Briefly speaking, getting infected by a browser hijacker known as Rp.gwallet.com “Malware” means to experience some or all of the symptoms, mentioned here:
- Since this type of programs typically affects only your browsers, their default search engine and homepage might get substituted with new ones, which are oftentimes completely unfamiliar to you. What’s more, no browser app is really immune to the effects of Rp.gwallet.com “Malware” – neither Firefox, nor Explorer, Opera or Chrome.
- In fact, Rp.gwallet.com is a representative of the browser hijacker software category, which explains its purely marketing-driven nature. Therefore, the production of a lot of advertisements (banners, pop-ups and/or tabs and boxes) is one of its very basic features.
- Another essential trait of this program is its ability to redirect you to some probably strange web locations that you have never heard of.
After getting informed about its possible features, you could be thinking that Rp.gwallet.com “Malware” is a form of a malicious program. However, it has never been identified as a representative of any currently existing virus kind. As a standard browser hijacker, Rp.gwallet.com might be considered a potentially unwanted program since it could have the ability to seriously irritate the infected users by showing different in forms, shapes and sizes ads, or by changing their usual search engines, or by redirecting them to shady websites.
Quite surprisingly; all of the features above do NOT cause any harm and can’t lead to the classification of Rp.gwallet.com as a malicious virus. Normally, the real versions of malware perform something malicious or illegal such as copying, trading with or using some of your personal credentials (like account, banking details, etc.) to extort money from you, or attack you in other ways. Furthermore, the really malicious programs like Ransomware, for instance, are exploited by their developers (hackers and scammers) for encrypting some of your very important data, and after that blackmailing you into paying in exchange for getting the affected data back. Rp.gwallet.com cannot do anything harmful like this, as it is not a virus.
If Rp.gwallet.com “Malware” can’t sneak into your personal computer on its own, how could you catch it?
First of all, you should know all about the distribution methods such programs exploit so as to fully comprehend the process of contamination. Actually, Rp.gwallet.com can get transported around the web inside many potential sources: shareware platforms, torrents, video-sharing websites, or contaminated pages. Nevertheless, the distribution method normally used when we talk about browser hijackers is software bundling. By using a process called program bundling programmers design bundles – packages of several different programs that get distributed together for free. Such combos may include games, hijackers, Adware, etc. Despite that, the way you install such a bundle, and not the fact that you have downloaded it, might lead to infection. It’s very important that you learn to get software installed on your personal computer in the most effective way.
Too many users are likely to skip that component of incorporating any piece of software into their systems. It is always extremely important to select the proper installation feature, because by doing so you will greatly reduce the risk of getting your computer infected with anything, even truly dangerous viruses such as Ransomware. The right option of the wizard that we recommend to you has the following names: Advanced or Custom (sometimes Custom). By selecting such a feature, you get to have the word about the way of installing a bundle and what exactly from it to install. Thus, you will still use the programs you want and you will not get irritated by any browser changes or ads. The other installation choices must not be considered since they don’t give enough details about the content of any bundle. These are usually called ‘Default’, ‘Automatic’ or ‘Quick’.
Why do such programs as Rp.gwallet.com get developed in the first place?
Typically, the programs considered to be hijackers are relatively harmless and serve the marketing industry. Their developers get paid to create software that can successfully advertise a product or a service, a search engine, or exact web pages. That’s why programs like Rp.gwallet.com get created.
But if you would like to remove this program and stop being annoyed by it, go to our guide for removing this program. The steps there should assist you in doing that.
Rp.gwallet.com “Malware” 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.