Wkalle “Virus” Removal (April 2018 Update)

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

Wkalle “Virus” is a browser-hijacking page-redirect that can silently get installed into the system without your actual approval. If you often download different freeware programs or if you have recently installed some software from a torrent or some automatic installation manager, then probably Wkalle “Virus” has come along with one of those installation packs in case this pesky software is currently on your PC. This browser hijacker is generally not harmful but it can display ads, banners and pop-ups on your desktop every time you open your browser. It may also replace the homepage or the search engine of your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer and initiate redirects to different intrusive pages. Such activity, as we said, is not malicious and cannot be compared to the harmful abilities of a Trojan Horse or of a Ransomware virus, yet, hijackers can be really annoying which is why they are deemed unwanted. For this reason, many users are looking for ways to uninstall Wkalle “Virus” from their computers and remove its ads.

Unfortunately, resetting the affected browser’s changes is unlikely to help you get rid of the hijacker. Typically, the software relies on browser help files that re-install it with the next opening of the browsing program. That’s why we advise you to use reliable security software and have a look at our detailed removal instructions in order to effectively uninstall Wkalle “Virus”. You can find such instructions below this article, so stay with us so that you can learn how to successfully handle a hijacker application.

Wkalle “Virus”- a browser hijacker that can fill your screen with ads and redirect you to various web pages

If you find Wkalle “Virus” on your computer, you should be aware of the fact that it might deliver ads based on users’ browsing and the activities they perform while online. For this purpose, the hijacker could track the users’ online activities and collect information about their interests such as most visited webpages, most frequently opened ads, and more. Once the program gathers the necessary amount of information, it starts generating a lot of targeted pop-ups, banners, sponsored links, ads and pages, which aggressively prompt you to click on them.

We’re sure you do not want to deal with such irritating issues every time you browse the web, so we advise you to uninstall Wkalle “Virus” with the help of the Removal Guide below. If you cannot remove the hijacker using our manual instructions, you can try with the professional malware-removal tool provided below. It will automatically detect and eliminate the hijacker-related files without any risk for your system

Wkalle “Virus” Removal

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


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!

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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. 

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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.

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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 Wkalle 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 Wkalle from Firefox:

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

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

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!

The number of ads, which Wkalle can provide in a single browsing session, can definitely be annoying but what is even more annoying is its redirecting service. With the help of the newly installed search engine, the hijacker may modify your search results and show you some sponsored web pages instead of the real information you are looking for. You may even be misled and click on links, which may contain potentially unsafe content. While the goal of Wkalle isn’t something malicious and is primarily advertising-oriented, you still cannot be sure which ads and links are legitimate and which may be compromised. Very often, the hackers use methods like melvertising to distribute threats such as Trojans and Ransomware, and it is not excluded that such infected transmitters get displayed on your screen along with the regular ads.

Additionally, the constant redirecting process and ad-generating services may quietly use your processor’s resources to communicate with affiliate sites and load sponsored content on your computer. The biggest problem with this activity is the potential slowdown of the computer and of the affected browser. .

Ways to protect your computer from browser hijackers:

Browser hijackers are not computer viruses and they do not infect you in stealth. In fact, most users install programs like Wkalle “Virus” themselves but they are often unaware of that. That’s why, here, we will give you some tips on how to protect yourself from such programs.  When installing free software, you should always choose the User or Advanced Setup installation options. This will allow you to see all bundled components that may have been added to the downloaded software package. If you go for the Standard or Default installation settings, you may not be informed about any added software applications and such might get installed on your PC automatically, alongside the main program. So, to prevent any potentially unwanted components, just click User or Advanced Settings and uncheck the extra components which you do not want to install on your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Wkalle
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may display ads, banners and pop-ups on your desktop every time you open your browser.
Distribution Method Usually distributed via software bundles, free downloads, automatic installation managers, spam
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.