This page aims to help you remove WindowMix. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
WindowMix is a rogue mac app appearing without user consent. WindowMix is actually a malware that serves to redirects users to advertisements.
WindowMix is a Browser Hijacker that is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and other popular browsers and claims to be a useful and practical application. However, a lot of web users seem to be confused about its purpose because, most of the time, the program actively displays ads and sponsored content (in the form of banners, pop-ups, redirect links, blinking boxes that are hard to remove, etc.) on the users’ screen and keeps track of the user’s browsing history with the idea to generate customized search results. In addition to the ads disturbance, WindowMix may impose changes on the browser’s homepage or on the main search engine and install some additional toolbars, buttons or shortcuts that automatically page-redirect to specific sites. This is the reason why many people mistake the Browser Hijacker for malware and quickly put its name next to serious computer threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, and Viruses. We need to say that this is not the most dangerous program out there, and its activities are unlikely to cause serious damage to your computer. Yet, it would be a good idea to uninstall WindowMix as soon as possible and here we will give you some good reasons for that:
What is WindowMix?
WindowMix is classified by major AV programs as a browser hijacker malware. Its sole purpose is enforce users into aggressive advertising.
Your web browser is the program used to surf the Internet. It shows all the content you download and uploads the information you send online. In that sense, a program, such as WindowMix, which can modify the settings of your browser, and install additional components to it, or which can redirect you to different web pages, can be rather undesirable. What is more, when the Browser Hijacker integrates with your browser, it may have the ability to:
- Read and change all your data on all sites that you visit;
- Replace the page you see when you open a new tab;
- Read your browsing history;
- Manage your apps, extensions, and appearances;
- Keep track of your browsing history, and the search entries that you type when you use the imposed search engine.
All these activities serve the needs of online advertisers who use programs like WindowMix as tools for their aggressive online marketing campaigns. With the help of those programs, they prompt and redirect the users to visit websites full of sponsored ads, which typically generate pay-per-click revenue. From a legal point of view, such marketing practices are not illegal as long as they do not cause direct harm to the users and their machines. However, as with everything on the Internet, the sites and the web ads that the hijackers may display on the users’ screen, may not always be reliable. Fake and misleading pop-ups, banners and messages circulate the web and may easily sneak inside the stream of regular ads. And if you happen to click on them, you may accidentally get infected with some real virus, a Trojan or a Ransomware infection, which are very hard to remove.
Apart from that risk, it may be tough to tolerate the constant browsing interruptions and it may quickly become too irritating to deal with all the blinking boxes, and redirect messages on your screen, every time you try to search for something. Therefore, we advise you to use the instructions in the removal guide below, and uninstall WindowMix before it gets on your nerves.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A change in the browser’s homepage or the search engine settings, aggressive ads generation all over the screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling, freeware platforms, shareware sites, torrents, ads, automatic installers and updates.|
Remove WindowMix Virus
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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove WindowMix from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove WindowMix from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove WindowMix from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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—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!