If the browser on your computer starts to get bombarded with ads whenever you open it, know that this is no reason to get panicked and the culprit responsible for this issue is not a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware virus but a rather harmless browser hijacker/browser-redirect app. Though it may be difficult to remove it if you are not experienced, this piece of software won’t directly threaten the system of your computer or your personal data. What you can expect from it instead is for it to initiate page-redirecting services in your browser with the help of a newly-added search engine and starting page. Typically, unless you fully uninstall the app that is obstructing your browsing experience, you won’t be able to effectively revoke the changes that have been made to your browser, whatever that browser may be – Chrome, Edge, Opera, Firefox. Recently, many Mac users have started making complaints about hijackers nested inside their Safari browsers so even if you use Mac, you can still get such unwanted software in your browser without any warning. The good news is that this is an issue that can be handled with relative ease if the necessary steps you need to complete to get rid of the hijacker are properly explained to you. This is where we should mention the guide for removing Bodcall.com we’ve posted below. Bodcall.com is a new and highly invasive hijacker that possesses most of the typical abilities and traits of the browser hijacker category. It is probably the software that made you look for an article like the one you are currently reading, in which case you would probably be glad to learn that the instructions you will read below will allow you to easily and quickly uninstall the invasive app.
What more needs to be said about Bodcall.com
There is no doubt that the online ads in your browser right now are more than ever and are obstructing you all the time as long as your browser stays open. It may even be tempting to click on some of them even if it’s only to make them go away. This, however, is probably a really bad idea – you cannot know what the origins of each advert are, especially considering the fact that most hijackers do not discriminate between different ad sources. Some of the offers could be legit and link you to items you may want to buy. Others, however, could be directly connected to sites with malware in them. If you value your system’s safety and the data in your computer and also if you don’t want to get a nasty Ransomware or Trojan Horse infection, you would do wise if you simply uninstall Bodcall.com without opening any of its ads or interacting with any of the pages you may get redirected to by the hijacker’s redirect service. Again the guide will help you with all of this and also you can always reach is in the comments section if you need some extra help from us.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijacker applications tend to affect your browser in many, typically unpleasant, ways so it’s not difficult to notice them.|
|Distribution Method||Some hijackers have official sites but in most cases, apps of this type get distributed alongside other software by being bundled with its installers.|
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Bodcall.com software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Bodcall.com on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Bodcall.com in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Bodcall.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Bodcall.com in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.