Vidspcon is a type of program identified by experts as a browser hijacker. Vidspcon can integrate with most any type of browsing program including Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others.
Once integrated with the browser, software like this typically alters some of its settings, such as the homepage and oftentimes also the default search engine. In addition, immediately after an infection like this, users tend to notice an extra toolbar that’s been added to the browser, as well as a new add-on or plugin. But those are just the very obvious changes that are immediately noticeable.
The Vidspcon Virus
What becomes apparent after a certain time is the increase in the number of online ads that are displayed on the browser’s screen, all because of the Vidspcon virus. These can come in every shape and size, including popups, banners, box messages, in-text links, etc. Furthermore, Vidspcon and others like it have a tendency to trigger page redirects just as you’re browsing the web and in doing so send you to various sponsored web locations. And all of this takes place within your browser for the sole purpose of promoting different products, services and websites in exchange for profit.
However, none of this usually benefits the end user in any way. And that is why they typically prefer to simply uninstall the annoying program together with all of its unwanted effects. But because Vidspcon doesn’t come with a clear uninstallation option, you will have to use a removal guide like the one we’ve published below in order to completely remove it from your system.
Does Vidspcon pose a threat to your system?
If this is the first time you’ve ever had to deal with a browser hijacker, then perhaps you may be worrying if this program may in fact be a virus. And it’s very understandable, too. However, luckily, this is not at all the case. Browser hijackers pass as potentially unwanted program at their worst, and they certainly don’t possess the same dangerous qualities or capabilities that actual viruses do.
But that doesn’t make them entirely safe either, and it’s important to still be cautious around them and the content they expose you to. It is possible that you could encounter unsafe web locations and there may be a risk of landing genuinely awful infections with Trojans, ransomware, spyware and others. And since there’s really no way of knowing if and at what point you might be redirected to a page like this, it’s best to have Vidspcon deleted from your PC as soon as possible.
With that in mind, an altogether good advice regarding all browser hijackers in general is to avoid their installation in the first place. The most common way of getting infected is by installing various types of freeware and shareware using their default or automatic settings. What you ought to do is utilize the custom (also called advanced, or manual) settings instead. This will give you more control over the whole process and will typically also present you with the option to opt out of the installation of any added programs (e.g. Vidspcon).
Remove Vidspcon Virus
Many browser hijackers, including Vidspcon, may install potentially unwanted extensions inside the main web browser with the help of which to facilitate their promotional activities. A trick that sometimes helps a lot to stop the hijacker’s invasion is to simply find and remove these extensions from the affected browser. The quick instructions below explain how to reach the Extensions page of your browser and remove any Vidspcon-related entries without losing time:
- Depending on the browser that you are using, open it and click on the main menu icon (typically found top right).
- Select the More Tools/or Add-ons option from the slide-down menu.
- After that, click on the Extensions tab that should be found somewhere on the left side of the screen.
- Once the list of Extensions is visible to you, search for extensions that seem to be related to Vidspcon or have been installed without your knowledge.
- Remove every extension that you find suspicious or potentially unwanted by clicking on the Remove/Trash Bin button next to it.
- After you are done with that, restart the browser and check for any symptoms of hijacking.
If you keep experiencing browsing issues that are related to Vidspcon after you complete the instructions above, then we suggest that you give a try to the more detailed Vidspcon removal guide below.
Before you start with the actual removal of Vidspcon, it is a good idea to click the Bookmark button (top right in the address bar) in order to save this page for later reference.
After you are done with that, we recommend that you reboot your computer in Safe Mode (use the detailed instructions from the link) and then get back to this removal guide (that you have just bookarket) and proceed to the next step.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Start the Windows Task Manager by using the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination.
Then, in the Processes tab (the “Details” Tab on Windows 8 and 10) search for processes that you belive are related to Vidspcon or operate in an unusual way by using too much RAM and CPU resources.
With a right-click on each process that you find questionable, open its file location. After that, use the free scanner below to scan the files in that location for dangerous code:
If danger is detected during the scan, end the related process with a right-click on it >>>End Process, and then don’t forget to delete the dangerous files from the file location along with their folders. If there are more processes that grab your attention as questionable, please scan the files of all of them and do quick online research to be sure that you are not stopping a legitimate process.
Press Windows and R keyboard keys and type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog.
Next, click OK and you should immediately see a Control Panel window with a list of all applications that have been installed on your machine. Carefully search the list for suspicious programs that have been installed recently. If you find an app that looks bogus or you think could be responsible for the introduction of Vidspcon inside your computer, don’t hesitate to Uninstall it.
After that, open System Configurations (type msconfig in the windows search field followed by Enter) and check what entries have been listed in the Startup tab:
If you find Startup Items with “Unknown” Manufacturer or items that are clearly added by Vidspcon in the list, make sure that you remove their checkmark to disable them.
Use once again the Windows and R keyboard key combination and paste the following line in the Run dialog box:
Click OK and after you do that, a notepad file named Hosts should open on the screen. In the text, find Localhost and, aside from detecting your IP, check for questionable-looking IP addresses below.
If you detect suspicious IPs below the Localhost section of your Hosts file, (as show on the example image above), please copy these IPs and drop us a comment in the comments section after this guide. We will tell you what to do if we find anything dangerous in the addresses you’ve posted.
Next, find Network Connections from the Start menu (On Windows 10 you just type it in the Windows search bar), and open it. Then, follow the instructions below:
- Select the Network Adapter you are using, right-click > Properties.
- Find Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and highlight it, then click Properties.
- Check if Obtain DNS server address automatically is selected and if it is not, select it and click on Advanced
- In the new window, click on the DNS tab and if you find any rogue DNS in the field, remove it.
- Once you are done, click OK.
- In this step, we will show you how to remove any changes that Vidspcon might have imposed on your browsers. In case you are using more than one browser on your computer, make sure that you apply the relevant instructions below to all of them.
Head to the browser’s shortcut icon and right-click it, then select > Properties.
NOTE: For demonstration, we are using Google Chrome, but the same should be applied to other browsers too.
Next, in the Properties window go to the Shortcut tab.
In the Target bar, make sure that you remove everything that has been added after .exe (if there is something) and click OK at the end.
Remove Vidspcon from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click > Manage Add-ons.
In the Add-ons section disable any add-ons you believe are related to the browser hijacker.
Next, click on the gear icon top right > Internet Options.
Check for changes in the homepage field and if you see an address that is not the one you prefer as your homepage, change the URL to one of your choice. Then click on Apply to save the changes.
Remove Vidspcon from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click > Add-ons > Extensions.
If an extension that you see there grabs your attention as potentially unwanted, remove it.
Remove Vidspcon from Chrome:
Quit Chrome if it is open and go to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data.
Search for a folder called “Default” and select it.
Rename the Default folder to Backup Default, save it with that name and restart Chrome.
Go to the Windows search bar and type Regedit followed by Enter. This will immediately open the Registry Editor on your screen. Once inside, press CTRL and F keyboard keys together and write the name of the browser hijacker in the Find box. After that, click on the Find Next button and after the search completes, delete any entries that are found by right-clicking on them. Please note that you may need to repeat the search several times.
If nothing is found in this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Internet Explorer>Main>Random
If the instructions in this guide look too time-consuming for you or Vidspcon is more persistent than expected, the professional removal program on this page, as well as our free online virus scanner, can save you time and effort. We would also be glad to answer all your questions in the comments below.