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Remove Vil app (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Vil app – a potentially unwanted program that redirects browser searches to suspicious sites

Vil appVil app is a potentially unwanted application that changes web browser settings in order to show sponsored links ins search results

Vil app is yet another browser hijacker[1] that is designed to change web browser settings without permission. While the Google Chrome extension can be downloaded from its official store, it might also be distributed via less secure sources, including fake updates, fraudulent advertisements, or software bundle packages that are downloaded from third-party sites that distribute freeware.

Once inside the system, a Vil app extension/add-on will be installed, and the homepage, as well as the new tab URL, will be altered to a different one. Besides, all the searches will be transferred to other sources, such as Yahoo, Bing, s3arch, or another one. The app will also show a bunch of sponsored links and will track online user activities to benefit financially from targeted ads.

Name Vil app
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Distribution  While a browser hijacker can be installed via legitimate sources, such as Google Web store, although most encounter the PUP after they download  freeware apps from third-party sources or after they get tricked by an attractive or deceptive ad 
Symptoms Vil app and/or other unknown extensions installed on the browser; new tab and homepage address altered to something different; all searches are redirected to Yahoo, Bing,,, or similar sites; search results are filled with sponsored links
Dangers Installation of other PUPs, financial losses, personal information disclosure to unknown parties (privacy risks), etc.
Elimination You can get rid of unwanted apps as per instructions below or perform a full system scan with anti-malware software 
Optional steps In case the termination of some browser extensions is difficult, we recommend resetting all the installed browsers, as explained below. Additionally, if malware/adware was found on the system, you could attempt to fix virus damage with tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Browser hijackers such as Vil app are very common and are considered to be a minor browser infection. Nonetheless, the developers of PUPs often abuse less IT-savvy individuals in order to fill their browsers with sponsored content and profit from such deceptive activities.

The problem is that many users are not even aware that the Vil app hijack has occurred, and they continue browsing the web as previously. However, there are multiple symptoms that the unwanted apps exhibit, so they are relatively easy to spot. The reason why PUPs are not noticed is mainly due to the deceptive infiltration techniques, which often rely on software bundling.

As soon as Vil APP is installed on the web browser, it can perform the following:

  • Change the default search engine to something else;
  • Redirect all searches to, or another untrustworthy site;
  • Fill search results with sponsored links and ads;
  • Read and change data on a number of websites, etc.

Possibly one of the most distinctive features of a browser hijacker such as Vil APP is its tendencies to display dozens of sponsored links at the top of search results. While such content is often indicated as an ad, many do not notice such markings and click on the very first result that is presented to them. Due to this, users visit less trustworthy websites that sometimes might even be dangerous. However, this is not the only reason to remove  Vil APP for good.

The application also uses a variety of tracking technologies (web beacons,[2] cookies, JavaScript, etc.) to spy on users' online activities – this often prompts them to call it the Vil app virus. Although the term is not technically correct, malware often uses a variety of techniques to track users, although, in the case of the latter, sensitive data such as passwords are more commonly collected.

Vil app virusVil app is a browser hijacker that most commonly travels within software bundles

While the Vil app will not collect your passwords or banking data, it will gather a variety of details about your online behavior. For example, it will track your IP address, internet service provider (ISP), technical data, installed apps, search queries, language, timestamps, device location (in a mobile device is used), etc.

Thus, if you value your privacy and want to get rid of the annoying sponsored links, we suggest you perform Vil app removal immediately. For that, all you have to do is right-click on the extension within the web browser. If the add-on is not visible, you will have to enter the settings of your web browser or reset it completely. For more details, refer to the bottom section of this article.

Note: Vil app might not be the only PUP or malicious program installed on your system. In such a case, its termination might not stop ads, redirects, and other unwanted activities. You should then perform a full system scan with anti-malware and then Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or similar repair tools for the best results.

Watch out for software bundle packages – they are the leading cause of browser infections

As mentioned above, browser hijackers are not considered to major security threats, hence such apps can also be found on the official sources, such as Google Play. Nonetheless, security experts[3] and the infosec community have a different perspective on such application usage, as they could reduce the security of a machine, making it more prone to other infections. Besides, PUPs are often using deception to make users click on links, download software, or spend money. Thus, such apps should not be welcomed on any computer system.

However, staying away from potentially unwanted programs is relatively easy. Since PUPs are mainly distributed via software bundle packages, you should always pay close attention to the installation process of new apps, especially if they were downloaded from third party sources.

Before installing a new app, read up on it online – forum and blog posts can often serve as good indications for the program's security and reliability. When downloading new apps, never rush the installation process – ensure that the important documents (Privacy Policy, ToS) are provided, and the installation instructions are clear. Most importantly, always opt for advanced/custom settings when prompted (avoid recommended/quick ones), and eliminate all the ticks from the pre-ticked boxes.

Vil app permissionsVil app can read your browsing history and track you in many different ways

Get rid of Vil app hijack

It is important to understand that Vil app removal is not only necessary because it would eliminate most of the sponsored links and ads from the web browser, but because it would also increase your online safety. Thus, if you noticed an unknown browser extension installed on your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser, you should immediately take action to get rid of it.

In most cases, you should be able to remove Vil app easily, all you have to do is right-click on the extension. If you can not see it, you should either reset the web browser, as explained below or access web browser settings. However, we highly recommend scanning the machine with anti-malware software to ensure that there are no other malicious programs installed on it.

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To remove Vil app, follow these steps:

Remove Vil app from Windows systems

To get rid of potentially unwanted programs on Windows machines, follow these 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 Vil app and related programs
    Here, look for Vil app 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 Vil app 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 '' 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.

Uninstall Vil app from Mac OS X system

If you own a Mac, follow these instructions to get rid of PUPs:

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

Remove Vil app from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Vil app 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 Vil app 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 Vil app removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Vil app 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 Vil app-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

Eliminate Vil app 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 Vil app 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 Vil app removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Vil app from Google Chrome

Browser hijackers and adware might leave traces on the web browser settings, even when the app itself gets eliminated. To fix this problem, reset 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 Vil app 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 Vil app removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Vil app 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 Vil app 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 Vil app, 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 Vil app removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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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