Whole Actual Journal Virus

Whole Actual Journal

Whole Actual Journal is a type of software that experts classify as a browser hijacker. A browser hijacker like Whole Actual Journal can infiltrate Chrome, Firefox or other popular browsers and flood them with online ads.

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The Wholeactualjournal.com virus can replace your browser homepage and substitute your default search engine

In fact, one of the first symptoms of an infection of this type is the rapid influx of online ads that appear to be overcrowding your browsing program. They come in all shapes and sizes, too, including box messages, banners, popups and even links within plain text.

Another common symptom that browser hijacker victims often complain about is the annoying page redirects that always take place out of the blue. They can send you to various sponsored pages and even open new tabs or browser windows, which can put a strain on just about anyone’s patience. In addition, Whole Actual Journal can also replace your browser homepage and substitute your default search engine with its own. All of this is more than enough reason to want to remove the annoying hijacker from your computer. And we have a removal guide posted below to help you do just that. But stick around until the end of this short article to find out what other hidden aspects there are to this software.

The Wholeactualjournal virus

The above advertising activities tend to throw most users completely off balance and they start panicking thinking that their machine has been infected by the Wholeactualjournal virus. This is not the case and the Wholeactualjournal virus is most certainly not a malicious program.

However, software of this type does have the inclination to engage in various unsavory activities, such as monitoring your browsing preferences and keeping track of the type of content you interact with online. This information is stored and analyzed in order to adjust the displayed ads on your screen accordingly and thus ensure more effective exposure for certain products and services. In addition, this is also how the developers of this software earn revenue – through PPC and PPV remuneration systems. But the gathered browsing data may also be sold to third parties for an additional profit, which you may or may not have consented to.

Other potential traps that a program like Whole Actual Journal or Poshukach could have in store for you have to do with the numerous page redirects we mentioned above. You could possibly end up on infected or unsecure websites that may land you infections with genuine malware like Trojan horse viruses, ransomware and worms. You can even have your system contaminated as a result of clicking on an infected online ad. Hence, it’s a good idea to steer clear of all the endless popups and blinking notifications that come your way while you’re browsing the web.

But the best course of action is of course simply removing Whole Actual Journal from your computer entirely, together with all the unwanted changes it has introduced. This will also save you from potential browser crashes and system malfunctions that could result from your machine being overloaded with all the background processes that this hijacker could be running.

SUMMARY:

Name Whole Actual Journal
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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Remove Whole Actual Journal Virus

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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Whole Actual Journal 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 Whole Actual Journal from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Whole Actual Journal 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

    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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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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