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Remove virus (Removal Guide) - May 2020 update

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Webhostoid is a browser hijacker that redirect users to sponsored sites redirect virus
Webhostoid is an adware application that seeks financial benefit for its creators

Webhostoid is a redirect virus that usually gets installed as a browser plugin or extension on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari browsers. These unwanted applications usually get into the machine via software bundling – the most prominent PUP distribution method. As soon as Webhostoid virus is installed, it starts its activity by redirecting users to sponsored sites, displaying pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, and considerably slowing down the computer.

Type Adware
Distribution Software bundling
Spreads as Browser extension or plugin
Symptoms Pop-up ads and redirects to questionable sites
Main dangers Malware infection, personal data leakage
Elimination User Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or our manual guide below

Since Webhostoid is a redirect virus, it connects to multiple different domains, including, and similar. This type of rerouting increases traffic to questionable sites and boosts their rankings. Therefore, users never gain any benefit from having Webhostoid virus installed on their computers.

It is important to know that it is hazardous to use this website, which seeks to gain revenue from its sponsors from redirecting users to untrustworthy sites. Usually, victims whose computers were infected with this potentially unwanted program complain about frequent and unexpected URL redirects to various suspicious-looking third-party pages.

Bear in mind that this application can lead you to infectious websites, so you should definitely avoid clicking on ads it loads to you and start looking for removal methods. 

Webhostoid redirect is an adware program, which is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP). All adware programs seeks financial benefit and brings no actual use for the end user, making the dubious app completely useless.

Once Webhostoid slithers into the computer of a victim, it sneaks into your computer registry and alter proxy settings[1] to cause repetitive redirects to webhostoid domain. It might also install plug-ins to all your web browsers, and these might replace your current homepage with a suspicious search site.

The search engine provided by redirect virus can display search results that may also contain hazardous hyperlinks. As you can see, this PUP seeks to redirect you to particular websites; and these websites belong to questionable third-party companies.

Besides, might start to track your activity while you browse the Internet. The recorded data typically includes:

  • Technical information
  • Installed programs
  • IP address
  • Search queries
  • Links clicked
  • Bookmarks, etc.

Finally, we must warn you to be careful after noticing the described URL appearing in your browser. Websites you might access through it are definitely not trustworthy and in the worst case you can be tricked into installing dangerous software that can work as a keylogger[2] and track your keystrokes and steal your personal and sensitive information. For example, your credit card details, passwords, logins, and similar information that can be stolen and lead to financial loss. Do not risk losing such information and take care of your security and privacy as soon as possible.

Some computer security experts claim that Webhostoid virus is closely related to the Genius Box adware, RocketTab hijacker, and BrowserSafeguard. Researchers from[3] say that it can install proxy servers on the victim’s computer. Such activity of Webhostoid should not be tolerated.

If you do not want to experience data leakage, financial tear-off or similar dangers, you should remove ASAP. The best solution is to install a professional anti-malware program; and for that, we strongly recommend Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Update September 2017. It seems that is no longer used for serving myriads of annoying ads. Instead, the victims might run into “ has expired” page. That is a sign that your computer is still infected with a redirect virus, so we strongly recommend you to follow the provided directions and erase the cyber parasite causing these redirects immediately. virus is a suspicious domain and if you started experiencing redirects to it, you should check your computer for installed spyware/malware programs instantly.

Protect your computer from PUP threats

You should know that you have to think about your safety and be aware all the time when you use your computer and browse the web. Remember that there are thousands of hackers on the cyber-network that seek to catch naive and inexperienced computer users and gain income from them.

We want to provide you a list of important things you should remember while browsing online that can help to prevent silent installation of critical programs or viruses on your computer:

  • Research. Before installing any program to your computer, try to find as much information about the program and also investigate the website that provides the download link. Read user comments and reviews on various forums – it can also help you to understand if the program you are about to install is reliable.
  • Stay attentive. You should always be cautious and suspicious of e-mails from unknown senders; you should immediately delete e-mails from unknown companies. Most important thing is to NEVER open the attachments from letters that fall into Junk or Spam mail categories. Take note that cyber-criminals try to conceal themselves by using e-mail addresses that look like they belong to reliable companies. For example, does not mean that the sender works for Bing.
  • Install carefully. You should always install new programs using Advanced or Custom installation settings because only these options let the user review and opt out unwanted software components.
  • Safety first. Do not surf through unreliable websites that contain suspicious offers. Do not let your curiosity make you experience severe consequences later. Such sites sometimes can place hidden hyperlinks that require only one click to launch an infected program on your computer.

Remove redirect virus for good

If you have been experiencing redirects through the described domain, now it is time to think about Webhostoid removal options. There are two options you can choose from. You can either remove virus using the anti-malware program that we have mentioned before or use manual elimination steps. displays ads
Webhostoid can redirect to questionable third party websites

Manual elimination is considered to be an alternative removal method which does not require installing additional software on the system. The steps provided below the article explain how to get rid of Webhostoid redirect problem completely.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

First of all, uninstall suspicious software that was recently added to your computer system without your knowledge. We strongly suggest deleting RocketTab, GeniusBox, BrowserSafeGuard and other questionable programs.

First of all, you should reboot your computer in Safe mode. To start your computer in this mode, simply restart your computer and while its loading, repeatedly tap on F8 button on your keyboard. If asked to select a preferred mode, choose Safe Mode from the menu that appears on your screen.

  1. Now, click on Start menu and use Windows search to find regedit (Registry Editor). Open it and then navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Internet Settings.
  2. Now, look on your right and find ProxyEnable and ProxyServer keys. Click twice on ProxyEnable key and set Value data to 0. Click OK. 
  3. Then right-click on ProxyServer key and choose Delete option.
  4. Open Start menu again and search for msconfig. Open it and select Normal startup in the General tab. Then go to Startup panel and deselect suspicious startup services and click OK.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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'

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

Remove 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall 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 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase from Google Chrome

Delete unwanted extensions using the provided guide.

  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 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of 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 or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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