Zoohair “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

A particularly annoying and frustrating issue that one might have with their PC is having their IE, Firefox, Chrome or whatever other browser that they are using invaded and modified by some sketchy piece of software. Browser changes include but are not limited to the replacement of the homepage, implementation of a new search engine/ toolbar, frequent page redirects to other websites, etc. Programs that are known to cause that are referred to as Browser Hijackers and if you are reading this, you’re probably currently dealing with one such Hijacker known as Zoohair “Virus”. Fortunately for you, here you can find all the information that you might need in order to deal with the pesky application and make sure that it does not return. Just read the next few paragraphs and by the end of the article you should no longer have any problem this type of unwanted programs.

What are Browser Hijackers?

A Browser Hijacker is a type of program that is considered unwanted even though it is not actually malicious. Many people tend to refer to Hijackers as viruses and malware but this is not an accurate way to describe them. First of all, a program the likes of Zoohair “Virus” is usually not capable of causing any harm to your PC nor is it made with that purpose. The idea behind most Hijackers is that they’d be used to generate income by employing different online marketing techniques. The issue with that is the methods used by most Hijacker are aggressive, frustrating and heavily obstructive to the users themselves. In addition to that, most Hijackers usually have little to no practical use for the owner of the PC they have been installed on. That is the reason why almost all people that have landed such a program are trying to have it removed ASAP. If you, too, have had Zoohair “Virus” installed onto your machine and want to have it uninstalled, you can use our removal manual that will guide you through the different steps that you’d need to complete so as to fully remove the irritating software. You can find the guide at the bottom of the article.

Can a Hijacker be harmful?

As was already made clear, Browser Hijackers are not some sort of noxious viruses the likes of Ransomware and Trojans. However, though their are not inherently malicious, they could still represent a potential threat to your PC as well as have a number of negative effects to it. A few examples:

  • If your machine gets invaded by a Hijacker, then you must know that the unwanted program is most likely gathering personal data from your browser’s history. The extracted info has high marketing value and is usually sold to third parties or is directly employed by the creators of the Hijacker for the purposes of online advertising.
  • Another thing that Hijackers are known for is that they oftentimes make unauthorized modificationя to the Registry of the PC they have been installed on. Such modifications to your machine’s Registry might expose your system and make it vulnerable to attacks from viruses like the ones we mentioned at the start of this paragraph (Ransomware, Trojan horses, etc.).
  • A particularly annoying trait of many Hijacker programs is that they tend to consume high amounts of system resources which usually causes the PC to get slowed-down. Additionally, the computer might also start to experience sudden crashes if the Hijacker is not well-programmed (which is oftentimes the case).

How can you avoid Zoohair “Virus”?

There are a lot of things that you can do so as to make your machine safer and less likely to be invaded by some irritating and unpleasant software such as Zoohair “Virus”. Here, we have listed only the most essential precautions that one needs to take in order to improve the security levels of their machine.

  • Never open an e-mail or click on a link/file attachment that has been sent to you if you think that it looks suspicious and might be some form of spam (because it probably is). Such spam messages/e-mails are commonly used for spreading Hijackers and other forms of unwanted and potentially dangerous software.
  • Be very considerate when it comes to what sites you visit when surfing the internet. Generally, you should avoid web addresses that have a lot of ads throughout their pages and cause your browser to get redirected to other sites.
  • A good anti-malware program can greatly improve your computer’s protection and serve as an additional obstacle for shady programs such as Zoohair “Virus”.
  • If you want to get a new program, first make sure that you know precisely what’s going to get installed onto your system. If there are any bundled applications within the setup wizard, be sure to look them up so as determine if they aren’t potentially unwanted. If anything added looks suspicious and seems like it could be a Hijacker or some other type of unwanted program, untick in order to leave it out and ensure that it does not get installed onto your PC.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Zoohair
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Modifications to your browser that have been implemented without your permission are the most notable Hijacker symptom.
Distribution Method The most notable method is the software bundling. Other commonly used ways for spreading Hijackers are Internet spam messages, shady online adverts and torrent files.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Zoohair “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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

A lot of people ignore what is written and then ask us, so we are putting this information here. To remove parasite without it coming back, you WILL 100% have to:

  Delete files belonging to suspicious processes in your Task Manager.

 

  Meddle with system files and folders, including ones belonging to Windows.

Both of these can damage your system. If you want a fast safe solution, we always recommend SpyHunter, because it has an option, allowing its owners to send a customized fix made for your PC. We guarantee it will work. You can access it at "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> Select Problem Type ---> Unremoved Parasite. 

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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 Zoohair “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 Zoohair “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Zoohair “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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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!