This page aims to help you remove the System Table Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If aggressive advertising and recently imposed unwanted browser changes are issues that you are currently dealing with, then you might have a hijacker app on your machine. A browser hijacker is normally something that initially appears to be like any other extension for a browser. It functions as a part of your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other browsing program you might use and it is said to add some new functions to your browser. However, in the case of hijacker apps, in the majority of cases, there’s pretty much nothing useful about them – they are simply there to aggressively advertise and promote something on your screen at the expense of your nerves and patience. A hijacker could try to redirect your searches to unknown pages, add a new search engine to your browser or replace the previous homepage that it had. On top of all that, a new toolbar might get added to the browser that you don’t really want and also intrusive pop-ups, banners and box messages might start showing on your screen whenever you try to open a new browsing session. As you can tell, all of this intrusiveness and annoyance could really ruin your working process and prevent you from normally navigating to the sites you actually need to visit and use. Not only that, but there could also be certain security issues coming from hijacker apps that you all need to be aware of (we will talk about this in a bit). With all that said, we have decided to help our readers deal with one of the latest hijacker apps that is currently getting distributed throughout the Internet in a variety of ways. We will show you what you’d need to do in order to get rid of this pesky annoyance and clean your PC off anything that it might have left behind. We will also help you restore your browsers back to the way they were before System Table Virus got installed on your machine so make sure to stay with us until the end of this write-up.
Are hijackers really that harmful?
Many online articles written on the topic of browser hijackers refer to these apps as dangerous pieces of malware. Now, it is up to anyone’s personal interpretation how they’d regard such software. However, we need to tell you that a piece of software like System Table Virus isn’t an actual virus program. It is far less problematic than a real malware virus like a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse. Also, the purpose of most hijackers significantly differs from the purpose of most virus programs. As you’ve probably already guessed, the main goal of most browser hijackers/browser page-redirects is to advertise something to the user. The practice of online advertising isn’t actually harmful in and of itself – the main problem here is that, when the advertising campaign is conducted by a hijacker, it could all become way too irritating and obstructive to the point where the user is barely able to use their browsing program in a normal way. However, a hijacker app would rarely try to cause any actual damage to your system or files or mess with any sensitive information you might keep inside your computer.
System Table 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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove System Table Virus from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove System Table Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove System Table 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 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—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!
Despite the relatively “safe” nature of apps like System Table Virus, you still need to be aware of the potential risks that might come with such software. A hijacker might not directly threaten the safety of your machine but not all of the page redirects and apps it might display on your screen can be trusted. As some of you know, a lot of nasty viruses get distributed over the Internet with the help of misleading and hazardous adverts, links, pop-ups, banners, etc. If one such ad gets put on your screen by a hijacker and you click on that ad, you may very well get your computer exposed to some nasty Trojan Horse or Ransomware (or some other) virus. This is why, we believe that if you have System Table Virus on your hands, it’s best if you remove it and, in the meanwhile, avoid its ads, redirects, banners an any other promotional contents it might try to expose you to.
How to avoid them in future
It’s not that difficult to stay away from hijackers like System Table Virus. Just make sure that you don’t download stuff from shady sources, don’t open sketchy e-mails that are potential spam, don’t go to questionable websites and don’t click on obscure and shady-looking web ads and other forms of online offers, Another really good tip is to always customize the installation of any new programs you want to install on your machine. Remember to always use the advanced setup options and take a look at the bundled/added installs as it’s possible there’s a hijacker there. If you see any questionable-looking optional app bundled with the main program, uncheck it and only then carry on with the rest of the installation.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Different types of browsing disturbance such as random pop-ups, page redirects, replaced search engine and starting page, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Usual methods for distributing hijackers are spam e-mails, online adverts, banners and pop-ups, software bundles and others.|
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