Wholecoolstories Virus


Wholecoolstories

Wholecoolstories is a malware element that gets installed in the system’s main browser. Wholecoolstories alters the browser’s settings and reroutes the user to sites that it’s developers seek to promote. Wholecoolstories is deemed a potential security hazard as it may expose you to malware attacks.

Wholecoolstories

The Wholecoolstories virus

If you are faced with an app named Wholecoolstories , then you will most likely need help with removing it from your browser. We assume that Wholecoolstories has already added its own search engine to your browser that has replaced the one chosen by you, and it has probably set a new address to your homepage too. Many users also complain that their searches and overall browsing activity is frequently getting redirected to irrelevant sites with lots of ads in them. These symptoms can be observed in any browser that has the hijacker in it. Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari are, of course, the browsers most commonly targeted by such hijackers as they are also the most popular ones. If you are here to learn how to remove Wholecoolstories , you will be glad to find out that the guide at the bottom of this post provides the needed removal instructions that will help you uninstall everything related to Wholecoolstories from your system. If you can’t wait to remove the hijacker, scroll down to the removal steps, but our advice is to first read the rest of the article so as to learn more about this sort of unwanted apps.

The Wholecoolstories virus

Wholecoolstories is not a virus program and it is not comparable to Ransomware, Spyware, Trojan Horses, Worms, and so on. Your system won’t get damaged by this app, so this should be a relief to those of you who may have thought that their computer has been attacked by some dangerous and harmful virus. However, even though the Wholecoolstories virus isn’t a Trojan Horse infection or a file-encrypting Ransomware, it is still an app that experts do not regard as safe, which is why it’s advisable to have it removed at the earliest opportunity.

The problem with apps like Wholecoolstories or Humisnee  is their aggressive and uncontrollable page-redirecting activities. A hijacker would typically redirect your traffic to the sites it is supposed to promote, but the issue with this is that some of those sites may not be safe. A hijacker could potentially redirect you to phishing sites, pages with fake and deceitful offers in them, and even to online locations that hackers use for malware distribution. The hijacker’s creators don’t care about what sites their app would redirect you to – they simply want to earn money for providing greater exposure for various sites. If a given site’s owners are willing to pay for getting promoted, a hijacker’s creators would typically not pay much attention to what the site’s actual contents are. Needless to say, this puts users like you in danger during the time the unwanted software is in their computer, which is why, without further ado, we will now give you our removal guide for Wholecoolstories .

SUMMARY:

Name Wholecoolstories
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A Browser hijacker will change the homepage address of your browser and replace its default search engine service.
Distribution Method These apps are typically distributed using spam messages and clickbait ads.
Detection Tool

Remove Wholecoolstories 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 Wholecoolstories  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 Wholecoolstories  from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Wholecoolstories  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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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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