In the informative text below we will discuss the family of the famous browser hijackers generally, and their particular representative called Footjane “Virus”. Nonetheless, don’t overreact before you have read this article, because basically, this software is harmless and could only irritate you a lot by modifying your browser apps. Once any hijacker has infiltrated your device, your Chrome/ Firefox/ Explorer browser might set a new homepage and search engine; and might launch some redirecting to various unknown web pages. Moreover, such software may start displaying a substantial number of online advertisements (such as banners, boxes and pop-ups). You will read more about the possible effects of this rather annoying software category below.
What you should remember when we discuss browser hijackers:
Firstly, no browser hijacker can be described as a dangerous piece of software. They are all considerably harmless. Of course, such statements need some serious proof to back them up, we will show you the differences between Footjane “Virus”, for example, and a given Trojan, as well as a Ransomware version, to make it clear why hijackers are not viruses. To start with, the way viruses typically get incorporated into your system differs seriously from the way browser hijackers might do that:
How might browser hijackers get distributed? Normally, this could happen via improperly installing any software bundles. These are the combos of free programs, available on the web. Remember that even if you download such a free software mix, the hijacker inside it will still have to get your (most often indirect) approval to get installed into your system. This is the reason why its developers might try to trick you into allowing the whole content of the bundle to get incorporated into your PC. This may happen by installing the entire bundle via the wrong installation mode. Typically – the Default or the Quick one. But you may still install and benefit from whatever you want from any bundle without getting a hijacker. All you need to do is to install the bundle correctly. The necessary feature that you have to select in such a case will either be called Advanced or Customized (or sometimes Manual).
How do Trojans and Ransomware get distributed? These famous malware versions can become incorporated into your PC without your knowledge or approval. In fact, they do not have to receive even your unknowing permission; they can simply automatically contaminate your system.
Another major difference is in the ways viruses and hijackers normally affect your computer:
- What to expect from Footjane “Virus”? Besides the characteristic features of any browser hijacker, which we have already talked about above, Footjane “Virus” may also slow down your device by generating too many pop-ups; or by causing too intense redirections to take place. Nevertheless, these are the most shady or bothering ways any browser hijacker might behave in. Nothing really dangerous may ever come out of the activities of Footjane “Virus”.
- What to expect from any Trojans or Ransomware? On the other hand, Trojans and Ransomwares can definitely harm your PC and you personally. Firstly, the contamination with these viruses represents the most common malware infection as a whole on a global scale. Such viruses can and are likely to steal sensitive info (banking or account credentials) in the case of Trojans. Furthermore, if the virus you have caught is a Ransomware version, you can expect file encryption and some pretty terrifying demands for the payment of a ransom.
Hopefully we have now proven that browser hijackers have nothing to do with any of the popular virus kinds and you should not be frightened.
Can we say that browser hijackers, and Footjane “Virus” in particular, are legitimate programs?
In spite of being described as potentially unwanted, Footjane “Virus” and the programs from its software category are completely legal and have been created for the needs of the advertising industry. Their activities are just advertising-oriented, even though they are a little annoying or intrusive.
The way to remove Footjane “Virus”:
Luckily, we have already found an efficient way of uninstalling this hijacker and have summarized it below, in our Removal Guide. Hopefully, that will work in your best interest. In case any problems occur while you are following the instructions down there, do not hesitate to contact us in the comments section.
Footjane “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.