This page aims to help you remove WowMovix. These WowMovix removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are reading this piece of text, then chances are that you are a victim of the Adware known as WowMovix. In the following paragraphs, we aim to educate you on the issue at hand and help you prevent this from happening in the future. It’s important to understand the following information, because knowing your enemy is half the battle. Adware is often confused as being a type of virus, but we’re here to inform you that this is not the case. Adware and viruses in general do share a few things, but typically their nature is quite different, as well as their tasks. We will explain to you the differences between them as well. We recommend you don’t skimp on the following paragraphs, because going blindly into the removal procedures can send you a heap of trouble.
Viruses are the most well-known and widespread pieces of software that can do damage to a system. They come in different shapes and sizes, such as the popular Trojan horse. Their main characteristic is the need to spread inside your system as much as it can. Sometimes when performing an anti-virus scan you can notice thousands of positives. While the could be different viruses, its often one that has copied itself thousands of times while you were unsuspectingly using your PC. However, most of them aren’t dead silent when they are in. Usually their arrival is accompanied by high resource usage, such as CPU utilization, RAM and disk usage. If you happen to notice something strange going on inside your OS, it might be time to perform a scan using anti-virus software of your choosing.
WowMovix as you are already aware is classified as an Adware. Now, even in the name you can notice something that gives it away. Ware is generally added to the end of everything that is a type of software, while the first part of the word is usually specific for each category of software. In this case it is Ads. By nature, ads aren’t something that should be always avoided, because often times websites place them in a manner that isn’t in your face and in rare occasions may even help you purchase something you’ve been wanting. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When it comes to WowMovix the only thing the ads are used for is to trick you into clicking on them. Clicking on an ad is actually a very big deal to the developer of WowMovix . Every time someone interacts with the ads, a small amount of money in the form of revenue is sent to the developer. This is why they bother making these pieces of software in the first place. This is what drives them and the reason why so many unique instances of adware get detected every week by anti-virus companies.
Symptoms of WowMovix are usually the same for every instance of Adware. It always floods your favorite browser such as Chrome or Firefox with multiple ads. Every page is covered with ads and this degrades the overall browsing experience. The ads themselves come in several forms, each one being equally annoying. The first form you’ll most likely notice are the banners. They are usually placed on the sides of the page and are big in size. While not as obstructive as the others, they are equally distractive. Next on the list are the in-text ads. Usually they are pieces of text linked to other locations on the net. Hyperlinks in other words. Last, but certainly not least are the pop-up ads. They are by far the most annoying and obstructive. They tend to pop up in front of you and take the whole browser window. While you should definitely not click on the ads, if you do make that mistake you will be lead to websites of questionable safety. Chances are though that they will offer you to download some shady program. Do not do it. It will only bring more similar pieces of software into your system and create more trouble.
If you’ve read everything so far, then you can go ahead and following the removal instructions below. Be warned that doing this for the first time can be potentially harmful to your system if you aren’t sure what you’re doing. We recommend the easy approach of downloading our recommended removal tool to uninstall WowMovix.
|Symptoms||Several types of ads spread around your browser screen that seem to be out of place.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled with some of the installers you could find around the net, hidden inside their advanced options.|
|Detection Tool||Adware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
It is generally smart to turn on Safe mode first – it may be impossible to delete certain files in the cases you don’t.
- Parts of WowMovix might be hidden and you need to reveal them before you are able to get rid of the problem.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You should be now watching a extensive list, that contain pretty much all programs installed on your PC. Go through the full list and get rid of anything that shouldn’t be there. It’s quite possible that a misleading verification menu like the one below can be shown. Chose the choice that wont result in anything installed on your PC.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
Look through the text file that opened – if you got hacked you ought to see a range of numbers that are actually IPs. Check out our image for reference.
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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 WowMovix from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click –> Manage Add-ons.
Find the suspicious entry —> Disable. Go to –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove WowMovix from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the threat —> Remove.
Remove WowMovix 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.
- At this point your problem is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are malicious or otherwise not supposed to be there. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the suspicious processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
You are now looking at the Windows registry. To be able to find the infected entries hold CTRL+F at the same time and then write the name of the threat, then search for the relevant strings. Any entry that appears ought to be promptly deleted by right-clicking on it. In case that fails to work locate it yourself in the directories and remove it from there.
- 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
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