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Your Norton Has Expired Today Virus


“Your Norton Has Expired Today”

“Your Norton Has Expired Today” is a page that gets promoted by browser hijackers, and if you currently have this page imposed as the starting page in your browser, or  there are continuous pop-ups on the bottom right of your computer that say ‘Your Norton Has Expired Today’ , or if you are frequently getting page-redirected to it while you are surfing the Internet, then you most likely have a hijacker inside your computer, which you should remove.

"Your Norton Has Expired Today"

When you click the pop-up “Your Norton Has Expired Today” it immediately takes you to the ‘pay-up’ page

The good news is that, by the end of this post, you will know all that you need to be able to remove the pesky software. However, before we tell you about the exact removal steps, let us first share with you some important information about the nature of such browser hijackers.

What is the hijacker’s goal?

If you have the hijacker behind “Your Norton Has Expired Today” in your Chrome, Safari, Edge or in another browser, you have most likely noticed some changes in the homepage, or the search engine, as well as some frequent page-redirects that send you to sites you did not intend to visit. These are some of the most obvious and commonly observed signs of the presence of a hijacker inside any given browser. The reason is, apps like the one responsible for promoting “Your Norton Has Expired Today” are mainly aimed at advertising different types of content directly from within the browsers of their users. Most forms of online advertisement happens through different sites that have ads in them. However, a hijacker app removes the need of a site that serves as an advertising platform, and instead turns the user’s browser into a such platform. Some users find this really annoying and unpleasant, others do not mind the ads, the changes, and the page-redirects all that much and simply accept the presence of the hijacker without doing anything to remove it. And since most hijackers aren’t actually directly harmful to the system, having one in your computer will probably not lead to any serious damage. After all, those apps are very different from real computer malware, viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, etc.

Why you should still eliminate a hijacker when you see one

Even if you do not mind the irritating activities of the “Your Norton Has Expired Today” hijacker, you should still make sure to get it uninstalled, and here’s why:

 One of the main issues with such apps, aside from their ability to annoy people, is the fact that there isn’t really all that much control over the content that they promote. As long as it makes a profit, and earns revenue, a given type of ads from a given source will get shown on the user’s screen regardless of whether or not the origin of these ads is safe and reliable. This means that you could easily get displayed sketchy ads from unreliable sources, which could, in turn, lead to the contamination of your computer with Trojans, viruses, Ransomware, or other similar malicious threats. Because of all this, we strongly recommend that you remove the “Your Norton Has Expired Today” page from your browser, and uninstall the hijacker related to it. To help you do that, we have prepared a guide, and posted it down below, so make sure to use it in order to uninstall and fully remove the unwanted software piece.

SUMMARY:

Name “Your Norton Has Expired Today”
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacker would almost certainly introduce some changes in your browser without your approval.
Distribution Method The method normally used to spread these apps is known as file-bundling.
Detection Tool

Remove “Your Norton Has Expired Today” 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!

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

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.

DNS

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 “Your Norton Has Expired Today” 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 “Your Norton Has Expired Today” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Your Norton Has Expired Today” 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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