This page aims to help you remove Pushwhy.com “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you have come to this site and page because an application called Pushwhy.com “Virus” has taken over your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser, then stay with us to learn more. Here ,we will tell you everything that you need to know when confronted with this type of applications. Pushwhy.com “Virus” belongs to a category of software better known as browser hijackers. Usually, as soon as such an application gets embedded in the user’s browser, it immediately makes itself visible with a number of symptoms. Users have been complaint about similar pop-ups such as Push Why Virus and Pushway.com
These symptoms are primarily the changes to the home page as well as the installation of a new search engine, a toolbar or some new redirect buttons. Such changes are often a complete surprise for the users and may affect their normal browsing experience by forcing some sponsored content on their screen such as page-redirect links, modified search results, ads, banners, pop-ups and similar promotional materials.
The aggressive ad-generating activity may accompany the web surfing during the entire time that the browser hijacker is in the system and no matter how hard you may try to close the invasive ads or uninstall the browser changes, they likely won’t go away if the hijacker isn’t fully taken care of. This can be very frustrating and, understandably, can be mistaken for some malware-related activity. Luckily, the browser hijackers do not belong to any virus or malware category.
Therefore, Pushwhy.com is not some nasty Trojan Horse or a Ransomware infection that can cause damage to your system. In fact, there are some pretty effective methods that can help you deal with it. Below, we will tell you about them and we will also provide you with a set of instructions with the help of which you can easily remove Pushwhy.com and all of its components. After the successful uninstallation of the browser hijacker, the unwanted changes that it has made to your browser will immediately go away along with the hundreds of nagging ads.
Why is Pushwhy.com a Browser Hijacker?
Most browser hijackers, including Pushwhy.com, are special pieces of software which usually serve the interests of the online marketing industry. They are generally created with the aim to bring some sponsored advertising content personally to each individual user. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what site you are on – sponsored advertisements will be displayed on your screen for the entire period this software is present in your system. Pushwhy.com and most other similar hijackers are very likely to initiate automatic page-redirects to pages that are supported by pay-per-click remuneration models as this is one of the main ways the developers can earn revenue from the ads.
This, in turn, may lead to you constantly getting exposed you to different sites full of aggressive ads, click prompts, colorful banners and messages that promote all kinds of products, services, software, free tools, coupons and more. Clicking on stuff that the hijacker may prompt you to interact with, however, is not a good idea. The reason is, hackers and cyber criminals often choose online advertising as a method of spreading nasty viruses such as Trojans and Ransomware. They commonly embed their malicious code in banners, pop-up windows or links, and, unfortunately, just one click on such an advertisement is enough to instantly get you infected with malware.
Remove Pushwhy.com “Virus”
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The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Pushwhy.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 related to Pushwhy.com
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 Pushwhy.com on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs coneccted to Pushwhy.com
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 Pushwhy.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 browser from addons Pushwhy.com
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 Pushwhy.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Pushwhy.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.
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