Easy ways to find and remove Woso Redirect Virus in Windows 10/8/7 computer
What is Woso Redirect Virus? What it does?
‘Woso’ is unwanted browser extension categorized as browser hijacker. This dubious application operates by making modifications in browser’s settings in order to promote addresses of some fake search engines like ‘quickgosearch.com’ domain, monitoring your online activities, and collecting your browsing-related data or other sensitive information. This application assigns browser’s homepage, new tab URLs and search engine to addresses of illegitimate web search engine ‘quickgosearch.com’.
Also, this browser hijacker blocks you from revert these changes means you can’t undo the changes made. ‘quickgosearch.com’ is fake search engine designed to deliver sponsored results or attempt to redirects you to sponsored or shady websites. This fake search engine shows results generated by some popular search engines like Yahoo, Bing or Google.
This bogus search engine has been observed redirecting to Yahoo, via ‘search-checker.com’ to Bing, and via ‘my-search.com’ and ‘amazonaws’ to Google search engine. It doesn’t shows unique results means delivers results generated by others that’s why it is called as fake search engine. In other words, this bogus search engine always shows bogus results or misleading contents.
As mentioned, Woso Redirect Virus promotes fake search engine by modifying your browser’s settings. This rough application redirects your some untrustworthy websites that are designed to run malicious advertisements campaigns. Also, it tricks you to into installing other PUAs, fake browser helper objects, unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons in browser, or in your computer.
These fake BHOs or unwanted extensions offer cybercriminals to monitor your online activities and collect your browsing-related data or other sensitive information. They can collect your some information such as IP address, URLs search, login ID & password of your various accounts, banking information and more details. These collected data can be shared with other attackers or third parties to generate some revenue from them, or misused for illegal purposes like fraudulent purchases.
In sort, this dubious malware can make several unwanted modifications in browser’s settings in order to promote ‘quickgosearch.com’ – bogus search engine, and monitor your browsing activity to collect your personal or sensitive data. So, it is important to find and remove Woso Redirect Virus related malicious files in Windows computer to prevent System from further attacks.
How did you get Woso Redirect Virus in Windows computer?
In most cases, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), browser hijackers or malware like janextupd.com browser hijacker are downloaded/installed from other software package as additional offers. This false marketing method of packaging regular software with PUAs or malware is known as ‘Software Bundling Method’ – is the mostly used mechanism by cybercriminals.
However, it is possible to avoid the installation of browser hijackers, PUAs or malware included in software package. To do so, you should read terms & conditions given in software installation setup, choose ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ settings, untick all checkboxes associated with unnecessary programs given in these settings, and then you can continue with installation to finish. This way, you can remove all malicious additions or unnecessary programs included in software package and block them from installing.
But in case if you choose ‘Recommended/Quick/Express’ settings instead of choosing ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ settings during software installation, then you install all additional programs included in software package into computer and this way, all malicious additions can also be installed. So, you should always choose ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ installation if you want to avoid browser hijackers, adware, PUAs or malware.
System is already infected with PUAs, adware or malware: How to remove Woso Redirect Virus?
You can go with our automatic method of malware removal to get rid of this type of infection. Here, automatic method means you can find all threats including latest malware in computer with some powerful antivirus software, and then you can delete all detected threats with just single-click. After System scan is finished, please check if Woso Redirect Virus related malware is removed.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Woso Redirect Virus:
Remove the related items of Woso Redirect Virus using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Woso Redirect Virus issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Woso Redirect Virus) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Woso Redirect Virus removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Woso Redirect Virus still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Woso Redirect Virus plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Woso Redirect Virus removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Woso Redirect Virus (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.