Uboungera


Uboungera

Uboungera is an unwanted software component that can only function as a part of a browser and its main job is to generate ads and page-redirects. Uboungera doesn’t allow you to stop or limit its promoting activities so your only option is to uninstall it.

Uboungera

The Uboungera virus altering the targeted browser’s appearance as well as some of its settings

Browsing disruptions are a commonly encountered issue that many computer users get to experience and the cause is usually an application that has added itself to the browsing program which is responsible for all the disturbances. An example of such software is Uboungera – this particular software is known for altering the targeted browser’s appearance as well as some of its settings. Mainly, this app focuses on the search engine tool by replacing it with its own and it does the same to the homepage and the new-tab page addresses of the browser. Another thing that it does is it generates invasive ad messages, clickbait pop-ups, screen-wide banners and other similar marketing materials in order to increase the visits to certain sites. Usually, the software pieces like this one do not discriminate between browsers and could get added to Chrome, IE, Firefox, Edge and, oftentimes, even Safari on Mac machines. This is, of course, something that pretty much any user would find as extremely unpleasant and irritating. Using your browser with a software piece like Uboungera and Poshukach in it can be quite frustrating as the never-ending stream of advertisements as well as the unknown new browser components are sure to make it difficult for you to actually reach the site, the pages and the information you are actually interested in.

Uboungera belongs to the browser hijacker category of software

In case you haven’t heard about browser hijackers or browser redirects before, we need to tell you that this is actually a rather widespread form of software. To some, it may even seem like these apps are viruses that have similar abilities to Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware but this is not technically correct. While a hijacker is definitely an app that you’d be better off without, it should still be said that most such apps are incapable of causing any actual harm to the computer they are in. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you won’t need to remove them anyway, especially since the full uninstallation of a hijacker is one of the few methods (the easiest one) that can help you restore your browser’s normal state and get rid of all the invasive ads and unwelcome changes.

Keeping away from hijackers in the future and why this is important to your computer’s safety

The most important thing to remember when it comes to keeping your computer and browser clean from Uboungera and other similar apps is that these pieces of software tend to get distributed in bundles with other programs and applications. Normally, they are presented as bonus components added to a given program and their presence there is oftentimes not properly disclosed. Taking a look at the Advanced setup menu, however may help you notice any such added components and allow you to leave them out before continuing with the installation.

The reason it is generally advisable to keep away from hijackers is because the ads shown by them could be coming from all kinds of sketchy sources and may even, at times, redirect to sites full of Trojans, different viruses and Ransomware infections.

SUMMARY:

Name Uboungera
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browsing activities would start to get interrupted by ads and page-redirects.
Distribution Method Different apps and programs are usually carriers of hijackers that are added to their installers.
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Remove Uboungera Virus

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

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

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Uboungera 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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    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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