If you have come to the realization that your PC has been invaded by a strange program called Biaoji “Virus” and you are now trying to figure out what to do about it – we are happy to be at your service. The following article is dedicated to explaining what exactly this program is, what it does and what you can expect from it.
We’ll start by saying that Biaoji “Virus” is categorized as adware, and you can easily distinguish it from other types of software by the numerous popups, banners, box messages and other various ads that it tends to flood your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or other browser with. Aside from clarifying all the most important and characteristic adware specifics, we will also provide you with a detailed removal guide, which will help you get rid of both Biaoji “Virus” and all the obstructive ads that it constantly produces. However, we do recommend that you first finish reading the information presented here before skipping directly to the removal instructions.
What purpose does adware serve? Is Biaoji “Virus” dangerous?
These are often the first questions that users ask themselves, especially when it’s their first time ever dealing with software of this type. And we can understand your concern if you are among their ranks. But we can offer you some relief by saying that Biaoji “Virus” is not considered to be a harmful program and can certainly not be referred to as a virus, which is a common mistake that people make in regards to adware and similar programs. As to what its real purpose on your machine is – the name reveals it all. Adware stands for advertising software and that is basically all adware is designed to do: advertise. By means of generating and displaying the ghastly number of different popups, banners and other online ads, it essentially promotes various products and services. And this is, of course, done for the benefit of the vendors of the said products and services.
But this practice also benefits the adware developers, as they profit based on the amount of ads that the users click on. This is actually all part of a popular internet business model known as Pay Per Click and you’d be surprised to learn just how many different businesses employ it. But getting back to the point, we should also mention another thing that is tightly related to the Pay Per Click scheme. In an attempt to maximize their revenue, software developers may program Biaoji “Virus” and others like it to monitor your online activities within your browsing program. This can happen by means of recording your latest search requests, for example, or the kind of content you like and share on social media or other such platforms. In addition, the adware may take note of the kind of websites you spend the most time on or bookmark. Thanks to this data, it can then determine the kind of ads you will be more likely to click on. Consequently, the program can then start adjusting the stream of ads to you personally, so as to gain as much profit from each individual user as possible.
However, security experts and regular users alike don’t often agree with this practice and, in fact, because of it tend to classify adware as potentially unwanted programs or PUP’s. Furthermore, the shady distribution techniques and the capabilities of such programs to further expose you to danger also contribute to this classification and it’s important that you are aware of this.
What we mean by that last bit is that, though Biaoji “Virus” is not considered to be a virus and cannot cause any actual damage to your system, it can indirectly and perhaps even unintentionally expose you to far more serious threats, such as ransomware, Trojans, spyware, worms and other malware. That’s not something you would like to have to deal with, trust us on that. This can happen as a result of the modifications that the adware may impose to your system’s Registry, for example, as it can weaken your PC’s protection against outside threats. Alternatively, the numerous ads you are constantly bombarded with every time you open your browser can also prove to be potentially dangerous, due to a conniving tactic of spreading viruses called malvertising. We recommend taking this seriously and doing your best to ensure your system’s safety, which is why removing Biaoji “Virus” would be the best course of action.
Biaoji “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.