Some advertisements professionals think that they are capable of making money by shoving adverts down people’s throats and they are responsible for the creation of software known as Browser hijackers. In many instances, these programs are sneaked inside the users’ systems together with some other applications, which are basically free and useful, although not always. However, the very moment they get installed, the Browser Hijackers typically cross the border between offering some functionality and profiting through sponsored ads and become a harassment tool that can be identified as potentially unwanted. Opinions on whether such a piece of should remain on the system may vary greatly, mostly because of the annoyance tolerance of the individual web users. The presence of a new Browser Hijacker, named the Nonck Virus on your machine is very likely to be the source of the numerous online ads or browser redirects you might have started to experience lately. Many people could find this program useful, whereas other people will only experience the irritation of its adverts and automatic page-redirects. We’ve developed this article to help people remove it. The best way the Nonck Virus can be uninstalled from your computer is to follow the instructions in our detailed guide below or use the professional removal tool that is attached.
The Nonck Virus removal from Chrome and other browsers
Computer viruses are programs, specially created to cause harm to the users and their machines. They try to remain hidden and typically avoid the use of adverts or pop-ups that can give their presence away and use other methods to cause harm to the victims. Nonetheless, many users presume them to do just that and, hence, inaccurately confuse Browser Hijackers programs like Site-great.xyz, www1.ecleneue.com for a malicious program. However, the major difference between those two types of software is that the PC viruses are malicious by design – they don’t show Ads – they will acquire the user’s data, spy or conduct other malicious activities. A certain high-risk family of viruses is called Ransomware. Such harmful viruses are designed to sneak inside people’s system and make all the files stored there completely unusable until ransom money is paid. Compared to that, a program like the Nonck Virus is simply a source of annoying ads which usually can be easily removed once the hijacker gets uninstalled from the system. In fact, it is important to mention that most Browser Hijacker programs are legal. Therefore, a security program won’t usually detect them as something potentially unwanted on your system. However, most of you would most probably find it frustrating and decide to uninstall it no matter what.
Moreover, applications like the Nonck Virus might not only be very annoying. They may eventually expose your PC to some significant security dangers because some of the ads they may generate on your screen may not be real ads at all. If you’re not careful with those ads, you might find yourself on some malicious internet site that may infect your PC with some harmful software such as Trojans or Ransomware. Nevertheless, no need to panic because this happens pretty rarely. So, just make sure you’re careful where you click and quickly remove the source of the unwanted adverts.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may notice a change in your browser’s homepage or search engine and a constant stream of sponsored ads.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling is a common method of distribution for most browser hijackers.|
Remove Nonck Virus
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Nonck 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 Nonck. 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 Nonck From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Nonck 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 Nonck 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 Nonck 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 Nonck 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 Nonck 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 Nonck 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 Nonck 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 Nonck and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Nonck 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.