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What Is Virus? virus should be categorized as web browser hijacker which is able to infect all main web browsers used today especially the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. Sometimes we call the as browser redirect virus. Browser hijacker also named hijackware is a type of malware which will maliciously modify user’s browser default settings and redirect them to its own page by using rogue plugins of the malware. Moreover, Browser hijacker will alter search pages and results then display fake search information to the users. If people click on any results the browser hijacker showed, they would probably get more infection and come across other PC threats. Also browser hijacker can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection. Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. is a typical browser hijacker which installs automatically without any cautions of Windows users. This virus directs victims to and replaces the default search engine with its own search page. It would display various advertisements and sponsored links in your search results whenever you insert keywords and want to search for something. In addition, browser hijacker will collect search terms from your search queries and track your Internet visiting evidence or hobbit by the virus publisher. Being a quite famous browser hijacker, is very similar to and has infected thousands of PCs.

You Can Avoid Virus

Everyone should pay more attentions when trying to download and install applications from the Internet. Many freeware programs, and P2P programs are amongst the most notorious, come with an enormous amount of bundled malicious plug-ins that will eat system resources, slow down your system, clash with other installed software, or just plain crash your browser or even Windows itself. When you want to install an application on your PC, you need to be more carful what you agree to install. Once you install the nasty plug-ins and Active X on your computer, the web browser default settings will be restored automatically even you have uninstalled the program successfully. Therefore, do not select every option displaying on the installation wizards especially the add-ons which will attempt to change your home pages and search engine when you proceed the installation steps.

Keep your default web browser working under the highest of security situation. This can help you decrease the rate of getting infections from malicious website and keep you far away from the un-trusted high risky freeware downloading sites. There are some well known security bugs with Microsoft Java VM which are exploited regularly by browser hijackers. So you should install latest released patches for your web browser and make sure your installation of Java VM is up-to-date.

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Remove Virus Manually

Step One of Virus Removal Instructions

Uninstall with Windows Add/Remove Programs

In most of cases, would be showed in the currently installed programs list. You can remove it from the Windows control panel.
1. Go to Start > Control Panel.2. When Control Panel window appears, click on ‘Uninstall a program’ under Programs area.3.Look for a name ‘’ and click on Uninstall/Change. If ‘’ is not present, try to look and remove items with the following names: Genieo
4. Follow the uninstall wizards to finish the uninstall process.
5. Restart your computer to make the changes effect.

Step Two of Virus Removal Instructions

Remove Add-ons and Active X from web browser.

A.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

*Open IE and go to ‘Tools‘ → ”Manage Add-ons’.
*Choose ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and uninstall everything related to virus from the list.
*Choose ‘Search Providers’ → choose the search engine you used before and make it your default search provider.
Additionally, select ‘Web Search’, click ‘Disable suggestions’ to disable it.
Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Internet Options’ and select ‘General’ tab. Click ‘Use default’ or enter your own website name, or other. Finally, click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

B. Remove add-ons from Firefox

1. Click on the Firefox button, located in the upper left hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears hover your mouse cursor over Help, circled in the example above. At this point, a sub-menu should appear to the right. Next, click on the Troubleshooting Information option.

2. To reset your browser to its default state, click on the Reset Firefox button

3. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, asking if you want to reset Firefox to its initial state. To initiate the process, click on the Reset Firefox button.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish.

C.Remove add-ons from Google Chrome

*Click on the icon ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’, select ‘Options’.
*Choose ‘Basic’ Options and change Google Chrome homepage to or any other browser and then    click the ‘Manage search engines…’ button.
*Choose ‘Google’ and make it your default search engine.

Step Three of Virus Removal Instructions

Delete malicious registry entries and files of browser hijacker

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = “”
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\{rnd }

If you don’t know how to enter the Windows registry editor and find out the registry keys correctly; Or if you are not confident of deleting the malicious registry keys and files hidden in the Windows system folder; Or if you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for VilmaTech assistance. VilmaTech online support will have real-time chat with you and give you some professional suggestion.

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