This page aims to help you remove the Jimbrie “Virus” and answer what it is. These Jimbrie “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Reading this article probably means you are looking for ways to uninstall Jimbrie. Which you may have no idea how you got on the first place. Well, look no further! This article will explain what is Jimbrie and its appearance during your browsing sessions. Also – the mechanisms through which you could prevent future browser hijackers from entering your computer in seemingly mysterious ways and how to identify the reasons why you keep being bombarded with different, unwanted adverts while using Chrome or Firefox.
What is Jimbrie?
It is a type of browser hijacker, which is an advertising-supported software that earns money by pushing forward third-party advertisements. It is important to note that browser hijacker is not a virus; it is regarded as “safe”, besides its irritating behaviour pattern. Of course, there may be some exclusions in which certain adverts may be malicious (called malvertising), but generally browser hijacker is considered as the lesser “evil”. A computer virus, on the contrary, is self-replicating, hence very stubborn and hard to remove.
The Jimbrie “Virus” may have several faces: it can present itself as a friendly pop-up advert for a tempting deal, or as a sleek-designed banner. It may also be the case that when you are watching content online, clicking on the “play” button redirects you to a couple of new, one-page advertisements. Suddenly another video has begun playing and until you find the tab where that voice is coming from, you have lost your patience and your online experience has been disrupted. This may happen because the browser hijacker has already incorporated itself in your browser.
How does Jimbrie function?
Perhaps after reading the above description, you are a bit puzzled, maybe even feeling slightly deceived. “Why did I not know?” The answer is very simple. Do you remember how many times you have downloaded some sweet free software? Or how about the torrent file you enjoyed last week with your family? That is right! Downloading free or unsolicited software might install some “hidden” programs without your knowledge. This is the so-called “software bundle” that gets installed together with the one program you intended to download. What about the actions that you perform on a daily basis when surfing the Net? Think about the way you interact with online advertisements. If you are a fervent online shopper and like clicking on pop-up adverts with tempting discounts, or just a curious banner explorer, your actions may be monitored. The very idea of browser hijacker is to collect, store and use browsing information. Thus, the program owners could sell this information to third parties, willing to target specific groups based on their online behaviour, interests, demographics and other patterns. It is best not to click on such Flash advertisements.
How to cope with Jimbrie in the future?
The best thing to do is to get more disciplined when it comes to your browsing culture. Do not visit any suspicious websites and do not download software from shady, unchecked providers. If you still want to benefit from the free software, make sure you go for the advanced installation option – this will give you an overview of what you are installing and will lessen the chance to get intrusive program bundles. When you come across a very curious and impossible to resist advert, instead of clicking on it, consider remembering the name of the company or the product and search it independently on their website. For instance, if you are eager to buy the new Sony headphones for ONLY $ 39.99, ONLY today, go straight to Sony’s website to double-check the offer and if it is real – do take advantage of it! As far as the software is concerned, the rule is very simple: stay alert when you see the word “free”. As the saying goes, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”.
Take the before-mentioned precautions to avoid regret, annoyance and agitation. It certainly is better to change some browsing habits of yours, than to act post-factum. So even when it comes to this “free lunch”, choose wisely by taking only the harmless and most needed bits of it.
Now that you have become aware of the way Jimbrie works, as well as its numerous manifestations, you are advised to proceed to the removal guide. Please ignore the paragraphs that do not apply to your case and follow the instructions closely. If at any time you feel you need our help, do not hesitate to send us your questions. Ideas on how to improve the guides are always much welcome!
|Symptoms||Intrusive advertisements constantly pop-up while you are browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles and infected torrent files.
|Detection Tool||Browser hijackers may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Jimbrie “Virus” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Jimbrie may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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.
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 Jimbrie 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 Jimbrie from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the browser hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove Jimbrie 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!