This page aims to help you remove Worker.exe Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Browser Hijackers are certainly an annoyance and probably no one wants to have such a software piece on their PC. Unfortunately, however, such programs are extremely widely-spread and it is super easy to get one such application installed on your PC even without realizing it. Today, in this current article, we will focus on one particular browser-redirecting software that can be categorized as a Browser Hijacker. It’s name is Worker.exe Virus and what’s typical about it is that it can cause unpleasant website redirects to your browser (Chrome, IE, Firefox or any other) in an attempt to promote those sites. In addition, it might even try to directly change your browser’s homepage in order to promote a certain sponsored webpage. Similarly, your browser’s search engine and toolbar might get modified by the unwanted Hijacker. The worst part of all those uncalled for changes is that they might oftentimes be enforced by the Hijacker meaning that even if you try to bring things back to normal, the redirecting software would re-introduce the changes shortly after. Due to this, and a number of other possible issues that a Browser Hijacker like Worker.exe Virus might cause, we advise you to read the rest of this article and if you do have this site-redirect on your PC right now, go to our removal guide manual at the bottom of this post and use it to eliminate the pesky software. Note that a simple uninstall will likely not be enough to fully remove the Hijacker which is why all the instructions from the guide must be fully carried out for maximum effect.
More on Hijackers and why they aren’t malware
It can be frustrating and even unnerving to all of a sudden see a lot of weird changes to your browser that you didn’t really want to occur. First of all, this can make one’s online experience a lot less pleasant and productive. Also, in addition, one might come to the conclusion that their computer has been infiltrated by some nasty and harmful PC virus like a Trojan or a Ransomware. The good news here is that Worker.exe Virus doesn’t really fall under the category of software viruses or other forms of harmful malware. A Hijacker is basically a tool used by its creators to promote various stuff such as products from online stores, different sites, software programs, internet games, web services, etc. This is the main reason why Hijackers seek to modify your browser – it’s all for the purpose of more effective advertising. In fact, some such redirects might also try to generate adverts from different sites and display them once you open your browser. Anyway, despite the heavily intrusive and irritating nature of Worker.exe Virus and other Browser Hijackers, as we said above, they are normally not dangerous for your system. A Ransomware can try to lock your data files and blackmail you for a ransom payment and a Trojan might be capable of destroying essential system data or spying on you. A Hijacker, for the most part, would simply be an annoying pain in the neck and nothing more.
However, we still need to warn you – despite the fact that most page-redirects like the one we are talking about here are more or less harmless, the promotional content that they tend to generate might not always be safe. It is generally advisable to avoid clicking on any ads displayed by Worker.exe Virus or using the custom homepage, search engine or toolbar that it might have added to your browser. The main reason for that is the possibility that some of the ads and the custom elements in your browser might be coming from unreliable sources. This is relatively rare and most of the ads you see aren’t going to harm your PC. Still, though, you can never be too sure and, besides, it’s simply better to not take any unnecessary risks with the security and safety of your PC.
Worker.exe 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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Worker.exe Virus from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Worker.exe Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Worker.exe Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!
Distribution methods for Hijackers
There are all sort of shady ways for spreading such software around the world wide web. Spam e-mails, misleading offers and web requests, questionable websites are only some of the most common. However, landing a Hijacker from these sources is easily avoidable – you just need to make sure that you keep away from any suspicious and shady-looking web content. On the other hand, there is one more distribution method that most people tend to overlook which is what gets them Hijackers. We are talking about what is known as file-bundles – programs that are added to a single installer and get installed together. Normally, there is a main program and one or more optional installs. Page-redirecting applications like Worker.exe Virus are usually distributed as such optional installs. Because of this, it is important that you take some extra moments to examine the installation wizard in order to see if there is anything added. If you see optional installs or other optional clauses such as, for example, “make *some page* my browser homepage”, be sure to uncheck those in case you consider them to be unwanted. Remember, the best and safest way to install anything new is to customize the installation yourself instead of using the quick setup options that usually have all added content checked by default.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Unwanted browser modifications and frequent, irritating page redirects.|
|Distribution Method||File-bundling is the most common one, though others such as e-mail spam messages and deceitful online ads are also possible.|
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