Programs, which are designed to impose certain changes inside the user’s browser, redirect the user’s searches and flood their screen with different ads and pop-ups are usually categorized as browser hijackers.
Fullex.pw is one such piece of software, which, once inside your PC, can modify your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer by changing its homepage or search engine and getting you redirected to different sponsored ads, pop-ups, and sites with very intrusive promotional content.
In this article, we are going to explain you why is this program regarded as potentially unwanted and why so many web users want to uninstall it from their system the moment they detect it. We will also share with you all the potential issues, which this browser hijacker may cause to your PC and the possible actions you can take to safely remove it. You may find the instructions in the removal guide below very useful, in case that you decide to get rid of the nagging software and its ads, as well as the information that follows in the next lines, which will give you a good idea about the specifics of Fullex.pw “malware”.
Is Fullex.pw “Virus” a reason to be concerned about your system’s safety?
Messing up your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer settings, redirecting you to different pages and displaying tons of unwanted popping messages, new tabs, and promotional links is what can happen if you have Fullex.pw on your PC. This activity may be very frustrating for some users, and the first thing they may think of when they face it could most probably be a virus infection. Luckily, this browser hijacker does not represent any type of computer virus or malware and has no intention to harm any of your programs, data or OS files. The experts in the security field generally don’t consider browser hijackers a threat and never put them next to malicious infections from the rank of Trojans, Ransomware and other computer viruses. In fact, this software is usually specialized in an aggressive advertising practice known as Pay-Per-Click, which can be a bit irritating to some people, but certainly is not criminal or destructive activity. According to the law, programs like this are seen as advertising tools, which serve the needs of the online marketing industry and are absolutely legitimate. A real malicious threat like a Ransomware cryptovirus or some other type of harmful script, on the contrary, is not only illegal but also very harmful form of cyber-crime which, unless safely removed, can cause various issues to the infected machine and all the software and information found on it. No browser hijacker has been related to such harmful consequences so far, that’s why you shouldn’t get too worried if you have Fullex.pw – nothing fatal will happen to your PC even if you don’t remove it.
Still, there is something we need to warn you about and most probably you will also notice it the longer you keep the browser hijacker on your system. The way you interact with the web will most probably get affected, since you may not be able to have full control over your browsing, you may frequently get redirected to web locations you never intended to visit and your browser may become sluggish and unresponsive for your searches. A fair share of your system resources may also be used to keep track of your web activity and generate different sketchy and nagging ads, which may be very hard to deal with and may flood your screen in dozens. These could be some good reasons for you to uninstall Fullex.pw and if you really feel that your web experience is getting more and more hampered by this browser hijacker, use the removal guide below to remove it.
How Fullex.pw spreads and gets installed on your machine
Many people don’t realize how the browser hijacker gets installed on their machine because, in most of the cases, they install it along with some other attractive or free software, which contains in its bundle some additional programs like this one. Such bundles can be found in many web locations like torrent sites, shareware or freeware platforms, and are usually distributed for free. Other distribution channels of browser hijackers could be spam, emails, promotional links and ads, drive-by-downloads, direct downloads from the web or automatic installation managers. It is very important tough, how the users handle such software sources. We always advise our readers to carefully read the EULA before running a new setup and use options like “Advanced” “Custom” of “Manual” in order to customize the given installer because this is what makes the difference between installing just the program they desire and ending up with some potentially unwanted software like Fullex.pw.
Fullex.pw “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.