The Wmaos.sbs virus is a browser hijacking application that can change the look and the operation of web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others. Typically, the Wmaos.sbs virus can place a search engine of its own, change the homepage address and initiate page redirects to sponsored websites.
The number of web users who are facing browser-hijacking programs like Wmaos.sbs throughout the web continues to rise at an alarming rate. Despite the absence of any dangerous functionality that is typical for computer viruses or malware like Ransomware, Trojans or Rootkits may have, such software pieces can be very annoying. Most browser hijackers like Now Captcha Here, Fast Captcha virus tend to spam the screen with different banners, pop-up ads and redirect messages that cannot be removed. Besides, these programs can alter your favorite browser settings and expose you to questionable web content and unfamiliar websites. They can install a new search engine, place a new toolbar or browser extension or change the URL of your preferred homepage or new tab page without requiring your permission.
You probably already know what we are talking about because Wmaos.sbs has probably made some of these changes in your browser and has left you wondering how to remove them. The name of this application can often be found on popular forums for system security as a lot of people have been asking a number of questions about its purpose and its effect on their computer. This article also gives an explanation on these questions and guidance on how to uninstall this browser hijacker and how to remove all of its modifications from your device.
Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Wmaos.sbs!
How to remove Wmaos.sbs
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Wmaos.sbs in the programs list that would show up.
- Select Wmaos.sbs from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
- From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
- Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Wmaos.sbs.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Wmaos.sbs.
- If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Wmaos.sbs from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the Wmaos.sbs extension
- Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
- Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Wmaos.sbs and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
- Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
- Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.
How to get rid of Wmaos.sbs on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the Wmaos.sbs extension
- Get rid of Wmaos.sbs by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
- Open Firefox
- Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
- Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
- Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
- Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
- Start Edge
- Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
- Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
- Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
- Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Wmaos.sbs” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Wmaos.sbs
- Open task manager
- Look for the Wmaos.sbs process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete Wmaos.sbs
- Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
- Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
- If you don’t see a “Wmaos.sbs” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
- Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
- If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
- Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
- If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
- Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Wmaos.sbs
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for Wmaos.sbs in there
- Uninstall Wmaos.sbs from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Wmaos.sbs-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
- Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
- After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Wmaos.sbs in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
What is browser hijacking and is your machine in danger?
Browser hijacking is performed when you see that the settings of your main web browser have been updated without your permission and now all it does is it automatically redirects you to various websites that are filled with aggressive advertisements, banners, and pop-ups. Browser hijacking may occur if new software is installed in the system and the configuration changes during the installation, or if some automatic software updates, including browser updates, happen on your computer.
If your browser has been hijacked by Wmaos.sbs in particular, here is what you can expect:
The default homepage can be modified and a new URL may load every time you start the browser.
The standard search engine may be replaced by a different one that generates sponsored search results.
You may experience redirects to sites that you don’t have the intention to visit.
Various ads that aren’t necessarily connected to the website you are currently on can appear on the screen.
You can see new toolbars and buttons in the taskbar of your browser.
You can see new or updated favorites and bookmarks.
None of these changes are fatal for your overall system’s health. Yet, they can still be irritating and can prevent you from using your browser the way that you are used to.
Therefore, if you encounter any difficulties in your surfing and you are not able to get used to the changes and messages enforced by Wmaos.sbs, you have a right to remove the software. The good news is that it’s not that difficult to deal with a browser hijacker. All you need is to use a reliable removal tool or carefully follow a specific set of removal instructions in order to uninstall all of the enforced adjustments. For your convenience, below we have prepared a detailed guide dedicated to removing Wmaos.sbs. There is also a professional removal tool for automated support which you can use to scan your system for other potentially unwanted programs, Ransomware, Trojans and computer viruses.
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