Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Zaxar Games Browser “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Is there an issue with your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser lately? Is it behaving strangely and redirecting your searches to some unfamiliar sites, ads, pop-ups, banners and what not? Is your favorite homepage or search engine replaced? Then, you should know that there is one type of programs, known as browser hijackers, who can do all that to your browser. Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” is just a recently reported piece of this type, and this page is entirely dedicated to its specifics and all the steps that you need to take to safely remove it.  Since the browser hijackers are a bit tricky to uninstall, our team has prepared a neat removal guide below, which will guide you to the correct detection and removal of Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” and all of its annoying activities. If you need some additional assistance, there is an automatic scanner available for download just a few lines below. There is just no way this browser hijacker to remain any longer on your system if you strictly follow the instructions and scan your system throughout. But first, let’s make clear the danger level of this software and its specifics.

How dangerous can a browser hijacker like Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” be?

Browser hijackers are generally not programs from the malicious type. These pieces of software are legally developed, do not contain harmful scripts and, unlike the real viruses or infections like Trojans, or Ransomware, they do not aim to cause any damage to your system. The main reason for the existence of programs like Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” is to serve as advertising tools. They usually integrate an ad-generating component within your default browser and this way, make it display hundreds of ads, pop-ups and banners or redirect you to various promotional sites. Such activity aims to aggressively expose you to certain products, services and offers and make you click on them and buy something. Of course, the people who benefit from that are the advertisers and the vendors of the displayed items and they would be more than happy if you really click on their ads because this can bring them profits.

The aggressive advertising approaches they sometimes apply, however, despite not considered as harmful, may irritate the users and may cause some disturbance. Often times, for example, the advertisers, who control programs like Zaxar Games Browser “Virus”, may use them to collect information about the users’ interests, based on their browsing habits. They may track down the browsing history, recent web searches, likes, shares and location in order to display more relevant ads and make the people click on them.  For the users, however, it may be very difficult to deal with the flow of unstoppable pop-ups, banners, and ads since they are usually placed all over the screen and sometimes tend to redirect them to various other sites full of sketchy advertising content. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop this invasion and remove the nagging ads unless you fully uninstall the hijacker that initiates it. For this reason, programs like Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” are often referred as potentially unwanted.

Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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

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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

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 Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” 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 Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Zaxar Games Browser “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 the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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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!

Be careful with the ads and free installers!

If you don’t want to deal with Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” and other similar programs every now and then, here are some good tips that may really pay off in the future.  It is good to know that browser hijackers are usually placed inside the installers of some other free or attractive applications. That’s why, for your safety, it is always advisable to check every new setup that you are about to run for some additionally bundled software and customize it through the “Advanced” or the “Custom” options given in the installer. This may help you prevent not only potentially unwanted software like the one above, but also some real viruses and nasty infections like Trojans and Ransomware from sneaking inside your system if they have somehow been placed inside the installation pack. 

Another thing, which you should not trust much, is the stream of randomly displayed ads on your screen. While Zaxar Games Browser “Virus” cannot harm your system directly, it may still indirectly expose you to some infected content or some misleading links or sites, where security hazards may be lurking. This risk is more related to one very popular malware-distribution practice called Malvertising, which helps the hackers to mask harmful infections as ads, offers or links and trick the people into clicking on them. Therefore, it is generally advisable to avoid interacting with the pop-ups, tabs, and pages you get redirected to since there is no way to know whether they are safe or not. It is definitely not worth it to catch a nasty malicious infection this way, and the best way to absolutely eliminate this risk is to remove the browser hijacker from your system.

SUMMARY:

Name Zaxar Games Browser
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A constant stream of nagging ads, pop-ups and banners, homepage or search engine changes. 
Distribution Method Mostly found in software bundles, distributed via freeware sites, open source platforms, torrents, emails and attachments, free download links, automatic installers. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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