Win More Prize “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)


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This page aims to help you remove Win More Prize “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

One of the most irritating things that can happen to your browser is having it infiltrated by a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are software elements that can get inside pretty much any browser – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera and so on. Once the user gets such a software piece added to their browser, they are likely to start noticing different changes – the starting page of the browser might get replaced with another one and the same could happen to the search engine. A new toolbar might also get added to the browser and all of this without the user’s permission. Another possible effect of the presence of a hijacker inside the PC and the browser is a constant stream of irritating and highly obstructive advertisements and page redirects. Dozens of banners, pop-ups, blinking boxes and box messages might start to show on your screen and also you might start to get redirected to random sites and pages that you never really intended on visiting. Naturally, all of this could heavily influence your browsing experience for the worse and could be a major pain in the neck if you allow it to continue. Not only that but your machine might also get exposed to various forms of cyber hazards due to the uncontrolled stream of ads coming towards your browser. All in all, a pretty unpleasant situation. Fortunately, this isn’t an actual case of a virus infection ad if you have a hijacker app on your machine, this means that you aren’t dealing with some dangerous Ransomware, Trojan Horse, Worm or some other similar form of PC virus. That said, we believe that it’s still best if the cause for all the intrusiveness, the hijacker, is removed as soon as its effects start to get noticed by you. Below, we have shown how you can manually get rid of one of the latest and most annoying hijacker apps out there – a software component named Win More Prize “Virus”. Just like most other representatives of its respective software group, Win More Prize “Virus” has the ability to mess with you browser, impose unwanted changes to it without asking for your permission and to stream different forms of advertising materials on your screen during each and every browsing session. While its removal and uninstallation might take a few extra steps, we assure you that in most cases you should be perfectly able to get rid of it yourself provided that you closely follow the steps from our removal guide for Win More Prize. In case you are still not able to fully get rid of everything related to the hijacker by using our guide or if you’d simply prefer to go for an automatic removal method, you can use the recommended anti-malware tool from this page and it will help you eliminate the unwanted hijacker.

Win More Prize “Virus” Removal

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Win More Prize 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 Win More Prize from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Win More Prize 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!

Some more info on hijackers

We already mentioned that Win More Prize and other similar apps are not Trojans or Ransomware or some other kind of malicious malware. This means that the hijacker will probably not attempt to harm anything on your system and as soon as it’s removed, everything should be back to normal. However, there are still potential risks that need to be taken into account when talking about hijackers. The main risk factor here are the ads and page redirects coming from the unwanted software piece. While most of the adverts and offers should be legitimate or at the very least non-harmful, sometimes you might have the bad luck of landing on some unsafe advert that might redirect you to web locations with hazardous contents. Therefore, it’s best if you keep your distance from anything that the unwanted app might try to expose you to – do not click on the ads and do not explore the pages you might get redirected to by the hijacker so as to ensure that your PC stays safe until the intrusive application is removed.

Keeping away from hijackers

It is always important to be careful on the Internet – do not download stuff that might be unreliable, do not visit sites with suspicious contents, do not interact with offers and ads that look questionable, etc. However, you must also be vigilant and cautions when installing new software – always make sure that you are fully aware of the presence of any bundled components that might have been included n the installer so that you can leave them out of the installation process in case you think they might be some kind of unwanted software like hijackers, adware or something similar. Oftentimes, you would need to open the Advanced setup menu so don’t forget to do that if there is such an option.

SUMMARY:

Name Win More Prize
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If there’s a hijacker on your PC, then you will probably notice unwanted browser changes and irritating ads getting displayed on your screen.
Distribution Method Usually, with the help of ads, spam letters, pirated downloads and software bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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