What is Rfihub “Malware” ? (Removal Guide)

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This page aims to help you answer the question What is Rfihub?. These Rfihub “Malware” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In the following text we will be discussing one very irritating program – Rfihub “Malware”,  in detail. The presence of this browser hijacker inside your system could result in the entire modification of all your browsers’ appearances and ways of acting. Among the potential effects of this program may be some unwanted redirecting to various websites; some continuous and sometimes slightly intensive broadcasting of pop-up and other ads whatever browser you open – Chrome, Firefox, or Explorer. One more rather annoying consequence of most browser hijackers is the unauthorized substitution of your default browser app homepage and/or search engine. More information about this kind of software – browser hijackers, is available in the paragraphs below. When we talk about hijackers, it is essential to point out that these programs may just infect your browser apps. Also, they have really nothing to do with viruses. Usually, their typical behavior is simply marketing-driven. Logically, this could explain all the alterations they may make, as their developers have signed contracts, which promise them generous payment in exchange for the effective promotion of particular websites; search engines or homepages; as well as various products or services. Such software is legitimate and might simply be characterized as the ad-producing type like Adware.

What is Rfihub?

The normal malware versions like the ones based on Trojans or Ransomware can perform something very harmful once they have infected your PC. For instance, the Ransomware viruses may encrypt data; and the Trojans could destroy files or format all your disks and drives. Fortunately, nothing like that could be expected from Rfihub. What it may do at times is review your last search requests and adjust the production of the many advertisements to your supposed interests and search requests. Such a trait may come across as quite intrusive. Despite that, such a review of your browsing history may prove to be helpful to you. If this hijacker could generate ads, based on your interests, you may receive the best offers automatically. Still, most users see such activities as far too irritating and that’s why hijackers are often considered potentially unwanted by many experts.

How you are most likely to end up infected by hijackers like Rfihub

Although, ad-generating programs could be found almost everywhere on the Internet, you are most likely to experience such an infection if you download and install any free program bundle from the web. Let’s explain what a bundle represents – briefly speaking, it is just many various programs mixed and spread together as a package. The content of any bundle may include games, apps, Adware-like products, browser hijackers and other kinds of software. Simply make sure that you bear in mind that getting such a free bundle is not what really causes an infection. What does, however, is improperly installing such a software mixture.

Which are the “good” installation options? Which ones are considered “bad” choices?

As soon as the installation wizard pops up, you will be given the available installation features. From the list of the ones that you can see, search for the Advanced/Custom or Customized one. Follow only its instructions in order to complete the process. Remember that only this option will enable you to choose what exactly to install and what to disregard from a given bundle. Just try to avoid all other installation features, such as the Brief; Typical; Default; Automatic; Quick ones. They are not good in case you need to avoid ad-broadcasting programs.

Some more tips on prevention

Besides the aforementioned way of incorporating any program that you want to try, using these steps may greatly lower the risks of catching Rfihub:

  • Stay away from all the other potential sources of hijackers, including torrents; shareware and spam. Also avoid add-ons and enabling browser extensions.
  • Make sure that your OS is functioning properly and is frequently updated.
  • You DO need a great anti-virus program. In case you don’t have one, please, purchase one. They are extremely useful tools and can warn you about potential threats.
  • Take a look at your Firewall. See whether it is functional. Make sure that you update it on a regular basis and keep it on.
  • Just be wise about your browsing activities. Mind the addresses you go to.

In case you need to remove the ongoing infection with Rfihub, follow the steps inside our Removal Guide. It should help you achieve your purpose.

SUMMARY:

NameRfihub
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsChanges appear in terms of your browsers – many pop-ups are generated; your search engine/ home page is substituted; some redirecting might take place.
Distribution MethodVia bundles; add-ons; browser extensions; torrents, spam, etc.
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Rfihub “Malware” Removal


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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Rfihub successfully!

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.

DNS

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 Rfihub 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 Rfihub from Firefox:

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

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

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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

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