How To Remove Wizzcaster “Virus” (March 2017 Update)

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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:

NameWizzcaster
TypeAdware
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsA large number of ads are constantly present in your browser, no matter the locations you visit.
Distribution MethodProgram bundles, infected torrents, spam emails, other adware, etc.
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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

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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

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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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  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hello, chiza. We suggest you check your hosts file for suspicious IP addresses. To do that, press Windows Key+R, paste the following line in the search field notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts and hit Enter. A notepad file should ope. If there are any IP addresses below localhost, copy them and send them to us in the comments.

     
    • chiza

      127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

      127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

      127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

      127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

      127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com
      These are below the localhost.

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Hi again, chiza, it seems that there indeed are suspicious IP addresses within your hosts file. Now, I want you to delete them from there and save the changes to the hosts file.

         
      • sagar

        how to remove them ?

         
        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Simply delete them as you would delete text from any other text file and then save the changes from File > Save.

           
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi again, Chiza, well if the problem persists here is what you should do. Open the Start Menu and type cmd. Right-click on the first result and select Run as Adnimistrator. In the command line, type the following command “netsh winsock reset” and hit enter. After the command is executed, restart your PC and see if the issue is solved.

     
    • chiza

      Hello! you guys rock!
      My PC is back to normal, got my skype, weather and everything else working.
      Thank you.

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        We are glad to have helped you, chiza! You’re welcome.

         
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Did you try restarting your PC and trying again? One more thing you must do is close Chrome and then try to rename the folder. Also, did you complete the other steps for the guide?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hello, Deepak. Can you send us a screenshot of the error message? In the meantime, you can try the following: Open the Start Menu and type cmd. Right-click on the first result and select Run as Administrator. The command line will open. There, you must type the following command: netsh winsock reset . After typing the commend, hit Enter and re-try opening your browser. Make sure to send us the screenshot if the problem persist.

     
  • Faith Somo

    Hi. i did all the steps and i think i ruined the computer it doesnt start anymore please

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a35394ed8a5480290052031d203a8854b8cb38a4354c4550a7c9928e4e9fef8.jpg help me 😭😭

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      None of the steps from our guide should be causing this. Nonetheless, we need more info about what happened to your PC in order to be able to help you. Here is what we need you to tell us:

      1. What was the last thing you did/ the last step from the guide you completed before the Blue Screen appeared?
      2. Did it get to 100% or is it still at 42?
      3. Have you tried anything after the crash?
      4. How and when exactly did the Blue Screen happened ? Under what circumstances?

      Generally, give us as much info as you can so we can provide you with a proper solution for your issue.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Remove all of those IP addresses since they are certainly coming from the unwanted software. After you’ve deleted them, remember to save the changes to the Hosts file.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You must delete those, since they are likely coming from the unwanted program. After you delete them, save the changes to the file.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    If you accurately follow the instructions from the guide, it is almost certain that the problem would be gone. In case you run into a problem while trying to complete the guide or if you’ve done everything and the issue with the unwanted software persists, you can always ask for our help here, in the comments.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Tell us what you do not understand from the guide so we can help you complete it. There’s nothing difficult, you just need to tell us what you’re unable to do.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    What d you mean by “detected 1/2” ? Can you send us a screenshot of the scanner results so that we get a better idea of what you’re dealing with.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    The account you’re using on you PC needs to have Administrator rights. Are you using an Administrator account?

     
  • sarvesh

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com
    these are the suspicious IPs, what do i do?

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello, Sarvesh. The IP’s you send us seem to be coming from the unwanted program. Remove them from the Hosts file and save teh changes afterwards.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We are glad to have helped you! As for the leftover issue that you are having, were there any suspicious IP’s in the Hosts file and did you remove them?

     
    • Anand Mannan

      i have send ip image too and cant see any thing there

       
    • Anand Mannan

      there is no error in IP address and also have updated it with picture send by me

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Can you send us a screenshot of the installed programs on your PC from the Control Panel?

         
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We advise you to remove all of the IP’s that you send us.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    What application do you need them for and how do you know that?

     
  • Anand Mannan
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Here is what you must do: Open your start menu and copy-paste this line – notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Right-click on the first result that gets displayed and after that select Run As Administrator. Now, you should be able to edit the file and save it. See if this works and tell us in the comments what happened.