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Winmanager “Virus” Removal (Oct. 2017 Update)

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

Has your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other browser been acting up lately? Have you noticed some odd changes to its appearance, like a new toolbar or a new homepage maybe? Or perhaps you’ve certainly noticed the new search engine that keep redirecting you to various sponsored websites and other web locations you had no intention of visiting. If all of this sounds familiar to you, you’re likely dealing with a program called Winmanager “Virus”. This is what’s known as a browser hijacker and it has literally ‘hijacked’ your favorite browser by altering its settings and keeping them that way. Most users simple try to change their homepage and search engine back to the one they had but find they can’t do so, because the next time they open their browser – those unfamiliar new websites are staring back at them. Luckily, you won’t have to put up with this for much longer. Below is a detailed removal guide that will help you locate and properly uninstall Winmanager “Virus”, so that no leftover components remain. That way you can go back to browsing the web again, care-free. Before you do, though, we do recommend you familiarize yourself with what Winmanager “Virus” is really about.

Everything you need to know about browser hijackers

We’ve decided to summarize all the most important information about Winmanager “Virus” and its brethren. And we’ll start by saying that this is not a virus or malicious program of any type. Browser hijackers are designed to generate and display large quantities of online ads on the screens of users who have them installed. This is an effective (maybe) way for various product and service providers to have what they offer promoted and get more exposure for it. On the other hand, as these ads are paid, the developers of this type of software get to profit as well. And most of the times they’re paid per view or per click on the respective ads. So, as you can tell, there’s plenty of motivation for you to be shown tons of popups, banners, box messages and various other online ads time and time again.

Winmanager “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Winmanager “Virus” 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 Winmanager “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Winmanager “Virus” 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.


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
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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!

Another thing to consider when having to deal with a program like Winmanager “Virus” is that it may very likely be collecting ‘intel’ on you. By this we mean that it can monitor your browsing habits and keep track of the latest pages you’ve visited, the things you’ve been typing into the new search engine, as well as maybe even the type of content you generally like to interact with online. All of this data can provide the hijacker with the much-needed insight as to the type of products and services that are more likely to interest you. Armed with this information, the annoying program can then begin to re-position ads and re-focus its emphasis on the ads that will have higher chances of attracting your clicks.

And since we’re going on about unpleasant side effects, here’s another one for you. The presence of ad-generating software like Winmanager “Virus” can easily result in a compromised system performance. The process of ads being generated and displayed, as well as all the data collection that goes on can is something that constantly runs in the background and off your system resources. This in turn leads to reduced disk space, sluggishness, lags and even browser crashes. Not to mention that software like this can even make your PC more vulnerable to genuine threats like ransomware viruses, Trojans, worms and others. Hijackers tend to meddle with system registry files in order to effectively run their processes, which could make your system more susceptible to external attacks. So this is certainly another thing to consider if you’re having doubts about removing Winmanager “Virus”.

Last but not least, we can’t let you go without offering you some advice on how to prevent potential browser hijacker infections in the future. It’s more than likely that you got Winmanager “Virus” as an added component of some other program’s installation manager. The program may have been some form of shareware or freeware, like a game or a media player. Either way, what we’re meaning to say is that if you hadn’t rushed the installation process and had paid more attention to the individual steps – this could have probably been avoided. Next time, always manually customize the installation of any new software. Make use of the Advanced or Custom settings and at some point you will be offered a list of added installs from which you can tick off items you don’t want on your computer.


Name Winmanager
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Changes in the behavior of your browser, such as displaying numerous online ads like popups, box messages and banners
Distribution Method As an added install in other programs’ installation managers, aka program bundling
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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