This page aims to help you remove Webmine.pro “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Browser hijackers are among the most widespread causes of irritation you might ever come across while surfing the Internet. These are usually pieces of programming that appear to be experts at altering all of your browser apps such as Firefox, Chrome, Explorer, and Opera. The ways in which they may modify your browser settings are the following ones:
- your usual (favorite) search engine could be substituted by an unfamiliar new one;
- the homepage you are used to seeing might be replaced with an unknown one;
- your browser might begin to show an overwhelming number of online ads that could seriously disturb your browsing experiences;
- your browser may start to redirect you to possibly unknown, thus shady-looking web pages, that you have never commanded it to load, whenever you try to open a website.
Also, the ones above may represent the outcome of an infection caused by Webmine.pro – the browser hijacker we will be thoroughly discussing in the article below.
Webmine.pro and the reasons why it is seen as potentially unwanted:
Having in mind its browser-hijacking nature, we can say for sure that Webmine.pro “Virus” is not really harmful. Despite that, it might be incredibly annoying with all the redirecting, pop-ups, banners and unknown search engines that come as a result of its effects. We will explain why it is potentially unwanted, but not a proven version of a virus in the following passages:
What makes Webmine.pro as a potentially unwanted program is its ability to send the users to possibly unfamiliar online locations; broadcast too many annoying ads and set completely new homepages and search engines. Nonetheless, it may indeed lead to some rather suspicious effects. Have you noticed that the ads you come to see daily somehow resemble your recent search requests? This is possible because nearly all hijackers may be programmed to review your search requests history and alter the ad campaigns so that those can fit the profile of your recent interests. Some people may find such activity intrusive to some extent. Moreover, some users state that once your browsers get hijacked by such a program, you are likely to be redirected to a contaminated web address that may even contain Ransomware and Trojans. All the suspicions related to the aforementioned activities have led to the classifications of the browser hijacker family as potentially unwanted.
What about uninstalling such a browser hijacker?
It can be removed via our Removal Guide.
Webmine.pro “Virus” Removal
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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove Webmine.pro from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Webmine.pro from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Webmine.pro from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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—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!
What makes it certain that Webmine.pro is not malicious is that such programs are unable to take over your PC in the way the malware like Trojans and Ransomware usually does. Such malicious activities may include encrypting some big amounts of data, asking for a ransom, spying on the affected user 24/7 via their webcam or by copying their passwords and login credentials. All these activities are not typical of any browser hijacker we know of.
Why is such software developed?
All ad-producing programs such as the different versions of Adware and browser hijackers get created because the marketing industry is in need of an online means to reach its goals. Many manufacturers generously fund the production of ad-generating software since such individuals seek more and more tools to promoting what they want to sell to the users. Such advertising agreements do not break the law of any country in any way.
In what ways might Webmine.pro be distributed?
The standard means of spreading Webmine.pro “Virus” may really be shady because the infected user might be tricked into allowing such a webpage to affect their computers without having any clear idea that he/she is doing that. Such a scenario is possible due to the fact that the usual sources of browser hijackers are the infamous software bundles. These bundles are tempting mixes of interesting apps, games and programs that could also contain programs such as Webmine.pro “Virus”, and usually get spread for free. You could get interested into some of the programs inside one of those bundles, and might decide to download it. The infection, however, may only occur if you venture into installing the entire content of a particular bundle. Don’t do that, keep calm and be smart. Select the installation setting that involves more efforts but provides you with more options – the Advanced or the Custom one. This way you will be able to exclude the ad-generating programs from the things you want to install.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Your browser apps might start producing too many ads or sending you to web pages without your approval.|
|Distribution Method||Different ads, pop-ups, bundles, shareware, torrents, some forms of spam.|
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