vSnapShot 1.2.0.0 “Malware” Uninstall Guide (August 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove VSnapShot 1.2.0.0. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

VSnapShot 1.2.0.0 “Malware”

Potentially unwanted programs (especially ones that affect popular browsers like Chrome, IE and Firefox) are a really common issue that many users face. However, although it’s easy to mistake a potentially unwanted program (PUP) for an actual PC virus as there might be certain similarities between the two software types, know that most of the time PUPs are relatively harmless and are mostly an annoyance rather than a real issue. Still though, at times such software programs might be quite unpleasant and also possibly difficult to remove from the computer which is why we have written this article. In the next lines, we will introduce you to a PUP called vSnapShot and we will present you with information regarding its characteristic traits and why it might be something that you don’t really want on your PC. Also, if you need help with its removal, you can use the guide posted on this page in order to uninstall this software and get rid of anything that it might have added to your system. However before we continue – vSnapShot 1.2.0.0 is neither malware nor a computer virus.

What is vSnapShot and why is it unwanted?

VSnapShot is a free piece of software that can take snapshots of an active window on your screen as well as other related functions. On the surface, such a tool might sound like a useful utility that might be helpful in different situations. However, the screen-capturing feature isn’t the only typical trait/function of this program. Many researchers and cyber-security specialists as well as regular users have reported that this software application also has the ability to initiate the generation of intrusive ads and browser redirects. If you have this program on your PC, you are highly-likely to experience various forms of browsing disturbance and maybe even certain potential browser changes. Your homepage might get changed as well as your browser’s default search engine. Such activities are actually typical for software of the browser hijacker or of the adware categories which are also categories of potentially unwanted software.

 

VSnapShot 1.2.0.0 “Malware” Uninstall

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove VSnapShot 1.2.0.0 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 VSnapShot 1.2.0.0 from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove VSnapShot 1.2.0.0 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

Although vSnapShot is likely not going to cause any harm to your PC, it can still be rather irritating to have this software on your PC. Aside from the overwhelming intrusiveness coming from the ads and page redirects that this program might cause, there are also certain system security-related issues that our readers need to be aware of. The other main issue with any ad-generating piece of software is that in the majority of cases the promoting materials displayed on the user’s screen cannot be verified as safe. While vSnapShot might not try to directly harm your computer, the some of its pop-ups, banners and page-redirects might be leading to shady and unreliable websites with hazardous contents. The developers of most ad-oriented software tools rarely take responsibility regarding the advertisements that their products generate which means that some of the suggestions popping-up on your screen might be coming from unsafe web locations. This means that if you make the mistake of clicking on the wrong ad, you might end up getting redirected to some dangerous site that might be contaminated with viruses such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits, Worms, etc. Therefore, if you want to keep your PC safe, it is highly-recommended you remove any software from your PC that shows ad-generating traits.

Ways to avoid PUPs in future

Most methods used to spread programs that are potentially unwanted are related to online spam messages, social engineering, malvertising and file-bundling. If you want to prevent any unwanted software from getting installed on your machine, you must be very careful with your overall online behavior as well as ensure that your system is well protected. For starters, make sure you do not download any pirated and illegally distributed software and also keep away from web locations that aren’t safe and have questionable contents. Also, and this should go without saying, make sure you never open spam messages regardless of who has send them to you and on what platform they have been sent. The next very important element of your system’s security is having a good and reliable security program. A strong antivirus/anti-malware tool can really enhance the protection of your system and keep away any undesirable or potentially dangerous software at bay. The last thing you need to consider is how you install new programs, especially ones that are freeware. If you use the Quick/Default setup configuration you are likely to automatically allow the installation of any added applications that might have been bundled with the main program and this is how you might get vSnapShot on your PC. To avoid this, always go for the expanded setup options. Those are typically labeled Advanced or Custom – use them to determine if there are any bundled applications and to opt-out of their installation if you deem them unwanted.

SUMMARY:

Name VSnapShot 1.2.0.0
Type PUP
Danger Level Low (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still could be a potential security risk)
Symptoms Intrusive ads in your browser as well as potential browser changes as well as changes to your Internet settings.
Distribution Method Mostly through file bundles. Spam e-mails and misleading online ads are also possible methods for distributing this program.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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