Vexacion.com Vexacion.com is a browser hijacker which has the ability to \u201cinvade\u201d your main browser (it doesn\u2019t matter if you are using Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or some other browsing app) and impose some potentially unwanted changes on its settings. Vexacion.com does that with the purpose of spamming you with third-party ads, pop-ups, banners and on-screen page-redirect messages. Our team has recently received a lot of questions about an application called Vexacion.com "Virus" and that\u2019s why, in the next lines, we will tell you all that you need to know about it, especially if you have had a close encounter with this piece of software in the recent days. In to make its advertising activities more effective and efficient, the browser hijacker typically replaces the main homepage with some sponsored URL and installs a new search engine which automatically redirects the users to some predefined web locations and generates modified search, favoring the websites of the partnering third-parties. As a result of that, every time you open your browser and start a new browsing session, you may start to experience invasive page-redirects to specific sites and an unstoppable stream of colorful messages that constantly promote different sales offers and links. \u00a0 Generally, such an activity is not malicious and is not intended to cause harm to your computer and its data. Yet, the entire ad-generating campaign can sometimes be very aggressive and, therefore, can easily be mistaken for a potential virus infection or a contamination with some form of nasty malware such as Trojans or Ransomware. People who have never dealt with browser hijackers before may indeed get panicked the moment they detect Vexacion.com "Virus" in their browser because such software typically does not have an uninstallation mechanism like most other browser components and the modifications it imposes can sometimes be ridiculously difficult to remove. That\u2019s why, in many cases, even if you seemingly uninstall the affected browser, this may not be enough to fully remove the browser hijacker and its activities from your PC. The effective elimination of the unwanted software may require you to follow certain manual steps or use some professional removal tool in order to get rid of everything related to the pesky pieces of software. How can Vexacion.com\u00a0"Virus" get inside your PC without your knowledge? It is typical for most browser hijackers to get installed in the system without the users\u2019 direct approval. Yet, they don\u2019t use the stealthy infection methods that threats like Ransomware, Trojans and the many types of computers viruses rely on. Instead, applications like Vexacion.com usually become part of the system when the users download and perform a careless installation of some software bundle or of some free automatic update which may contain the ad-generating and page-redirecting software component inside the installation package. That\u2019s why, in order to avoid landing some potentially unwanted applications like this hijacker when you download software from the web, we advise you to be selective about your sources and always pay attention to the setup menu. Oftentimes, browser hijackers, adware and other similar applications may be found under the Advanced\/Custom settings which the users usually overlook. However, this is exactly where you need to go if you want to have more control over the entire setup process of a given software package as then you would be able to manually deselect any additional components that may have been bundled with the installer and, by doing so, leave them out of the setup process. SUMMARY: Name Vexacion.com Type Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms This program may replace your main homepage or install a new search engine inside your browser. Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method for distribution along with torrents, ads, spam and free downloads. Detection Tool Remove Vexacion.com\u00a0"Virus" 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 Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Vexacion.com\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Vexacion.com\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Vexacion.com\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a 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: \tHKEY_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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!