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Vowellessear


Vowellessear

Vowellessear is unpleasant and potentially unsafe site-advertising software that will not stop page-redirecting your main browser to the sites it is programmed to advertise. Apps like Vowellessear belong to a category of potentially unwanted software known as browser hijackers and they should not be kept on the computer.

Vowellessear

The Vowellessear Virus will take over your browser and make unwanted changes.

There are many forms of software that you certainly wouldn’t want to have inside your system – viruses, Trojan Horses, other malware like Ransomware or Spyware and so on and so forth. However, not all unwanted software is necessarily harmful or meant to be used in cyber-crime activities. There are also apps like Vowellessear that, while still regarded as undesirable, are rather harmless or at least not intended to mess up your computer.

If you are reading this, Vowellessear is most probably the reason why you have come to this post, in which case we should first tell you what this app really is. As we said, it is not a harmful virus or some malicious Ransomware or Trojan. It is, instead, a browser hijacker that gets installed onto browsers like Firefox and Chrome, altering their homepages, toolbars and search engines and spamming them with page-redirects, ads, banners and other annoying commercial content. This kind of activity isn’t necessarily malicious and is normally not going to damage your computer or compromise the software and files that are in it. However, it is bound to make it rather difficult and frustrating for you to browser the Internet. After all, getting randomly redirected to sites you didn’t want to visit and getting frequently big banners and ads on your screen when you are trying to reach a certain site or page is definitely not a pleasant experience. Due to this, pretty much all of the users who come to face such irritation seek ways to put an end to it as soon as possible so that they could once again use their browser in piece. If that’s the situation you are in at the moment, we may have something for you that will help you uninstall Vowellessear and regain control over your browser’s settings. Have a look at the removal guide that follows and if need be use the instructions that it contains in order to get rid of the annoying app.

It’s inadvisable to trust browser hijackers

Despite not being the most dangerous piece of software that can get inside your system, a browser hijacker is definitely not a type of software that we would advise you to trust or keep inside your computer. Obviously, it is annoying to have an app like Vowellessear around but note that keeping such software inside the computer may also be potentially unsafe in certain cases. While the hijacker will most probably not try to harm anything, know that the ads it is bound to spam you with may not always be what they may present themselves to be. This means that you may get shown fake ads or ads regarding overpriced low-quality products and you may get tricked into downloading even more unneeded and unwanted software. In many cases, the ads may even land you on sketchy, obscure, obscene and potentially unsafe sites. Considering all of this, it really is a better idea to eliminate the source of the adverts and the page redirects instead of procrastinating the hijacker’s removal.

SUMMARY:

Name Vowellessear
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Vowellessear Virus Removal

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

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

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. 

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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 Vowellessear 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 Vowellessear from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Vowellessear 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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    About the author

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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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