This page aims to help you remove Pushway.com “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
The Internet users, who frequently download all sorts of free software from various platforms, free download links, ads and prompt messages may oftentimes become victims of the so-called browser hijackers. Anyone can land on their Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser a browser hijacker because these applications are widespread and can be found anywhere on the web, most commonly in a bundle with other applications or browser add-on installers. The typical symptoms of a browser hijacker “infection” include changes in the homepage and/or the search engine of your main browser as well as some aggressive generation of various sponsored ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, and page-redirect links all over the computer screen.
Luckily, these symptoms have no damaging effects on the system and are not related to malware like Ransomware, Trojans or other nasty viruses. That’s why, if you have recently detected such software inside your PC, you shouldn’t get panicked – we will help you deal with it in a quick and risk-free manner. In fact, in the next lines, we have prepared a detailed removal guide, specially dedicated to one recently reported browser hijacker called Pushway.com “Virus” . This application has the ability to fill the screen of its victims with dozens of pay-per-click ads and to redirect their searches to different sponsored pages. In addition to that, the application may latch onto any browser and place some modifications on the homepage, the default search engine and the installed toolbars and buttons. The paragraphs that follow, however, will explain to you how to remove all the nagging ads and how to uninstall the imposed changes initiated by Pushway.com “Virus” in a few simple steps. Since most browser hijackers typically do not provide a quick uninstallation option, you will have to go through some extra steps in order to effectively get rid of this pesky software piece. So, pay close attention to the instructions or use the suggested removal tool for automatic assistance.
How dangerous can a browser hijacker like Pushway.com “Virus” be?
If this is the first time you come across an application of this kind, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Fortunately, the representatives of the browser hijacker category usually do not have any harmful features. Therefore, it is unlikely that a piece of software like Pushway.com will purposefully cause damage to your system. In most of the cases, the hijackers operate simply as online advertising tools which try to generate money for their creators from pay-per-click advertising. They do not contain virus-like or malicious scripts and are not interested in corrupting your system like a Trojan Horse or encrypting your files like a Ransomware program. However, a major problem with these applications is that, in order to be more effective in their advertising attempts, the browser hijackers like Pushway.com aggressively try to make you click on the ads that they display. Unfortunately, interacting with the randomly displayed ads does not exclude the possibility of landing on sketchy or misleading content. It is also possible that some of the redirect links and click prompts may be infected with malware. Therefore, in order to reduce the risk of infecting your system with something nasty, we recommend that you simply remove Pushway.com and stay away from obscure apps like this in the future.
Remove Pushway.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 Pushway.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 Pushway.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 Pushway.com 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 Pushway.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Pushway.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.
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.