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Remove Nginx Virus (Jan 2021 update) - Free Guide

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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 – Certainly, you may question what is 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

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. 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 -- 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. ReimageIntego 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.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Nginx virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Nginx from Windows systems

To remove Nginx Virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Nginx Virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate Nginx from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Nginx Virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Nginx Virus-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Nginx Virus, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Nginx Virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Nginx Virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Nginx from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Nginx Virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Nginx Virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Nginx virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Nginx Virus-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

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.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Nginx Virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Nginx Virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Nginx Virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Nginx from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Nginx Virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Nginx Virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Nginx Virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Nginx from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Nginx Virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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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 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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