What is Bikaq RSS? “Virus” Removal Guide

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There is one very common source of browsing-related disturbance called Bikaq RSS “Virus” and on this page, you can find some very useful information about it as well as a detailed guide with instructions on how to remove it. This program is generally classified as adware and as such, it is often associated with the generation of an incredible amount of ads, pop-ups, banners and different intrusive promotional messages. Your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox, (or any other default browser that you may be using for that matter) may easily be taken over by the adware and make it impossible for you to browse the web in peace. That’s why, if you want to save yourself from the browser invasion, you may need to uninstall the annoying software. For that, we suggest you carefully read the information that follows, as it will give you a better idea about the specifics of Bikaq RSS “Virus” and the way it can affect your computer.

How can Bikaq RSS “Virus” affect your computer?

Adware, in general, isn’t something that users would like to keep in their system for long. In most of the cases, when a program like Bikaq RSS “Virus” gets installed on the computer, it immediately integrates with the default browsing program and starts displaying a huge amount of ads, intrusive pop-ups, banners and nagging promotional messages all over the screen.  Therefore, such a piece of software is often referred to as potentially unwanted and is usually uninstalled from the system the moment it starts to create a disturbance. Fortunately, Bikaq RSS “Virus” will only affect your browser and no other part of your system or your files will be compromised or damaged. However, the potential annoyance and irritation that the adware may create may become intolerable at some point. You may end up being flooded with nagging and often very aggressive pop-ups, which may appear every time you open your browser. They may frequently interrupt your normal browsing activity, place themselves all over your monitor and interfere with your web surfing in a very annoying way. This aggressiveness has its explanation and it lies in marketing models like Pay-Per-Click, which generate profits out of clicks on sponsored advertisements. It is very likely that the owners of Bikaq RSS “Virus” use this adware as a tool for online advertising, and even earn from the clicks on the ads it displays, without thinking about the irritation their program may create to the affected users. This alone is a good reason for some people to remove the invasive software and bring their browser back to normal.

Do you know that there is a difference between adware and viruses?

Yes, indeed, the potential annoyance and ads disturbance that piece of software like Bikaq RSS “Virus” may create may be incredible. But we need to say that apart from that, no adware has ever been related to any harmful or destructive effects on the user’s computer. This means, that adware generally cannot be considered a virus or a serious malicious threat. In fact, the real viruses and threats like Trojans or Ransomware, for example, have very different purposes than an ad-generating piece of software like Bikaq RSS “Virus”. The basic things that distinguish them from any adware product are their maliciousness and the criminal deeds they can perform. A Trojan horse, for instance, can cause a number of system vulnerabilities and can introduce different viruses and  threats inside the infected machine. Adware can only display different nagging ads.

What is more, a program like Bikaq RSS “Virus” would never sneak inside your system silently. It usually comes along with a software bundle, which requires your permission to be installed and it is entirely up to you whether to allow it or not. If you carefully read the EULA and use options like “Advanced/Custom” to customize the bundle, no adware can get inside your system on its own. A Ransomware cryptovirus, on the other hand, will not only infect you in a stealthy way, but it will also hide deep inside your PC while performing its malicious activity. Some people may say that the adware may review the users’ web activity and may collect traffic data from their browsing. Yes, this may be considered as a bit of an intrusive marketing approach, but for your consolation, it won’t have access to any of your data or credentials, unlike a Spyware script, which will most probably steal them and use them to break into your profiles and accounts. Still, you have all the right to remove the adware from your system if you feel that your browser is affected in a way that you don’t like. The removal guide below is created just in case you need some detailed instructions on how to locate and remove the unwanted software, so don’t hesitate to make use of it if you need some help.

Bikaq RSS “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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • 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.

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