How To Remove Wizzcaster “Virus” (Sept. 2018 Update)


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

You’ve most likely been driven here by the annoying, constant and relentless bombardment of ads you’ve been suffering through lately. They’ve been caused by one of the latest adware versions called Wizzcaster and you might have already found that regular ad-blocking apps are helpless when battling this issue. The reason is because Wizzcaster has been installed in your system and is generating this multitude of uncalled for popups and banners, whereas the ad-blockers are designed to stop website-generated ads from disturbing your browsing experience. Either way, you’ve found just the right place to help you deal with this pesky program. Our removal guide will help you effectively uninstall the unwanted software, thus removing all the adverts and relieving you from having to hunt X buttons to close intrusive tabs and windows.

First, let’s get to the bottom of what Wizzcaster “Virus” really is

What Wizzcaster is not is a virus. We’ve already pointed out that it’s adware, but what exactly does that mean? Well, the term basically translates to ‘advertising software’. It’s a program that’s been created to generate numerous advertising materials in the name of profit. Based on the Pay Per Click scheme (PPC) the program’s developers are able to gain revenue each time a user clicks on one of the many ads. But in order for this work, they rely on two things: 1) quantity + strategic placement; 2) user-oriented content. In the first case we’re talking about the main reason you’re here. You have probably become frustrated with the vast number of popups, box messages and page redirects that you’ve had to deal with. To make matters even worse, all those ads were also suspiciously placed very close or even right over strategic locations on certain webpages, which you simply need to click over in order to complete whatever it was you were there for in the first place. The ads made this task incredibly difficult and you probably lost precious minutes just having to close all the obstructive little windows that you didn’t mean to open, but couldn’t avoid.

In the second case programs like Wizzcaster demonstrate a little bit more finesse and sophistication. In the aim to produce ads, which would showcase products and services that would ‘speak’ to the separate user, the adware closely monitors your browsing activity. It takes note of all your web searches, all your history and even details you type in on certain locations. This information is later processed and the ads are made to match this data. Perhaps you’ve even noticed this yourself. The problem with this ingenious technique, though, is that once the gathered information about the certain user is no longer relevant, it can very well be purchased by third parties. Who they are and what they may want it for is a matter of guessing, but the possibilities of falling victim to serious crimes like identity theft are very real and a pressing issue in today’s world.

More risks…

Yes, that last bit wasn’t the only discomforting issue about Wizzcaster. There’s also the matter of false advertising – literally. Some ads might not be what they seem, in fact, upon clicking them you might be redirected to a malicious website or even end up downloading some malicious program, like ransomware or something of the sort. This practice is known as malvertising and is pretty successful in the world of cybercriminality. Therefore it is paramount that you do not interact with any of the featured ads. The effects that a virus like ransomware could have on your computer could prove irreversible and that’s not something you’d want to deal with. But even if you stay as impartial towards the various adverts as possible, Wizzcaster can still affect your system. No, it’s not a virus – far from it; but it can have a certain impact on your PC’s performance, including slowing it down, causing system malfunctioning and browser crashes. Due to the rather large amount of resources it calls upon for the process of generating and distributing the online advertising materials, it’s very likely that sooner or later you will start noticing these symptoms. Therefore, we recommend you move on to the removal guide below, which will walk you through the whole process of uninstalling Wizzcaster, step by step. Please let us know in the comments how the instructions worked out for you and if you came across any difficulties.

SUMMARY:

Name Wizzcaster
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A large number of ads are constantly present in your browser, no matter the locations you visit.
Distribution Method Program bundles, infected torrents, spam emails, other adware, etc.
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.

 

How To Remove Wizzcaster “Virus”


 

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.

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 Wizzcaster 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 Wizzcaster from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Wizzcaster 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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


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