WinShare “Virus” Removal

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How irritating is this virus?

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

WinShare is a program, which could make your browsers (all of them – Chrome, Explorer, Firefox) go crazy and broadcast many versions of online advertisements. Such ads might be in the form of a banners, pop-ups, boxes or whole new browser tabs.

What else could be said about WinShare?

The software type of this program is Adware. All such Adware-based products are capable of presenting ads in your browsers any time you try to use it. This type of software may be particularly irritating because of the number and/or intensity of popping up advertisements. In spite of its annoying behavior, most Adware is more or less harmless. WinShare and the other programs in its family are NOT created with the purpose of destroying any files, crashing any system or encrypting data, unlike viruses. Neither are they able to sneak into your PC and spy on your personal details, like banking info and social media account credentials. Adware is not malware like any Ransomware-based or Trojan virus. Their production of pop-ups might only result in a certain slowdown of your device because of the consumed resources. Also, some users suspect that Adware-type products might be capable of producing ads of suspicious software that once clicked on might lead to dangerous pages. Despite its quite harmless nature, there is one specific activity of WinShare that has earned it the classification of a potentially unwanted program and this is its browsing-history review feature. Every affected user might have their past surfing activities researched by the Adware program they have caught. On the basis of such a review, these ad-broadcasting programs are able to distribute only ads with content that may be interesting to the contaminated user. Really, no other suspicious activities could be expected from WinShare.

Why does WinShare produce so many popping up advertisements?

Programmers create Adware programs in their desire to earn make a profit. This means that they gain money for every produced ad. They make even more money if the affected user clicks on the broadcast pop-up and follows the link to the given product and potentially even buys it. We can say that WinShare is a completely legitimate product that only helps producers promote their goods and developers fund their companies.

How can you catch Adware?

Your computer might catch an Adware-based program in a lot of ways, mainly by downloading something from the web. Such sources of ad-generating software could be torrents, shareware, any kind of spam, and the most widely used one – software bundles. Such bundles are in fact a lot of programs gathered in the same place and distributed as a whole package. They are not dangerous by nature, but they may contain irritating programs such as browser hijackers and Adware. Simply downloading such a program bundle isn’t enough for the actual contamination to occur. It happens only in case you install such a bundle without opting out of the ad-producing programs inside it. The options of any program installer that do not have the feature of opting out are any shortcut ones that provide a quick and easy installation such as the Automatic, Typical or Default ones. Whenever you can, avoid such installation options, as they won’t disclose of the contents of the bundle and won’t allow you the opportunity to choose only the programs you want to incorporate into your system.

Some really useful advice when it comes to Adware-prevention practices

As we have mentioned above, it is extremely important to master a healthy installation manner. Such a manner includes always choosing the right installer feature when you are making any piece of software a part of your PC. A healthy option could have different names in the different wizards, but its essence is always the same – it gives you a choice to see what a given bundle contains and to agree or disagree to install the whole content of it. Such features normally are the Advanced or the Custom one. By selecting them you get the opportunity to remove any unwanted program from the list of the to-be-installed. Another crucial point when it comes to cyber security is the type of anti-malware program that your machine has. Make sure it is the best available one, if needed, pay a little more, but in this way your system will be protected. Also, if your Firewall or anti-virus program warns you about any website, video, file, archive or a spam letter, avoid them. We hope that the Removal Guide you will see below contains all the necessary instructions for the successful and safe removal of WinShare.

SUMMARY:

Name WinShare
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Irritating distribution of pop-up ads. Probable slowdown of the entire machine.
Distribution Method Adware may be found everywhere on the Internet: inside bundles, torrents, websites.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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WinShare “Virus” Removal


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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove WinShare successfully!

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.

DNS

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 WinShare 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 WinShare from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove WinShare 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

WARNING!
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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

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