Browser hijackers such as Wheedran.com (also known as browser redirects) are a class of potentially unwanted applications and programs that target popular browsing programs such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari with the purpose of showing different ads in them and making alterations to their settings in order to make the advertising activity more effective. Therefore, having Wheedran.com or another browser hijacker on your computer and in your browser normally means that you’d get a lot of advertisements on your screen during browsing time as well as redirects to sites that are supposed to get their traffic increased with the help of the hijacker. Also, the pesky app may start to replace components of your browser like its starting page address, it’s toolbar buttons and its search engine. Normally, this would happen without your direct approval as most browser hijackers/redirects are known for automatically imposing their changes on the targeted browser without really asking for a permission from the computer’s Administrator. The good news here is that, while all of this may sound rather unnerving and disturbing, especially if you are currently experiencing it on your computer, a hijacker app isn’t really a very dangerous software piece – it is not a virus or some other nasty infection (such as a Trojan, a Ransomware program or a Rootkit). Nevertheless, it is understandable if you’d still want to get rid of it – after all, this is probably the only way to return your browsing program to its regular state as well as to put an end to the overwhelming generation of adverts, banners, box messages, pop-ups, page-redirects and other heavily intrusive forms of advertisements. To help you with that, we have put together a set of instructions that has been added to this page and we have also linked a reliable and trusted removal tool for unwanted software that could also help you with uninstallation of Wheedran.com – one of the newest and most obstructive hijacker apps.
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Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Wheedran.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 Wheedran.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 Wheedran.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.
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 Wheedran.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Wheedran.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.
Beware the hazards related to browser hijackers
Wheedran.com will likely not try to steal sensitive date from your system or encrypt your files and it will probably not damage your computer in any way. Those are all things done by malicious Spyware, Trojans, Ransomware and other similar malware threats and, as we stated above, apps like Wheedran.com aren’t really all that dangerous. There, however, is a still a security problem with this type of apps and that problem mainly is the fact that you cannot trust everything that they may show on your screen during your browsing sessions. Sure, some (or maybe most) of the advertisements may be legit but that’s not to say that some of them couldn’t be fake or misleading or maybe even linked with dangerous sites an phishing pages. The best course of action for anyone with a hijacker like Wheedran.com on their computer therefore is to eradicate the pesky app and thus make sure that their PC doesn’t unnecessarily get exposed to anything unsafe and hazardous.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A Browser hijacker is an app that will most definitely affect your browser in potentially unpleasant ways so that’s how you can notice its presence.|
|Distribution Method||This kind of apps tend to get distribute within file bundles with other programs.|
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.