This page aims to help you remove Wap Coriolis “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If aggravating online ads are continuously swarming your screen whenever you open your browser and if during your browsing sessions you frequently happen to get redirected to pages with promotional or other obscure and obstructive contents, then you likely have an app called Wap Coriolis on your machine which is what is called a browser hijacker/browser redirect. This type of apps are able to latch onto whatever browsers the users have on their computers – even some of the most secure browsing programs the likes of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and even Safari can (and do) get targeted and invaded by browser hijackers. Once inside of the targeted browser, the hijacker could also replace some of its elements like for instance the homepage address, the toolbar buttons (or the whole toolbar) as well as the search engine tool that is set as the browser’s default. All of these activities and changes can understandably lead to a lot of frustration within the users whose browsers have gotten “hijacked”. However, the good news is that this form of software is rather unlikely to initiate any form of criminal activities that may damage or corrupt anything inside the computer system. Hijackers are, in fact, mostly regarded as legal pieces of software. Sure, they are still seen as potentially unwanted and most cyber security experts advise to remove such apps from any given computer, but the truth is that, for the most part, the law doesn’t forbid the creation and the distribution of hijackers. The same can definitely not be said with regards to viruses and malware programs such as Rootkits, Trojan Horses, Spyware infections, Ransomware cryptoviruses and so on. However, it is still important to remove any hijackers that may be in your computer and that is why we have prepared a guide that will show you how to remove the intrusive Wap Coriolis hijacker from your machine.
Remove Wap Coriolis “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 Wap Coriolis 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 Wap Coriolis
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 Wap Coriolis 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 Wap Coriolis 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:
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 Wap Coriolis and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Wap Coriolis 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.
Some potential risks you need to be aware of
Aside from the irritation that they are likely to cause, there is actually another rather serious issue related to software apps and browser components such as Wap Coriolis. You see, their developers do not typically care all that much about what type of adverts get shown on your screen and how reliable those ads and other commercial materials may be. Some of the offers could indeed be interesting to you and you may actually want to buy the advertised product. However, in some cases, the said products may be false advertised to appear better than they really are. Also, some ads may not even be linked with the offer or the site that they seem to promote and instead redirect you to some obscure, questionable, obscene or unsafe site if you click on them. This could, in turn, lead to all kinds of issues and may even result in the exposing of your computer to Trojan Horse viruses, Ransomware infections and Spyware programs as well as all sorts of other menacing form of software. Therefore, it’s just better to take the necessary precautions and simply uninstall Wap Coriolis “Virus” and remove all of its changes from your browser.
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.