In the paragraphs you are going to read we are talking about a program from the infamous family of the browser hijackers. It is called Background_Vault Virus. Among its at times irritating features could be the broadcast of different ads like banners, boxes or pop-ups; the display of often unfamiliar search engines and homepages; and the potential redirecting to somewhere on the web. When it comes to this software group, we can also point out that all the programs that belong there may only affect one part of your system – all the browser apps you have installed, from Chrome to Explorer, Opera and Firefox. Simply continue reading if you are interested in all the details about this specific hijacker and/or the whole software family in general.
The usual features of browser hijackers generally and Background_Vault Virus specifically
What we can say for sure about this sort of software is that the programs belonging to it are adept at advertising various things via producing online ads; and causing your browsers to behave differently from the way they normally do. All hijackers have been created with this particular purpose – to show advertisements to the users and in this way encourage them to buy/order the promoted products or services. To be precise, there is nothing surprising, shady or illegal about this way of behaving. It’s just the mutual efforts of producers and programmers to achieve the best possible way of promoting whatever they offer. The benefits from this kind of advertising are for both of the involved parties – the ones offering something, and the ones ensuring the success of the ad campaigns.
Why could Background_Vault Virus sometimes be falsely regarded as a malware version?
In general, there is actually nothing malicious about Background_Vault Virus in particular, or its sibling programs. Despite that, a lot of users worldwide could still mistake it for a virus. This could occur because of its quite shady reputation: the generation of pop-ups could really irritate or confuse some users, and they may report this problem as rather disturbing. That’s the reason why hijackers are often seen as potentially unwanted. Honestly – there isn’t any relation between any hijacker and any form of malware (Ransomware, Trojans). In fact, these software types have so many differences that we can’t relate them in any way. While Ransomware and Trojan horse viruses could damage everything inside your system – programs and data; Background_Vault Virus, for instance, cannot access anything different from your browser apps and their history records.
Getting infected with a hijacker – possible way of happening
When we talk about the potential distribution methods of ad-broadcasting programs, they might be various in number and in nature. From spam and shareware to program bundles, Background_Vault Virus may be lurking everywhere. The most popular source, though, appears to be any software bundle. These free software sets (which may contain new apps and recently developed games) could seem to be very interesting to you; and you may want to download or try some immediately. The potential issue with them is that they may involve ad-spreading programs (such as browser hijackers and Adware), and perhaps you will NOT be informed about that.
However, you may be more than willing to install the entire bundle you’ve downloaded. Really, that’s how the ad-production mess will typically start. For the purpose of avoiding such kinds of irritation, you have to install any bundle (or any program, game or app from it) in a clever way. By the proper way we want to say – the installation method, which gives you the opportunity to perform everything about the installation manually. The only wizard features, which may ensure this kind of an installation process are: the Custom (often could be seen as Customized); and the Advanced one. Select one of them, and you will get to choose what to incorporate into your system and what not to.
The way to avoid any hijacker
The process of prevention, in the case of avoiding Adware and hijackers, starts with the aforementioned way of installing any bundle or software on your PC. Moreover, you have to learn to avoid the places where such Internet annoyances might be lurking like torrents, video-streaming web pages or fake online advertisements. The removal of such programs is possible, you just have to turn to the instructions in the Removal Guide down here.
Background_Vault 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.