This page aims to help you remove Push Why Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Push Why is a new addition to the family of the so-called browser hijackers. Its creators use some rather aggressive methods to earn pay-per-click revenue on the back of the people who have to constantly deal with the constant generation of hundreds of sponsored ads, banners, redirect links, pop-ups and colorful messages that get displayed on their screen as a result of the presence of this software in their Chrome, IE or Firefox (or another) browser. Due to this reason, a number of users have recently contacted our “How to remove” team with a request to help them uninstall Push Why. And this is not surprising seeing that this application may change the homepage of your browser as well as set a new default search engine, which may start to page-redirect your searches to different sponsored sites the very moment you start a new browsing session. In addition, as most browser hijackers, this one may also fill the screens of the users with various online advertisements such as pop-up windows, banners, hyperlinks or invasive text messages which may aggressively prompt them to go to some sponsored web locations. Moreover, applications of this type can quite easily integrate with some of the most popular and most commonly used browsers – ones such as Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc., and modify the way they operate without asking for approval. However, experts generally don’t consider this type of applications as threats to the computer’s health and functionality. They classify them as potentially unwanted and clearly distinguish them from malicious pieces of malware like Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses. On the one hand, browser hijackers rarely provide any benefit to the ordinary users. They usually just sit on the computer and spam the screen with aggressive sponsored ads, which prevent the people from fully using their browser. In addition, browser hijackers like Push Why may often also have side effects of their activities which may give you another good reason to remove them.
Is Push Why an illegal application?
No matter how unpleasant and perhaps even shocking it may sound, applications like Push Why are not considered as illegal or malicious. The online marketing industry commonly uses such pieces of software to promote some products, services, tools and the websites in order to increase the sales and the web traffic to specific pages. Despite being regarded as relatively harmless, however, most browser hijackers may put you at risk of infection with a real virus or a malware like a Trojan Horse or Ransomware. This may occur as a consequence of the large number of redirects and random ads that these pieces of software may expose you to every day. For instance, you may end up on a dangerous or infected pages that distributes such terrible threats if you happen to click on some misleading messages or banner. That’s why, if you really want to keep your PC safe from an unexpected encounter with security hazards, it is best if you refrain from interacting with the content that the browser hijacker may generate. A much safer course of action is to simply uninstall the unwanted application and remove all of its sponsored ads and changes once and for all.
Remove Push Why 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 Push Why 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.
Removing Push Why
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 Push Why 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 Push Why 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 Push Why and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Push Why 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.