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Remove Vigua.A virus (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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Vigua.A virus – an intrusive adware infection that users struggle to get rid of

Vigua.A virusVigua.A virus is a detection name that users who employ Windows Defender might encounter as soon as they download a potentially unwanted program on their device

Vigua.A virus, otherwise known as PUA:Win32/Vigua.A, is a detection name used by Windows Defender security software to flag potentially unwanted programs. These apps typically travel within software bundles or fake Flash Player update prompts, which results in unintentional installation from users' point of view.

Once inside the system, Vigua.A virus might perform a variety of system and browser modifications. For example, the homepage and new tab address might be changed to something else, and all the searchers might be redirected to Yahoo. Adware is typically compiled in a way that allows it to engage in intrusive ad campaigns. Hence, the infected users are accustomed to popups, deals, offers, in-text links, auto-play, and similar advertisements that can greatly diminish the web browsing experience. In the background, Win32/Vigua.A might also track user information, which sometimes may include personal details.

Name Vigua.A virus, PUA:Win32/Vigua.A
Type Potentially unwanted application, adware
Danger level Medium. It can infect any systems and populate advertisements on all the web browsers and track user data; it can also use persistence mechanisms that prevent easy elimination
Distribution Software bundle packages, fake updates, misleading advertisements, software cracks
Symptoms Unexpected changes to the web browser's homepage and new tab address; intrusive advertisements; slow web browser; PUA:Win32/Vigua.A popup shows up despite the security software claiming it's been deleted
Removal To eliminate the infection, simply allow Windows Defender to move it to quarantine; in case the detection returns, perform scans with alternative security programs (SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, for example)
Further steps In case the detection does not go away, and you are spammed by your security software, it might be a browser or Google account syncing problem. In such a case, reset your web browser and sync, and later perform a scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for best results

Potentially unwanted programs are distributed in a way that typically results in an unintentional installation. The most commonly used method is software bundling, where several applications are compiled into a single installer and optional ones are deliberately hidden from careless users' sight. Thus, to avoid future encounters and Vigua.A virus removal problems, you should install applications carefully and never install programs offered via fake Flash Player installers.[1]

Adware programs such as Vigua.A virus are designed to perform background activities in order to monetize users' clicks. For the purpose, authors of a potentially unwanted program employ a variety of methods that would allow for a maximum monetization:

  • Distribute apps in various deceptive ways;
  • Change web browser's homepage and new tab to some other URL;
  • Redirect all searches to Yahoo or a dubious provider;
  • Insert sponsored links into search results;
  • Display intrusive ads on all visited websites;
  • Redirect to malicious domains;
  • Track users' browsing data to sell it to third-parties.

Unfortunately, these are just a few traits that adware might possess. Some PUPs can be much more dangerous – they might set the “Managed by your organization” feature in order to prevent users from easy app termination. Others might straight out steal sensitive information such as banking details – Adload adware family does precisely that wit the help of extensions such as ExploreParameter, OperativeFraction, SectionBrowser, and many others.

To make matters more clear, PUA:Win32/Vigua.A is a heuristic detection, which indicates that it is not the name of the virus itself but rather a detection name given to apps the expose certain malicious behavior. Thus, there could be many different PUPs under the mantle of this name.

Usually, when an anti-malware detects something, it delivers the detection to quarantine, later to be removed automatically. Unfortunately, users who reported Vigua.A virus popups claimed that they come back on a regular basis. This behavior is typical to PUPs that use various persistence mechanisms in order to stay on the system as long as possible to deliver ads to users, earning profits in the process.

PUA:Win32/Vigua.APUA:Win32/Vigua.A is a potentially unwanted application that users struggle to remove due to its persistence tactics

If you are one of such users, you should remove Vigua.A virus by scanning the device with alternative security software – experts recommend Malwarebytes or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, although other reputable tools should do the job as well. You can also look for potentially unwanted programs via the Control Panel (Windows) or Applications folder (Mac) and uninstall PUPs manually – we provide the instructions below.

In case scanning the machine with alternative software did not help, the issue might lie within Google account and its syncing problems. To find out more about how to reset Chrome sync, refer to the bottom section below.

Watch out for potentially unwanted programs – install software from third parties carefully

Potentially unwanted programs are typically installed behind users' backs with the help of various tricks employed by its authors or distributors. Most commonly, software bundling is used, as it is very effective – users often rush through the installation steps of new software and don't pay attention to important clues that might sometimes not be so apparent.

First of all, you should install applications from official sources if possible – this would usually eliminate PUP infiltration altogether. The unwanted apps downloaded from official sources such as browser extensions are typically very easy to eliminate and do not cause any major dangers.

Third-party sites often use bundles as one of the main ways to monetize, which means that it is in their best interest to make as many users as possible to install additional software. Unfortunately, such apps are often useless, intrusive, and even malicious. To avoid installation of PUPs, always pay close attention to the installation process:

  • Pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones;
  • Remove all ticks from checkboxes that offer additional programs;
  • Watch out for misplaced buttons and misleading offers you could encounter on the way.

Also, many PUPs can be downloaded along with pirated software installers or software cracks. As a general rule, security experts[2] recommend staying away from such high-risk websites, as downloading software from there might result in malware infection, such as Kasp ransomware.

A method that could help you remove Vigua.A virus popups once and for all

PUA:Win32/Vigua.A removal might be a real pain to many users, as Windows Defender often fails to eliminate it completely – or at least it might seem so. Some users reported that they received the detection along with uTorrent client – this app is often used for illegal software installer downloads. Despite being legitimate, it has been recently bundled with potentially harmful software and is not recommended to use.

As previously mentioned, you can try to remove Vigua.A virus by scanning the machine with alternative security software. Unfortunately, many users claimed that, after trying other tools, the virus came back, and Windows Defender kept flagging the issue non-stop.[3]

Vigua.A virus eliminationTry to remove Vigua.A virus by resetting Google's synced items to your browser

Vigua.A virus detection might sometimes be related to your Google account. Some synced items might remain on Google's servers, and no matter if your anti-malware removes malicious components that are placed on your system through your account, they will come back as soon as your use your browser again.

Therefore, the best solution is to reset your web browser, as well as Chrome Sync. For that, access the synced items page, and click “Reset Sync” at the bottom. Make sure you do this before you reset your browser.

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To remove Vigua.A virus, follow these steps:

Erase Vigua.A from Windows systems

To uninstall unwanted applications from Windows, proceed with these steps:

To remove Vigua.A 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 Vigua.A (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 Vigua.A from Mac OS X system

macOS users should follow these instructions if they want to eliminate unwanted apps:

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

Remove Vigua.A from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Vigua.A 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 Vigua.A 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, Google.com).
  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 Vigua.A removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Vigua.A 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 Vigua.A-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

Remove Vigua.A from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 Vigua.A 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 Vigua.A 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 Vigua.A removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Vigua.A from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome to get rid of PUA:Win32/Vigua.A detection after you reset Google Sync.

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 Vigua.A 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 Vigua.A-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 Vigua.A removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Vigua.A 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 Vigua.A 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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