is why we will regard it as such for the remainder of the article. The name of this page-redirecting application is Staticnode “Virus” and down below, we will give you some important information about it so that you would be able to eliminate the intrusive software in case it’s currently inside your system. Also, the information from the next lines will help you get a better grasp of what hijackers actually are and how to avoid landing such intrusive browser-extensions in future.

Staticnode “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


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

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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.

DNS

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Staticnode 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 Staticnode from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Staticnode 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

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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!

It’s all about the ads

Obviously, the main goal of any such hijacker application is to feed your browsing programs with various forms of advertising content using different techniques. The imposed homepage and new search engine are nothing but a way for the hijacker to promote certain sites and web services. For instance, if you use the new search engine, you will likely get search results that have been modified in order to push content that the developers behind Staticnode “Virus” want to promote. Also, as we said above, it’s likely that there would be many different ads and redirects to random pages – again, with the purpose of promoting them and giving them greater exposure. The more users are subjected to such aggressive advertising campaigns, the greater the revenue that the hijacker’s developers would generate through their software. This is generally how hijackers function in most cases and the truth is that, although sometimes you might see browser-redirects like Staticnode getting promoted as some sort of useful browser add-ons, in most cases users rarely get any value out of such software. Most hijackers are pretty much useless or have really limited functionality that certainly cannot compensate for the intrusiveness and irritation coming from them.

Are there any dangers?

Most specialists regard hijacker software as relatively harmless and non-hazardous. Staticnode, for example, is certainly nowhere near as dangerous and problematic as malware viruses such as Trojan Horses, Worms, Spyware and Ransomware, which are the threats that you must really be concerned about. Despite that, it’s still important to keep your eyes open if a hijacker application has managed to get installed on your computer. The ads and the pages you are likely to get redirected to might not be what they seem – the developers behind such advertising software are rarely concerned with the quality of the advertising materials that their applications generate. This means that, although most of the ads you see on your screen that are coming from Staticnode are likely to be safe and harmless, there’s always the chance that some of them might actually serve as redirect links to hazardous pages that used as malware sources for real viruses (Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, etc.).

Use custom installation settings

Bundling a hijacker like Staticnode to some other program is a common methods used to spread such intrusive software. To avoid getting Staticnode or some other similar unwanted application on your PC, you need to always check the Custom/Advanced installation option and see if there are any bundled applications there that might be unwanted. If there is any added software, you must uncheck it if it looks suspicious and then use this setup configuration to complete the installation of the main program.

Another important rule is to never trust any questionable-looking content while browsing the Internet – spam messages, sketchy web-ads and offers, suggested software downloads that seem fishy, etc. Just keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t seem reliable so that you’d be able to avoid interacting with it.

SUMMARY:

Name Staticnode
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sudden ad pop-ups, unpleasant browser changes, frequent redirects to promoted pages, etc.
Distribution Method Sketchy web-ads, pirated program downloads, bundles, misleading online requests, spam, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.