Wholenicefeed Virus

Wholenicefeed

Wholenicefeed is an aggressive and unwanted browser add-on for Windows browsers that is designed to get users redirected to certain preset sites. The aim of Wholenicefeed is to promote those sites by forcefully opening them inside the browsers it has been installed on.

Wholenicefeed

The type of applications that are known for doing this are known as browser hijackers and they are one of the most commonly encountered forms of unwanted software. The good news if you currently have Wholenicefeed attached to your Firefox, Chrome or other browser is that this software is probably not going to cause any real harm to your computer. However, it will not stop spamming you with its ads and page redirects until you find a way to uninstall it. In addition, this app will get the main search engine of your browser replaced and would do the same with the homepage and the new-tab page addresses. The goal of those changes is to increase your exposure to the ads and the sites Wholenicefeed is trying to promote. In all likelihood, the new homepage/new-tab page address would be of a site that the creators of this aggressive browser extension are getting paid to promote. Also, the new search engine that has been imposed on your browser will likely provide you with search results that have been modified so that they’d favor the sites of the sponsors of Wholenicefeed. Those and other similar aggressive advertising techniques are the main reason people prefer to have this type of apps removed from their browsers and computers instead of putting up with their presence.

SUMMARY:

NameWholenicefeed
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms are most typically related to some kind of change in the browser that has occurred without the user’s permission.
Distribution MethodThese apps can get distributed by being added to the installer of some other program and installed alongside that program.
Detection Tool

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Wholenicefeed!

How to remove Wholenicefeed

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Wholenicefeed in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Wholenicefeed from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Wholenicefeed.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Wholenicefeed.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Wholenicefeed from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Wholenicefeed extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Wholenicefeed and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Wholenicefeed on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Wholenicefeed extension
  4. Get rid of Wholenicefeed by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Wholenicefeed” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Wholenicefeed

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Wholenicefeed process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Wholenicefeed
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Wholenicefeed” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Wholenicefeed

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Wholenicefeed in there
    4. Uninstall Wholenicefeed from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Wholenicefeed-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Wholenicefeed in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    How dangerous could Wholenicefeed really be?


    Wholenicefeed is what can be defined as a browser hijacker, which means that if this app is added to your browser, its main goal would be to advertise the product, the services, and the sites of its sponsors and not much else. It may try to gather some browsing-related information from your browser (recent searches, browsing history, liked social media posts, etc.) in order to determine your preferences and then feed your browser with more relevant ads, but that’s about it. Other than that, this app wouldn’t do much. It would certainly not try to damage your computer’s system or do anything bad to your personal files and data in the way that Trojan horses, Spyware, or Ransomware infections could.
    However, despite all that, you shouldn’t regard Wholenicefeed (or any other hijacker like Captcha Fair Top) as a safe app. The random ads it displays on your screen and the frequent page redirects may not always be linked to reliable sites. In some cases, you may even get exposed to dangerous viruses the likes of Spyware, Ransomware, or Trojans. It is, therefore, crucial that you make sure to dispose of this browser hijacker before any of its ads, redirects, and other kinds of advertisement land you on a site you don’t want to be on. If you need any assistance with the uninstallation of Wholenicefeed, be sure to go check the removal guide we have added right below this post.

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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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