Stinkwailingbalk Virus

Stinkwailingbalk

Stinkwailingbalk is a browser-rerouting junwkare app that generates ads in the browser and constantly tries to page-redirect the user to some sponsored sites. While not directly harmful, Stinkwailingbalk has the potential to link you to potentially hazardous web content so it is advisable to uninstall it ASAP.

Stinkwailingbalk

The Stinkwailingbalk virus is seen as undesirable form of software

You may not think much of the random pop-up ads that may be showing on your screen whenever you are in your browser surfing the Internet but you should know that being annoying isn’t the only unpleasant feature of the different forms of banners, box messages and page-redirects that might be interrupting your browsing activities. Sometimes, a given web ad or banner or redirect may actually be a gateway for serious malware threats like Ransomware, Trojans and others, that could allow them to attack your computer. This is why you shouldn’t trust every web ad that you see on the Internet. Unfortunately, if Stinkwailingbalk or some other browser hijacker app is in your Firefox or Google Chrome or another browser, the ads won’t go away no matter what you do. Also, there may be changes to the search engine service and the homepage of the browser that could make the amount of advertising content that pops-up on your screen even greater. Generally, the representatives of the so-called browser hijacker category are seen as undesirable form of software exactly because of their tendency to cause irritation through their endless display of ads and through the unauthorized browser changes that they may introduce to the user’s browser. And while all this isn’t some sort of malicious and criminal activity aimed at harming your computer or compromising your online privacy and security, it is still important to be aware of the potential hazards that software like Stinkwailingbalk and Omnatuor could lead to. Obviously, it is better if you do not keep such browser hijackers in your computer and if you do not allow them to operate within your browser. For those of you who need help with the uninstallation of the Stinkwailingbalk hijacker, you can find the needed assistance in the next guide.

Some information about the online ads coming from the hijacker

As we said, despite being different and far less harmful from Trojan Horses, Spyware, Ransomware and other nasty and nefarious malware programs, the browser hijacker apps like Stinkwailingbalk are still not the safest form of software that you could have within your computer’s system. The hijacker itself normally contains no malicious code and doesn’t have the ability to harm the computers it’s installed on. However, the main hazard for your virtual security are actually the adverts themselves. You should be well aware of the fact that you can’t trust every online banner or advert that you see on the Internet since you cannot know what their origins are and what they may be linked with. The same applies to the advertising materials that Stinkwailingbalk or another hijacker app may show in your browsing program. Since the ads never really stop as long as the hijacker is operational, it is very difficult to avoid all of the advertisements. Therefore, the best option you have in such a situation is to eliminate and fully uninstall the invasive ad-generating application and in that way free your browser of the invasive commercial messages.

SUMMARY:

Name Stinkwailingbalk
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive browser ads and changes to the homepage or the search engine service without your permission.
Distribution Method Software installation packages also known as program bundles.
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Remove Stinkwailingbalk

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

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

    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 Stinkwailingbalk 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 Stinkwailingbalk from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Stinkwailingbalk 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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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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