Wikidpr.id is a computer app that can be categorized as a browser hijacker due to its ability to automatically install in the browser and tamper with its settings. Wikidpr.id does this in order to promote certain pages and to show paid ads on your screen.
What are the potential security issues?
The main thing that ought to be pointed out here is the possibility of having your browser automatically redirected to sites with questionable or outright unsafe contents. The people who develop apps like Wikidpr.id are interested in exposing you to as many ads and advertised sites as possible as this earns them Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View revenue. This, however, means that, maybe, not all online locations you may get exposed to by the hijacker would be safe and reliable. Besides, hackers oftentimes use fake sites that seem safe at first glance in order to spread various kinds of computer viruses, or other malware such as Worms, Ransomware, and Trojans. Also, there are lots of phishing pages out there that mimic popular websites and are almost indistinguishable from their legitimate counterparts. In general, the very presence of a hijacker in your computer has the potential to decrease the safety levels of the machine which is why uninstalling apps like Wikidpr.id is always the advisable action. If you think you may need help with the removal of this unwanted software, we can offer you our assistance in the form of a detailed removal guide for Wikidpr.id that can be found here:
Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Wikidpr.id!
How to remove Wikidpr.id
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Wikidpr.id in the programs list that would show up.
- Select Wikidpr.id from the list and click on Uninstall.
- 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 Wikidpr.id.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Wikidpr.id.
- 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 Wikidpr.id from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the Wikidpr.id 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 Wikidpr.id 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 Wikidpr.id on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the Wikidpr.id extension
- Get rid of Wikidpr.id 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 “Wikidpr.id” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Wikidpr.id
- Open task manager
- Look for the Wikidpr.id process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete Wikidpr.id
- 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 “Wikidpr.id” 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.
- 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 Wikidpr.id
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for Wikidpr.id in there
- Uninstall Wikidpr.id from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hostingcloud. racing-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 Wikidpr.id in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
The goal of the Wikidpr.id virus is to generate as much advertising income as possible, using the users’ browsers as platforms for achieving this. Normally, a hijacker like the Wikidpr.id Wikidpr.id would get installed in the computer alongside another program. That other program is the one that users typically want to install in their machines, and the hijacker is just a bonus app, the presence of which is oftentimes not disclosed very clearly. This is why users oftentimes tend to get hijackers in their Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browsers without initially realizing it.
Symptoms such as a changed homepage and search engine, or page redirects to unfamiliar sites like Captcha Total, iStart Search Bar are what usually gives away the hijacker and notifies the user about the presence of some unwanted app in their browser. Once these symptoms become apparent, some users may get intimidated and reach the conclusion that their system has been hit by some hazardous computer virus such as a Trojan horse, a Worm, or Ransomware. If you are among those users and are currently worried about the state of your computer, know that there’s probably no reason to be worried. Most apps belonging to the browser hijacker category are exclusively created as advertising tools and even though they may employ some rather aggressive and dubious tactics in order to make as much advertising revenue as possible, for the most part, they are unable to damage the computer or do anything else that’s harmful to the system or to your data. Despite this, however, there may be certain security hazards that may indirectly arise as a by-product of the hijacker’s advertising actions, and we need to warn you about them.