About The Bigdater.me Virus
If the all the windows of your browser have ads on them and going to another site doesn’t seem to make them go away, you may want to read the information that the current article will provide you with. Here, we will tell you about the most likely culprit responsible for the invasive ads that you are currently facing and we will explain to you how to make the commercial messages and the page-redirect ads stop to show up every time you open the browser. One other symptom that you may be struggling with right now is the introduction of unwelcome changes in your main browsing program. The changes may vary but would typically have something to do with the starting page of the browser or with its toolbar and default search engine service. Such symptoms could be seen in Chrome, Edge, Firefox and even Safari so, in case you are thinking about installing a new browser and using it instead, know that this will probably not be an effective way of dealing with your current issue. As far as the reason behind all that is concerned, you need to know that there is likely an application of the browser hijacker category that is currently added to your browser. In many cases, the users may even think that they simply have somehow ended up with some new add-on for their browser that just sits there and doesn’t do much. However, in case do indeed have a hijacker on your hands, all the symptoms we mentioned so far are likely to appear in your browser. The good news is that this isn’t as dangerous as a Trojan Horse attack or a Ransomware encryption on your personal files. Read the removal guide below and you will learn how to uninstall a nagging app of the browser hijacker category called Bigdater.me (which is likely the main reason most of you have found this article in the first place).
Is The Bigdater.me Virus dangerous
Even though the majority of the browser hijacker applications are actually pieces of software that are technically legal, this doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be certain risks related to this type of apps that you need to know about.
One major issue is the uncontrolled nature of the advertising activity of Bigdater.me and other similar applications. Even though Bigdater.me will likely not purposefully try to mislead you or show you hazardous commercial content, you may still sometimes be presented with unreliable ads from questionable sources. In today’s online world, malware threats could be encountered everywhere in the online space and it is therefore essential to take all the necessary precautions in order to keep your system out of harm. Because of this, it’s very important to not allow Bigdater.me to stay in your computer or else you may eventually get exposed to some of the nastiest forms of malware on the Internet – Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits, Worms, Ransomware and more.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||If a hijacker enters your browser, there will most likely be various unwelcome changes in the browsing program that you haven’t approved.|
|Distribution Method||This type of apps usually get inserted in software bundles and in this way get distributed alongside other software that users may actually want in their computers.|
Remove Bigdater.me Virus
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Bigdater.me 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 Bigdater.me. 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.
Removing Bigdater.me From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Bigdater.me we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
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 Bigdater.me 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 Bigdater.me in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
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:
Getting rid of Bigdater.me from Chrome
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.
Removing Bigdater.me From Firefox
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.
Removing Bigdater.me From Windows Internet Explorer
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.
Removing Bigdater.me From Windows Edge
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 Bigdater.me and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Bigdater.me 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.