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Dentgibber “Virus” Removal

If “Virus” has gotten onto your PC, then it is more than likely that your Chrome, Firefox or IE browser has had a number of undesirable and unauthorized alterations enforced onto it by the unpleasant piece of software. When encountering “Virus”, most users complain that their homepage has been replaced with another website, their default search engine has been changed and the browser itself gets frequently redirected to other pages. All of these traits are typical for a type of program known as Browser Hijacker. Browser Hijackers are notorious for their ability to invade the personal space of the user and be as annoying as possible, which is why they are generally considered to be unwanted and undesirable. Since Dentgibber “Virus” can be categorized as a Hijacker and it is certainly quite unpleasant to have on your PC, we have prepared for you a removal guide that will help you uninstall the nagging piece of software in case it has already made its way inside your system. Just make sure to read the whole article prior to making use of our removal guide – the information provided in the next few paragraphs is essential and can prove to be very useful in future.

What are Browser Hijackers used for?

Despite many people referring to Dentgibber “Virus” and other Hijackers as viruses and malware, there’s a significant difference between the way a typical Browser Hijacker is normally used and how an actual malicious virus is typically employed. While harmful malware like Trojans and Ransomware are undoubtedly dangerous and used for harmful and illegal purposes, most Browser Hijackers are nothing more than software that is used for marketing purposes. Of course, the methods used by Dentgibber “Virus” and other similar programs are nothing short of aggressive and aggravating, but even so, a typical Hijacker is normally not capable of causing any harm to your PC and your system security on its own. Another important difference between the two types of software that’s worth mentioning is the fact that Hijackers are oftentimes legal, whereas real malware like the viruses mentioned above is always forbidden by the law.

What dangers could Hijackers hold?

Even though programs like Dentgibber “Virus” might not be as threatening as they might sometimes seem, there are still quite a few negative traits that they might possess, which users should be aware of.

  • For example, a lot of Hijackers try to promote different products by using fake warning messages or notification banners that are getting displayed within the user’s browser. Therefore, if you see an error warning once you open Chrome, Firefox or IE that tells you the only way to resolve the said errors is to download some piece of software, you should probably not trust it.
  • Additionally, a lot of Browser Hijackers try to gather personal user data by scanning the browser history. The gathered data is usually employed for gaining additional revenue, since the information has high marketing value, but this is still a privacy transgression that you should not allow to happen.
  • Next, programs the likes of Dentgibber “Virus” are also known to enforce changes to your machine’s Registry so as to make your system more susceptible to unauthorized advertising. However, alterations to your machine’s Registry could also make your system more vulnerable to attacks from different virus threats such as, for example, Trojan horses, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.
  • Finally, most programs that tend to use aggressive advertising methods also require high amounts of system resources. If you have a high-end PC, you might not feel it as much, but on less powerful machines the CPU and RAM consumed by the Hijacker might cause a significant slow-down of the computer’s productivity capabilities.

What can one do in order to avoid landing a Hijacker?

The list of possible precautions that one can take so as to increase the protection and security of their computer is long and would take a whole separate article in order to cover everything. However, as long as you stick to the next few tips and rules, you can rest assured that the chances of you landing a Hijacker in the future will be drastically decreased.

  • First of all, all readers of this article need to understand just how important it is to stay safe online and not take any unnecessary risks. For example, if you think that a website might not be very safe, it’s better to outright leave it instead of staying long enough to see whether or not you were right.
  • In addition to our previous tip, we also advise you to avoid opening e-mails the contents of which are not verified as safe. Sure, all reliable e-mail providers have a spam filter but it is not impossible that a shady e-mail makes it past that. That is why, if you think that a newly received message might actually be unsafe, you should not open it.
  • Do not forget to equip your computer with good protection software. Having a reliable anti-malware program would add an extra layer of protection to your system.
  • Lastly, make sure that you know exactly what you are going to get when installing new programs. Often Hijackers are bundled within the installers of other programs and if you are not careful and observant, you might land some shady and unwanted software alongside the other program that you actually want to install. Therefore, always check the setup wizards for added applications and if you indeed find out that something’s been added that looks sketchy, be sure to remove it before you launch the installation.

Dentgibber “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/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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