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Vmos.xyz

Vmos.xyz is an undesirable app that can hijack any browser and reroute its traffic to various sites that need a traffic boost. In order to achieve its mission, Vmos.xyz will add a new search engine to your browser and change the homepage address.

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The Vmos.xyz Virus will redirevt your browser.

Every web user needs to keep their browser clean from junkware extensions and unwanted add-ons that don’t do anything helpful and simply take up processor time and potentially disrupt one’s browsing activities. It doesn’t matter what browser or OS you use – Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, as well as most other types of browsers on both Windows and Mac computers could get some unwanted extension installed in them that could make the whole system less safe and more prone to getting a malware infection.

Browser hijacker is the umbrella term used to refer to unwanted apps and extensions that can get installed in the browser and tamper with their settings in unpleasant ways. A typical hijacker characteristic is that these apps tend to display ads, page-redirect the user and even affect the default search engine and starting page of the browser, changing them in ways that the user hasn’t approved of. This is all aimed at making a profit through various kinds of online advertisement, which is the primary reason most browser hijackers get created in the first place. The advertising actions of these apps aren’t designed to harm your system or do anything bad to the files you keep in it. However, as we already pointed out, this doesn’t mean that the presence of a hijacker in your browser can’t potentially expose your machine to real malware threats that could most certainly harm your system and data. That is why, if you currently have the recently released Vmos.xyz hijacker in your browser (or any other form of browser hijacker software for that matter), we urge you to take the necessary precautions and uninstall the unwanted app before anything more harmful has managed to sneak inside your computer by exploiting the vulnerabilities created in your system by the hijacker.

The Vmos.xyz Virus

To remove Vmos.xyz , you will most likely need some help as most apps like it are rather tricky to uninstall. Usually, you will not only need to remove the app itself, but you will also have to locate and delete some helper elements that it has hidden in your system. If those elements don’t get removed, any attempts to uninstall Vmos.xyz itself would go in vain because it will be able to return to your browser automatically. Only after you delete everything related to Vmos.xyz from your system will you be able to restore your browser to its previous state and stop seeing hijacker-generated ads on every page you open. To remove Vmos.xyz , it’s best to combine the manual instructions from below with the automatic removal tool we have linked here as this will give you the highest chances of eliminating everything that may be related to this hijacker.

SUMMARY:

Name Vmos.xyz
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Hijackers tend to alter the browser’s settings and redirect the user to questionable web locations.
Distribution Method The main method used to spread these apps is the so-called software-bundling.
Detection Tool

Remove Vmos.xyz Virus

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

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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 Vmos.xyz  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 Vmos.xyz  from Firefox:

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

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

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!


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