Volume Controller Malware


Volume Controller

Volume Controller is a browser hijacking application that may cause significant web browsing disturbance. The majority of users who end up with Volume Controller on their Chrome, Firefox, Edge or some other browser typically experience auto-redirects and see random pop-up ads and banners on their screen.

Volume Controller

The Volume Controller Malware extension will display pop up messages and redirect you to other malicious sites

The Volume Controller on Chrome

If you have recently detected Volume Controller on your Chrome web browser, there is no serious reason to worry. The main objective of browser hijacker applications like this one isn’t to harm your system like a Trojan Horse or encrypt your data like a Ransomware.

Instead, these apps aim to spam the screen of your default browsing application with pay-per-click advertisements, full page banners, random pop-up notifications and sponsored redirects to different websites. In this way, apps like Volume Controller manage to collect user clicks which generate income for the hijacker’s developers.

The Volume Controller Extension

Yet, many people are quick to assume that an app like the Volume Controller extension must be some nasty virus that has taken over their web browser without a notice and they seek quick ways to remove it. And there is a good reason for that. The majority of browser hijackers like the Volume Controller extension, typically tend to introduce some unauthorized changes in the affected browsers (such as new homepage domains, new search engine tools, new toolbars, etc.) which significantly change the way the browsing app behaves.

In most cases, the hijacked browser may start to automatically display various pop-up notifications, full-page banners and different click-bait ads on every webpage that the users visit. Aside from this, the browsing app may start to experience issues like sluggishness, unresponsiveness and auto-redirects that land users on different web locations, including gambling sites, pages with adult content, or sites that promote some questionable products and services.

In this line of thinking, although browser hijackers like Volume Controller, Agame.best, Me.fo may not normally have any malware or virus features and may not be as harmful as a Trojan Horse or a file-encrypting Ransomware infection, their presence in the system and their activities may be regarded as potentially unwanted.

In fact, a lot of security professionals would suggest that users uninstall the browser hijacking apps from their system as a preventive measure against an unintentional encounter with sketchy web materials. Having apps like Volume Controller removed is also a good idea if you want to permanently deal with the stream of aggressive ads and sponsored messages that they display.

How can Volume Controller be removed successfully?

One way to cope with Volume Controller is to use the removal guidelines published below this post. Most users should be able to identify and uninstall the corresponding browser-hijacking components successfully if they strictly follow the steps explained there.

There is also another option, which is even easier and is ideal in case that you don’t want to spend time dealing with the manual removal process or you fear that you may mess things up. The dedicated removal tool that you can find on this page will quickly identify and delete the hijacker all on its own after completing a full system search. This tool is a successful investment not only for removing Volume Controller once but also in the future, as it provides protection against real malware attacks, including ransomware, rootkits, Trojans and other viruses.

SUMMARY:

Name Volume Controller
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms This program may fill the screen of your web browser with various aggressive pop-ups, random ads and auto-redirect links.
Distribution Method The software bundling method is commonly used by developers of Browser Hijackers as a means of distribution of this intrusive software.
Detection Tool

Remove Volume Controller Malware

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

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Volume Controller 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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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.

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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.

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    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.

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    Step5

    • 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).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512 Remove Volume Controller 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 Volume Controller from Firefox:

    Open Firefox, click mozilla menu ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Volume Controller 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.

    Step6

    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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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