Adware is kind of the equivalent of the plague, only on the internet. It’s everywhere, highly contagious and if you know what it is, you’ll try to avoid it to the best of your abilities. Thankfully, though, it’s nowhere near as fatal and getting rid of it is only a matter of getting a hold of the right removal guide.
Wanare Virus is one of the latest variants (read strains) of this software category and our removal guide here is dedicated to uninstalling it from your machine and getting rid of all its annoying effects. If you’ve been infected by this particular program, then you are very well familiar with all the popups, banners, box messages and other online ads it has flooded your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other browser with. But not to worry, this page is also dedicated to explaining what’s really behind this awfully irritating behavior and how dangerous it is for you. Read on to gain a better understanding of what Wanare Virus is doing on your PC.
What adware is programmed to do and what the risks are
Programs like Wanare Virus typically exist for the single purpose of promoting dozens of various products and services online. Only as opposed to the ads that you see on separate websites, adware programs do home delivery and they come to you with their ads. That means there will be no escaping them until you actually remove the program itself. With that said, it’s also important to point out that aside from gaining more exposure for the said products and services, the adware also ensure that its developers can make a profit from that. This is usually possible thanks to popular remuneration schemes like Pay Per Click that literally make every click of your on every ad count.
This, in turn, tends to breed certain unsavory practices that are partially responsible for earning adware the status of potentially unwanted programs. The thing is that Wanare Virus and others like it are often designed to be able to look through the browsing history of the browsers they integrate with. Consequently, they gain access to data related to your recent search requests, social media activity and other similar information. Don’t worry, though, they can’t see any sensitive data and they certainly won’t try to use it against you. Nevertheless, the information gathered regarding your browsing patterns tells the adware what your current interests and preferences are and will allow it to determine, which of its ads are likely to be more interesting to you. Then it can start putting more emphasis on those ads and make sure you’re seeing more of them.
Now, as intrusive and outrageous and the above may sound, it’s not the worst that may come of Wanare Virus’s presence on your machine – by far. And we’re not trying to say that you are necessarily in for a complete disaster, but this is a risk that you ought to consider. First of all, adware programs have the tendency to introduce different changes in the Registry of your computer. In doing so, they can potentially make it more vulnerable to outside threats like malware and viruses. On the other hand, the numerous ads that you are constantly bombarded with could also pose a security hazard. That is because hackers and cybercriminals often rely on online ads for the distribution of things like Trojan horse viruses and ransomware. All it takes is one click on the wrong ad and you can end up infected with a devastating piece of malicious software. With this in mind, it’s best to simply avoid clicking around on the ads on your screen.
As for the distribution of adware and Wanare Virus in particular, you may not be aware of where this program came to you from. Well, in the majority of cases, users install adware themselves without even realizing it as a part of things called program bundles. Wanare Virus may have been hidden in the setup of some program you recently downloaded and installed. It’s actually very simple to prevent this from happening, even if you want to install a program with adware bundled with it. You simply need to manually customize the installation process, which you can do by opting for the respective setting, which is normally called Advanced or Custom. It will allow you to see a list of added components, which you can then remove from the setup and just carry on with the main install.
Wanare 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.