This page aims to help you uninstall VirtualDesktopKeeper. Our uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
We understand the importance of having a fast, clean and properly optimized browser and we know how unpleasant and irritating it can be if a Browser Hijacker gets installed onto the computer and starts messing with the settings of the user’s browsing programs. Unfortunately, the Internet is full of such software that can hijack all your browsers (Firefox, IE, Chrome, Opera, etc.) and make changes to them without asking for your approval and maybe even preventing you from reverting the said changes. For instance, a Hijacker program might be able to replace the default search engine and starting page of the your browsers and it may also attempt to redirect you to different sponsored sites or generate various ads and banners on your screen. All this can negatively affect your online experience which is why it is better to simply get rid of a Hijacker as soon as you notice its presence inside your system. In the next couple of paragraphs, we will give you some more detailed information about one particular piece of software that falls under the Hijacker category. The name of the browser-redirect that we will be focusing on down below is VirtualDesktopKeeper and if you are currently looking for a way to have it removed from your browser, we are happy to inform you that you can find instructions on how to uninstall and remove VirtualDesktopKeeper at the bottom of this page. Additionally, here you can find a suggested malware-removal tool which could also help you with the removal of the Hijacker.
What you need to know about Browser Hijackers
Unlike what many people might think, most software that can be categorized as Browser Hijacker isn’t really dangerous or harmful. The page-redirects and browser changes triggered by such applications, though irritating, aren’t supposed to cause any harm to your system. In contrast to that, an actual piece of malware such as a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware can really lead to a number of unpleasant problems. For instance, a Trojan might be able to crash your PC making it totally unusable and a Ransomware virus could lock all important data files stored inside your computer and keep them inaccessible until you carry out a ransom payment to the hacker who is behind the malware infection.
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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove VirtualDesktopKeeper from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove VirtualDesktopKeeper from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove VirtualDesktopKeeper 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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
With that in mind, it should be easy to see why Hijackers cannot really be considered actual viruses as, for the most part, their main purpose is to generate revenue for their creators through different web-advertising methods. This is, in fact, why such applications always try to introduce changes to people’s browsers and display various ads and pop-ups. It’s all done with the idea of gaining money by displaying sponsored content. However, as far as the safety of your PC is concerned, VirtualDesktopKeeper shouldn’t really pose a threat to the well-being of your system.
You must still be careful!
As we mentioned, Hijackers like VirtualDesktopKeeper shouldn’t be confused with malicious malware threats such as Ransomware and Trojans. That said, it is still important to keep your guard up when you have a Hijacker on your computer. The reason for that has to do with the sponsored contents generated by the browser-redirecting software. Most of the time, the offers you see will be legitimate and safe. However, there’s always the chance that a certain advert, pop-up or page redirect might be coming from a unreliable and questionable source. If you happen to click on such a shady ad or interact with some fishy page that the Hijacker has redirected you to, there’s some risk that your machine might get attacked by some nasty piece of malware. For that reason, we believe that it is best if you stay away from anything that gets displayed on your screen by the undesirable program and simply make sure to remove the Hijacker as soon as possible.
Avoiding Hijackers in future
The main reason behind users getting such potentially unwanted programs installed on their computer is lack of attention and care while browsing the Internet and when installing new software. If you want to avoid landing VirtualDesktopKeeper or some similar browser-redirects in future, it is essential that you keep away from any suspicious and shady web content such as sites with low-reputation, messages that might be spam, fake and misleading web offers and requests, etc. One other important rule that you should adhere to is to always double-check the installation wizards of new programs that you want to get on your PC. Make sure that you are well aware of all optional clauses that are inside the installer. For instance, if there is some bundled application added as an optional install, take a careful look at the said app and if you think that you don’t want it getting installed on your PC, uncheck it from the setup menu before you start the installation of the main program.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Most Hijackers tend to introduce unwanted changes to the user’s browsers such as a replaced front page or search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Usually, such program are distributed via spam messages, misleading web ads/offers and file-bundles.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
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!