About Vexacion.com “Virus”
A new browser hijacker application for Chrome, Firefox and most other popular browsers called Vexacion.com has quickly become a synonym for annoyance for a number of web users. As per the information that we have, this app can generate an enormous number of different ads (usually in the form of pop-ups, banners, page-redirect prompts and colorful messages) on the screen of the user during their browsing sessions and it may also impose some potentially unwanted changes to the settings of their main browser. Vexacion.com may change the main homepage URL, replace the default search engine with another one or install some shortcut buttons that redirect you to specific sponsored pages.
A number of people have recently contacted our team with a request to help them deal with this browser hijacker annoyance and uninstall its unwelcome modifications. If you are one of them and you’ve been seeking help for the removal of Vexacion.com, below you will find a detailed removal guide and a trusted removal tool for automatic assistance.
How Dangerous is Vexacion.com?
To your relief, this software, like other of this type www1.ecleneue.com , www2.savemax.store, Letstakemetoad.com ,is not a nasty Ransomware or a stealthy Trojan Horse infection and that’s why you should not get too stressed about it even if your browser has been totally taken over by it. The representatives of the browser hijacker category can be uninstalled without leaving any long-lasting negative consequences in your system. Yet, to get rid of them effectively, you may still need to follow certain specific steps because applications like Vexacion.com “Virus” may use some additional helper components that can allow them to reinstall themselves in the system even if you have seemingly removed them.
What issues may Vexacion.com “Virus”create?
Like most browser-hijacker applications, Vexacion.com is programmed to display hundreds of pay-per-click ads and sponsored messages on your screen during your web browsing. The software does that in an attempt to promote some third-party products, services or websites and to bring pay-per-click revenue for its creators. Legally speaking, there is nothing harmful or criminal in advertising third-party content in this way. However, for a lot of web users it could be extremely irritating to constantly get interrupted by different redirect links, pay-per-click ads and aggressive click-prompt messages during their regular web surfing.
What is more, most browser hijackers normally do not have any menu or customization options, which can give the users a chance to have control over the random content that gets displayed on their screen. The customers basically cannot disable, remove or stop the ad stream initiated by the hijacker unless they fully uninstall the invasive app. It’s also not excluded that the pesky software may display some misleading or questionable content which may land you on insecure web locations where some real threats, such as Ransomware, Trojans, and Viruses, may be lurking. It is also possible that you may be tricked into purchase some low-quality products or downloading some shady applications on your system thanks to fake pop-up ads and random fake warning messages. That’s why it is not a good idea to click on the content and the links that applications like Vexacion.com may display and why you should use reliable instructions or removal software to carefully eliminate them.
|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 Vexacion.com Pop up “Virus”
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Vexacion.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 Vexacion.com. 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 Vexacion.com From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Vexacion.com 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 Vexacion.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 Vexacion.com 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 Vexacion.com 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 Vexacion.com 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 Vexacion.com 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 Vexacion.com 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 Vexacion.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Vexacion.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.