Vindor is a very dangerous and extremely destructive Trojan Horse infection that can cause serious problems the likes of system destruction, theft of personal information and various other harmful effects. Vindor usually enters the system when the users explore and click on stuff that’s in insecure Internet sites, different sketchy file-sharing networks, online chats, shady links, spam messages or spam email attachments, however, there may be many other potential sources.
As a typical Trojan, Vindor may quietly operate in the background of the OS and wait for specific instructions from its creators. Depending on what it has been programmed for, the malware may cause its damage in a number of ways. For instance, it may try to affect the Windows registry by deleting important Registry keys and it may start other destructive activities. It may also fill your computer with other viruses (including Ransomware or Spyware) in order to help them complete their criminal tasks. The Trojan may also have the ability to block your antivirus program (especially if it is outdated) and hide its presence for days, weeks, or even months before the victims actually come to know about the infection. Moreover, Vindor Malware can connect to various malicious servers and transmit or secretly insert other malicious infections such as Rootkits or keyloggers, which can exploit system resources and transmit sensitive data to their criminal creators.
Unfortunately, threats such as Vindor Malware and Taskbarify work very differently from normal computer viruses and have little to no visible symptoms which can give them away. Therefore, their detection and effective elimination usually require some advanced skills or a professional removal tool. That’s why, if your computer has been compromised by a Trojan Horse, your best chance to remove it is to scan your computer with reliable removal program or strictly follow the steps of a manual removal guide. If you don’t know where to start from, we suggest you carefully study the instructions that follow and use the suggested Vindor removal tool for optimal results.
If you are about to try to deal with Vindor Malware, we need to warn you to be extra careful because this is a quite advanced Trojan-based infection and sometimes even a strong antivirus program may fail to completely remove all of its hidden components. That’s why, for fast and flawless removal, we suggest you use the professional Vindor removal tool on this page, which is regularly updated or give a try to the manual removal steps that our team has assembled above. It is absolutely not a good idea to wait for some particular indications of the infection because when you see them, it may be too late to save your system. With this type of malware the rule “the sooner the better” is fully applicable because the sooner you remove the infection, the greater is the chances of saving your PC from unpredictable damage would be. Sadly, there is currently no way to tell in advance what kind of damage the Trojan Horse may try to inflict on your system and that’s why your best course of action is to quickly get rid of it using the right tools for the job.
Remove Vindor Malware
To try and remove Vindor quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Vindor extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Vindor by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Vindor and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Vindor removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Uninstall the Vindor app and kill its processes
The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from Vindor. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.
Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.
- Uninstalling the rogue app
- Killing any rogue processes
Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.
Click on anything you think could be linked to Vindor, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to Vindor.
If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.
After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.
Undo Vindor changes made to different system settings
It’s possible that Vindor has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:
Type in Start Menu: View network connections
Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:
Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps
Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler
Type in the Start Menu: Services
Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor
Press Ctrl + F to open the search window
Remove Vindor from your browsers
- Delete Vindor from Chrome
- Delete Vindor from Firefox
- Delete Vindor from Edge
- Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
- Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
- Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
- Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
- Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
- Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
- Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
- Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
- Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
- From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
- Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
- Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.