Browser hijacker apps like Wholenicenews.com are surely not software pieces that you would want to have inside your browser. Wholenicenews.com alters the settings and configurations of the browser and may disrupt your browsing experience. 

The Wholenicenews.com virus will display pop up ads and notifications

The browser you are using could be Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox or some other popular browsing program and it won’t really matter as far as the effects of a hijacker in it are concerned. The apps of this category can enter pretty much any browser so no matter how safe and secure it is, it is likely still not going to be immune to a hijacker invasion.

Once Wholenicenews.com or another similar app enters the main browser in your system, you will probably notice changes to the search engine that is set as your default one as well as in the homepage and the new-tab page addresses. In addition to that, there could be invasive page-redirects and ad generation during your browsing time that make it difficult and frustrating for you to normally browse the Internet. For example, you may get some large pop-up on your screen exactly when you are about to click on something else and instead of clicking on the link or button that you intended to click on, you’d be tricked into interacting with the hijacker’s pop-up, banner, redirect ad or whatever other piece of unwanted advertisement it has put on your screen.

Over time, this could really become quite irritating and may even sometimes expose you to certain Internet risks (we will tell you more about this later. There is some good news, however, and that is the fact a hijacker app is normally not something that would directly damage or mess with your system. Software pieces of this category aren’t similar to Trojans, spyware or ransomware cryptoviruses as they are usually not used for conducting cyber crimes. That being said, you must still know that it isn’t advisable to click on any of the ads that such software may display inside your browsing program.

Wholenicenews.com and the potential dangers that may be associated with it

Eve if this piece of software isn’t something that could threaten your virtual safety and privacy in the same way that ransomware or a Trojan horse virus could, it is nonetheless an app that you are not supposed to keep on your computer if you care about the security of the machine. It is no secret that one of the most popular methods used by hackers to spread malware is through the implementation of infected and misleading malvertisements.

Though Wholenicenews.com itself isn’t specifically programmed to show you such unreliable and potentially dangerous ads, it might as well do that since its main goal is to show you as many web adverts as possible without much regard about the quality of the individual ad messages. Because of this, it’s simply better to get rid of Wholenicenews.com by uninstalling it from your computer. Instructions on how to easily and effectively do that can be found within the guide that we have posted on this page.


TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Detection Tool

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Remove Wholenicenews.com

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


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).



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. 


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. 


    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 or otherwise look suspicious.


    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.


    • 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).


    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Wholenicenews.com 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 Wholenicenews.com from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Wholenicenews.com 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.


    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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    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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