This page aims to help you remove Watch4 Virus. These Watch4 Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
Watch4 Virus is a suspicious program exhibiting many traits similar to the browser hijacker class of computer virus. One of this traits is the large number of unwanted advertisements that pop-up any time you decide to use your web browser. Speaking of these Ads it is very important to remember one thing – do not click on them or in any way interact with them. If you do, you will be greatly increasing the possibility of additional Malware being installed on your hard drive.
Another symptom of the browser hijacker infection is the website redirects you are going to experience thanks to Watch4 Virus. Similar to how you should avoid interacting with the Ads, you should not spend any time once you find yourself redirected to some unfamiliar website and instead look to close the page/tab as quickly as possible.
|Symptoms||Redirects to websites’ a change in your search engines that occurs without your knowledge or consent|
|Distribution Method||Malicious URLs and advertisements.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Watch4 Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
How were you infected?
There’s more than one way in which you may have been infected with this virus. We are going to list the most common and widespread ones so you can avoid the same thing happening again in the future.
- Infected e-mail attachments are one of the oldest tricks in the book and still going strong to this day. Be very careful when opening mails from people not in your contacts list. Even more so before clicking and downloading any attachments, as a rule of thumb if you notice an .exe file do not run it under any circumstances.
- Similarly if you are using torrent downloads or file-sharing websites to download something, be extra careful, many times the files would be infected with some kind of malware. Always scan with an anti-virus/anti-malware program before opening files downloaded from unconfirmed sources. Especially if they are any type of executable file.
- The largest percent of browser hijacker infections happen thanks to “software bundles”. Meaning when you are installing a program or a game, and it’s usually a free one, before the actual installations commences you have failed to notice than an additional software is to be installed as well. In some instances this bundled software might be completely harmless but in the majority of cases you will be installing either a potentially unwanted program or a full blown malware. How to prevent this from happening? Always click on Advanced Installation Options and double check whether you are not in fact agreeing to install something more than what you intended to.
Watch4 Virus Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. Watch4 Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
Also, repeat Step 2 for ALL browsers you have installed – the virus probably infected them all.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove Watch4 Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove Watch4 Virus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER!
The good news is you are almost done with the whole removal process and hopefully you are ready to put an end to the virus shenanigans. The bad news is you still have a couple of things to accomplish first and they are the most dangerous and complicated steps of them all. You will be asked to meddle with important system files, so be warned that even a small mistake might lead to very significant and in some cases irreversible complications for your device. We recommend our less experienced in malware removal readers to instead strongly consider a safer approach – downloading and installing a professional software to get rid of all your virus threats.
Not only is this safer and completely automated but you will be able to use in the future as well against any new threats that might emerge.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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