This page aims to help you remove the TTwifi “Virus”. These TTwifi “Virus” removal instructions work for all browsers and Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7 and XP.
In general, TTwifi “Virus”, as users mistakenly call it, is not considered as a virus. Why so? Because it has some major differences from a typical virus. Firstly, the goals of both are far from similar. While a virus is mainly characterized as a piece of software that reproduces inside your system (just like a biological virus), TTwifi is recognized as Adware. Instead of aiming to copy itself onto other files, its main goal is to spread unwanted ads to your favorite browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. These ads come in different shapes and sizes too.
What is TTwifi?
As we stated previously, the TTwifi “Virus” is defined as an instance of Adware. Just like its name suggests, its a type of software that is mainly purposed with filling your browser with ads that may or may not be appropriate or relevant. The history of Adware is that it started as something non-malicious but ended up being used more and more as a tool of earning money by using “social engineering”. If you aren’t aware what this term means, it is a discipline which aims to change or influence particular actions or attitudes on a large scale. In other words, its the way the developers of TTwifi trick you into clicking on the ads by providing content on them that is alluring or engaging. They can even show you ads that are tuned to your tastes and preferences by using various methods. The goal of all this is always the same. Money. Money moves the world and it makes people do anything to get as much as they can. The creators of TTwifi are no exception.
Symptoms of TTwifi
The symptoms you should be experiencing if you are a victim of this Adware are as follows:
- One of the things you’ll notice when browsing the web are the so called banners. Just like their name suggests, they are rectangles placed on the sides of the content area. While not as obstructive as some of the rest, they tend to be rather large and equally annoying as the others.
- The next thing you’ll see are the in-text ads. In their basic form they represent words linked to various other places around the web. In other words, hyperlinks. Not all of them end there, as sometimes developers add a pop-up once you hover your mouse over the link.
- The last but certainly not least are the pop-up ads. Chances are that that will be the first thing you’ll notice when loading a page on your browser. As their name suggest they “pop-up” in front of you and are filled with an ad of some sorts.
In addition to that, they also serve the double purpose of collecting your browsing related information and transmit it towards their creator. Next, using different algorithms, the ads you’d normally see get adjusted to better suit your preferences and likes. This is where TTwifi becomes quite cunning. The ads become more likeable in a way and may even show you a product you’ve been looking to buy at a much lower price. Do not be deceived by these attempts to make you click on one of the ads. It’s important to never interact with the them. If you click, several things tend to happen.
- Firstly, a new page opens up with might seem like the thing you were looking for by clicking, but this is just a disguise set up to fool you. The websites that these links will lead you to are always harmful and should be ignored.
- Secondly, you also help the creator gain some money “for his efforts”. Most, if not all, of these ads are set up with a pay-per-click advertising model in mind. This means that for every click, a small amount of money is sent to the creators. There’s nothing worse than paying money to the attackers of your PC.
And with that, this pretty much sums up what you need to know when facing TTwifi. Removing or uninstalling it should be rather straightforward for someone who is experienced. If you happen to be a first-timer, then we recommend you use our removal tool to deal with the problem.
|Symptoms||Various advertisements placed all around the content area of a web page. They tend to stand out.|
|Distribution Method||Installers come bundled with the Adware. The options itself is often hidden inside the advanced section of the installation procedure.|
|Detection Tool||Adware are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
TTwifi “Virus” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Safe mode may be necessary so that you can remove files associated with TTwifi.
- It’s possible that files connected with TTwifi are hidden so they can confuse you. Reveal them by visiting the appropriate option.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
The Control Panel window that just started lists all programs which have been installed on your PC. Look for stuff that you don’t want there and Uninstall it. In the event a confirmation window is shown carefully examine the text prior to selecting anything – it is often a trap , as shown in the picture below.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
Explore the text file which opened – should you be hacked you should notice a list of numbers that are in fact IPs. Have a look at our pic to get an idea.
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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.
Remove TTwifi from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click –> Manage Add-ons.
Find the suspicious entry —> Disable. Go to –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove TTwifi from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the threat —> Remove.
Remove TTwifi from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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.
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!
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Now we’ll delete any remaining settings strings of the threat – in the event it tries to bounce back into your computer. Find them by holding CTRL+F simultaneously and after that do a search on the name of the threat. Eliminate any successful search results. If that is impossible examine the location of the file and browse manually to delete it.
- 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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