If you are forced to deal with a stream of nagging advertisements all over your screen and some new search engine or a home page is redirecting you to certain promotional sites, then most probably your system has been invaded by a browser hijacker. Bangtony Virus is one such piece and, in the next lines, you will learn more about its specifics. It is very likely that your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer may become unresponsive to your searches when this program integrates with it, that’s why you may experience some issues with your normal web browsing. The good news is that it doesn’t take much of efforts to uninstall the browser hijacker and remove all of its disturbing activities, and in the removal guide below we will show you exactly how to do that.
Browser hijackers’ typical traits.
Normally, as a browser hijacker is considered this type of software, which imposes certain changes inside the users’ default browser (such as homepage or search engine replacements, new toolbar installation, or sudden page redirects) and loads the users’ screen with dozens of promotional messages, ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored web pages. The main reason behind such invasive activity is the strive for the browser hijacker developers to get clicks and traffic to the advertised items and sites and also to generate profits from these clicks through Pay-Per-Click campaigns. This is exactly what Bangtony Virus has been developed for and, once it gets installed on your system, it immediately starts to fill your monitor with various aggressive advertisements, redirects you to certain sites and prompts you to click on them. According to the law, this is a harmless online advertising approach, but many online based businesses aggressively use it in order to promote their products and services and by doing this, they often cause disturbance of the normal web browsing. That’s why most of the users often get irritated by the browser hijacker and its behavior and prefer to uninstall it from their system. The complete removal of the ad-generating script, however, is not possible the usually way, and sometimes may be a bit tricky. That’s why we recommend the users to strictly follow the instructions in the removal guide below in order to safely eliminate Bangtony Virus and prevent eventual confusion.
Pay attention when installing new software!
You probably don’t hear this advice for the first time, but you should really pay attention when running a new installer if you want to keep browser hijackers like Bangtony Virus (or even some malicious threats like viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, etc.) away from your system. This is especially valid if you have the bad habit of skipping the EULA and installing everything through the Automatic/Standard/Quick option. Giving a try to some new and attractive software is, generally, not bad. The open source platforms, freeware or shareware sites, torrent sites, email messages, and ads are usually full of free download offers. And it is really nice when the developers give out some nice game, an application or a tool for free. However, most of the free software sometimes comes in a bundle with some other potentially unwanted program, like a browser hijacker or adware, and if you don’t manually disable it from the installer (which can easily be done by clicking on the Advanced/Custom installation option) you are more likely to make it part of your system. That’s why we strongly advise our readers to pay attention during the installation process and always customize every new installation wizard.
Bangtony Virus “virus” is not really a virus but still, it can cause some irritation!
A couple of users have recently asked us if Bangtony Virus is some nasty virus and can it cause harm to their system. Indeed such question may rise when the affected people face difficulties to close the nagging pop-ups, which flood their screen, and are not able to reverse the browser settings and stop their Chrome, Firefox or Explorer from redirecting their searches. However, according to the security experts, this is just a mere annoyance compared to what can happen if a real virus or a Trojan-Ransomware based threat attacks your system. Technically speaking, a browser hijacker does not contain any malicious scripts and does not represent a security threat for your computer. It cannot corrupt your files or your software, but the irritation and disturbance it may cause could be a good reason for you to remove it.
Bangtony Virus Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.