Wigglewurm Virus

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Wigglewurm is a browser component that belongs to the browser hijacker category. While operating, Wigglewurm can generate an unstoppable flow of adverts on the user’s screen and initiate redirects to sponsored sites, promotional links, and web offers.

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Where you click (even if there is nothing there) Wigglewurm pops up

Are pop-up notifications, ads, or banners constantly appearing on your browser’s screen? Has your browser’s homepage and search engine been replaced with another that cannot be removed? If so, you may have inadvertently downloaded a browser hijacker, like Wigglewurm. Browser hijackers are malicious software that alter your browser’s settings without your permission, often leading you to unwanted and potentially harmful websites.

The N.wigglewurm.com virus

Hijackers like the N.wigglewurm.com virus take the form of browser extensions or add-ons and exist to generate ad revenue or collect sensitive information. The N.wigglewurm.com virus can redirect you to pages with ads, boosting ad revenue for it’s operators, or install spyware to capture your browsing history and online habits, which could leave you vulnerable to cyberattacks or your data being sold to third parties.

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You probably get this Fast and Furious popup when the website opens

We understand how frustrating browser hijackers can be and are here to assist you in removing Wigglewurm effectively. By following our instructions, you can regain control of your web browser and prevent future attacks. Don’t let Wigglewurm continue to affect your browsing experience – browse the internet securely and confidently once again.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The screen of your web browser may get covered with sponsored ads, you may experience frequent redirects to random web pages.
Distribution MethodTorrents, spam messages, free download links, and software bundles are common distribution methods for many browser hijackers.
Detection Tool

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

How to remove Wigglewurm

  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 Wigglewurm in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Wigglewurm from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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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 Wigglewurm.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Wigglewurm.
  • 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 Wigglewurm 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 Wigglewurm 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 Wigglewurm 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 Wigglewurm 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 Wigglewurm extension
  4. Get rid of Wigglewurm 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 “Wigglewurm” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Wigglewurm

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Wigglewurm process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Wigglewurm
  • 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 “Wigglewurm” 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 Wigglewurm

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Wigglewurm in there
    4. Uninstall Wigglewurm from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Wigglewurm-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 Wigglewurm 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

    Why is Wigglewurm spamming you with ads?

    The proliferation of browser hijackers in the online advertising industry has become a major concern for many web users. These pieces of software, such as Wigglewurm and Poshukach, are specifically designed to generate pop-ups, banners, redirect links, notifications, and promotional messages during regular web browsing sessions. While these programs generate Pay-Per-Click revenue for their owners, they often irritate users and disrupt their browsing experience.
    Browser hijackers like Mintnav, R3.o.lencr.org and Just cool captcha Virus are some of the most common examples of these programs. They take control over the web content the hijacked browser generates, altering the homepage, search engine, or redirect buttons, to ensure that more sponsored ads appear on the screen during the user’s online sessions. These aggressive tactics make users feel like their privacy is being invaded and their browsing experience is being compromised.
    However, users don’t have to tolerate these unwanted changes in their browsers. There are reliable methods to remove these programs, including uninstalling their imposed changes. For example, Mac users can use Malwarebytes to scan and remove browser hijackers.
    As web users become more aware of the risks associated with browser hijackers, it is essential for the online advertising industry to develop more ethical and user-friendly advertising methods. Only by doing so can they maintain a positive relationship with their audience and ensure the long-term success of their business.

    Can a browser hijacker pose a security risk?

    Browser hijackers like Wigglewurm may not be as dangerous as other malware like Trojan Horses or Ransomware viruses, but they can still cause significant annoyance and disruption to one’s browsing experience. Often downloaded unintentionally, these hijackers can be bundled with free software or even come from adware and spyware infections.
    While some hijackers only make small changes like adding an unwanted toolbar, more dangerous hijackings can redirect victims to dangerous websites to steal passwords and user credentials. Some even contain spyware that collects sensitive data and extorts victims to unlock it or sell it to malicious third parties.
    If you suspect that Wigglewurm or another browser hijacker is causing disturbance or continuously redirecting you to unwanted websites, it is essential to take action. You can follow the manual guidelines to remove the program, and if needed, use the professional removal tool attached to them to deal with the hijacker in just a few minutes. Don’t let browser hijackers compromise your online safety and privacy.


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