Totalcoolblog Virus


Totalcoolblog

Totalcoolblog is a form of unwanted software/malware known as a browser hijacker that forces the users’ browsers to suddenly open different sites that the hijacker is programmed to promote. Totalcoolblog can be a threat because some of the sites it promotes may contain viruses.

Totalcoolblog

The Totalcoolblog virus belong to the category of PUP/PUA (potentially unwanted programs/ applications)

If there are ads in your browser every time you open the program and if you are constantly getting bombarded with obstructive page redirects and random banners, pop-ups and blinking messages and also if all of a sudden the search engine of your browser and/or its homepage have been replaced by new ones, then you most likely have a browser hijacker on your hands.

Browser hijackers are mostly harmless pieces of software that belong to the category of PUP/PUA (potentially unwanted programs/ applications). If you have a hijacker on your PC, it should by now be obvious why this type of software is regarded as potentially unwanted. You can have a hijacker on any browser – Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, as well as on other less popular browsing programs.

It is typical for the majority of users to assume that their machine has fallen victim of some nasty piece of malware like a Trojan horse infection or a cryptovirus of the ransomware category once they start seeing the changes in their browser and the constant barrage of ads, banners and page redirects. However, the good news here is that the hijacker apps are rarely anything more than irritating pieces of software that seek to make money through paid ads. The idea is that the users with a hijacker on their PC would eventually click on some of the ads and would thus earn Pay-Per-Click revenue for the hijacker developers. Of course, you won’t benefit from that in any way and it is therefore better to simply uninstall the hijacker. Below, you can learn how to remove Totalcoolblog and Poshukach from your PC.

What you should know about Totalcoolblog

It is definitely much more problematic if your PC gets infected by ransomware, spyware, a Trojan horse or a rootkits malware program compared to getting a hijacker installed on your computer. That being said, hijackers are still not to be regarded as perfectly safe and reliable pieces of software. Some of them might even come with some helpful functions to at least partially make up for the intrusiveness of the ads but you have to remember that the fact that random advertisements are streamed to your browser screen is, in and of itself, a potential security risk. You just can’t know what is waiting for you on the other side of the next hijacker-generated commercial and, also, there is usually not much control over the safety of these advertisements.

This is why the wise thing to do here is to use our Totalcoolblog removal guide or the antimalware program inside it and through them ensure that the hijacker is eliminated. Also, in the future, make sure that you only download new software from dependable and trusted sources and even then install it through the advanced options so as to verify there’s nothing added to the installer that might be unwanted.

SUMMARY:

Name Totalcoolblog
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The adverts, the pop-ups, the page redirects and the changes to the browser are the most typical symptoms of a hijacker invasion.
Distribution Method Most such apps get distributed through spam messages and software installation bundles.
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Remove Totalcoolblog Virus

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

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Totalcoolblog 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 Totalcoolblog 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  Totalcoolblog from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove  Totalcoolblog 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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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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