Theshafou Virus


Theshafou is a piece of software that operates as an integrated component in browsers like Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and others, and its main goal is to promote different products, pages, apps, sites, and services directly from within the browser. Given the opportunity to get installed inside your browser, Theshafou can, and will make changes in the homepage, replace the search engine, add new toolbar buttons and shortcuts, page-redirect your clicks and searches, and show ads on your screen.


The virus will display pop up ads and notifications

Here, we will be focusing on a specific browser hijacker responsible for the promotion of a page known as Theshafou. If you have the corresponding hijacker in your system, you may see that Theshafou has bee set as your homepage without your permission, or you may start to get redirected to it while browsing the Internet. As we already mentioned, other changes may be made in your browser, and the hijacker may disrupt your browsing experience in other ways.

On the surface, though rather irritating, such activity may not seem like a huge issue – after all, it’s just some unwanted changes in certain elements of the browser and occasional page-redirects and generation of ads. Indeed, many users do not really mind the presence of hijackers in their browsers. However, even those of you who may not have a big problem with the Theshafou-related hijacker in your browser should know that such an app shouldn’t be kept in the browser for any extended period of time – read the next paragraph to learn why.

The dangers related to browser hijackers

The change of your homepage to Theshafou may not really do any direct harm to your system, and it may not be all that irritating to you. However, even though the hijacker behind this annoyance is different from viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, and other highly-dangerous malware threats, it still isn’t the safest piece of software you could have in your computer. The main safety issue related to most hijackers like Humisnee, Video Downloader by Skyload, including the one related to Theshafou, is the lack of control over what ads get displayed on your screen. In many cases, the adverts, the banners, and the page-redirects shown by hijackers may originate from unreliable and sketchy sites and pages. If you accidentally (or deliberately) click on such an advert, you may get linked to all kinds of obscure and questionable web addresses, many of which could even contain malware such as Trojan Horses, Worms, Ransomware cryptoviruses, and other similar dangers. Again, the hijacker itself isn’t an app that can directly harm your system or compromise your online security, but if you want to minimize the chances of landing some nasty piece of malware, it’s best to uninstall the hijacker. If you need any help doing that, we can offer it to you through our Theshafou removal guide that you will find down below. Simply follow the instructions presented in it, and complete all of the steps exactly as they are shown and explained, or use the suggested professional removal tool, and you should have no difficulty removing the invasive piece of software from your computer.


Name Theshafou
Type Browser Hijacker
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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).



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:

    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.



    • 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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Theshafou 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 Theshafou from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Theshafou 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.


    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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    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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