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Remove Nginx Virus (Jul 2017 update) - Free Guide

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Nginx virus disguises under a blank page

The picture illustrating Nginx malware

Nginx virus functions as a questionable web script which plagues all major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. You may get redirected there if you tend to browse shopping domains often. The main purpose of this domain remains unclear as you users get redirected to a completely blank page which greets users with a phrase: “Welcome to Nginx!” 

However, the domain does not provide any proper content. Furthermore, users may get misguided to another fishy web page – Nginx.org. Certainly, you may question what is Nginx.org. At first glance, it looks like the domain which promotes Nginx app versions. Note that you should not mistake this browser infection with the legitimate application which is promoted at nginx.com.

It is possible that this browser malware serves the haven for more complex threats. If you get infected with a browser redirect virus, you may notice the following consequences: 

  • redirections to gaming or pornographic domains 
  • pop-up ads emerging in legitimate websites
  • altered home page

Though Nginx malware does not “hijack” your browser, its obscure behavior certainly sparks doubts. Finally, the domain contains neither EULA nor privacy policy document. There is no information about the developers of this web page either. Summing up, remove Nginx virus scripts[1] and revert any changes made to your browser.

Blank page as a disguise?

Unfortunately, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of similar domains behaving in a similar way, e.g. 1.loadblanks.ru. They present a completely blank page with no hints or any content elements. The number of such web pages suggests that there is a discreet purpose for them. They may contain a much more elaborate virus – exploit kit.

In addition, similar domains may serve as the domains possessing tracking cookies or other elements. Thus, they track what web pages users tend to visit most. After transmitting the collected data to respective third parties, the latter are able to generate ads matching users' interests and needs. In short, it facilitates pay-per-click[2] online marketing.

In addition, you should be careful with Nginx redirect phenomenon. Considering the behavior of this domain, you might be directed to potentially fraudulent domains. Note that the hijacker also fishes mobile users. If you are already looking for a solution how to remove Nginx from your phone, make use of the below instructions.

Questions about Nginx Virus

The sample of the affiliated website -- nginx.org
Nginx.org supposedly promotes the versions of a legitimate app Nginx. Needless to say, installing one of those may cause a series of browser issues.

Distribution techniques

The browser malware tends to spread in the form of web scripts rather as a full-fledged PUP. Due to such obscure form, you may encounter this malware in less protected shopping domains or gaming web pages. 

Thus, in order to avoid “Nginx hijack,” you should install a malware elimination utility, e.g. Reimage or Malwarebytes, to ward you off from such redirections.

Get rid of Nginx malware from your smart phone and PC browser

Since this malware does not contain its specific application, there is no need to uninstall Nginx. Nonetheless, it does not mean that you should not ignore such redirect, even if you got misguided there once. Manual Nginx removal instructions will help you delete all web elements associated with the hijacker. 

If you are a mobile user, you can remove Nginx from Android with the assistance of Malwarebytes. This anti-malware app provides sufficient protection for mobile users as well. This method also helps to remove Nginx virus for PC users. French users[3] should be especially cautious of this malware.

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To remove Nginx virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Nginx from Windows systems

  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 Nginx and related programs
    Here, look for Nginx 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'
  5. Remove Nginx from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

Eliminate Nginx 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 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'

Delete Nginx from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Nginx 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 Nginx removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Nginx virus 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, Nginx should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Nginx from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You will remove Nginx from Firefox if you pay attention to every detail. Full browser reset is a faster option.

  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 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. 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

Get rid of Nginx from Google Chrome

  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 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Nginx removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Nginx 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 Nginx or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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

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Jake Doevan
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  1. Aaron says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Youve got to be kidding me on that screenshot – thats the nginx webserver, not the virus.

  2. Anon says:
    August 12th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    LOL! Thanks for the laugh

  3. Bryce says:
    February 9th, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    It can wreak more havoc under a heavy load than the apache virus!

  4. Mike says:
    December 8th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Does anyone know how to get rid of nationzoom.com? 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…?

  5. jeff says:
    February 13th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Pleased help. Tried everything. Think I have to manually remove but I dont know what exactly it is Im looking for

  6. Wendy says:
    October 28th, 2015 at 1:11 am

    How do I remove this from my phone?

  7. HJ says:
    February 17th, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I need to remove nginx on Debian from my Samsung urgently, I unintentionally installed it and now it is like a stalker! How do I get rid of it? It uses an amazing amout of data, even if you close it immediately. If someone knows how to remove it, please share! Thanks.

  8. HJ says:
    February 17th, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I need to remove nginx on Debian from my Samsung urgently, I unintentionally installed it and now it is like a stalker! How do I get rid of it? It uses an amazing amout of data, even if you close it immediately. If someone knows how to remove it, please share! Thanks.

  9. tony says:
    March 9th, 2016 at 3:56 am

    why is there NO advice for removing this shit from ANROID ANDROID HELLO

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