Browser hijackers can be a real nuisance, and most of the time – that is exactly what they are. If you have landed on this page due to a recent infection with one (more specifically, Bigpicturepop.com “Virus”), then it’s likely that you know very well what we mean.
All the annoying changes that they tend to introduce in your browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge or some other popular one, such as the new homepage and unfamiliar default search engine can really get on your nerves. And those constant page redirects just always seem to take place when you least expect them and when you’re the busiest. Not to mention the fact that no matter how hard you try, you can just never seem to be able to return those settings back to their initial state. That is because as long as Bigpicturepop.com “Virus” remains on your system, the settings it has enforced will remain intact. If you seek to get rid of them and once again be able to enjoy and undisturbed browsing, you will need to remove this program from your system. And we have just thing for you – a detailed removal guide, just below this article. It will show you everything you need to do, in order to successfully uninstall this hijacker and restore your browser settings.
What is Bigpicturepop.com “Virus”, though?
Browser hijackers, and Bigpicturepop.com “Virus” in their number, are really just forms of advertising software that tend to employ rather aggressive promotional techniques, so as to gain more exposure for certain products, services and websites. That is precisely why it sets a new default search engine in your favorite browser and also changes the homepage to a new one – as a means of promoting those sites. As for the products and services, you have by now surely come to notice the obscene amount of ads that you have become bombarded with, the minute you open your browser and attempt to surf the web. All those new popups, banners, box messages and page redirects that open new windows and browser tabs without even asking for your consent – those are all means of promoting the said products and services.
But all comes at a price. In fact, quite literally. Every time you or someone else clicks on any of those ads, the browser hijacker developers make a small profit. If you can imagine tens of thousands of users getting affected and interacting with those ads – that profit becomes pretty substantial. Usually developers rely on remuneration systems like the Pay Per Click scheme to ensure that they can earn revenue from the ads. But that, in turn, tends to breed dirty tactics aimed at maximizing profit at the regular users’ expense.
By that we are referring to the data-gathering techniques that many programs like Bigpicturepop.com “Virus” tend to employ. For example, hijackers can often look through your browsing history with the intention of determining, which of their products and services will be more likely to interest you. By finding out the kind of content you like and share on social media or the kind of things you tend to search for online, they can gain a pretty decent perspective of what you may be on the lookout for. Then, the hijacker will usually try to display more of those ads on your screen that answer to your interests, so you will be more likely to interact with them. And while it may sound like a clever and inventive scheme, which it no doubt is, it is also a violation of your privacy. Moreover, the collected data can then easily be sold to various third party marketers.
But there are even more serious threats to be aware of, when you’re affected by a browser hijacker like Bigpicturepop.com “Virus”. For one, their activity on your PC may actually make it more vulnerable to external threats, such as viruses, like Trojans, ransomware and others. That’s not to say that this hijacker is a virus – not at all. But its many ads may involuntarily make you more susceptible to an attack by one. This can happen if you, for example, happen to come across a fake or compromised ad, which we call malvertisements. These are ads that have been injected with malware by hacker and act as transmitters of that malware. In that regard it’s best to simply avoid interacting with any of the online ads you see.
Bigpicturepop.com “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.