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Remove Exe.io (Free Guide) - Virus Removal Instructions

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Exe.io is a fraudulent website that seeks to get the user involved in advertising campaigns and delivers scam notifications

Exe.io virus

Exe.io belongs to the PUP and adware categories due to its scamming and intrusive advertising capabilities. The suspicious domain can start loading you with bogus adverts whenever you initiate surfing activities with any of the infected web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari. One of the notifications is likely to be the “Your Norton Has Expired Today” scam and has nothing to do with the real and legitimate Norton company. You should press the “Remove Ads” button on the content that is provided by Exe.io virus rather than aiming for “Open”. Even though adware is not some type of dangerous malware, it can still trick you into continuing with a potentially malicious domain or downloading rogue security software that is considered to be “scareware”.

Name Exe.io
Type Potentially unwanted program/adware
Danger level Low. Does not permanently damage the system or destroy files, programs. However, there still is a level of risk when getting redirecting to an unknown website where potentially malicious content might be distributed
Tasks The main goal of this adware program is to earn income from the pay-per-click method by providing as many beneficial-looking ads as possible. The PUP can also start redirecting users to sponsored domains, collecting information about the user's browsing activities, changing web browser settings such as the homepage and new tab URL
Related scams Exe.io virus also is known for its scamming capabilities. The main scam it provides is called “Your Norton Has Expired Today” that has nothing to do with the original company and product
Spreading PUPs are mostly spread with the help of the “software bundling” technique through freeware or shareware that can be downloaded from unsecured websites such as softonic.com, soft32.com, and download.com. The users who have set their downloading mode as “Recommend” have a higher chance of receiving adware and similar products on their PCs
Elimination If you have been recently dealing with this product and are completely annoyed with its activities, you can easily remove it with the help of antimalware software or by completing the step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article
Fix tip If you have discovered any compromised areas on your computer, you can try repairing them with the help of software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Exe.io virus is a threat that can include significant changes on your web browser's homepage and the new tab URL bar. There is a high chance that you will discover such types of modifications right after the adware attack. However, you are also likely to find your browsers filled with unwanted objects such as extensions, toolbars, and plug-ins.

All the changes that are completed by Exe.io can be reverted only by eliminating the app, so even if you try to bring back the original homepage of your web browser, it will only last very temporarily. The adware can also add suspicious processes to the Windows Task Manager or create bogus keys and place them in the Registry.

Afterward, Exe.io will likely show you some ads and start increasing the number of adverts while you are browsing the web. Adware[1] apps seek to collect pay-per-click income and, for that reason, the developers try to provide as attractive-looking ads as possible. Sadly, this usually involves scamming, fake offers and deals, non-existing prize claims, etc.

One of the main scams that are provided by Exe.io is “Your Norton Has Expired Today”. We recommend ignoring this notification and trying to close it as soon as possible. Do not fall for it or get involved in clicking the “Open” button as it has nothing to do with the real Norton company and its software. Do not trust the fake Norton logo either.

However, if you fall for Exe.io scam and hit the “Open” section, you can get rerouted to some type of domain that offers to install rogue security software.[2] These types of products only take space on the user's computer, provide fake virus and error alerts, and try to convince the user to purchase the licensed version of the software.

Exe.io
Exe.io is an adware that provides the "Your Norton Has Expired Today" scam

Nevertheless, the redirecting activity that is initiated by Exe.io can be more dangerous than it looks from the first view. Of course, it is very intrusive and annoying but the main risk lies in landing on a potentially infectious website. This way you risk catching a dangerous malware infection such as trojan that will cause severe damage to your PC.

Furthermore, Exe.io virus might include tracking technologies such as cookies or web beacons into your browser apps that will spy on your online activities. This way the developers will be able to see what things you are searching for online, your saved bookmarks, and other more personal details such as your IP address and geographic location.

When Exe.io gathers all the mentioned information, the developers will likely share the details with other parties for more income or use them in targeted advertising campaigns. As a result, you can end up seeing advertisements that are related to your recently searched offers but still can not be taken for granted as it is adware-based content.

To stop the intrusive advertising, redirecting, and data-collecting activities, you need to initiate the Exe.io removal process from your computer and web browser apps. Only by terminating the suspicious content from all affected areas, you will be sure that the ad-supported application is gone and will not repeatedly show up.

You can successfully remove Exe.io with the help of reliable antimalware products that are programmed to easily find and terminate PUPs. Also, you can try the manual step-by-step guidelines that are added to the end of this article. If you have noticed that your PC was also compromised in some type of way, you can try diminishing the alterings with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Exe.io adware
Exe.io - adware that initiates redirects to affiliate domains some of which can be potentially dangerous and hold malware downloads

Free software downloads from unprotected domains are likely to include PUPs

If you like using websites such as softonic.com, soft32.com, or download.com for your downloads, there is a high risk of getting infected by a potentially unwanted program such as adware. This is especially valid for those people who have set the “Recommended” or “Quick” option as their default downloading mode.

According to cybersecurity experts from NoVirus.uk,[3] you should download and install products only from well-known developers and their original websites, otherwise, you will end up with the cracked version that can include PUPs. Also, do not forget to wisely choose the downloading mode for your apps. You should change the settings to “Custom” or “Advanced” where you will be able to opt-out of all incoming suspicious objects.

Furthermore, adware programs can end up on computer systems and web browsers through clicks on infectious adverts and hyperlinks. You should beware not to press on every type of content that you see on the Internet. Also, you should always have a reputable antimalware program running on your computer as this tool will alert if something deceptive is waiting ahead for you.

The complete removal guide for Exe.io virus

Exe.io removal has been explained by our cybersecurity experts at the end of this article. However, this option is manual and covers cleaning web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari by yourself. If you choose this option you will have to do both take care of your Windows or Mac computer system and refresh browsers to ensure that the ad-supported application does not return again.

However, if you think that the manual removal option is too difficult for you or you have been running in a lack of time lately, we recommend eliminating the cyber threat with reliable antimalware software. To remove Exe.io with the help of these tools, you will only need to download and run it. The entire process starting from computer scanning and ending with the elimination should not take more than 5-10 minutes.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Exe.io, follow these steps:

Erase Exe.io from Windows systems

To erase potentially unwanted products from your Windows computer system, you should apply the following guiding steps

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall Exe.io and related programs
    Here, look for Exe.io or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove Exe.io from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Exe.io 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'

Uninstall Exe.io from Internet Explorer (IE)

To get rid of all browser helper objects from your Internet Explorer web browser, you should try completing the below-provided instructing guide

  1. 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'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Exe.io and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Exe.io removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Exe.io from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Exe.io should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Exe.io from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Exe.io 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
  3. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Exe.io removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Exe.io from Google Chrome

To terminate the suspicious content that was added by adware and reverse all unwanted changes on Chrome, you should try completing these steps

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Exe.io 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
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Exe.io removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Exe.io from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Exe.io or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Exe.io removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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