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Nginx Virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Also known as Nginx ads, Nginx hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers
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What is Nginx virus?

Nginx virus is a browser hijacker, which was made to block such popular websites as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Youtube and similar ones. If you have just tried to enter one of these websites and, instead of their normal screen, you were "welcomed" by a blank page, which says “Welcome to Nginx”, you should be concerned. In this case, you should just scan your computer with the reputable anti-spyware and remove suspicious programs from it. This issue is mostly caused by questionable browser add-ons, browser extensions, plugins, toolbars and similar "optional downloads" that can be installed on the system with or even without your awareness. What should you do when trying to avoid Nginx hijacker? In order to avoid it, you should start monitoring installation of the freeware. If you have never heard about bundling, then you should check the next paragraph of this post and keep in mind tips that are revealed there. Also, you should be capable to find more information about distribution methods that are used by hijackers' makers. If this parasite enters computer, it affects all major web browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, so it's very hard to miss the fact that is hiding in your PC system. Also, you may notice an increased amount of pop-up ads, redirects to unknown websites, slow downs and similar disturbing things. In this case, you should download SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware and use it for checking your PC.

How can Nginx hijack my computer?

Nginx is one of these potentially unwanted programs that are capable of altering system settings and causing other unwanted things on users' computer. That's why you should remove them and do your best while trying to prevent their infiltration to your computer. How can you do that? The main thing that you have to remember is that almost each of freewares is pack with optional components, such as browser add-ons and plugins. In order to get ability to see them and prevent their infiltration by unchecking pre-checked checkmarks you have to select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. Otherwise, you may allow these programs to change your homepage and redirect you to other search engines. In addition, they may modify your system settings and add its own bookmarks and favorites of pages that you haven’t even visited. Also it may show you unwanted ads and toolbars. Moreover, this hijacker is able to use up computers CPU and they can open backdoors and gateways to download more malware or rogue programs to infected computer. It might even let cybercriminals have a remote connection to your computer, and allow various actions on it.

How to remove Nginx virus?

While trying to remove Nginx, you should use reputable antispyware software that is capable of detecting all suspicious programs and files. Of course, you can also try to delete this virus manually but we have to warn you that after selecting this method you will have to find all questionable browser add-ons and extensions. Some of them may be hidden deep inside the system what may lead you to additional problems.

You can remove Nginx automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Nginx Virus manual removal

Kill processes:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\”Shell” = “[random].exe”
Delete files:
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[random]\

Manual Nginx virus Removal Guide

Quick menu:

Step 1: Uninstall Nginx and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Nginx from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove Nginx from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Uninstall Nginx and related programs
  • Here, look for Nginx or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Nginx from Mac OS X system

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Nginx or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Remove Nginx from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Uninstall Nginx from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Nginx from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Nginx and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Nginx removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Nginx from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Nginx and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Nginx removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Nginx from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Nginx and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Nginx removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Nginx from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Nginx or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Nginx, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Nginx removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete Nginx Virus removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Nginx registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of Nginx Virus

Map reveals the prevalence of Nginx Virus. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

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Comments on Nginx Virus

Pleased help. Tried everything. Think I have to manually remove but I dont know what exactly it is Im looking for
Does anyone know how to get rid of I have tried everything I can find on the net but it is still here...It does not show up in the install/uninstall tab...etc...?
Youve got to be kidding me on that screenshot - thats the nginx webserver, not the virus.
LOL! Thanks for the laugh

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