This page aims to help you remove Nsmaking.com “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If there is a piece of software called Nsmaking.com inside your computer that is currently making it difficult for you to browse the Internet normally and that has managed to alter some of your browser’s settings and replaced its search engine tool, it’s starting page address or its toolbar buttons without you having agreed to that, then you should probably read the next lines in order to learn more about the specifics of this software as well as find out how you could remove it from your computer and browser and thus prevent it from tinkering with it. Another very common symptom related to apps like Nsmaking.com (typically referred to as browser hijackers or browser redirects) is that, unlike most browsing extensions and add-ons, they could get installed onto pretty much any browser – Chrome, IE, Firefox, Edge Safari, etc. Once there, page-redirects, ads generation and display of random and obstructive banners, pop-ups and pop-unders is likely to occur since the main goal of most of the hijacker apps is to actually make money by advertising stuff on the users’ screens. Though this is certainly annoying and oftentimes frustrating, there is actually a silver lining to it, namely the fact that a hijacker/browser redirect such as Nsmaking.com “Virus” is unlikely to initiate anything harmful whilst inside your system since it is not really meant to cause damage or to conduct any other kinds of cyber-crime. That being said, there is no doubt that the presence of a browser hijacker such as Nsmaking.com on your computer is bound to be a rather unpleasant experience and that is why removing the invasive software is the advisable course of action. To help you fully get rid of this nagging advertising piece of software, we have prepared a removal guide and posted it on this page where you can find all the needed information for the successful uninstallation of this potentially unwanted software.
Remove Nsmaking.com “Virus”
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 Nsmaking.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 Nsmaking.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 Nsmaking.com 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:
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 Nsmaking.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Nsmaking.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.
A hijacker is not harmful but it may still lead to certain security hazards
It is important to remember that while Nsmaking.com is not meant to damage your computer or mess with any of the data in its hard-drives, it is still not a software piece that should be trusted, especially considering that there is typically pretty much no control over what ads get shown on your screen. As you likely well know, misleading and fake ads are a favourite tool of hackers who try to spread viruses and malware like Trojans, Rootkits and Ransomware and get more computers infected with it. For that reason, it is always better to not allow any hijacker to overstay its welcome on your computer and, instead of procrastinating its removal, ensure to eliminate the potentially unwanted software component as soon as you start seeing the negative effects of its presence on your computer, That way, you will make sure that you do not get exposed to different obscure, sketchy, obscene and potentially unsafe ads while browsing and that the risk of running into something hazardous is optimally decreased.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.