This page aims to help you remove Oll3.xyz “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Firefox,Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If your browser seems to have been invaded by an app that calls itself Oll3.xyz “Virus”, it is understandable if you are concerned about the security of your computer. Oll3.xyz is known for being able to swarm the users’ screens with obnoxious and intrusive ads as well as to page-redirect the users’ searches to sites they did not want to visit and to impose changes to different elements of the “infected” browser. Among the said changes, the most common ones are made to the search engine tool or to the starting page address of whatever browser is set as default on the computer – Firefox,Chrome and Safari are the browsers that get most commonly targeted by apps such as Oll3.xyz. However, there is no need to be scared since most of those activities and changes to the way your browser functions won’t really damage your computer and are not intended to expose your system to harm. In fact, the unwanted software that you currently have on your hands is no virus or Trojan or a nasty Ransomware program – it is a browser hijacker. This is a commonly encountered category of intrusive apps that, while typically not malicious, are still regarded as unwanted. Therefore, it’s understandable if you’d still want to remove Oll3.xyz due to its irritating nature and overly aggressive behavior. We can help you complete this somewhat tricky task with our removal guide that you will find just below the current paragraph. You may have already tried to get rid of this hijacker on your own without succeeding and the reason for that is the fact that these apps are intentionally designed to be difficult to uninstall. Still, there are ways to get rid of them and fully remove them from any system and you can learn how you can do that from the following lines.
What to keep in mind if you don’t want to encounter such apps in the future
The most important thing that you should always remind yourself is to stay safe on the Internet. We simply can’t stress this enough especially considering the fact that the browser hijackers are nowhere near the scariest forms of unwanted software that you can encounter online. There are much more problematic and undesirable programs out there such as Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits, Worms and many more that you definitely don’t want to get on your computer.
Since, however, browser hijackers like Oll3.xyz are technically legal applications (albeit unwanted), methods such as file bundling are really popular when it comes to distributing them. Such methods are also very effective since most people forget or ignore the importance of checking for bonus components the installation wizards of software that they are about to install. You, however, must remember to always have a look at the Advanced setup menu of program that you want to install before you actually install them as this will allow you to see if there are any added elements that may be similar to hijackers and that you may want to uncheck before proceeding.
Remove Oll3.xyz “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 Oll3.xyz 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 Oll3.xyz 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 Oll3.xyz 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 Oll3.xyz and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Oll3.xyz 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.
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.