There are two main reasons why you wouldn’t want to have invasive online ads and automatic page-redirects getting spammed in your browser. The first and more obvious one is the fact that this could really get in the way of your web browsing and make it difficult to reach the sites and the pages that you are looking for. The second reason such advertising activities are unwanted is because the random ads that are getting shown on your screen may potentially lead to some dangers for your system, namely, you may get exposed to Ransomware, different viruses, Spyware and Trojans if you are not careful with the advertisements.
About Refrebrepheon.info “Virus”
All of this brings us to the current topic of this post, which is a potentially unwanted app known as Refrebrepheon.info “Virus”. This app like as others apps of this type- www2.savemax.store, Aqua1man.net, Cardinaldata.net targets Chrome, Firefox, Opera an other browsers and tries to set a new search engine, homepage and new-tab addresses as well as make changes in the toolbar and the extensions manager. Aside from that, Refrebrepheon.info “Virus” has also been reported by a number of disgruntled and annoyed users to show intrusive advertising content on the screens of the users. We already mentioned why this is something that you would not want to happen in your computer and because of this, our advice for you is to remove Refrebrepheon.info from your machine if you have it on the computer right now.
Can I remove Refrebrepheon.info “Virus” myself?
We understand that removing an app of this type may actually not be very easy because the representatives of this software category are oftentimes without any built-in uninstallation features that would allow the user to easily remove them from their system. Due to this, we’ve made sure to post a guide on this page which will give our readers detailed instructions on how to manually find and remove everything related to the unwanted browser hijacker.
How Dangerous is Refrebrepheon.info?
The term “browser hijacker” is used to refer to apps like Refrebrepheon.info – unwanted and annoying but non-malicious or harmful pieces of software. If you are worried that the irritating app that you are currently struggling with will harm your computer and make hazardous changes in your system, know that, despite what many might say, this isn’t a malicious program. The threats you should really be worried about are ones like Trojan Horses, Ransomware, Spyware and other similar highly-dangerous forms of malware. The browser hijackers, on the other hand, are mainly used for the aggressive promotion of different products and sites. Apps like Refrebrepheon.info aren’t really intended to damage your system or to mess with the files you have stored in it.
Keeping away from Refrebrepheon.info in the future
Since this isn’t a virus, Refrebrepheon.info doesn’t normally get distributed through illegal means. Instead, you can normally find hijackers in file bundles and automatic software updates, where they are added as bonus installs. Usually, using the default setup configuration in an installer that has a hijacker included in it would result in the hijacker getting in your system alongside any other software from the installer. However, if you remember to visit the advanced menu and opt-out of any optional clauses for added components, you will only install the program you want, leaving out any potentially undesirable apps such as Refrebrepheon.info.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijackers are easily-noticeable due to their intrusive adverts.|
|Distribution Method||Hijackers are distributed through the help of other program’s installers.|
How To Remove Refrebrepheon.info Pop up “Virus”
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Refrebrepheon.info 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 Refrebrepheon.info. 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 Refrebrepheon.info From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Refrebrepheon.info we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
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 Refrebrepheon.info 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 Refrebrepheon.info 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:
Getting rid of Refrebrepheon.info from Chrome
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.
Removing Refrebrepheon.info From Firefox
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.
Removing Refrebrepheon.info From Windows Internet Explorer
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.
Removing Refrebrepheon.info From Windows Edge
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 Refrebrepheon.info and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Refrebrepheon.info 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.