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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware – a PUP that changes one's Whatsapp status to “Happy New Year” is an adware program that can come bundled with various freeware or shareware is a Whatsapp virus variant that targets random users with scams. A Reddit report[1] has shown that this PUP sets one's Whatsapp status to “Happy New Year” and adds a clickable link to it that is exposed to the entire friends' list. Afterward, the infected person found out that his mobile phone balance was wiped out by four 10 euro payments for services that he does not recall subscribing to. Technically, Surprise4u Whatsapp virus is not malware but truly does perform suspicious activities after infecting the user. You might find one of your web browsers hijacked and modified by the adware.

The main page of domain urges to click on the moving emoji. If you do that, you will be provided with a greeting such as “Happy New Year” and will be offered to enter your name in the bottom line. We suggest declining this option as you cannot know where you will be taken to or to what types of services the PUP might subscribe you.

Type Adware/potentially unwanted program
Category Whatsapp virus
User reports Users have reported to be dealing with this cyber threat. A person claims that it has shown up on a friend's Whatsapp account and has changed the status to “Happy New Year” and added a clickable link to it. Also, the person found out that his mobile phone balance was wiped out overnight while getting subscribed to some unknown services
Activities The adware program can place an excessive number of advertisements on the targeted browser app, start redirecting the user to affiliate sources and even take him to potentially malicious websites, collect information that relates to the user's browsing information and online activities, some technical details
Appearance The most popular way of distributing third-party applications is by using the “software bundling” technique and injecting the PUP into freeware or shareware packages
Removal You can get rid of the potentially unwanted program by eliminating it automatically or by using the manual step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this web page
Fix tip If you have found some signs of system compromisation, you can try repairing the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego Whatsapp virus throws various bogus advertisements on the user's computer screen while browsing online. The bogus app recommends checking out some rogue vulnerability scanners and can push other similar offers to the user. The advertising feature is one of the most annoying activities that this third-party app can get you involved to. virus might act as a scam and load you with fake prize claims, surveys, and questionnaires. We recommend avoiding to enter any personally identifiable information to any types of blanks that the adware might load you with. Also, do not reveal any credential/financial details, otherwise, your money might get swindled from you. can also start redirecting the user to affiliate sources and sponsored places that also provide bogus offers. However, the worst part about redirecting sessions is that you can easily be taken to a malware-laden domain. There, various malicious infections and PUPs might be lurking for a visitor and waiting to approach someone's PC. is an adware that can recommend to download various rogue antimalware and fixing tools

Another feature that might be relevant while dealing with Surprise4u is the program's ability to collect browsing-related information. The app might insert tracking cookies into the infected web browsers and start gathering all of the information that is related to the user's browsing sessions and online activities, including:

  • Your IP address.
  • Browser type.
  • OS type.
  • Geolocation.[2]
  • Saved bookmarks.
  • Websites entered.
  • Hyperlinks/ads clicked.

Afterward, might share such information with other parties for receiving more income or might use the collected details in targeted advertising campaigns. You can get various attractive-looking advertisements delivered to your computer screen that carry similar offers which you were searching for on the Internet.

You cannot trust any content that comes from as this app can easily get you involved in various scams. You should decline all deals and offers that come from this domain and close the windows if you ever meet the bogus page online. Also, you can get Adblock Plus[3] installed in case you start receiving advertisements occasionally. Whatsapp virus

However, if the activities get so intense that you are not able to browser properly and your computer starts struggling, you should definitely find and remove from your computer system. Note that the adware might have also added bogus components to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

There are a couple of ways how you could carry out the removal process. If you are a less-experienced user, we recommend downloading and installing reliable security software that will complete the job for you and also trying Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego if you discover any system corruption. Alternatively, you can use the manual instructing guide that is added to the end of this article.   

Ways that are used for PUP distribution

Potentially unwanted programs are delivered by using deceptive techniques such as “software bundling”. This happens when the PUP is inserted into an entire package of freeware or shareware and delivered to the computer system by manipulating the downloading settings that are set to “Recommended”.

What you should do is change the downloading option to “Advanced” where you will be able to control all incoming downloads and opt-out all the products that you do not want to download to your computer system. Also, avoid installing software from unsecured sources and get your products/services only from reliable developers. 

According to experts,[4] adware and other potentially unwanted programs can also get distributed as fake software updates, e.g. flash player. If you are provided with an update request while browsing the Internet sphere, you should always check the official update release on the developer's or the program's official website.

Continuously, suspicious products can get delivered through third-party advertisements and hyperlinks that are provided on secondary websites. Regarding this fact, you should always pay attention to what type of website you are visiting and not click on everything that crosses your way. Also, having a reliable antimalware tool is a necessity if you want to keep your computer system fully protected.

Remove Whatsapp virus from your device 

If this suspicious application has appeared on your web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari, you should remove as soon as possible. We recommend choosing antimalware software for completing the entire process as it is one of the most effective and safe ways to get rid of the cyber threat.

Alternatively, you can complete the removal with the help of manual step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article. These guiding steps will show you how to clean both your operating system and web browsers. Just do not forget to refresh the browser apps as the adware might have added bogus changes and components to these apps too.                                                                                                                                                                         

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To remove, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

To eliminate all suspicious applications from your Windows computer system and clean it from rogue additional content, you should perform the below-mentioned guiding steps:

To remove 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 (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.

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

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

Remove from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 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, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate 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 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 removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase 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 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fully clean Mozilla Firefox from suspicious components and diminish all bogus changes, you can use the following instructions:

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 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 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 removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Google Chrome

To wipe out Google Chrome from questionable add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins, apply the following guidelines:

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 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

  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 removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of 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 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

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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