Virus Leroy Merlin WhatsApp

Leroy Merlin

Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus is a malware app that changes the user’s browser without permission and tries to promote certain sites through automatic page-redirects. Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus also keeps tabs on the online activity of the user and collects advertising data which could later be sold to third-parties.

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“Concours fete des peres Leroy Merlin” is of course a phishing attempt and indeed a scam

If you have recently found out that this app has entered your Chrome or Firefox browser, you should remove it immediately. Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus is not safe to keep on the computer as its uncontrolled page-redirects and ad-generation could land you on questionable and potentially unsafe web locations.

The Concours fete des peres Leroy Merlin Scam

If you have been invited to enter a competition “Concours fete des peres Leroy Merlin” very often in recent days, you could win one of the 5000 gas barbecues put on sale for Father’s Day. “Concours fete des peres Leroy Merlin”  is, of course, an attempt at phishing and is indeed a scam, but it is not a scam by Leroy Merlin, as Leroy Merlin has nothing to do with this competition.

To facilitate its site-promoting activities, this unwanted app makes different changes in the affected browser. The most notable of those changes is the replacement of the homepage address and the search engine that the browser uses by default. In addition, new buttons may get added to the toolbar of the browser that could serve as redirect links to content that Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus is trying to promote.

Additionally, some of the ads that get shown by this software could get particularly invasive and cover the parts of a webpage that you are likely to be most interested in. For example, pop-ups and banners may start showing over videos you are currently watching or articles that you are reading. Often, the only way to close such ads is to interact with them, which would more than likely result in you getting rerouted to the site they promote. In some instances, it may seem like there is a Close (X) button but clicking on it would usually also result in getting redirected as if you have clicked on the ad itself. In general, interacting with such ads in any way is strongly inadvisable because, as we said, you may end up on unsafe sites and get your PC exposed to different threats.

Our suggestion if you are struggling with Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus and virus is to try to avoid the content it puts on your screen and to focus on uninstalling the aggressive page-redirecting app. The sooner you remove it, the sooner you will make your computer safe again. On the other hand, if you don’t uninstall the hijacker soon, you risk getting targeted by hackers who seek to exploit weaknesses created in the system by the hijacker and to infect your computer with Trojan Horses, Rootkits, Phishing viruses, or Ransomware.

We can help you remove Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus!

It is normal if you have not been successful in removing this undesirable app on your own. Most hijackers are intentionally designed to install deep in the system and to have a really tedious removal process. Still, they can most definitely be removed and we are certain that, by the end of the removal guide we’ve prepared for you down below, you will be able to get rid of this unwanted app. Just make sure that you do not procrastinate the uninstallation process in order to secure your computer and keep dangers such as Ransomware, Spyware, and Trojans away from your computer. In case you cannot complete the guide on your own or simply don’t feel comfortable tampering with the settings of your system, you can let the automatic removal tool we’ve recommended in the guide take care of the removal process for you. It is a tested and reliable anti-malware app and can get rid of Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus in no time.



NameLeroy Merlin
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms In most cases, the hijacker would force the browser to automatically reroute the user to sites that need promotion. It could also replace the starting page and the new-tab page addresses.
Distribution MethodThe use of file-bundles is what typically allows apps like Concours Leroy Merlin to get installed on more computers.
Detection Tool

Remove Leroy Merlin WhatsApp Virus

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

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus 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


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).



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:

    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.


    • 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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus 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 Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Leroy Merlin WhatsApp virus 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.


    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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    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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