xnwfile.com Pop-up ads – How To Remove

How The xnwfile.com Virus Works

The xnwfile.com pop-up virus is a common adware problem. Removing it isn’t too much of hassle, but remember – it does more damage, the longer it remains in your system. The advertisements displayed by it seem annoying at worst, and useful at best, but the truth of the matter is that  no matter what you do, there is no active way to turn them off unless you remove xnwfile.com from your personal computer.

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Many of the symptoms pertaining to this and similar viruses, are linked to  slowdown of the system, crashing, and overall bugginess. The most sane recommendation I can give you is to immediately remove xnwfile.com unless you’ve got a few hundred bucks lying around for a new PC.

Why do I say that, you may ask? Because it sneaks onto your computer other pop-up advertisement tools, disguised as legitimate programs.

How xnwfile.com Entered My Computer

xnwfile.com has many ways to infiltrate your private system – one way is that it, in itself, was brought aboard by other malware programs. You probably contracted those from going on unreputable and shady sites, if that is the case at all.

The most common occurrence which can produce the xnwfile.com virus is through bundling with free software. If you remember recently downloading a toolbar/optimization program or something of the sort through Softonic, Cnet or InstallRex than look no further – these are the usual places people get adware.

Here’s the story the xnwfile.com’s and other similar virus’ pop-ups: they are designed for monetization basically. Whoever made them, wants to improve their affiliates’ standing by luring YOU into clicking those advertisements (maybe buying something too) in order to get a hefty sum through pay per click.

How Harmful is xnwfile.com

Knowing the things I just told you, you shouldn’t have to ask, but in case it wasn’t clear enough, xnwfile.com is a very harmful virus. Not through anything spectacular that might fry your PC, but rather because of the things it does on the side. Like, for example, recording your browsing history. If, as some other viruses can, it can also record your passwords, I’m sure you can imagine how ugly things can get.

Trust me on this one – no amount of optimization is productive enough to counter the possible risks associated with freeware. Do yourself a favor and don’t download any.  In any case, you shouldn’t be too worried, especially if you’re acting immediately. As I mentioned xnwfile.com gets worse the more time it’s on your PC, so things shouldn’t be out of hand.

However after you remove it with the guide I’ll provide, make sure to keep a lookout for other malware that may have snuk in uninvited.

How to remove xnwfile.com From Windows (Removal Guide)

What follows is a  several step guide on how to easily remove xnwfile.com first from your PC, then from your browsers.

STEP 1: Removing xnwfile.com From Windows

Substep 1. 

 For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Users:

First, click the Start button (the windows key) —–>Control Panel —–Programs and Features or (for Windows XP) Add/Remove Programs.pic 1

Proceed to Substep 2.

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 For Windows 8 users:First, right click down on the left side of your screen. The Quick Access Menu should appear —–> Control Panel —–Uninstall a Program. Proceed to Substep 2.

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For Mac (OS X) Users:

Click Go at the top left —–> Applications.

Proceed to Substep 2.

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Substep 2.

CHECK HERE FIRST! For all Users:

Here is a list of most of the possible malware xnwfile.com can get on your computer. Take this as a reference on what to remove and proceed to your respective guide:

  • New Player
  • HD-V2.2
  • MediaVideosPlayers
  • CheckMeUp
  • Browsers_Apps_Pro
  • HostSecurePlugin
  • Save Pass
  • HQualityPro-1.6
  • Desktop Temperature Monitor
  • Sm23mS, Salus
  • Word Proser
  • Network System
  • Save Daily Deals
  • Driver SS8

For all Windows Users:

Look for a program called “xnwfile.com” and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it as “xnwfile.com”, click on the column titled Installed On. This will arrange programs by their installation date. Look for all recently added programs that seem suspicious and click Uninstall on them.

You are not done, however. Proceed to STEP 2.

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Find a program called xnwfile.com, then right click on it and select Move to Trash.

If you can not find such a program, click the Date Modified column, and look for recent additions of programs you don’t know about. Right click on each of them—–Move to Trash.

Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Removing xnwfile.com from your browser(s)

For all Users:

Here is a list of possible toolbars and extensions xnwfile.com may attempt to install on your computer. You should proceed to your browser’s respective guide and take this list as a reference on what to remove:

  • Sweet-Page Toolbar
  • CouponBuddy
  • Delta Toolbar
  • EnhanceTronic
  • Trovi Search
  • WebCake

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open the browser, then click on the small Gear icon on the top right —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Once there, you should look for xnwfile.com or any other extension or plugin you feel may be unsafe. Click Disable on it/them.

If for some reason. you Home Page was changed from the one you prefer (viruses, especially adware, tend to do that) click on the Gear icon —–Internet Options. From there you just edit the URL box, dispose of the unwanted link, and put in what you like, then click Apply.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on the Menu icon on the top right (three lines) —–> Add-ons.

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Then you just click Extensions.

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Here you should find xnwfile.com or anything you think may be a virus, then click Remove.

Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Google Chrome Users:

 

Enter the browser. At the top right click on the Menu icon —–>Tools —–Extensions.

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Once in Extensions, find ” xnwfile.com” and anything you believe may be dangerous, and click the little Trash icon on the right.

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You are almost done! Now click on the Menu icon on top for a second time, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top),then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click the Safari button on the top left —–>Preferences —–Extensions

Find “xnwfile.com” and/or other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For xnwfile.com Leftovers

Right Click on the Time at the bottom right of your screen, then click Start Task Manager. From there click Processes on the band above, and try to find any of the following processes:

  • xnwfile.com-nova.exe
  • xnwfile.com-bg.exe
  • xnwfile.com.exe

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If none of those are present in your task manager, then you are in the clear. If one or all of them are present, you need to go back to STEP 1 and see what you missed there.

“Ads by xnwfile.com”Warning! There is a step 4, but you should proceed with it ONLY IF your efforts up until now failed to remove xnwfile.com.

STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

In this step, you will reset your browser to its original state. Home pages, toolbars, history and cookies will all be lost, so you should do this ONLY if everything else failed.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Click on the Gear icon at the top right —–> Internet Options. There you click on Advanced on the right side of the band, then Reset.  On the pop-up that will appear, tick Delete Personal Settings, then Reset and finally hit Close. This should remove xnwfile.com and all other unwanted extensions from your browser.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Click the Menu button —–> Help. On the right, click Troubleshooting Information, and then Reset Firefox, again on the right. Finalize everything by hitting Reset Firefox in the pop-up that will appear, then Finish.

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For Google Chrome Users:

Click on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–Reset Browser Settings. There click Reset on the pop-up to confirm and that should remove xnwfile.com.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari —–> Safari —–Reset Safari. A window with several checkboxes should appear. All of them need to be ticked, then click Reset to finalize the removal process of xnwfile.com.

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