Torcho “Virus” Web Browser Removal From Chrome/Firefox

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This page aims to help you remove the Torcho “Virus” Web Browser. These Torcho “Virus” Web Browser removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. This thing is mistakenly called a virus by many users, although it is not – it is a browser hijacker, which is an entirely legitimate and legal advertising platform, although many may not feel this is the case here. We are calling it a “virus” for a short while until we can explain what it is.

We live in an interconnected world where having no computer is literally unthinkable. Most of our time we spend online, interacting with various types of content. We search online, do our shopping online, chat, post pictures, share information, download things, and much more. With so many things available, there is a great chance you might be loading your PC with browser hijacker without knowing it.

How can a browser hijacker get on your PC unknowingly?

Usually, you may find a free piece of software that you would like to download and install. You perform the download, click OK on the licensing agreement and install the application. So far so good, you are ready to give a try of your new software. What you may not notice here is, that along with the program you’ve just installed, you may have accidently installed some browser hijacker. It may often be bundled in the installation wizard of free software downloads.

Why may the Torcho “Virus” Web Browser be called also a PUP?

The same reason you call it the Torcho “Virus” Web Browser may be classified as potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to some of the actions it may perform on your system. This is a program that may track the websites you visit, and possibly record other activities you perform on your browser when you are online. This program may also show some advertising on your screen like pop-up messages, banners and links. To do that, it may target your interests, based on the information it collects from your Chrome, Firefox or other browsers you may use. Typically, browser hijacker may expose you to pop-up ads that can’t be closed, modify your personal browser settings, redirect you to other web pages or collect online-habits related information without your consent.

Where can you read more about the Torcho Web Browser activities?

In the licensing agreement, packed inside the installation wizard, you may find an explanation of how this secondary program works and what information it may collect. The developers sponsor the browser hijacker you downloaded so they can earn a profit from the clicks on the ads displayed. This is the reason why sometimes the ads may be quite annoying and aggressive when appearing on users’ screen. 

Is Torcho Web Browser dangerous?

This browser hijacker is considered to be harmless, but sometimes the actions described above may cause some unpleasant disturbance in your browsing activity and users mistakenly may refer to it as a virus. This is misleading – viruses are  designed to disrupt the use of your PC in some way. They can invade your system without your knowledge and continuously run in the background, eating valuable PC resources such as memory and processor speed. A first warning that you have an abundance of malicious software may be the significant speed drop of your computer’s performance. Viruses can sometimes seek for personal data stored on your  hard drive and use it for not so noble actions. Torcho Web Browser has nothing to do with these actions. Tough its behavior may be intrusive, it has no intentions to do any harm to your system and it is important to differentiate it from the viruses. 

How can you protect your PC?

Prevention is always better than dealing with the problems afterward. Thinking about your privacy is something you should never underestimate. If you want to protect your PC, your personal information and your identity from the aggressive methods of the online advertising industry, it is important to know which programs you are running on your computer. Make sure you always check the custom installation options before you install new software. Read carefully the licensing agreement, so you know how much data  you are leaving exposed. You are the one to put a fine line between the target-marketing software and the potentially unwanted programs that may expose you to undesired content and violate your online security.

How can you remove Torcho Web Browser?

Eliminating the program once it was installed on your computer can be difficult. Such browser hijacker programs may not appear in your PC’s uninstall options. Torcho Web Browser may not be detected by your antivirus software (but anti-malware programs, like the tool we recommend, will do it), because this is a legal program, and has no virus coding in it. Manually removing it, however, is possible if you know exactly what to look for. Below we have prepared a handful guide description you may follow. Uninstalling Torcho Web Browser may save you from the intrusive behavior you may experience while you are surfing the web. 

SUMMARY:

Name Torcho Web Browser
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (It show some advertising on your screen like pop-up messages, banners and links.)
Symptoms May expose you to pop-up ads that can’t be reliably closed, modify your personal browser settings, redirect you to other web pages or collect online-habits related information.
Distribution Method It may often be bundled in the installation wizard of various shareware or other free program solutions..
Detection Tool Browser Hijackers  may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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Torcho “Virus” Web Browser Removal


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Step1

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

It is often a good idea to start in Safe mode first – it can be impossible to delete certain files unless you do.

Step2

WARNING!
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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Certain parts of Torcho Web Browser may be hidden and you will have to reveal them until you are able to remove the problem.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You should be now viewing a extensive list, which has all programs installed on your PC. Look through the full list and remove anything that shouldn’t be there. It’s quite possible that a trapped verification pop-up like the one below will appear. Go with the choice that does not end in anything slithering its way into your PC.

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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.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

Explore the text file that opened – if you got hacked you ought to see a several numbers that are actually IPs. Have a look at our snapshot as a reference point.

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step4

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 Torcho Web Browser from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click IE GEAR –> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the suspicious entry —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Torcho Web Browser from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click mozilla menu —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the threat —> Remove.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Torcho Web Browser 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.

  • At this point your problem is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are malicious or otherwise not supposed to be there. Google them or ask us in the comments.

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the suspicious processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

It is likely that there are some kind of remaining threat files in the registry. Locating them on your own might be extremely hard, so locate them by pressing CTRL+F, then type the name of the threat. When you receive any findings right click and eliminate them. Should that fail to work look for them manually by browsing through the directories.

  • 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

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